Tech Tips: Get Organized With Evernote

Stuffed File CabinetWe don’t just talk about blog related topics here; we share tips, tricks, and secrets we’ve learned over the years with you.  All to make running your business easier.

Do you have a drawer full of receipts you’re keeping for tax season?  Is your desk covered with post-it notes? Maybe you have a well organized filing cabinet, but you’re worried about losing all your records due to fire or natural disaster.

Enter Evernote.

Evernote is a digital filing system based in the cloud, and has been around for years.  Write your own notes.  Scan and email documents directly to your filing cabinet.  Save emails, photos, and documents electronically.  Organize tax related documents regularly throughout the year, instead of scrambling for receipts on April 14th.

Use the mobile app on the go.  Capture business dinner receipts.  Take photos of business cards.  Jot down ideas and notes.  And then access all that information anywhere.  Search for anything; Evernote has a powerful search engine built in.

Have a team you need to collaborate with?  Share tasks, files, and folders with them.  Collaborate via chat to make sure you’re all on the same page.  Then use the presentation function to show it all off.

Evernote has three pricing tiers:  Free (the most exciting!), Premium, and Business.  Its also available for both Windows and Mac, as well as from the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store for mobile devices.

Try the free version and see how it can help you get organized!


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Suggested Reads (Sep. 13, 2014)

Pile of old books on black backgroundAs you know, Brian and I are just getting started with Integrant Services.

And, just like anything, getting started is pretty daunting. There’s so many things that we need to do, and that we want to do, that we are overwhelmed on a daily basis! “What if”s sneak into our minds and leave us doubtful, wondering if we will be a success.

People new journeys every day. So, with that in mind, this week’s Suggested Reads circle round the idea of “Getting Started.” I hope you enjoy this curation of articles – be sure to share your thoughts in a comment! We love knowing who’s out there and if you find our materials helpful!

8 Simple Tips for Getting Started With Something

One big problem with trying to improve your life simply is that sometimes you never seem to be able to get started. You say to yourself: ”There is never really time”.

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Starting a Business: The Idea Phase

Everyone has his or her own roadblock, something that prevents them from taking that crucial first step. Most people are afraid to start; they may fear the unknown or failure, or even success. Others find starting something overwhelming in the mistaken belief they have to start from scratch. They think they have to come up with something that no one has ever done before–a new invention, a unique service. In other words, they think they have to reinvent the wheel.

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How to Start

Whether it’s beginning an exercise program, getting going with a task you want to complete, or creating a new business or product from scratch — how do you get started?

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Overcome the Fear of Success: 6 Ways to Start Thriving

How would you answer the question: “Are you successful in life?”

I know many people who would say that they are not successful; at least they have not reached success in the areas that feel important to them. I have been one of those people.

One day I asked myself “What keeps me from being successful?” It took me a while to come up with the answer but I realized that I was holding myself back.

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Suggested Reads (Sep. 6, 2014)

Pile of old books on black backgroundThis week’s suggested reads are actually sites you need to bookmark because they’re !

If you’re on the lookout for great images to use on your blog (and you should be because pictures are really important) then you’re going to love these sites. Searching on Google for images is ok, but do you know where they come from? Are they public domain? Can you use them for free? Nothing worse than adding an image to your blog and getting a nastygram telling you to take it down because it’s copyright protected. Oh No!

These three sites allow you to use their high resolution imagery for FREE! And, they’re great images to boot. Really, you can’t get any better than free and good 🙂 reminds us that:  “Public Domain” is the permission to freely use an image without asking permission from the photographer or the illustrator. Thus, the creator of the work will not sue you for violating his/her copyrights. The creator, however, is not responsible for the content of the picture. It is your responsibility to make sure, displaying the image does not violate any other law. That is the essence of public domain images.

Finding free images of high quality is a tedious task – due to copyright issues, attribution requirements, or simply the lack of quality. This inspired us to create Pixabay – a repository for stunning public domain pictures.

Your source for free vectors, free drawings and free photos.

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Free (do whatever you want) hi-resolution photos. 10 new photos every 10 days.

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100% free Public Domain Images New free stock photos added weekly No attribution required. Images released under CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

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What Public Domain photo sites do you use? Share a link in a comment below!

Suggested Reads (Aug. 30, 2014)

Pile of old books on black backgroundWelcome to the very first installation of Suggested Reads. We spend a lot of (and I mean a LOT) of time reading articles on the Internet, on all sorts of topcis. Everything from leadership, learning, blogging, design, and, yes even entertainment articles catch our eye. Every week We’re going to share a handful of our favorites so you can read them too! These are just excerpts so if the topic interests you, click on the link and it will take you to the full article. So, without further ado….

 How to Build Trust With Colleagues and Friends

Trust is so easy to take for granted. As employees and employers, as friends and spouses and family members, we tend to expect a lot of people to trust us, and feel hurt when they don’t. As I found out the hard way when I got caught lying to my parents as a kid, building trust after it’s been broken and consciously withheld is much harder than building it implicitly over time as we do in most .

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Build Trust with Others Using the Johari Window Model

Teams best together when the individuals trust each other, but building trust can be difficult. The Johari Window model is a tool you and another party can use to share information about yourselves in order to build stronger, more trusting relationships.

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The Freelancer’s Guide to Time Management

When it comes to making the most of our time. Not only are we juggling projects, we’re juggling several clients and simultaneously trying to find new work. Here are some time management strategies freelancers and small business owners should have in their arsenal.

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7 for Less Terrible Smartphone Photo

Smartphones have made quality photography fun and accessible for everyone. But there’s still a lot more to it than just pointing and tapping if you want to lasting images. Here are a few simple ways to improve your everyday photo-taking.

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What interesting articles did you read this week? Share them in a comment below!