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Top 12 Apps to Run Your Business From Your Phone

Wish you could just run your business directly off your phone?

It’s more possible than ever, thanks to a wide variety of business applications designed to work on phones and tablets.

To better manage your business on the go, here’s our countdown of the top apps you should choose.

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12. Slack

Spending too much time sending emails back and forth to co-workers? Try Slack instead. Slack allows you to set up “channels” for just about everything. You can also send private messages to individuals on your team.

11. Mint

Mint is designed to help individuals keep track of their money. But if you’re a business owner, it can be just as useful to you.

Need a quick snapshot of all your bank account balances? Open the Mint app and you’ll have it within seconds. Want to easily tag purchases as reimbursable or tax deductible? Mint can handle that too.

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10. Evernote

Never forget a thought or a to-do item again. Instead, write it down in Evernote. It will then be easily available from any of your devices, including your laptop or PC.

9. focus@will

If you work from coffee shops or other loud places, it can sometimes be difficult to focus on your work.

Pop in your ear buds and open focus@will, a streaming service that plays music specifically mixed to help you find your ideal state of “flow.”

3 Power User Tips for iCloud Mail

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By some estimates, there are over 450 million iCloud users worldwide.

That means at least some of you are using iCloud Mail.

The Problem with iCloud Mail

iCloud has advantages and disadvantages.

It does a good job with photos, and it provides an easy way to backup data from your iPhone or iPad.

However, linking iCloud to services like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Office365 can be a major challenge.

For example, what if you use Google Drive for storage and want to create a backup folder for all your emails?

If you use iCloud for your email, there is no direct way to connect your email to a Google Drive archive location. It only works if you use iCloud’s storage; which, as we all know, is not free.

The story is similar if you try to share or backup your iCloud Mail. It only works if you use iCloud sharing; under no circumstance will the folks at Apple allow you to backup or share any document, email, or picture to a cloud storage service that isn’t Apple owned. But that’s okay, because we have a handy-dandy work around for you:

Salesforce Reports: Inside Conversations

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If you use Salesforce as your CRM, you have access to a powerful drag-and-drop report builder inside your Salesforce account.

Need to show your boss every sales opportunity created in the last 90 days? How about every closed sale? Or every opportunity lost?

Salesforce can handle all of these queries with ease.

You can even automatically run your reports on any schedule that works for you. These can then be downloaded as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet or exported directly into Google Sheets, Office 365 Excel Online, or MS Office 365 Excel. However, not everything is that rosy.

The Problem with Automated Reports

Automated reports in Salesforce provides you with dozens of spreadsheets. Each spreadsheet a snapshot of a certain point in time. If you’ve scheduled daily reports, you’ll have a new report each day that’s generated by Salesforce; which in and of itself, is pretty good.

Unfortunately, Salesforce doesn’t merge sheets together or give you one master sheet that always has the latest information.

This collection of sales spreadsheets makes collaboration inside your reports extremely difficult.

cloudHQ Announces Support for FastMail

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cloudHQ is proud to announce support for FastMail.

FastMail users will now be able to share, replicate, and backup emails directly through cloudHQ.

What is FastMail?

FastMail is an email application that predates Gmail. It’s a popular choice for anyone looking for an alternative to Google Apps.

FastMail was acquired by Opera in 2010. But in 2013, FastMail employees repurchased the company, returning it to independent ownership.

Benefits of FastMail include:

  • Email, calendar, and contacts
  • No ads
  • Superior Privacy
  • Support (including live phone support)
  • An excellent mobile app

3 Ways To Boost Your Business Productivity with Office365 Mail

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There are always unknown, obscure workflow tips that translate into the difference between a thriving business vs. one that’s eventually going to close their doors.

Below are 3 ways to think about using MS Office365 Mail to give you a leading edge on the competition.

1. Internal Project Management

Let’s suppose you’re a project manager for a marketing team, and your current project is to design a consistent process for your company’s social media accounts.

Several other teammates work on the project with you, including a copywriter, a graphic designer, and a web developer. As you work, you exchange dozens of emails back and forth, many with attachments.

Folder sharing will let you keep all documents and communications about the project together in one place.

Teams Are Comfortable with Email, but Not OneDrive or SharePoint

If you spend your entire day working out of your inbox, you’re not alone. One survey suggests white-collar workers now average 3.2 hours per day reading, writing, and managing work email.

Email is the one piece of software everyone becomes an expert at using because of its adoption rate and inherent familiarity.

At the same time, many companies use Office365, OneDrive, or Office365 SharePoint as their document management system, but many employees just aren’t comfortable using either of these solutions. In fact, many don’t even know how to access OneDrive or SharePoint at all.

Take mobile employees, for example. They primarily use their phones for communication like sending emails or texting other members of their team. If a document they need is hidden in a OneDrive Business cloud storage repository, they often don’t know how to access OneDrive Business from their phones.

The resulting user flow is highly inefficient: Those mobile employees send an email to a teammate from their phone and then that teammate tracks down the file to send it back as an attachment. This happens a lot, and worse, it represents countless hours in lost productivity.

BREAKING: Get All Your Photos in Facebook Privately, and for Free!

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Cloud storage solutions really lack personality, and they usually cost you some dough. Recently, a friend of mine got married and sent me her wedding pictures via Gmail. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t possibly sit through looking at each one of her mini little thumbnail photos, waiting for them to load up to its full-sized version. It was then that I just couldn’t shake this one thought:

How ironic that we’re storing our most cherished and personal memories in a way that completely depersonalizes everything they stand for.
 

 

Your Guide To Facebook Photo Sharing

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With last week’s announcement, you’ve probably already tried our free “Get All Your Photos In Facebook” service. If you haven’t, cloudHQ will make a free copy of all your photos in your private album, in your Facebook account. You can choose to get those photos from any service you choose like: Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Evernote, and Gmail attachments.

Why did we choose Facebook? 2 simple, yet effective reasons:

  1. Facebook will let you upload an unlimited amount of photos for free, and never charge you for storage.
  2. Facebook provides you with a beautiful way to view your photos and to share them with one friend, a small group of friends, all your friends, all your friends and friends of friends, or publicly to anyone at all.

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Once you enable the service, you’ll probably get hit with a walk down memory lane. Here’s how you can share your memories from your Facebook private album with whomever you like.

The Golden Rules for Archive Storage With Microsoft Office 365 Mail

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cloudHQ is proud to announce support for Office 365 Mail.

Adding Microsoft Office 365 Mail to our list of supported applications means that you’ll now be able to share, replicate, and backup emails directly through cloudHQ.

How To Increase Sales Performance by Integrating Salesforce and SharePoint

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Ever worked in a company where the sales team wasn’t on the same page with everyone else? It happens more often than we’d like to admit.

Salespeople are trying to win business, close deals, and meet their numbers. When they want something, they want it NOW.

Marketing, contracting, documentation, IT, and other support departments, are trying to meet everyone’s needs; not just those of an individual salesperson with a big presentation tomorrow morning.

How to Integrate Evernote With Gmail (And Why Real Estate Agents Love It)

Google Apps. Evernote.

They’re two of the most powerful cloud services available.

But they’re usually not very good at talking to each other.

Today we’re going to show you how to integrate them together, making it much easier to keep track of your notes and email. Plus you’ll be able to easily share that info with your team and anyone else you work with.

For a real-life example, we’ll assume you’re a real estate agent trying to make life easier for yourself and everyone around you.

By taking these steps, you’ll make all your Evernote notes on a property available to your own staff and to other real estate professionals you are working with.

That way everyone will be on the same page, without you having to send piles of emails back and forth.

Step 1: Have Your Gmail Account Ready

Odds are, you probably already have an account, but if you don’t, getting one is free and will enable you to set up the magic we’re about to show you.

Step 1: Get a Gmail Account
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