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    Danette
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    The following tools don’t really save money, but can certainly help you make more …

    For those of you who write articles, info products such as reports etc., this is truly fabulous! Check and re-check how effective your headlines are (the most important element in writing get-results-copy) and if the energy of the words matches your target market.

    http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/

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    Did you know that sales copy with more verbs has a higher conversion rate than copy with more adjectives? It is often best to write from the heart, but when you need help with action words go straight to this page:

    http://www.resume-help.org/resume_action_words.htm

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Red Press, post: 875 wrote:
    Heather – that UTBox fax/SMS facility is absolutely the best thing I have come across in a while. I have signed up today and already used it in sending and receiving faxes – brilliant!

    thanks a million for mentioning it. Highly recommended.

    Patrick.

    Patrick – glad you like it – it is so easy to use & you can never imagine using a fax machine again can you!!

    Remember to use the referral code if you sign up…:)

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    So do you think I can sign up for carbonite without hubby finding out?

    Does it slow your system down?

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    Heidi Price
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    Danette, post: 1922 wrote:
    For those of you who write articles, info products such as reports etc., this is truly fabulous! Check and re-check how effective your headlines are (the most important element in writing get-results-copy) and if the energy of the words matches your target market.

    http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/

    I love this – Thank you so much!

    Hehehe – I checked the first draft of a sales letter I am concocting and got 35%

    WOOT!

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    youronlineadmin
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    http://www.drop.io is good for file sharing.

    I’m also a fellow UT Box user and think it’s great. There are heaps of similar offerings but most you have to pay a monthly fee. With UT Box you can buy blocks in advance and use when you need to before they expire.

    http://www.mailmanager.com.au is one of the best email marketing programs I’ve used.

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    Priyanka D
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    In my office we use google docs and DeskAway for project management.
    twhirl for twitter :)

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    MarkBubner
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    Good topic Heather.

    Here are my favourites:
    http://www.expertmagnet.com – Simplifies the search & process of engaging consultants & professional service providers. Simply post your request, & then come back a few days later & review the responses. Shortlist the best to speak with, & then decide from there. & best of all, it’s FREE!

    http://www.gotomeeting.com – Instead of spending time & money travelling to meetings (particularly interstate), use this web tool to hold an online meeting, where you can share the desktop of your computer with them while you chat.

    http://www.docs.google.com – This is a great tool if you need to co-author documents with someone. rather than e-mailing back & forth, you can both edit the document online.

    Hope these help.

    Cheers,
    Mark
    http://www.expertmagnet.com

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    RPL
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    MYOB, post: 2044 wrote:
    So do you think I can sign up for carbonite without hubby finding out?

    Does it slow your system down?

    I reckon Hubby will want Carbonite himself, when he sees how good it is.

    1. It gives a visual aid snapshot of all backed up files/folders on your hard drive, so you know at a glance what is backed and what isn’t.
    2. There is no slow down in performance, even when backing up online for the first time.
    3. It is automatic. It backs up as soon as you have finished working. Set and forget. How good is that?
    4. For the techies – Carbonite uses a combination of Blowfish and DES III (Triple DES) encryption.
    5. There is now Carbonite Australia, and a very good local tech support.
    6. Not even my external backup drive can make me feel this good, knowing that finally I have on offsite backup solution that works like a charm.

    cheers,
    Richard

    I’ll put a vote in for Carbonite. It saved my skin recently when I lost all my files when my hard drive failed. Online Backup is definitely the way to go.

    I’m with you, Luke! They get my vote, and my money. At $6 per month, I now have all my current work data, emails and contacts backed up offsite, 4 years of critical client files requiring government privacy levels, 8 years of business records, and 15 years of personal effects, photos, documents and memories.
    In total, 7.6Gb, and pretty much everything I value, in terms of data.

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Hi Richard,

    Thanks for your detailed response. I will try hubby again – he would not let me take up skype until a bloke at the pub told him it was good.

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    @HeatherSmithAU
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    Danette, post: 1922 wrote:
    For those of you who write articles, info products such as reports etc., this is truly fabulous! Check and re-check how effective your headlines are (the most important element in writing get-results-copy) and if the energy of the words matches your target market.

    http://www.aminstitute.com/headline/

    The headline generator is great – I really struggle in that area, and I have sat here and played with it and gone from 16% to 53.33% for the article I am currently working on. Typically editors rejig my headings, so maybe this nifty little time saver will enhance my writing.

    Thanks Danette

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    RPL
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    I will try hubby again – he would not let me take up skype until a bloke at the pub told him it was good.

    (laughing), ok, I know what you mean. Tell him it’s a free trial so he can test it and check it out.

    You’ll like this; I showed a client recently, and they signed up online straight away, backed up their MYOB file immediately, and then came back to continue our interrupted conversation as though nothing had happened.
    :)

    cheers,

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    RPL
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    For knowledge management of your own hard drive…

    Good for: lists of client files/bookmarks/folder contents/music files
    Also good for QA/Document control etc

    Directory Printer is one of Karen’s Power Tools

    It is a nifty little freeware program that produces a printable list of the filenames/document names in any folder on your hard drive….

    Invaluable for those that need it…

    cheers,
    Richard

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    ryanchadwick
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    I would say one of the best tools you can have is a large whiteboard near your desk. They are simple and elegant for a lot of tasks.

    The next would be to streamline your computers desktop. There is a lot you can change from the default in order to make it more suited to your workflow.

    Finally I would suggest an intranet/ extranet for increasing information flow both internal and external to your business.

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    psamuels
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    I’m a designer running my own business and finding saas and web based tools to help run my business a real time saver. I find accounting and accounts payable particularly a chore and have used xero (http://www.xero.com) and Billstrust (http://www.billstrust.com) fantastic for both.

    What i like about online productivity saving tools is that they have a sense of intelligence about them which makes them fun to use. BillsTrust for instance makes paying bills enjoyable as you actually dont do any data entry but you still have control of your bills so you know whats going on all the time. You get a sms message when the bill is paid which becomes a little like a personal assistant.

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    RapidEntryBiz
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    If you dont have a Cute PDF writer, http://www.pdf995.com might be a good choice, its free and works fine if you dont mind the sponsor pop ups when you print.

    Dianne BBus (Acc) Business Consultant
    http://www.rapidentry.com.au

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