Do you know how to navigate around the internet? Obviously you do. But do you know all of the tricks for doing so efficiently? There are probably millions of little things that can make your life easier and there’s no way we can list them all here (mostly because we don’t know them all). What we can do is share this video from TechGumbo.
The video is packed with 10 cool tricks for browsing the Internet and you’re guaranteed to learn something. From tabbed browsing functions to YouTube tips to keyboard shortcuts. If you already know all of these, then we challenge you to share one more item with us in the comments below.
Staying organized isn’t everybody’s forte. While some contractors will naturally go through life, somehow managing to keep everything perfectly arranged, others are more laid back and let some little items slide. Either is fine, depending on the situation, but when it comes to accounting, those extremely organized (sometimes annoying) people are going to have less stress.
There are different elements to accounting and all require some planning and processes. Expenses, for example, specifically need regular attention in order to ensure you’re keeping within your budget, but also to ease your life when it comes to closing your books and doing your taxes. Here are 5 tips that independent contractors, in technology or any other discipline, can use when managing their freelance business:
Have a routine. Set a date to catch-up on all of your expenses and make sure you’re on track each week. This will stop you from falling behind.
Know your predictable expenses. Understand what regularly happens and what you want to save. This will help with budgeting.
Keep a separate bank account and/or credit card to easily separate personal and business expenses.
Find a way to track expenses that works for you. Try any of these:
The old shoebox trick: Throw all of your receipts into it and you deal with them weekly or monthly
A spiral notebook: One step above the shoebox, here you tape the receipt to a page and add notes about what it was
Your cell phone: The more high tech version of the shoebox or notebook is to take a picture of every receipt, immediately after receiving it. There are apps you can download that will help you organize all of them too.
MS Excel: If you’re a spreadsheet geek, record everything in Excel. You can really get crazy staying organized and categorizing items with this.
Accounting software: This requires an investment, but the right accounting software makes a huge difference in staying organized.
Get help. Specifically from an accountant, but also chat with other contractors in your field for ideas on how they’re organizing themselves.
Can you add any tips, based on your experience, that keep you organized in your technology consulting business? Please share them in the comments below!
You must be thinking, “What could you possibly do wrong on an Android smartphone?” – Android has been around for quite some time now, but did you know that there still might be some things you are doing wrong with your Android Smartphone? Beebom shows us 8 things that we might be doing wrong with our Androids including killing our apps manually, installing our apps from unknown sources, and not shutting down our devices.
If you are an Android type of person, this is a definite must watch. By following these simple tips, you can improve the overall speed and performance of your Android device. Never make a mistake using Android again!
The Internet is filled with hidden features. Just spend a few minutes searching out Google’s Easter Eggs and you will fill your day doing absolutely useless things, like turning the screen around with barrel rolls or searching for Chuck Norris and the meaning of life.
There are also practical items to find on the Internet, like free software that will raise your productivity and secure your computer when downloading. In this video from ThioJoe, you can learn about 5 different programs (plus one bonus) that just may change how you work today. Have a look. If you have any other favourites not included in the video but you’d like to share with our readers, please feel free to include them in the comments below.
Sorry PC-only folks, this post is specifically for Mac lovers.
For all you power Mac users, if you think you know everything about what your computer can do, prepare your brain for some new knowledge. We found this video from Snazzy Labs and it provides 5 Mac tricks that few people know about.
Everybody likes saving time, even if it’s just a few seconds. After all, seconds add up to minutes, and minutes add up to hours. The keyboards shortcuts in this infographic from CareerBliss may not save you hours of time (unless it’s over the course of many years) but they are convenient. Is there anything in here that you could start using more in your daily worklife?
Sure, every client and recruiter is different, and they’ll all have unique interviews, but there are some constants that you can expect in nearly all interviews. For those, we recommend this infographic from CollegeAtlas.org. It will help you prepare, understand the most common mistakes, and give you some helpful tips so you can rock your next one.
IT professionals are known for setting up shortcuts to make life easier, often using some advanced technology. Just take a look at this Business Insider article about a programmer who automated repetitive aspects of his work life — including making a coffee.
Before you over-complicate everything, remember that there are simple technologies that already have some cool hacks built into them. Check out this video from seejanedrill providing four tape measure tricks that you probably didn’t know existed. It just might make your next home renovation a little easier (and you won’t need to program anything).
As more and more people take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10, there are mixed reviews. According to critics, some aspects of Microsoft’s newest operating system are great and some are not-so-great. What you may not know about are all of the shortcuts Windows 10 has to offer.
This video from TechnoMaverick has 7 cool tips and tricks for Windows 10 — and some work in earlier versions of Windows. If these don’t make your life easier, they will at least make life a little more fun.
A common travel tip from road warriors is to avoid checked luggage as much as possible. It adds extra time to both ends of your trip, has risks of getting lost and, for most airlines today, additional expenses. The solution is to have just a medium-sized travel bag that you can always carry-on. If you’re travelling for an extended period of time that could mean having to pack a lot of stuff, and that needs to be done strategically.
About a year and a half ago, we sharedthis video that showed you how to pack for nearly a month in a carry-on. Recently, we found this video from Men’s Journey. It provides packing tips for those travelling for less than a month, but also who want to use a smaller bag.
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