Tech Tips that Get Down to Business

Tech Tips that Get Down to Business

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Time and money are of the essence for the modern working woman. Aymie Majerski, an executive producer with Barking Fish Lounge, a production company in Covington, is one of those Web-savvy women. She personally recommends several of the following Web sites, devices and software designed to save you time and money.

 

eFax: Save time and paper with eFax. Consumers use this service to send and receive faxes directly from your computer. No paper, ink or cartridges are required. eFax Plus costs $16.95 a month, with a one-time $10 fee to activate your number. You get 130 pages of incoming faxes and 30 pages of outgoing faxes free each month. After that, incoming faxes cost 15 cents a page and outgoing faxes cost 10 cents a page to numbers in the U.S.

 

YouSentIt.com: Have a big report due to the boss ASAP? This Web site is designed to send large files without worrying about those annoying bandwidth restrictions e-mail imposes. “YouSendIt is the No.1 digital delivery company serving business and individuals on the Web today,” according to its Web site. The service enables users to send, receive and track files on-demand. Majerski’s employees use YouSendIt to transfer large video and audio files over the Internet, replacing the need for FTP transfers, overnight couriers and e-mail attachments.

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NeatReceipts: If your desk is covered with paperwork, NeatReceipts might be just the solution for office clutter. NeatReceipts is a mobile scanner and digital filing system that helps you manage all of your paperwork on the computer. NeatReceipts includes NeatWorks software that identifies and extracts the important information from receipts, business cards and documents and automatically organizes it for you. All scanned documents can be searched by keyword so you can find exactly what you need. NeatWorks software gives you an easy-to-use, intuitive application to manage all of your business and personal paperwork. The product costs about $200, according to its Web site.

 

PlanHQ: PlanHQ is a Web-based business plan tool that turns your static document and spreadsheet into a dynamic and up-to-date overview of where you’re going and how you’re tracking. With PlanHQ, your business plan changes as your business changes, not just once or twice a year in a secure fashion. Your whole team is actively involved in creating and editing your plan and can align and prioritize all their work against company goals. This means that everyone is always working to plan and ensures you achieve your goals. The tool runs between $9 and $49 a month, depending on the features. See www.planhq for more information.

 

VistaPrint.com: Majerski swears by VistaPrint for her day-to-day printing needs. With VistaPrint.com, you can take care of your basic printing needs for a fraction of the cost of a commercial printer. Majerski says she uses the site as a source for magnets and other promotional items. “It’s the best deal around when you’re on a budget,” she says. The Web site offers free personalized business cards, calendars and checks. Customers just pay the cost of shipping.

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TomTom One GPS Navigation System: Never leave on a business trip without it. This GPS receiver combines ease of use, portability, touch-screen technology and elegant, sophisticated design. Navigator has pre-loaded maps of the U.S. and Canada. The device retails for about $157, according to Overstock.com. Majerski says her GPS is a lifesaver when it comes to her on-the-go lifestyle. “I’m always out the door rushing to meetings,” she says. “It saves me time and offers peace of mind.”

 

Amazon Kindle: Never miss the latest issue of your favorite newspaper on the road with Amazon Kindle. This portable e-book reader wirelessly downloads and stores newspapers, books, magazines and blogs to be viewed on its black and white “electronic paper”-style display, and it provides on-board dictionary access. Lightweight at 10.3 ounces, the Kindle can access up to 90,000 books and store 200 titles at one time in minutes. An added bonus: once you’ve purchased the Kindle you won’t be hit with any monthly bill plans as Amazon pays for the wireless connectivity. The product is available exclusively online at Amazon.com and retails about $359.

 

EPOS Digital Pen & Flash Drive: Let your thoughts flow paper-free. The EPOS enabled Digital Pen & USB Flash Drive is the next generation in USB flash drive products, according to its Web site. As you write, the pen records your trace movements into the USB flash drive.

 

Franklin Speaking Language Master: Cat got your tongue mid-report? This electronic dictionary includes 130,000 words; 300,000 definitions, more than 500,000 synonyms, a grammar guide and so much more. Find not only definitions of words, but find words in definitions. Use Franklin’s Dynamic Phonics Guide to hear how letters in a word sound as well. Buy it at Radio Shack for $129.

 

Majerski swears by Skype’s free software. With Skype, all you need is an Internet connection to make free user-to-user phone calls for nothing. That’s right, nada. You can also chat and make video calls. In addition, Skype offers less-expensive rates for local, long distance, international phone calls. Its cost effectiveness is what appeals to businesses, Majerski says: “Many of our partners in Los Angeles said their phone bills went down significantly. It saves you a fortune.” Editor’s note: Read more about Skype’s versatility in this week’s social article.

 

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Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography

Location: The McAlpin

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