Online Business Tools for Backing up Files and Scheduling

Running a business is hard work. There are some great online business tools for businesses of all sizes however. I’m sure I have barely scratched the surface when it comes to the variety of online business tools out there, but I’m still looking and trying them out.

DROPBOX

 I love the Dropbox. A client introduced it to me last year and it is number one on my list of organizational tools! First of all, it is FREE. When you save your files to the Dropbox, they are automatically backed up online. The Dropbox program is installed on your computer, so it shows up right next to all your other files (My Documents, My Pictures, Dropbox). The beauty of this is that if your computer crashes, all the files in your Dropbox are online, safely backed up and ready for you to use!

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere. This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website. Dropbox also makes it super easy to share with others, whether you’re a student or professional, parent or grandparent. Even if you accidentally spill a latte on your laptop, have no fear! You can relax knowing that Dropbox always has you covered, and none of your stuff will ever be lost.

https://www.dropbox.com/

 

BACKPACKIT

Honestly haven’t tried this one yet. Anyone out there used it? I’d be interested in knowing if it is worth a more in depth look.

 Better Organize Your Business. Share information with your team. Keep your documents, discussions, and schedules in one place all the time. Web-based, secure, and backed-up daily.

http://www.backpackit.com/

 

REMEMBER THE MILK

I use Remember the Milk occasionally. I’ve found my Outlook Express calendar works nicely. This site would be beneficial though to someone with many schedules to manage – like families with several kids, or companies with several employees.

 More than just a to-do list manager, Remember the Milk acts like a full-blown calendar, but without the row-and-column display. Separating your life into Personal, Study, and Work tasks (categories you can change), you enter task reminders as you would in any other calendar.

http://www.rememberthemilk.com/

GENBOOK

This seems like an excellent tool if you have a business where you make appointments. Clients and customers can just go online a book an appointment with you by clicking on the Universal BookNow! Button you have on your Website.

Unlimited Online Appointments. With Genbook there’s no limit to the number of new appointments you will receive. Promote your online scheduling availability to new and existing customers through a BookNow! button on your website. Appointment and customer details are automatically entered into your Genbook Calendar and Customer Contact Database. Your clients simply click on the BookNow! button that we provide you to embed on your website, your email newsletter, your Facebook page, or just about anywhere you’d like.

Genbook Solo (one staff member) $19.95 per month with 30 day free trial (no credit card required)

Genbook Standard (unlimited staff members) $39.95 month with 30 day free trial

http://www.genbook.com/index.html

Please let me know your experiences with business tools online – good and bad. Look forward to hearing from you!

Kaz

About Karen Y. Hamilton

Walt Whitman says about his autobiography, Specimen Days “…At any rate I obey my happy hour’s command, which seems curiously imperative. May-be, if don’t do anything else, I shall send out the most wayward, spontaneous, fragmentary book ever printed.” This is what I feel at this juncture of my life, the need to gather together memories of my ancestors as well as my own memories into some semblance of order. Because all of those fragments, all of the fragments that make up any life, become stories. I am the mother of three sons, who affectionately (I hope!) call me 'gypsy mom' because I tend to wander around a bit soaking in the universe's wonders. I am currently working towards an MFA in Creative Writing at Florida Atlantic University. I have published essays with Heritage Press, Florida Living, and the St. Pauls Review. I am currently working on a book of poems about the Florida Everglades pioneers and a memoir about grief and the bonds of friendship. I live in my hometown, Jupiter, Florida and work as a freelance writer and curriculum specialist.
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