- August 18th, 2013
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Posts Tagged ‘technology’
The opportunities are fewer and farther between when I am requested to fax something. With all the technology available, if every organization would choose to, we could almost be paperless in many areas. The only paper bill received to my home and/or company is for city water. All other bills are now sent by email and available online when we log in. This should be no different with all of our communications. While most word processing applications can now save documents in to a .pdf file, you may want to produce your own .pdf’s from pictures, scanned images, etc. Here are two FREE apps to take advantage of, that should be accessed and available on your team’s computers:
1. Cute PDF is the free version of commercial PDF creation software. CutePDF Writer installs itself as a “printer subsystem”. This enables virtually any Windows applications (must be able to print) to create professional quality PDF documents – with just a push of a button! Installation requires the following also: GNU Ghostscript is an open-source interpreter for the PostScript language and the PDF file format.
2. FaxZERO lets you send a fax for free to anywhere in the U.S. and Canada. Simple fill in the fields, and attach your .doc or .pdf. Great service as needed. And in case you have a customer that doesn’t know how to scan and email a document to you (there are still some out there) remember to setup your FREE Efax account. You will be provided your own fax number, but the fax will come to your email.
For small business owners, sometimes you have to be your own tech support and maybe learn skills you weren’t planning on learning to maintain costs. Along the way you may actually enjoy the process and realize the value of the technology. Recently our team has learned the value of user testing our websites before releasing it to the public. Scott has also become a tester for UserTesting.com to increase his knowledge on the different concepts used to increase traffic and to find our why users leave website.
This is a great reason to stay connected on Facebook, because your friends ask questions and their friends can also answer them who you are not connected to. This was a FREE piece of technology I didn’t know about for keeping my computer systems optimized. (In non-tech speak that means, it allows your computer to go a little faster, clean up old useless files, and organize it better. ) The FREE version of Advance System Care 3 doesn’t allow for scheduling the software to automatically do it, so schedule yourself weekly to click their icon. It’s a no brainer.
If you want to step right in to real-time communication with your customer, here’s a FREE way to go. Volusion is a web-based software, but you will download the application to run it from the support person’s computer. The more ways you customer can reach you, the better the experience to meet their needs for communication. You will see our LIVE HELP online or offline. Talk to us when we are online. See it on the LINKS page.
If you are part geeky or have a business and are always looking for new software/programs/websites, this page is for you. Links Scroll to the middle/bottom section of this page. Utilize any of the links on that page to support your operational efforts.
Having had success running a company and organization with a low budget mindset, I have been asked to share what services we utilize to keep us going and growing. As I think of the connections, software and services, I will be posting them on my Links page near the middle bottom as FREE and PAID. Check out the list to see how many you already use.