productivity

How to Store and Organize Your Business Files With Dropbox

How to Store and Organize Your Business Files With Dropbox

I use Dropbox to store and organize all of my business files. I love it because I can easily access all of my files from any computer, anywhere in the world—or in my case, anywhere in my home from a variety of devices.

Most days I am working from my home office on an iMac, but sometimes I like to grab my laptop and work from the sofa . . . or my bed. That’s one of the pleasures of working from home, right? And I still haven’t been able to kick the habit of bringing my laptop on vacation, just in case.

By storing all of my files in Dropbox, I am able to access them anywhere—either from a browser or by installing the Dropbox app on my computer, phone, or iPad. Gone are the days when I emailed files to myself or put them on a thumbdrive in order to transfer them from one device to another!

Gain a Sense of Freedom in Your Business With a Well Organized Work Schedule

Gain a Sense of Freedom in Your Business With a Well Organized Work Schedule

Are you feeling overwhelmed and on the edge of burnout because you work all the time? Do you lull yourself to sleep thinking: “One day my business will be profitable enough to ease up and slow down a bit. One day.

Friend, I’ve been there. But we don’t have to be slaves to our businesses, to our dreams.

When we get caught up doing #allthethings, we easily forget that we chose to be our own boss so we could have more freedom.

Stop the #Hustle and Take Control of Your Life and Business

Stop the #Hustle and Take Control of Your Life and Business

Do you hustle hard every day in your business? Does it make you happy? Take a moment to really think about it—and be honest with yourself. Does it?

You’ve probably seen the quote “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” While this seemingly rings true for most entrepreneurs, it tends to feel more like “Do what you love and you’ll work 24/7/365.” Am I right?

The word “hustle” has become very trendy these days. But let’s take a look at its true definition. According to Merriam-Webster, to hustle means to crowd or push roughly, to obtain by energetic activity, to convey forcibly, to sell or promote energetically or aggressively, and to swindle or obtain money by fraud or deception.

Just reading this gives me anxiety!

Converting Fonts to Outlines in Your Print Files

Converting Fonts to Outlines in Your Print Files

When sending files to a commercial printer, they often request that you convert fonts to outlines first. This is so they can open your files without needing to load the proper fonts onto their system. It not only simplifies their workflow, but streamlines the file transfer process for everyone involved.

There are various ways to create outlines directly in your InDesign files, but I don’t recommend messing with your native files for this. Inevitably you’ll have to make changes to that file, and if you accidentally choose “save” rather than “save as,” your latest editable version could be lost forever. #designersworstnightmare

Instead, I recommend converting fonts to outlines in your PDF files. This is a much safer option, not to mention super simple and fast. Just follow the steps below.

Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control with Boomerang for Gmail

Keep Your Email Inbox Under Control with Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang is an app for Gmail that allows you to keep your inbox under control and get to that heavenly place we all dream of, Inbox Zero. I learned about it last summer and it has been a total game changer. My favorite feature is that it schedules the delivery of your emails from any Gmail account—for free!* It's been so helpful for my business that I am compelled to share it with you. *The Basic plan is free, and the next tier plan is $4.99 per month.

Here are the features that have transformed my email inbox for the better: