Free Web Plugins and Tools to Boost Your Efficiency

As some of you know, my day to day work involves writing (novels and online articles), managing a few blogs, and doing PR for author and publisher clients. Research, handling online brands, and managing social media accounts is part of the job and multitasking comes with the territory. Imagine about a dozen social media accounts that I manage, always having about fifty tabs open for research purposes, and brainstorming a few different projects every day. Yup, that’s right, it’s a bit of a mess :)

To make sure I keep up with everything, never lose any online reference I’ve found, and never misplace that random post-it I jotted ideas on, I use a few web tools and plugins. I use several, but these three I’ve picked are the ones I couldn’t live without. I use them so much, they are part of the process, and if I have to make do without them, everything takes a lot longer. Continue reading

April’s Fool – Funny AND Useful for Your Business

April’s Fool is one of those days that you love to hate. Or hate to love. Why? Because pranks are fun when they happen to other people. Some are great and help businesses amuse and relax their audiences, while getting them even more hooked to their brands, or they can end up in total fails.

One day after this year’s April’s Fool, here are some cleverly used favorites of mine:

At the top of the list? Dark Souls 3. This game is about to be released and the fans are going insane. What would help promote it? Well, a VHS movie release, right? Right!

What better than an old-school version of a game where the graphics look like hell? Pun intended, with the hell there! Why it works? Because it keeps the fans on edge about the release, and it’s the complete opposite of what the game promises – better graphics than the ones before.

So get your consoles ready (or attach your controllers to your PCs) and wait for about two more days! Continue reading

3 Tips for Planning Your Office Move

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While you may have first started your business out small, perhaps even in your own home, as your business becomes more successful and starts to grow there is going to come a time where you need to move to a new location. A new office can provide you with more space for supplies, workspace, and employees and can help to make your business much more productive. Relocating an office is not something most people may look forward to and if you do not plan your move out correctly it can really make office moving a very tedious task. However, with the right approach and learning a few tips for planning your office move you can make the process seamless and effective. Here are three tips that can help you immensely with your move:

  • Make a Plan – It may sound obvious to say you want to have a plan for your move, but many people do not put a lot of planning into the move itself, creating the hectic situations that often arise. If you know you are going to be moving your office, start the planning process well in advance of your move. Time your move so it is at a point during the year when you are not at your busiest, giving you the leeway for some downtime if you need it. You also want to make sure that you have all of the details you need laid out ahead of time so nothing gets overlooked on moving day. 

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Tips for Hiring the Best Security Guard Service

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If you have decided that getting a security guard and officers for your apartment complex, retail business, factory or corporate office is important to you, then you want to make sure that you take the time to find the security services that are going to do the best job for you. There may have been times where you may have seen security staff at other places and wondered just how effective or professional they may really be, mainly because they do not seem to react well or interact with people well. In order for you to avoid hiring a service that may not be able to do the best job for you, you are going to have to do a little bit of investigative work of your own. Here are a few tips that you can follow to help you in hiring the best security guard service for your area.

  • Do Your Research – When you are looking for the best security guard service Houston, TX has for you today, you want to make sure you have done research on the companies you are considering. Get the names of several different services, check out their websites and contact the companies directly to ask questions and arrange an appointment to discuss business with them. Check with other local businesses or areas that are using services and find out who they use, how happy they are and why. This will all work to help you in making the right decision. 

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Using IT Outsourcing in Austin

Many medium and small businesses simply do not have the budget or real need to have a full-time IT person on staff, but there are certainly times when it would be nice to have an expert to turn to for quality help. Even if it is just for occasional computer support and network security service, having an expert available to assist you can end up saving you hours of time you spend trying to figure the problems out on your own. That is why it can be very helpful to you to seek out a consulting service to work with you on an as-needed basis. It gives you much more flexible, you get the help you need and you do not have to spend a fortune to get it. If you are in the market for the best IT outsourcing company in Austin then you want to look to Zero Downtime Networks for help.

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The Help You Have Been Looking For

Zero Downtime Networks has just the type of services that you have been looking for to work with your business on any IT issues you may have along the way. Zero Downtime has a team of highly trained and experienced technicians and IT experts that can help you with all of the important facets of your business so that you stay running smoothly all of the time. You can get help with everything from basic desktop support to network security to designing new networks and servers and much more. The services you get will be exactly what you need on any given occasion to make sure your business is functioning at its best level and your equipment and applications are there for you when you need them. Continue reading