Posts Tagged ‘Carbonite’

Mobile Productivity

September 18, 2013

About 18 months ago I took the final steps that would allow me to continue to work (speaking and blogging) while living a very mobile lifestyle.  Technology makes this reality not only possible, but remarkably easy.

Even if you have no desire to work from locations with a view like this,

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chances are you could make work easier and more productive.  Are you reading this from your laptop?  Your tablet?  Your smartphone?  These devices have so many features and benefits few of us ever use.  We get a new device, set it up to do the basics and most of us stop there.  Sure, its overwhelming at first, but now that you have mastered the essentials, now its time to delve deeper.

Pick a day – maybe Sunday – and spend 1 hour exploring your device.  Click open some of those settings and explore the many options.  Don’t overwhelm yourself, just pick one new feature and try it for a week and see if it makes life easier.

Microphone_1See that Microphone symbol?  Have you tried it?  I write many of my blogs on my phone and I often use this “talk to type” feature.  On my Android device it works surprisingly well.  All thumbs typing on your tiny keypad?  Could this feature improve your productivity?
Are you using a cloud service?  I use Carbonite.com as my on line back up service.  Not only do I have the peace of mind of knowing everything is backed up – even my phone – but I can access any file stored anywhere from any of my devices by using the app.  How often do I need that?  More often than you may think.  If you’ve ever said “I’ll get that to you when I get back to my office”, this is for you!  No more reminder notes or worse,  forgetting!  That’s both productive and customer responsive.

SkyrocketTechnology is continuously evolving.  To do business in the ever-changing world, we need to continue to evolve as well.  Grab those tools you’ve invested dollars in and invest a bit of time to be sure you are getting your money’s worth!

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Preparing for Disaster

May 22, 2013

The recent tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma have dominated the news and offers a reminder to all business people that disasters can – and do – happen.  Even if you are not in “tornado alley”, weather can wreak all sorts of havoc making it difficult, if not impossible, to do business.

Is your business ready to quickly recover from a disaster?  A recent Wall Street Journal article featured the recovery program of the Waffle House.  Yes, the Waffle House, home of hash browns throughout the South is prepared for disasters and can serve as a model for all small businesses.  You may not care about being able to serve eggs but the ability to be “back up and running” quickly after a disaster is a worthy goal for all businesses. 

What would you need to do business tomorrow?  Depending on the nature of your business, the answer may vary.  For many entrepreneurs, the answer is “my data”.  If that’s true for you, what steps have you taken to be sure you will be able to access your data tomorrow?

There are online backup services such as Carbonite which are widely available at modest costs which do automatic backups of your data and provide you with access to your files from anywhere.  The new app for your smartphone comes in handy even if you are just out of town and need to access something on your office computer.  Plus it backs up everything stored on your phone too, offers an option to “lock” a lost phone or even to “wipe” it should it be stolen!   Disasters that impact access to your data can be the result of weather, human error or even equipment failure.  Are you prepared to recover quickly?

What else do you need to do business?  Is there a reasonable measure you can take to insure you will have what you need when disaster strikes?  Spend some time discussing a disaster plan with your team.

Even if you never suffer a large scale natural disaster, over time you are likely to experience everything from power outages to a broken pipe type flood to a break in or vandalism.  Simple solutions such as clearly labeling the water shut-off valve and making sure all your team members know where to find it can save your business from a crippling disaster.

Take this opportunity to talk to your business insurance agent as well.  Get a rate quote on business interruption insurance.  Weigh the cost against the risks and decide if it’s right for your business.

Long term success in business has a lot to do with the ability to weather storms, both literal and figurative.   Be sure your business is ready.

In the Face of Disaster

September 7, 2011

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, wildfires, days of power outages – the news is filled with natural disasters and the results.  While the media usually keeps their focus on the individuals who have lost their homes and emergency services, businesses are also impacted in each of these situations.

Is your business ready to quickly recover from a disaster?  A recent Wall Street Journal article featured the recovery program of the Waffle House.  Yes, the Waffle House, home of hash browns throughout the South is prepared for disasters and can serve as a model for all small businesses.  You may not care about being able to serve eggs but the ability to be “back up and running” quickly after a disaster is a worthy goal for all businesses. 

What would you need to do business tomorrow?  Depending on the nature of your business, the answer may vary.  For many entrepreneurs, the answer is “my data”.  If that’s true for you, what steps have you taken to be sure you will be able to access your data tomorrow?

There are online backup services such as Carbonite which are widely available at modest costs which do automatic backups of your data and provide you with access to your files from anywhere.  That means if the power is out in the area of your office, you can still access your data from a computer in an internet cafe, on your notebook or even your smartphone.  Disasters that impact access to your data can be the result of weather, human error or even equipment failure.  Are you prepared to recover quickly?

What else do you need to do business?  Is there a reasonable measure you can take to insure you will have what you need when disaster strikes?  Spend some time discussing a disaster plan with your team.

Even if you never suffer a large scale natural disaster, over time you are likely to experience everything from power outages to a broken pipe type flood to a break in or vandalism.  Simple solutions such as clearly labeling the water shut-off valve and making sure all your team members know where to find it can save your business from a crippling disaster.

Take this opportunity to talk to your business insurance agent as well.  Get a rate quote on business interruption insurance.  Weigh the cost against the risks and decide if it’s right for your business.

Long term success in business has a lot to do with the ability to weather storms, both literal and figurative.   Be sure your business is ready.


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