It’s that time of year again, drugs when students need to start planning their future while we tackle all the course work that’s coming our way. Career goals, viagra buy planning, website organization, writing, marketing, making awesome work, preparing portfolios… the list goes on. School becomes quite overwhelming pretty quickly. That’s why today I am dedicating my post to super sweet resources that can get anyone back on track from their summer vacation!
Source: “Kreg looks like he’s starting to regret those 4 years.” Imgur. https://imgur.com/Fp9qol8. Web, April 24, 2016.
FOR PERSONAL ORGANIZATION
EVERNOTE : A personal content manager. Keep lists of websites you like, recipes, ANYTHING that you want to keep track of. Accessible from anywhere, Shareable with other evernote users (good for group work).
Google Drive : Cloud Storage, integrated into gmail. Most useful for gmail users, but is accessible with any google account. Best for personal storage only, sharing capability isn’t great, doesn’t create links for file downloading purposes.
Google Calendar : Scheduling app. Works best integrated into gmail. Make different ‘calendars’ for different uses, easy to share calendars with others, send/make appointments automatically through email. This is my savior this year!
Toggl : Time tracker. Really great for knowing where your work day went, or how long you’ve spent on a job. Very simple, can generate time sheets too.
FOR GROUP WORK
Google Hangouts : Group video chat. Best video conference tool for more than 2 users at a time. Can share your screen with other callers, and text links during calls. Needs gmail account.
Skype : Two person video chat. Commonly used worldwide, has recording capability with plugin software such as, CallRecorder
DropBox : Cloud Storage, made very useful for projects and file sharing. Free account with free space that grows with recommendations. Excellent for file sharing and making downloadable files. Integrated onto your desktop. (Good for group work)
GoToMeeting : Paid group chat provider. More reliable for important, professional meetings.
Mailchimp : Free (up to 1000 contacts) contact list manager and email creation software. Keep your mailing list up to date and in order. Track who opens emails, categorize contacts, generates a ‘sign up’ form you can embed on your website. Starting a mailing list is great for when you start to build clientele at craft shows.
The Square (POS) : Extremely easy point of sale device. Connects to your bank account, allows small vendors to accept credit cards. Low % commission on per sale basis. No contract. Vital for craft shows!
Dreamhost : Webhosting. Affordable and easy to manage, good user interface, great customer service and friendly. Can register all kinds of domains too.
Big Cartel : Ecommerce platform, great for small shops. – up to 3 item shops are hosted Free. Uses paypal. – Can be cloaked on your personal website.
Shopify : Canadian Ecommerce platform, good plans available for larger shops with many items or lots of sales. – Can be cloaked on your personal website.
Wave : Canadian online Accounting software. Free for small business, can connect to your bank account. Does invoicing, tracks expenses and bill payments.
Quickbooks Online : Highly tested and true accounting software. Online tool is new, I have heard only good things about this platform. Makes sending invoices easy and professionally to your clients.
Tangerine : Online banking, personal or business. No fee banking, great user interface, interest on savings, picture check deposits, easily shared/linked accounts – I hesitate to recommend a bank, but this one deserves a look.
Issuu : Web publishing into digital flipbooks. Free. Used by magazines for professional online published look. Upload a PDF and the site crunches it into a online flipbook with a link.
Blurb : Affordable, high quality, hardcopy book publishing. Can order 1 or more books – best to be designed in InDesign, but can be published from a PDF. Site will generate a flipbook of you book with link – printing proof. Delivery in a few weeks.
Graph Paper Press : Wordpress themes for creatives, free and paid. Great quality and design, come with updates, lots of functionality.
Moo Cards : Very high quality printing. Offers low unit print runs, can be expensive but you don’t end up with 1000s of cards (which is often a waste). Lots of customization.
Vista Print : Affordable large run printing. Canadian (lower shipping cost). Mid range quality. Limited customization.
Overnight Prints.com : Good quality printing, fast turnaround. Shipping from California, can be pricey. Moderate customization.
Adfactor : Toronto printing company. Can order online or in person. Turnaround time is a couple weeks, can be convenient. Limited customization, average prices. FOR SOCIAL NETWORKING
FOR SOCIAL NETWORKS
Etsy : Sales platform. Connected directly to customers. Is known for craft, batch production, hand made goods by real people. Very quick to sign up and begin sales pursuit.
Linked in : Business driven social media. Linked In profiles are very often used as resumes and in job acquisition. Ability to ‘endorse’ contacts for their skill set. Good for finding references.
Hootsuite : Social Networking Manager. Put in time all at once and Hootsuite posts and updates your social platforms for you – as per your programmed schedule. Great for keeping networking sites
I love getting organized and staying on top of things! If you have a useful site, platform or source that you’d like to share, comment below! We’re all in this together. Lets make this year a great one!
Source: “We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents.” Imgur. https://imgur.com/su9hjm4. Web, August 29, 2016.