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Video Conferencing Tips & Tricks

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Remote work is now more common than ever and with it, a renewed focus on teleconferencing. Programs like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting and Skype have minimum equipment requirements, and make it easy for your employees to connect with their colleagues. All they need is a webcam and a microphone, which are often built into their laptops or even just a smartphone or tablet. I have collected some special features and tips for today’s top teleconferencing apps that can help you become a power user in no time. Zoom hidden features One of the most popular teleconferencing software...

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Business vs. Consumer Laptops

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If you’re in the market for a laptop that you plan to use primarily or partially for business use, you may be wondering if there’s a real difference between devices marketed as business laptops and those sold as consumer products. Despite the increasingly blurred lines between most modern workers’ work lives and personal lives, laptops still live in two distinct classes. While you may still opt for a consumer laptop for business use, as many solopreneurs and side hustlers do, it’s good to know what you’re getting into ahead of time. What is a business laptop? A...

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8 Shared Calendar Apps for Your Business

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Shared calendar apps have emerged to make it easier to collaborate with co-workers, schedule meetings and even automate repetitive tasks. Shared calendar app features you should look for When considering which shared calendar app to use for your business, look for one that has the following qualities and features: Easy to use: Shared calendar apps should be user friendly and intuitive, with minimal navigation and maintenance required. It should also make the collaboration process smooth and straightforward.   Simple scheduling tools: The primary function of a shared calendar is to...

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Smart Ways to Share Files Securely

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For most businesses, cloud-based file-sharing services provide easy, convenient access to information at any time, from anywhere. In fact, businesses that are slow to adopt formal, cloud-based file-sharing software may find their employees use their own personal cloud storage services to add a layer of convenience to their work. However, employees that use personal accounts and free services designed for consumer use could be putting your business at high risk for a security breach. With work and personal lives becoming increasingly blurred, especially for small business owners and managers,...

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Grit… An Essential Entrepreneurial Trait

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If you’re familiar with the startup world, you’ve likely heard a lot of entrepreneurs talk about a quality called “grit.” What is grit? There are many ways to define “grit,” and many of those definitions mention passion and perseverance. Caroline Adams Miller, author of Getting Grit, defines it as “the passionate pursuit of hard goals that awes and inspires you and others to become better people, flourish emotionally, take positive risks and live your best lives.”   What does it mean to have grit? To have grit means that you have the courage...

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Are you feeling Zoom Burnout?

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While working from home has long been a sought-after perk for some employees, a new reality of frequent online meetings and an inability to disconnect from the job has created a new stressor called Zoom burnout. Workplace burnout is nothing new, but this new digital version has its own idiosyncrasies. Here’s what you need to know to identify digital workplace burnout and four tips to help you prevent it. What is Zoom burnout, and why does it occur? Now that your employees are remote workers, chances are good that your team is attending more meetings than ever. While it may not seem...

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