There are aspects of my business that make me wonder how I ever could possibly accomplish them without the invention of something. I’m apparently deep in thought these days about technology and its impact on my business. Why is it that I’m so proficient at using my Blackberry but can’t figure out how to properly create a functioning table on Excel? What basic principles was I not paying attention to in grade school?
Lucky the technology wonder I’m speaking of is so user-friendly that my parents access it on a daily basis. The one and only dropbox. A free (open source?) program that has made my life and my business so streamlined, so efficient, so positively accessibly that I wonder how we could ever be in business without it? The lives of thousands and thousands of trees saved due to the lack of printed paper. Hours and hours of pen and paper correction fixed at the click of an enter and save button.
Dropbox allows me and people I choose to share folders, with to access documents that we can share, correct, save and access from any computer at any time. If I install the application on my desktop, I can access my documents even when I’m not connected to the internet. I create the invoices and my partner creates the art. Together we access the client’s folder and communicate with a series of notes on their order details sheet. So organized and so well documented the chance of an error is slim to none.
Have any questions about Dropbox? Ask me! My work space possibilities are virtually unlimited and if there’s one thing I love, it’s flying to Brazil to visit my family at the drop of a hat ;).
My childhood was during an interesting brink in technology. My husband and I often marvel at how different our “growing up” experiences were in the few short years between not having a cell phone in high school and having one. There’s a world of difference between the A-Team and the Ninja Turtles. I imagine siblings, spouses and grown-up friends felt this way when discussing their childhood experiences with color and non-color TV available.
Specifically I refer to Microsoft Word and the many programs it has available for the laptop and PC. I remember floppy discs and playing Oregon Trail during computer classes. Microsoft Excel was explained in basic terms if at all. It was mostly for creating organized tables and helping out with math equations teachers didn’t want you doing on the computer anyway otherwise “how would you ever really learn it”. The same rational in not allowing a calculator until Middle School.
This brink I refer to is in schools that placed an importance in learning Microsoft and its programs and those that didn’t or left it as the student’s choice. I chose “No” and consequently want to throw Excel out of the window each and every time I am asked to create a spreadsheet. I prefer my calculator and scratch paper method. It’s safe (probably just because I know how to do it) and I’m used to it. There are those of us in our almost 30’s who love Excel and there are those of us who loathe it. My only computer class post high school was basic HTML. Never having any use for complex Excel equations, I squeaked by never having learned it. I’ll be starting a Microsoft tutorial later this month and am looking forward to documenting it. You should too. It will theoretically make this business venture 20 zillion times more smooth and efficient. Stay tuned.
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