The Bride-to-be’s Toolbox: 100 Online Tools and Resources to Affordably Have the Wedding of Your Dreams

Wednesday, January 2, 2008 at 2:01am by Site Administrator

Recent reality shows like We TV’s Bridezillas are having fun and making millions at the expense of brides-to-be who are only trying to organize the wedding of their dreams. We’d like to see them try to pick out a dress, whittle down the guest list to a reasonable number, find a reliable photographer, choose the band, and still have time to shop for gifts for the bridesmaids! We know that you can do it all yourself, but how can a beautiful bride be expected to pay for it all? Forget the reality show disasters and check out this list of 100 online tools and resources that will allow you to have the (more affordable) wedding of your dreams.

Blogs Find helpful posts about managing your wedding’s ever growing budget by checking out these blogs.

1. Wedding Planner: This blog comes from the Wedding Planning on a Budget site, on which an Indiana couple shares their story of planning a wedding on only $2,000.

2. WeddingsAffordable.com: Here you’ll find great, affordable ideas for your invitations, honeymoon, reception, dress and more.

3. Budget Wedding: This blog is packed with articles and links devoted to helping you plan a fabulous wedding on a limited budget. Get tips on picking a venue, connecting with old friends you want to invite and planning a destination wedding.

4. Wedding Planning Advice from Industry Insiders: Wedding planning professionals reveal their secrets to organizing the big day. Find out what a budget expert, recent groom, and style and etiquette expert have to say that will change the way you view your dress shopping, photographer search, cake selection and more.

5. Bride on a Budget: Bride on a Budget is found online at the Asheville Citizen-Times website. Read reviews of hair and make up products, get tips on finding musicians, and commiserate with other frazzled brides-to-be.

6. Saving for a Wedding: Learn how to create a realistic wedding budget by taking small steps and finding deals on every part of the ceremony, from the cake to your shoes.

7. Dream Wedding on a Budget: This blog will help brides-to-be plan the perfect wedding on a sensible budget. Recent titles include "Vintage Wedding Gowns," "Affordable Bridal Tiaras" and "Wedding Invitation Project."

8. Wedding Savings Revealed: Wedding Savings Revealed helps couples "save thousands" on their wedding by sharing links, how-to guides and books and general advice for saving for the big day.

9. The Bride’s Guide: This blog is full of "ideas from the editors of Martha Stewart Weddings." Manage all aspects of your wedding planning process, including your budget, with the help of these great posts.

Dress and Accessories Check out these websites to find beautiful dresses, shoes and more for discount prices.

10. Perfect Bridal: Have fun picking out your wedding dress or dress designs for bridesmaids and flower girls.

11. Lily Wedding: Elegant wedding dresses are custom made at Lily Wedding. Browse existing dresses, design one of your own, and enjoy free shipping on orders of $500 or more.

12. Netbride: This company has been selling bridal gowns and accessories since 1948. Check out their website to find wedding dresses, veils, slips, gloves plus size wedding dresses and more at 30-50% off.

13. Wedding Dresses Directory: This online catalog of wedding dresses comes from the WeddingChannel.com. Search categories like price range, designer, flower girl, silhouette and neckline to find your perfect dress.

14. Cheap Wedding Dresses: Read this article from LovetoKnow.com to get tips on finding discount dresses that are still beautiful.

15. Money Saving Wedding Gown Tips: This article shares ideas on how to locate designer dresses for less. Try bridal outlet stores, wearing a bridesmaid’s dress, renting a dress and more.

16. Bride Couture: This online shop sells dresses by designers like Vera Wang for 50-75% off the original prices.

17. How to Find a Cheap Wedding Gown: Use this guide to help you find a more affordable wedding gown. Scroll to the bottom to find real-time postings of dresses being sold on eBay.

Photographer and Flowers In picture frames or in online albums, your wedding pictures will last forever. Read below to find tips on hiring a photographer that’s talented but still affordable, as well as ideas for saving money on gorgeous flower arrangements.

18. Six Steps to Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer: Smart tips include short listing, deciding your mood and style and "if in doubt, leave them out."

19. AllWeddingCompanies.com: Get in touch with local photographers and caterers by browsing through this online directory.

20. MyWedding.com: Search by city or state to find all kinds of wedding vendors in your area. Organized brides will find links to photographers, jewelers, dance instructors, tuxedos and more.

21. Finding a Great Videographer Cheap: Check out this step-by-step guide from WeddingStrategies.com to get great ideas on finding an affordable videographer.

22. Wedding Photography Directory: Use this online directory to find quality wedding photographers in your city. After your big day, sort through your best photos and submit them to the photo contest for a chance to win prizes.

23. Save Money on Your Wedding Photography: Great ideas like talking to friends and family and negotiating a smart deal will help you save a bundle on the wedding photos.

24. Everyday Wedding Advice: Browse through the photography and videography archives on this wedding blog to assist you with selecting a photographer.

25. How to Buy Cheap Flowers for Wedding Centerpieces: This guide shows you how to "find cheaper flowers and [discover] other ways to cut down the flower budget."

Reception If you want your wedding celebration to be the party of the century, then you’d better be prepared to open up your checkbook. There are, however, some sneaky ways to cut costs on the music, cake, venue and other party details. Read on to find out more.

26. How to Make an Affordable Wedding Reception Meal: This DIY guide will help you plan out a delicious meal for large parties.

27. Planning Affordable Wedding Receptions: From the drinks to the decorations, this article reveals some fantastic ways to save money on the reception.

28. Gig Salad: Search for quality bands, DJs and musical artists at this site, the "live entertainment resource for your wedding ceremony or reception."

29. Tips on Choosing a Wedding Reception Hall: This detailed article advises couples to check city guides for creative locations like museums, aquariums or rooftop bars when selecting a reception venue.

30. Affordable Center Pieces for Your Wedding Reception: Find neat ideas for decorating with inexpensive flower arrangements, themed designs and more.

31. Saving on Wedding Cakes Without Sacrificing Style: Wedding cakes can be expensive, and may not always be quite what you had in mind. This article will surprise readers with its clever ideas on choosing tasty substitutes.

32. Ceremony Music and Reception Music: WeddingSolutions.com provides excellent suggestions on how to pick out the music for the wedding ceremony and the reception.

33. Expert Wedding Food Tips: Want your guests to have a good time? This guide maintains that keeping the band fed, setting up the bar the right way, offering appetizers to your guests and keeping track of the head count are just some of the things you’ll need to consider before the big day.

Guests If managing the guest list becomes a problem, use these resources to help you organize invitations, hotel accommodations and more.

34. Guest List: Print out this guest list form to fill in your invitees’ addresses, names and other information.

35. How to Trim Your Guest List: Suggestions from this Amazon.com article include cutting coworkers, allow the bride’s parents, groom’s parents and bride and groom to select the same number of guests, and make the event adults-only.

36. Your Wedding Guest List: The First Steps: This article from About.com will help you gain perspective on which guests you really want at your wedding and which ones you’re including "just because."

37. Guest List Manager: Use this online tool from the Wedding Channel to "total your invitations and RSVPs, print lists of names for envelope and place card calligraphy" and more.

38. How to Organize Your Wedding Guest List With Complete Ease: Print out this ultra valuable guest list manager to help you cover all your bases: family members, relatives of the bridal party, and last-minute ideas if other guests can’t come.

39. Invitations4Less: Save a bundle when you visit this online invitation shop that prints wedding programs, invitations for the wedding, bridal shower and save the date cards and more.

40. Formal-Invitations.com: These invitations "only look like a million bucks." Choose from all different designs, paper and fonts to get the ones you really love.

41. Marriott Hotel Blocks: This site from the Marriott Hotel chain is an example of how to find great deals for your guests at top hotels. Other Events As if a wedding was just about the walk down the aisle! From the bridal shower to the rehearsal dinner, busy brides have a lot to keep up with, even if these events aren’t technically their responsibility!

42. BridalShowerTips.com: Send a subtle e-mail to your bridesmaids with a link to this website, which has great ideas for munchies, games and gifts.

43. How to Throw a Bridal Shower: This article from Bridalwave has tips for throwing bridal showers that are easy and affordable.

44. A Bridal Shower: This website is devoted to planning perfect bridal showers. Pick a fun theme, browse through famous games and get ideas on what kind of snacks to provide.

45. How to Plan a Rehearsal Dinner: This guide provides information on basic rehearsal dinner etiquette and planning ideas to control your budget.

46. Cheap Ideas for a Rehearsal Dinner: Other readers suggest ideas for planning budget-friendly rehearsal dinners, like hosting a cookout or buying decorations from discount party stores.

47. Throwing an Engagement Party: Do you even need to spend money on an engagement party? Use this guide to help you plan (or not) a meet and greet with your fiance, friends and family.

48. Engagement Party Supplies: These party supplies from BizRate range from elegant napkin holders and invitations to cute bride and groom paper plates.

49. Rehearsal Dinner Invitations: If you decide to send out invitations for the rehearsal dinner, consider using one of these low cost ideas to get the word out.

Bridal Party Having seven bridesmaids will look great in the photos, but after the dresses, favors and other expenses, it can get pretty costly. Check out these posts and resources to figure out ways to control the list and thank your wedding party without going overboard.

50. Favor Ideas: Spoil your bridal party without spending a fortune by checking out these great favor ideas from the Glam Network.

51. FavorWarehouse.com: Shop online for low-priced personalized wedding gifts, themed favors and other presents on this site.

52. Cheap Bridesmaid Dress: If you ask your bridesmaids to pay a fortune for their dresses, they’ll hate you forever. Take the advice of LoveToKnow Weddings by getting creative in your search for inexpensive gowns.

53. Wedding Gift Ideas for Bridal Party Attendants: Browse through this online catalog of gifts for the bridesmaids and groomsmen to show your appreciation.

54. Bridal Shower Ideas: Evite has great ideas for parties, etiquette rules and more for bridal showers and events.

Bachelorette Party Follow the advice from these bloggers and websites to plan a bachelorette party that’s wild and fun but still affordable.

55. Ideas for Throwing a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party: This article is full of resources for planning a fun party complete with off-the-wall toasts and roasts.

56. Destination 360: Las Vegas: This site has links and resources for planning a bachelorette party in Las Vegas. If you live near the area, consider booking a party bus that can take all of your friends together.

57. Bachelorette Party Planning Tips: Learn how to gauge the total expense of your bachelorette party with the tips given in this article. Honeymoon In addition to planning and budgeting for a killer wedding, couples also have to save up for a spectacular honeymoon getaway. Check out this list for ways to indulge with your new honey without going broke.

58. Creative Honeymoon Ideas: This website has lots of honeymoon ideas for couples looking for a great deal.

59. Cheap Honeymoon Vacation Ideas: This post provides "inexpensive and romantic travel destinations and cruises for newlyweds."

60. Honeymooner’s Review Guide: Visit this website to find out what other couples are saying about top honeymoon destinations like Fiji, Hawaii and more. This site also has articles with ideas for budgeting your trip and discovering low cost alternatives.

61. Your Vacation Travel Budget: This excellent guide walks readers through the process of setting up a travel budget. Consider all-inclusive vacation packages, know what to splurge on and what to skimp on, and use the budget worksheet to stay organized.

62. Eight Cheap Honeymoon Ideas: These tips suggest traveling during the off season, taking part in a home swap and other great ideas.

63. Budget Travel’s Honeymoon Helper: The Budget Travel website publishes a honeymoon helper for newlyweds. Find out what packages are available from this company, and see what kind of financial assistance your relatives can provide.

64. Tips for Making a Honeymoon Budget: This online worksheet will help you manage your honeymoon budget by organizing all of the important costs like transportation, hotels, meals, equipment rentals and more.

65. How to Plan a Budget Honeymoon in Europe: If you and your new spouse want to honeymoon around Europe, check out this guide for finding ways to be romantic on the cheap.

Resources and Guides Do your wedding research by checking out these resources and guides for information on locating vendors, catching up on wedding trends and more.

66. Busy Bride Shopping Guide: This blog "was developed so today’s busy brides would have a starting point when it came to shopping for everything you need when planning a wedding." Find everything from stationery to "groom stuff" to dieting products to help you squeeze into that dress.

67. DIY Wedding Planner: Check out this blog for tips on choosing a theme, finding the right music, and more.

68. The Wedding Vendor Guide: Use this resource to get help locating and booking photographers, florists, live music, caterers and more.

69. From I Will to I Do: This blog comes from the iVillage wedding expert Anne Chertoff. Get gift ideas, budget advice and more from this terrific wedding resource.

70. Best Wedding Sites News Blog: This site gathers all "the latest wedding news and trends from national and local wedding companies," giving you a more comprehensive perspective on wedding planning.

71. Bridal Topics: Browse through Bridal Topics’ many categories and sub categories like reception facilities, health and beauty, transportation, formal wear and catering, or register to win free stuff to start your new life off right.

72. Cheap Chic Weddings: Use this website to "get tips for cheap weddings" with great ideas for wedding favors, toasts, rings, the honeymoon and more.

73. OurMarriage.com: From the community forum to the honeymoon checklist, OurMarriage.com has all the advice and tools a bride-to-be needs to plan her wedding.

74. Wedaholic: Brides-to-be need to check out Elle’s Wedaholic blog for all kinds of tips and ideas for planning a wedding, from picking locations for engagement photos to picking out the desserts.

75. Bridalwave: Check out blog postings for advice and updates on the newest wedding trends in jewelry, reception planning, destination weddings and more.

76. Unique Wedding Ideas From Other Brides: Find out what other brides did to save money and create a unique wedding experience, from the rehearsal dinner to the reception. You might be surprised at the ways in which their creativity paid off.

77. Perfect Wedding Guide: The online version of this publication connects brides-to-be to vendors, planning tools and all kinds of resources available to help you plan a wedding in your city.

78. Offbeat Bride: The Offbeat Bride publishes "taffeta-free alternatives for independent brides." Check out this site for ideas and tips on how to plan a wedding that’s uniquely yours.

79. Wedding Bee: The Wedding Bee is a popular "wedding blog updated daily by 20 or so real brides across the world" who love sharing their experiences with new brides-to-be as they plan their own weddings.

Calculators and Tools Stop trying to do the math in your head. These online tools and worksheets will help you organize your wedding budget the easy way.

80. One Stop Wedding Planner: We just love the organizational tool featured on One Stop Wedding Planner that helps you create a budget, manage a calendar, visualize the floor plan, pick out music, save gift ideas and much more, all online.

81. WeddingSolutions.com: In addition to supplying readers with articles and how-to guides about wedding planning, this site also includes lets you organize all of your personal planning information, set up an online scrapbook, and host a wedding website with all of your photos, event details and more.

82. Bliss! Weddings: This popular website allows readers to download free planners to help you manage every detail in the wedding planning process.

83. Web-Wedding: Become a member at Web-Wedding.com to access great planning tools and to set up your own wedding website.

84. Wedding Budget Calculator: Type in all of your expenses for the dress, music, invitations, photographer and everything else on this electronic worksheet.

85. Out of the Ordinary: This wedding budget calculator helps you work out your budget by figuring out the percentages spent on transportation, guests and more.

86. eHitched.com: This great website supports an easy-to-use wedding budget calculator to ease your financial headache.

87. Onewed: Onewed’s calculator features a lateral graph to show you how your current spending relates to the overall budget.

Miscellaneous Help From destination weddings to going green, these guides have everything you need to know to plan the wedding of your dreams.

88. Great Green Wedding: Throwing an entirely green wedding isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also more economical. Get tips on finding eco-friendly products that are also elegant by reading these posts.

89. Brides Club: From engagement parties to wedding rings, the Brides Club is an excellent resource for getting premium advice on wedding planning.

90. Outdoor Wedding Blog: Outdoor weddings can be tricky to plan. Use the resources found on this blog to help you manage your big day, even if you can’t control the weather.

91. Wedding Help: If you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t shell out extra cash to hire a wedding planner. Turn to this blog, which dispenses free, quality wedding planning advice.

92. Wedding Planning on a Budget: This Squidoo-sponsored blog has lots of resources, links and posts about planning on a budget.

93. Wedding Planners Resource: Recent articles include "The Seven Sins of Wedding Planning" and "Online Wedding Planner and Budget Concerns for your Wedding." Enlist the help of this blogger in order to plan an affordable, beautiful celebration.

94. How to Plan an Affordable Beach Wedding: This simple guide from wikiHow provides valuable tips and ideas for planning a destination wedding.

95. Splurge! Top 5 Places to Spend Money on Your Wedding: A healthy wedding budget allows room for a little indulgence. Use this guide to help you decide where to put more of your wedding savings.

96. Top Wedding Sites: This useful directory connects brides-to-be to the best websites about wedding and honeymoon planning.

97. Destination Bride: If you’re planning a destination wedding, this site can connect you to vendors and planners in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin American and other fabulous places.

98. WeddingDetails.com: This site has everything you need to plan your wedding ceremony and reception. Read articles to get tips and ideas for planning your celebration, research honeymoon destinations and print out worksheets to manage all of your questions about getting a marriage license, planning your budget and more.

99. Plan an Affordable, Memorable Wedding: This article holds that "you can do it without going into debt or breaking the bank."

100. The Knot: Watch runway clips of the newest bridal styles, get tips and ideas for planning the reception and get styling tips to help you outfit the entire bridal party. The Knot also has great tools for managing your guest list, budget, calendar and more.

Be Your Own Virtual Assistant: 100 Tools to Keep Yourself Accountable and Organized

Friday, December 21, 2007 at 4:57pm by Site Administrator

Having your own personal assistant can be great. With an assistant, you don’t have to handle your filing, mail, errands or all of the other little tasks that eat up your day and keep you from getting to more important projects. Of course, not everyone can afford to have their own personal assistant, real or virtual. But with the right tools, you can make your life easier without outsourcing your work to anyone else. Follow this list of tools and resources to make being your own assistant easy.

To Do

While it would be nice to leave the day-to-day tasks to someone else, managing them yourself doesn’t have to be a headache. Keep track of everything you need to do with these simple tools.

  1. Backpack: Backpack can help even the most unorganized business owners get their tasks in order. Not only can you create to-do lists, but there are also features for notes, calendars and reminders.
  2. Stikkit: Leave yourself virtual sticky notes with Stikkit. Whether you’re planning a meeting, organizing your day, or just trying to remember what to get at the grocery store, leave yourself a memo with this program.
  3. Webnote: Never lose your notes from a meeting again with this useful program. Users can take notes on any computer and save them to the Web for easy access later.
  4. The Online CEO: Organize and prioritize like the business owner that you are with this nifty program. Users can assign point values to tasks, with more points for more important tasks, and get the tally at the end of the day.
  5. Ta-Da List: Ta-Da List will allow you to make to-do lists for yourself or anyone else on your staff, making it easier to manage your own tasks as well as those of others.
  6. Remember the Milk: While you can use Remember the Milk to actually help you remember the milk, it can also be used for managing a variety of other work related tasks as well.
  7. Swift To-Do List: This to-do list program allows you to create hierarchical lists, attach email and web addresses to tasks, send reminders, and even create to-do databases to keep track of your tasks long term.
  8. Todoist: This simple to-do list has a built-in calendar and task ranking system to help you stay on top of your tasks. You can even use the keyboard shortcuts to make your work go faster, no assistant needed.
  9. Voo2Do: Voo2Do makes it easy to manage and use your to-do lists. You can organize tasks by project, track the time you’ve spent on them, and even add new tasks by email.
  10. Toodledo: Improve your productivity with the to-do list system on Toodledo. You can even bring it with you on your mobile phone so you can work on the go.
  11. Orchestrate: Simply register on Orchestrate’s website and start creating easy-to-use to-do lists right away.

Accounting

Dont’ make balancing your business’ checkbook more of a chore than it needs to be. Keep your finances in order with these great accounting tools.

  1. Wesabe: Keep track of your money with this great online financial tool. Set financial goals or track incoming and outgoing money with ease.
  2. Instacalc: Chances are pretty good that in the course of your bookkeeping you’ll need to do a few calculations. Use this online calendar to make it easy to get figures, make spreadsheets, or even generate graphs you can embed on a webpage.
  3. Dimewise: Maintain a handle on your finances no matter where you are with this online tool which allows you to manage multiple accounts, generate reports, and log all of your purchases.
  4. LessAccounting: Since you’ve got tons of other things to do, use LessAccounting to manage your finances. Great for small businesses, you’ll be able to keep track of expenses and send out invoices.
  5. Saasu: Saasu will help you speed up your accounting tasks with automated payments, purchasing, billing and even payroll. A computer that does work for you is almost as good as a real assistant!
  6. Xero: Online accounting with Xero allows you to track your finances from anywhere and seamlessly integrate your banking statements to make it much less work for you!
  7. Mint: Take managing your finances to another level with Mint. Not only can you track and record your expenses, but Mint will give you recommendations on how to save or make more money.
  8. QuickBooks: One of the most popular accounting programs, QuickBooks is as fully featured as it gets. Get your finances in order, send invoices, create reports and much more.
  9. Freshbooks: Freshbooks promises "painless billing" to help reduce the amount of time you have to spend sending out invoices by making it easy to send out reports and manage invoices.
  10. Vebio: Freelancers and small business owners will find Vebio to be an especially useful accounting tool. It gives users an easy way to invoice clients and track client billing.
  11. Billing Orchard: Send online bills to clients with Billing Orchard. Whether you’re billing by hour, flat fee, or on a recurring basis, this program can help make it easier.
  12. BillMyClients: Make billing hassle free by using BillMyClients. Send out invoices via the post office or your email with just a click of a button.
  13. Cashboard: This free program will help make logging time and getting paid simple and easy so you’ll have more time to dedicate to other tasks. Design attractive invoices and even integrate Cashboard with Basecamp to keep clients in the loop.
  14. Fluttervoice: Looks matter when it comes to representing your business, so make attractive invoices with Fluttervoice.
  15. Invoice Genie: Invoice Genie gives you an easy way to create invoices, track time, schedule meetings, and manage all of your fiances within one program.
  16. Invoices Made Easy: Designed for small, service-based businesses, this program allows users to print, email, track and even get paid right from the office.
  17. Invoice Place: Save time preparing invoices with Invoice Place. You’ll be able to manage invoices on the run, get overseas currency support, and send and receive billing on everything.
  18. Invotrak: Don’t miss out on payments. Use Invotrak to keep your invoices in order. Track, bill, and manage all of your billing information in one easy-to-use program.
  19. SimplyBill: SimplyBill lives up to its name by making billing extremely simple. Create new invoices, track old ones, and do so much more.
  20. The Invoice Machine: Send out PDF invoices with this easy-to-use online program.

Phone

These tools will help you keep track of your messages and incoming calls.

  1. FaxZERO: While sending things via email is often easier and faster, sometimes you just need to send a fax. Don’t buy an expensive fax machine for this, just use this online program to send a fax anywhere in the United States or Canada for free.
  2. eBuddy: Keep in touch when you’re out of the office with ebuddy. It allows users to sign on to various instant messenger services from a mobile phone, meaning no important contact with clients will be sacrificed if you need to run some errands on your lunch hour.
  3. Gaboogie: You won’t need an assistant to remind you of your conference calls with Gaboogie. This web-based program will make the calls for you and eliminate the need for long passwords and PIN numbers.
  4. AbbyMe: Send phone messages over the Internet with AbbyMe. It can be a great way to send out meeting reminders ahead of time. Simply type in your message and the phone number you want it sent to and the program will read the message to the recipient, acting like your personal assistant without the paycheck.
  5. K7: FaxZERO lets you send out faxes, but you can receive them without an actual fax machine with K7. K7 will assign you a phone number for faxes which will be directed to your inbox.
  6. GrandCentral: Make managing multiple phone lines easy with GrandCentral. The program gives you one number that rings all your phones, goes to one voicemail box, plus lots of extra features.

Email

Make sorting through your inbox easier with these email tools.

  1. Viapoint: Don’t waste time hunting through your inbox for important emails. Viapoint will help you organize emails by contact, company, project or date range without you having to do a thing.
  2. Thunderbird: If you’re looking to an alternative to Outlook, give Thunderbird a try. It’s free, and allows you to customize your email experience.
  3. Plaxo: This online address book service allows you to automatically update your contacts as you or others change them in Plaxo, Outlook or Thunderbird.
  4. Breeze: Don’t spend hours creating and mailing email campaigns to customers. Just use Breeze to easily send out mailings to hundreds of customers at once.
  5. DropSend: Don’t bog down your servers sending out huge emails. Instead, use the service from DropSend to send files of up to 1GB.
  6. iContact: Make email marketing easy with iContact. Send out email campaigns, and track and organize them easily with this program.
  7. Sproutit Mailroom: Overwhelmed by your website email but can’t afford to hire an assistant? Sproutit Mailroom can help by allowing everyone on your team to manage and respond to the emails.
  8. 9cays: Save time reading through email with the great features on 9cays. Instead of paging through tons of responses to group emails, 9cays allows you to create a webpage with all the messages in one easy to read place.
  9. MailWasher: If your email doesn’t already have a spam filter, MailWasher offers a great free solution that will help make navigating through your email easier.
  10. BlueTie: For the small business owner looking for a hosted email solution, BlueTie can be a great choice. You’ll get email as well as tons of other business boosting features.
  11. Contact Grabber: Make collecting contact information easy with Contact Grabber. Simply highlight an email address and the program will save it for you easily and quickly.
  12. Skemma: Save time by automating communications between your coworkers, clients, vendors and more with Skemma.

Scheduling

Plan your day with as little hassle as possible using these great tools.

  1. Acuity Scheduling: Let clients do the scheduling for you with this online tool. Simply set your availability, types of appointments you accept, and clients will choose the appointment they want.
  2. Calendar Hub: This online calendar can be a great place to keep track of appointments and company goals and you can access it from anywhere.
  3. epointment: Create an online agenda as epointment. You’ll find tools to schedule meetings, keep track of important dates, and even get reminders sent to your phone if you’re not on the Internet.
  4. Schedulebook: Schedulebook will make it easy to schedule meeting rooms, supplies, and appointments depending on your needs.
  5. SmartCal: SmartCal is a great way to keep yourself organized and schedule appointments online. You can also get reminders, organize groups and much more when you sign up.
  6. ScheduleAnywhere: Need to schedule your employees for hours, meetings or conferences? Try out ScheduleAnywhere to make scheduling easy and quick.
  7. EZAgenda: This web-based scheduler is integrated with your email, allowing you to add appointments and share them easily.
  8. MyMRM: Have trouble with scheduling space in your office? Don’t fight over the conference room, try using MyMRM to let everyone know and share scheduled time.
  9. OrgScheduler: If you don’t have a personal assistant or secretary, OrgScheduler can make it easy to share an organization-wide calendar that lets employees know about important meetings, company holidays and more.
  10. Memo to Me: Get a friendly reminder sent to you with the Memo to Me service. Remind yourself or others of meetings, deadlines, projects and anything else you can think of.

Presentations and Meetings

Use these tools to get ready for your next big meeting with clients or investors.

  1. Campfire: If you need to have a quick online meeting, Campfire can be a great tool. Private, password-protected chatrooms can be set up quickly and easily.
  2. GoToMeeting: Web conference with ease using GoToMeeting. You’ll be able to share files, give presentations, and more with a subscription to the service.
  3. Demofuse: Create tours of your website, or a client’s site, and send or embed them in a webpage with Demofuse. It’s a great way to show off your work!
  4. Dimdim: This open source meeting web conferencing tool will make setting up and attending online meetings easy as pie. You’ll also be able to share presentations, applications and even your desktop through the program.
  5. PreZentit: PreZentit will allow you to create wonderful presentations online and share them with clients or anyone you’d like.
  6. Screencast-o-Matic: Make showing clients how to use software or websites a snap with this program. It creates a video recording of your screen and the site hosts it for free.
  7. SlideBurner: Create slideshows of your work or business and share them with clients all over the world.
  8. Spresent: If you’re looking for an alternative to PowerPoint, give Spresent a try. This web-based program is flash based and easy-to-use.
  9. Thumbstacks: Make presentations and share them with coworkers and clients online with Thumbstacks.
  10. Viewbook: Viewbook is a great place to store your presentations, slideshows and portfolios online so they can easily be mailed to others or retrieved later for use.

Information Management

Keep track of important information, files, and anything else with these organizational tools.

  1. Basecamp: Store and share information online with Basecamp. Collaborate with coworkers or just keep your files in a secure place online.
  2. Project Stat.us: Don’t keep your clients in the dark about information on your projects. Keep your status online so you won’t have to field constant calls.
  3. iOrganize: Keep all your important information like contacts, notes, and bookmarks in one place with iOrganize so you won’t be left wishing you could call someone else to find them.
  4. Bubbl.us: Get your ideas out there with Bubbl.us’ online brainstorming tools. Create mind maps, write down ideas, share them with others and more.
  5. Cebase: Cebase is an impressive online database program. A simple point and click interface lets you enter data and quickly share it with anyone you’d like.
  6. DabbleDB:Get tons of great features with this database program. Users can enter data, share it, change views and more.
  7. Domain Log Book: Own multiple domains for your business? Keep track of them and view their page rank with this program.
  8. Fluxiom: Manage your digital media with this online tool. Host your pictures, marketing materials, contracts and more on Fluxiom.
  9. iOutliner: Organize your thoughts, ideas, projects and anything else you can think of into structured outlines with iOutliner.
  10. Lazybase: Would you like to create an online database but want it to be easy? Try out Lazybase. You can upload any kind of information you want by using a secret URL.
  11. Quickbase: This web-based database from Intuit is great for project management, sales management and much more.

Project and Time Management

Your time is valuable, so don’t waste it on tasks you don’t need to. Instead, use these tools to help you make the most of it and keep your projects running smoothly without any outside assistance.

  1. Harvest: Track your time with this simple web-based program. You can even generate reports to let clients know the status of your projects or just keep track of time for your own purposes.
  2. Dot Project: This open-source project management tool can help you get your next project organized and on task.
  3. FunctionFox: If you’re in a creative line of business, give FunctionFox a try for tracking your projects and making sure everything progresses smoothly.
  4. 88 Miles: Keep track of how much time you’re spending on all of your projects for easy billing. 88 Miles lets you easily punch in and out of projects and has an on-screen timer to let you know how much time has elapsed.
  5. ActionThis: ActionThis is a web-based team management program with great centralized project management as well as systems to track client information and individual assignments.
  6. Clocking IT: Track your task progress and time at once with Clocking IT. Features include tagging, search, milestones and integrated wikis.
  7. Emergent Task Timer: This timer from the Printable CEO can help you break tasks down into 15 minute intervals.
  8. PunchyTime: Keep track of the time you spend on every project as you work, rather than after the fact. PunchyTime is a great solution for creative companies working by the hour.
  9. Project Insight: Project Insight is one of the leading online project management systems. It’s intuitive and easy to use and will allow you to collaborate easily with coworkers.
  10. Timepost: This project timer will automatically get all your projects and to-dos from different web project managers, saving you the hassle of having to re-enter things from each program.

Client Relations

You won’t need an assistant to bring up customer contact information with these programs. It will already be at your fingertips from just about anywhere.

  1. DocuSign: Need something signed right away? Dont’ bother sending it over, get a signature online with DocuSign. Get legally binding signatures that allow you to seal the deal quickly, shutting out the competition.
  2. HoneyPitch: Put together proposals, presentations, contracts and estimates with this great CRM tool.
  3. ClientScribe: Keep track of all your client contacts using ClientScribe. You can keep your emails, phone records, faxes and proposals in one place, organized by client.
  4. Entellium: This CRM tool has award-winning design, free support and great features to help you treat your customers like they deserve.
  5. Highrise: Keep in touch with your customers with the online contact management system in Highrise.
  6. Heap: This is a simple CRM system that allows you to instant message, keep track of a calendar, and organize contacts.
  7. Pipeline Deals: Make CRM easy with Pipeline Deals’ simple notebook format that allows you to organize files, emails, notes and documents.
  8. Relenta CRM: Relenta CRM makes keeping track of customer data easy with systems to manage contact info, documents and much more.
  9. Sugar CRM: This CRM program focuses on improving your sales performance and marketing effectiveness.
  10. vtiger: vtiger is a great open-source CRM designed for small businesses. Users will get access to features for automation, customer support, sales, marketing, inventory management and more.

Top 100 Posts for Organizing Your Life

Thursday, December 20, 2007 at 6:57pm by Site Administrator

As a bootstrapper, you no doubt have more than enough responsibilities to worry about in your struggle to launch a successful business, spend time with your family and manage your financial accounts, from fundraising to investing to spending. Organizing each aspect of your life is of course the optimum goal, but who has time to set up a complex organization system? These 100 posts, categorized in no particular order, are written to help you manage and declutter your life, one step at a time. Work From organizing your work space to figuring out your career, these posts will help you manage your professional life. 1. 13 Tips for Working Smarter, Not Harder: Straighten out your priorities at work and learn to minimize busy work with the tips outlined in this article. 2. Organize Your Office in Ten Minutes a Day: This post assigns a simple organizing trick to each day of your work week. Declutter on Mondays, take inventory on Tuesdays, consider new organizing strategies on Wednesdays, sort your paperwork on Thursdays, and file on Fridays. 3. Office Organizing Tips: Professional organizer Vicki Norris gives professionals tips like "invest in adequate furniture" and "establish a paper processing area" to better organize their offices. 4. Paper Management Tips: Reduce the amount of paper stacks you have piled around your office with these great ideas. 5. Organize Your Office Supply Cabinet: The supply cabinet is supposed to keep you organized right? Not if you’re constantly stashing random items anywhere they’ll fit. This post will show you how to organize your supply cabinet, down to the tiniest detail. 6. 15 Tips to Make Today the Day You Finish Your To-Do List: This article maintains that "your best weapon against the rising tide of to-do is dedicating a day to destroying that list." Learn how to tackle your massive to-do list in one day with these tips. 7. Organize Your Documents Online: This list of tools shows professionals how to straighten up the office by minimizing paperwork. 8. Organize Your Desk in 8 Steps: Tips like "keep office supplies in one drawer only" and "keep a spiral notebook by the phone" will help you clear off the clutter from your desk. 9. 6 Ideas for Conquering Email Clutter: Business owners can receive upwards of 100 junk emails a day. Learn how to declutter your inbox with these smart tips. 10. Organize Your Office and Improve Your Office Design: This in-depth post offers lots of great ideas for setting up an office that is "both pleasing and functional." 11. Office Organizing Tips: The Time Manager gives tips on reducing interruptions, scheduling meetings and prioritizing tasks in order to promote a more productive, organized day. 12. 10 Tips for Growing Your Business the Organized Way: From developing a business plan to practicing effective marketing strategies, growing a business can be an overwhelming process. Organize your goals and responsibilities with this simple guide. Home Office Many entrepreneurs have the luxury of working from home, but maintaining an organized home office is harder than it sounds. This list will lead you to articles about keeping it all straight. 13. 10 Easy Steps to An Organized Home Office: Use these tips to create a professional but personal home office. 14. Organize Your Home Office: Purge your home office of items that belong in other parts of the house, like laundry and toys. Get more great tips by reading the article. 15. Get Organized! Organizing Your Home Office: This post from Women’s Media discusses how lighting, ample storage space and a private phone line "guard productivity" and keep you organized. 16. 5 Tips to Organize Your Home Office: The iVillage Home and Garden supplies readers with 5 simple ideas for straightening up your home office. 17. Children in the Home Business Environment: Learn how to resist temptations and reduce interruptions when you work at home with your kids. 18. What to Do When Your Desk is a Disaster: This post contains great tips from a professional time management and organization expert. 19. Working at Home and Time Management: Time management is especially important when you work from home. These tips will help you stay productive while maintaining a flexible schedule. 20. Tips to Organize Your Home Office: Learn how to "control how others affect your productivity," organize your desk, set up an effective filing system and more. 21. How to Organize a Home Office: eHow lays out a step-by-step guide for organizing a productive home office. 22. Tips to Organize Your Home Office: This post from the career advisor at Monster.com is a helpful resource for home-based professionals. 23. Organize Your Home Office and Get More Work Done: Lisa Kanarek shares with readers how organization is directly linked to productivity. Follow her tips for designing an efficient home office. 24. 50 Practical Home Office Feng Shui Tips: Use the principles of feng shui to cultivate a peaceful yet productive work environment in your home. Personal Life Dates, doctor’s appointments, holidays, family time: how can a busy bootstrapper keep track of it all? These posts will show you how. 25. 5 Organizing Tips from the Pros: These quick and easy organization tips will keep your day on track. 26. Plan Well, Travel Well: This post shares tips for reconciling spontaneity with order when planning a vacation. 27. Do You Live in Your Car?: Many of us, from commuters to stay at home moms, feel like we live in our cars. This post gives tips for organizing your car to lighten the load. 28. Tips for Traveling with Children: This post will show you how to prepare for a vacation with the kids. 29. If Mama Ain’t Happy, Ain’t Nobody Happy: This post divulges the secret to "squeezing in time to nurture yourself" by better organizing your time and paying better attention to your own needs. 30. Personal Improvement in a Balanced, Simplified Way: Learn how to set goals for yourself with the tips laid out in this post. 31. 6 Keys to Respecting Your Time: Prioritize your daily activities by respecting your time with these 6 keys. 32. Ways to Say No: Simplify your schedule and organize your life by learning when to say no. These 5 ways will help you be more assertive. 33. Time Management Tips for the Busy Dinner and Evening Hours: Evenings are supposed to be a time for us to wind down after a hectic day, but extracurricular activities often mean that our busy schedules continue well past dark. Learn how to get evenings back with the ideas proposed in this article. 34. Morning Madness: Start your day off right by giving your mornings an updated schedule. 35. Organize Your Day With Routines: BellaOnline explains why formulating and maintaining daily routines will help you become better organized. 36. 7 Ways to Catch Your Breath: Sometimes all you need to organize your life is a little perspective. Take a minute to catch your breath before you jump back into your busy life. Family From soccer practices to music recitals to planning for a new baby, the following articles will help you learn how to take a deep breath and organize your family life so that you can appreciate it more fully. 37. Great Ways to Be More Organized — and Have More Time for the People You Love: You may have to dig for it, but finding and defining free time to spend with your friends and family is important. This post shares ways to organize your day so that you’re left with more time with the people you love. 38. Set Up a Monthly Calendar for your Family: This post gives "quick tips to make a monthly calendar succeed" in your household. Include chores, vacations, school holidays and other important items. 39. How I Organize My Kids’ Crafts: Get fantastic storage ideas from this post by Julie Bonner. 40. 4 Family Organizing Tips: Tips like holding family meetings, and giving everyone things to do will make your family more organized. 41. 8 Great Tips to Organize Kids’ Rooms: Smart tips like "take a child’s eye view" and "make it easier to put away, harder to get out" will keep your kids’ rooms from getting overly messy. and organizing by reading the tips listed in this article. 42. Get Your Better Half to Help Out: Convince your husband or wife to pitch in with the cleaning and organizing by reading the tips listed in this article. 43. Organize Your Family Life With Famundo: This post from Lifehacker features the Web-based calendar and to-do list Famundo that is designed to whip your family’s chaotic lifestyle into shape. 44. Organize Your Family with a Family Binder: The blog Zen Habits suggests starting a family binder to organize important documents, emergency phone numbers, weekly menus and more. 45. Plan to Succeed: Teaching Kids the Planner Habit: Train your children to organize their own lives by encouraging them to keep a planner even when they’re young. 46. Revolutionize Your Relationship: Even relationships sometimes need an organizational makeover. This post lists common problems that spouses have and offers ways to fix them. 47. Organize Your Family’s Schedule in No Time: Anyone with kids knows it’s difficult, if not impossible, to sync up everyone’s schedules, but this post teaches readers how you can better organize your family’s day with these great ideas. 48. Tame Morning Madness with a Family Launch Pad: Mornings can be a hectic time when the kids are trying to get to school, you’re off to work, and everyone is trying to remember their schedules for later in the day. This post shows you how to create a family launch pad or headquarters for keeping backpacks, briefcases and to-do lists. Home Learn how to organize every room in the house, from the living room to your kids’ bedrooms. 49. Get STUFF Out of Your House: From books to old clothes, find ways to get items that you no longer use out of the house for good. 50. Organizing the Entrances to Your Home: Hallways and entryways often go unnoticed when you clean your home. This post explains why it’s important to pay special attention to these areas. 51. Power Tools for an Organized Home: This post outlines the necessary tools like Sharpies, binders and sheet protectors that keep your home super organized. 52. Room-by-Room Makeover Organizing: This post gives great tips for organizing the dining room, kitchen, living room, bedrooms, bathroom, laundry room and home office. 53. How to Start Organizing Your Home: Maybe you haven’t started organizing your home because you just don’t know where to begin. This article will help you get inspired by outlining a simple plan for the daunting task. 54. Lighten the Load: Laundry Systems Analysis: This post shows readers how to set up an effective laundry system so that you and your family always have clean clothes. 55. The Ultimate Workshop: Set up an organized, well-stocked workshop in your garage with these necessary tools. 56. Five Easy Tricks for Handling Problem Rooms: If you think your room is too small or the ceiling is too low, try out these tricks that will help you make the most of any space. 57. How to Organize Your Home: This guide from Lifehack.org offers simple but effective tips like "everything has a home" and "pick up as you go," which will turn your house into a clean, organized home. 58. 50 Ideas to Organize Your Home: From the bathroom to your kids’ rooms, this post will help you transform your home. 59. Organizing Your House: This post from Mrs. Clean shares secrets for discovering hidden storage spaces in your home. She also encourages readers to reduce clutter by walking through your house with a "stranger’s eye" and evaluating what fits and what doesn’t. 60. Turn Your Bedroom into a Haven: When you’re expecting company, do you clean up by throwing everything into your bedroom? This post maintains that your bedroom should have a "nurturing atmosphere," so consider starting your next organizing project by giving your bedroom the attention it deserves. Finances Get your finances in order with the valuable advice given in these posts. 61. 10 Tips to Organize and Simplify Bill Paying: Helpful tips include "designate two to four days per month to pay your bills" and "condense your credit cards." 62. Are You Really Saving All You Can?: Learn to organize your finances better and prepare for emergencies by checking out these saving tips. 63. Organize and Simplify Your Spending: Organizing your finances starts by taking a realistic look at your spending habits. Read this article to help you revamp your budgeting strategies in order to organize your overall financial situation. 64. 8 Tips for Keeping More of Your Hard Earned Money: This post shows you how to save more money through better organizing tactics like "pay yourself first" and outlining your mortgage and retirement funds. 65. Organize Your Finances for Tax Time: Access tax templates, calculators and more tips for organizing your finances when tax time hits. 66. Organizing Your Personal Finances: This post encourages readers to "break down the organization into steps" and setting up a personalized system that works for you, like stashing all of your receipts in a single basket or using a computer software program for online budgeting. 67. The Cost of Disorganization. Can you Afford It?: Find out how much money you’re losing by not maintaining an organized budget. 68. Organize Your Spending: Erin Huffstetler from About.com teaches readers "how to organize your finances in a way that contributes to your financial success" in her step-by-step guide. 69. 10 Easy Ways to Organize Your Business Finances: This clear, concise article lists the top 10 ways professionals can organize their business finances. Effective tips include: actually read your credit card statements and computerize your checkbook. 70. 5 Ways to Organize Your Finances: Tips like "consolidate your credit cards" and "keep your tax-related stuff" in one place will give your financial situation more clarity. 71. Organize Your Bills: Get a handle on your bill paying each month with these tips from consultant Diana Brock Makes. 72. Organize Your Financial Life: This post from MSN Money gives readers a realistic approach to organizing their finances. Find out "why filing systems fail" and how to create a bill paying regime that works for you. Health and Fitness Many of us have good intentions when it comes to starting a new health and fitness routine; unfortunately, though, intentions won’t help us lose the pounds or stay healthy. If you need some extra inspiration to whip your wellness program into shape, check out these posts. 73. Organizing My Diet: Keep track of what you eat by planning out daily or weekly menus for yourself and "organizing your eating habits." 74. Organize Your Fitness Effort: Debbie Rocker writes for Yahoo! Health, telling readers that "happiness takes effort, and yes, in our day and time, organization, too." Follow her guide to organize your fitness effort by cleaning out your kitchen of unhealthy foods, planning out menus, and weighing yourself only every 2 weeks. 75. A Healthy Option On How to Organize Your Workouts: Workout instructor David C. Brown shares ideas for organizing your fitness routine so that your body gets a healthy, stress-free workout. 76. Organize Your Health: Fitsugar’s post on organizing your health provides a list of tools and planners to keep tabs on your diet and exercise regimens. 77. Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet: Find out which meds to keep and which need to be thrown out with this guide from About.com. 78. What to Do About Stress?: This "30-Point Plan for the small and big business person" will help you learn methods of alleviating stress and improving your emotional health. 79. 10 More Tips for Your Wellness Journey: Simple tips like these will inspire you to start and maintain a healthy fitness schedule. 80. ADD and Optimal Self Care: In our hectic world, it can be difficult to find time to relax and focus on the things that really matter. This post gives tips for beating the ADD-like mindset and finding time for yourself. 81. Avoid Common Fitness Pitfalls: This post cautions against 10 exercise pitfalls like eating too little, doing too much too soon and ignoring expert advice. Avoid these nasty little habits in order to develop a long lasting, effective fitness routine. 82. Can You Organize Your Way to Happiness (And Health Too?): This post reveals the positive happiness and health benefits of leading an organized lifestyle. 83. 10 Foods for Better Health: Incorporate these 10 power foods like salmon, nuts and tea into your weekly menu to follow a healthy diet plan. 84. Finding Time to Exercise: Does a busy bootstrapper like you really have time to exercise? Check out these 5 clever fitness tips that will help you find time to be proactive about your health. Miscellaneous From birthday parties to weddings to the holidays, these posts will help you organize every other aspect of your busy life. 85. Don’t Just Get Organized, Stay Organized!: These "7 concepts that stick" will let you lead a more organized life. 86. Cut Your Clutter Calories!: Discover your clutter weaknesses: do you shop at garage sales? Accept freebies? Cut out clutter calories to make room for a more organized life. 87. Wikify Your Life: How to Organize Everything: Use wikis to store and organize all kinds of information, from shopping lists to vacation lists to to-do lists! 88. Color Your Way to Organization: Stacey Agin Murray explains the benefits of color coding your home and office so that you can be better organized. 89. Need More Storage? Think Vertical: Declutter It’s Julie Bonner shows readers how adding vertical storage space is possible in any kitchen, garage, or office. 90. A Checklist for Moving and Relocating: Moving to a new city, state or even country requires a lot of organizational effort. Use this checklist to help you pack and purge. 91. Organize a Birthday Party for Kids: wikiHow gives great tips for organizing a birthday party for kids that will keep the good times rolling. 92. Plan Your Wedding in 13 Simple Steps: Can it really be that easy? LifeOrganizers.com shows brides-to be how to minimize stress during the wedding planning process. 93. 3 Simple Pre-Holiday Organizing Tips: This detailed guide offers just a few simple ideas that will help you get through the holidays. Tips like"take inventory before you buy" and "look back, look forward" will prevent you from overspending and running your errands at the last minute. 94. How to Simplify for a Less Stressful, More Joyful Holiday Season!: Follow Ariane Benefit’s "20 tips for easy decorating, gift-giving, card sending and entertaining." 95. Time Management Tips: Organizing Errands: Learn how to plan ahead, take inventory, and car pool to make your trip to the store less frustrating. 96. Organize Your Shopping List: Stop running around the store in all different directions by organizing your shopping list before you go out. 97. How to Organize Cat, Dog and Pet Stuff to Keep Your Home Easy-to-Clean: Pets are a part of the family, but they can cause a lot of mess and disorganization around the house. Check out this post for ideas on how to minimize pet clutter. 98. The Top 3 Excuses We Use to Keep Our Clutter: About.com writer Sarah Aguirre debunks 3 common myths that keep us from organizing our homes. 99. Organizing Your Coupons: This post is great for discount lovers who need to organize their mountain of coupons. 100. 10 Benefits of Being Organized: Saving money, spending more quality time with family, and having more energy and less stress are just a few of the benefits of organizing your life.

101 Quick Fixes – Solve All Your Problems in 5 Minutes or Less

Thursday, December 13, 2007 at 1:57am by Site Administrator

It’s your worst day ever: your car breaks down, you got a run in your panty hose, and you start to feel a cold coming on. Don’t worry about running to the doctor or spending a fortune on a replacement for a new car part; instead, check out our list of 101 quick fixes. From exercise tricks to organizational hacks these will help you get your day back on track in no time.

Health and Wellness

Monitor your health and wellness with these 5-minute check-ins.

  1. Motivate yourself: Is your exercise motivation starting to suffer? HealthHacks.com recommends measuring your progress to motivate yourself to continue exercising and set new goals. Write down your personal expectations as a way to commit yourself.
  2. Tone your arms: Whenever you’ve got a few extra minutes, give your workout a quick fix by doing this fast push up routine.
  3. Take deep breaths: Take a minute to de-stress by relaxing your shoulders and taking several slow, deep breaths. You’ll feel instantly energized and will gain more perspective on your many to-do lists.
  4. Listen to your favorite song: Another way to dispel stress is to take a few minutes to listen to your favorite song. If you’re at home, dance around the room to loosen up and relax.
  5. Fitness Fix: Oops! You weren’t supposed to eat that whole piece of cake at the office birthday party. When you get home, try one of these intense cardio moves to blast extra calories.
  6. Airborne: Many people swear by Airborne tablets when they want to avoid getting a cold. At the first sign of the sniffles, gulp down a glass (no matter how bad it tastes!)
  7. Take a nap: This one might take a little longer than 5 minutes, but even a short cat nap will help your body rejuvenate, especially if you think you’re starting to get sick. Continuing to pull all-nighters will only make your system crash.
  8. Quick Fixes for a Cold: From multiple glasses of orange juice to Zicam, find out what these Yahoo! recommend to help you feel better when you have a cold.
  9. Alka-Seltzer: Whether you’ve got indigestion or a killer hangover, a glass of Alka-Seltzer will soothe your tummy in no time.
  10. Slap cold water on your face: When you’re exhausted, nervous, or just need a little more perspective on life, run to the bathroom and slap some cold water on your face to bring back the more coherent, sensible you.
  11. Meditate: Studies show that meditating for just a few minutes at a time can help to "increase energy and decrease anxiety and stress."
  12. A Quick Fix for Fainting: The next time you feel faint, try "crossing your ankles and clenching your thighs together, or interlocking your fingertips and pulling in opposite directions, [which] makes the fainting feeling go away."

Home and Garden

From cleaning up the lawn to repairing furniture, this list is full of DIY projects that will improve the overall appearance and quality of your home.

  1. Homestyle Cleaning Solutions: These Hints From Heloise homemade cleaning solutions will save you from having to run to the store to buy cleaning supplies to straighten up before company comes.
  2. Patching up the roof: Until you can save up to call the roofers, use this guide to help you install metal flashings for a quick fix.
  3. Reduce Swelling on Doors: To reduce the swelling on old doors, TextFiles.com advises homeowners to blow hot air from a hand-held hair dryer directly on the places that are causing the doors to stick. Once you have removed the moisture from those spots, the swelling will go down."
  4. How to Clean a Lampshade: This article reveals a smart tip for getting rid of stains on a lampshade: rub a gummy eraser over the spots.
  5. Heloise Tackles Holiday Stains: From coffee to cranberries, check out these fast fixes for getting rid of unsightly stains.
  6. How to Drill Without Getting Dust in Your Eye: This quick fix was designed with DIY homeowners in mind. If you’re drilling a hole into the ceiling, cut a small hole into an aluminum pan and then hold it up over the hole you’re making in the ceiling.
  7. Brighten up a room: When was the last time you dusted your lampshades or light fixtures? If you’re wondering why your room is looking so gloomy, take a dust cloth and swipe it over your light bulbs for a quick brightening trick.
  8. Ten Quick Landscape Fixes: Clean up your lawn and garden with these temporary solutions to overgrown weeds and more.
  9. Make the most of color: After the painters left, did you break down and change your mind about what color you wanted your walls to be? Prevention.com has an idea for how you can recover immediately: "Scavenge the rest of your house for accessories that will tone down the offending color" like contrasting pillows and accessories.
  10. Make the most of your lighting: If your furniture is impossible dusty, dim the lights a little so your guests won’t see. Make the most of each room’s lighting to hide spots, stains and dust or to show off your cleanest, most attractive areas.

Food and Drink

Check out our list of quick fixes for recipes, drink ideas and solutions to other food-related crises.

  1. Fastest Dinner Recipes: If you’re in a bind about what to cook for dinner, visit this site for GoodHousekeeping’s list of fastest dinner recipes.
  2. Fake a Steamer: If you don’t have a steamer but are halfway through your recipe before you realize you need one, read this guide on how to improvise.
  3. Upgrade your vodka: All of you’ve got is McCormick’s, and you just found out that your boss is coming over. Instead of rushing out to the liquor store, pour your vodka into a Brita. The filtered vodka will be much tastier with those martinis.
  4. How to Avoid Crying When Chopping Onions: Get your eyes to stop watering by cutting out a cone from the bottom of the onion before you start chopping and dicing.
  5. Stop the burn: After eating hot peppers or chiles, your mouth will be on fire. Water won’t help it cool down, so what do you do? Check out this post to find out what works.
  6. Make a fire from a can of Coke and a chocolate bar: If you’re trying to make dinner in the middle of the woods but can’t seem to get a spark going, use this trusty hack from WildwoodsSurvival.com to make a fire.
  7. How to Cure a Hangover: About.com writer Colleen Graham offers several quick tips for curing a hangover, including drinking orange juice, taking Alka-Seltzer, making a Bloody Mary and drinking pickle juice.
  8. Quick and Easy Snacks: If you find yourself starving in between meals, don’t waste time (and calories) rummaging through the vending machine or cabinets for a little of this and a little of that. Visit this website to find the most effective snacks that will satisfy your cravings.
  9. 10 Minute Meals: Can you really make an entire meal in 10 minutes? Follow these recipes to find out how to prepare delicious dishes in a flash.
  10. Soften cookies that have been cooked too long: If your cookies came out crunchier than you wanted, put them into a ziploc bag with a piece of bread. Let them sit overnight, and they’ll be soft and yummy in the morning.

Travel

When you’re away from home, simple problems can seem so much wore. Read below for easy tricks to help you get back to your vacation.

  1. Chew gum to stop ears from popping on a plane: Unless you can continue to induce yawning for 10 solid minutes, your best bet to stop your ears from popping during take-off and landing is to chew gum.
  2. Soothe dry skin after a flight: After a long flight, your skin and lips could probably use a little rehydration. For skin, The Daily Obsession blog recommends Evian Water Spray. For lips, crush a capsule of Vitamin E and rub onto your lips.
  3. Franklin Global Translator: If your college French skills suddenly take their leave the moment you land in Paris, use a portable electronic translator like this one to help you on your trip.
  4. Instant Humidity: The 43 Folders wiki knows how to beat super dry hotel rooms: just wet an extra towel and hang it over your headboard to balance out the humidity.
  5. Beauty Tricks for Travel: This article from MarieClaire.com has several great beauty hacks that will save you from the drying effects of long plane trips.
  6. Fog-Proof Bathroom Mirror: Hotel bathroom mirrors are notorious for fogging up after each shower. This post suggests soaping up the mirror and then buffing it off with a dry towel to keep "the mist from condensing on the mirror."
  7. Book online: If you need to change a flight or just want to plan a very last minute vacation, skip the travel agent and the airport agents and book online. Travelers can find great deals on Expedia.com or Hotwire.com.

Automotive and Electronic

From car parts to XBoxes, take a look at these tips for temporary solutions to broken down vehicles and electronics.

  1. Quick Fixes for Better Sound: Want to get better sound out of your microphone or sound system without having to pay for new equipment? Check out this article, which gives great tips including cleaning your contacts, enabling high-res mode on plug-ins and more.
  2. Fix a leaky radiator pipe with duct tape: TheCarConnection.com recommends using duct tape for patching up a leaky radiator pipe until you can bring your car into the shop.
  3. Get rid of body rust: DoItYourself.com has a handy idea for buffing out rust on your vehicle. Dip a piece of steel wool in kerosene and use it to "rub away small rust patches."
  4. Fix a dragging tailpipe with a coat hanger: If your tailpipe is dragging on the road, wrap a metal coat hanger around the pipe, "looping through where the clamp was and twisting it at the ends."
  5. Prevent foggy windows: Use shaving cream to coat your car’s windshield when they start to fog up. You can buff it off with dry paper towels and "repeat whenever the windows begin to collect fog again, or after washing your windows with window cleaner."
  6. Fix-A-Flat: If you can’t remember how to change your flat, or you’d just rather get off the side of the interstate as fast as you can, air up your flat tire with Fix-A-Flat, which "seals and inflates in just minutes," according to the product’s website.
  7. Clean corroded battery terminals: Make your own cleaning solution made up of baking soda and water to clean corroded battery terminals and increase their connectivity.
  8. Fix a dent: Instead of taking your car to the shop every time someone dents your car door in the parking lot, DoItYourself.com recommends getting the toilet plunger and "placing it over the dent. Pump the plunger to create suction, and pull. The dent should pop out when you pull away the plunger."
  9. XBox 360 Towel Trick: Can you really fix an old XBox 360 with a fluffy towel? This article from engadget.com says you can, maintaining "that blanketing your 360 with a towel, firing it up for 10 minutes or so, turning it off, and then removing the towel will mysteriously allow your machine to function for a couple hours."
  10. Use aluminum foil to fix your antenna: It’s an old school method that still works. If you’re getting terrible reception on your TV, try wrapping bits of tin foil around the antenna to attract a better signal.
  11. 5 Quick Fix-It Tips for Your iPhone: If you’re having problems with your iPhone, use these quick fix-it tips to unfreeze it, manage the reset options and more.
  12. Going Green: Follow these tips to find a way to go green even when you’re using technology.

Fashion and Beauty

Wardrobe malfunctions can happen at anytime. Arm yourself with these quick fix solutions that will help you look your best, no matter what.

  1. Patch up panty hose: Paint clear nail polish around a run in panty hose to seal up the hole and prevent it from tearing even further.
  2. Dry nail polish faster with cold water: After letting newly-painted nails air dry for two minutes, dunk them into a bowl of ice cold water to let the polish harden.
  3. Zap a pimple overnight: Dab toothpaste on a pimple before you go to sleep to instantly dry it up. It might take two or nights for the pimple to go away completely, but this trick is especially effective if you can catch the pimple in its early stages.
  4. Tame fly-aways with clear mascara: If you’re trying to control a specific hairstyle, or if the weather is too humid for your unruly hair, swipe a small amount of clear mascara over the fly-aways to hold them in place.
  5. Look more awake with white eyeliner: After you’ve finished your makeup, do you still look like you could use a few more hours of sleep? Perk up your eyes by applying white eyeliner to the inner corners of your eyelid. You’ll only need a little bit to make your whole face look brighter.
  6. Fix a pilling sweater: iVillage’s Beauty page has a quick fix for a pilling sweater: "Rub a piece of Velcro along the pilled fabric" to smooth it down.
  7. Fix a Streaky Self Tan: This tip from CBSNews.com advises readers to "sweep a cotton ball soaked in 100 percent lemon juice over streaky areas" to blend in a tan.
  8. Clean up make up stains: Remove make up stains from your clothes by gently rubbing baby wipes on the spot.
  9. Improvise when you lose the back of an earring: The blog Beauty Women Advice suggests taking the eraser off a pencil to improvise when you lose the back to your earring.
  10. Preparation H your face: If your face is swollen because you’ve eaten too much salt, you could gulp down several glasses of water (which will only make your tummy bloated for the next few hours). Or, you could "massage massage a pea-size dab of Preparation-H on swollen areas…and wash it off after 15 minutes," according to a December 2001 article in Shape magazine.
  11. Quick Fix for a Locker Room Disaster: This blogger writes about saving face when she realizes the only products she has in her locker room bag are a blow dryer, black eyeliner and Udderly Smooth Udder Cream.
  12. Slim down your face with make up: Forget dieting. This beauty quick fix shows readers how to slim down their faces with a few makeup tricks, like playing up eyes, plumping up lips and highlighting your cheeks with bronzer, blush and highlighters.
  13. Lipstick recipe: You’re in a rush to meet your date on time, and you realize that you’re out of lipstick — or worse, your lipstick just broke off in your rush to crack open the tube. Realsimple.com has a recipe for improvising at the last minute: Dab cream or even powder blush onto your lips and then top off with lip gloss or Chapstick to smooth it over.
  14. 3 Quick Fix Makeup Tips: What do you do when you realize you’ve put on way too much makeup? Don’t wash your face and start all over: read this guide to help you fix your face in seconds.

Gift Giving

Have you been procrastinating or did you really not receive the invite until the day of the party? Find last minute gifts with these clever ideas.

  1. The Gift Card: Gift cards from department stores, boutiques, restaurants and cinema houses are great presents that require hardly any thought. Pick one up on the way to the party for a quick fix.
  2. Money: Stuff your extra cash into a card for a gift that will be appreciated by anyone.
  3. Lottery Tickets: Lottery tickets are cheap and fun additions to any card or gift bag. Throw in a few scratch off games, but only if they agree to share the big prizes with you!
  4. Unused bath soaps: Everyone has an extra stash of shower gel and pretty bath soaps under the sink. As long as they’re still in the wrapper and the seal hasn’t been broken, swipe your unused bath soaps and scented lotions for an indulgent gift.
  5. Magazine subscription: This gift idea is the perfect quick fix, because you don’t even have to buy it in time for the party. Just slip one of the order inserts from one of the recipient’s favorite magazines into a card, and tell them their first magazine will arrive in the mail shortly. Don’t forget to order it as soon as you get home.
  6. Baked goods: If you forgot to bring a gift for the host or hostess of the party you’re attending, put some Ready to Bake! Pillsbury cookie dough into the oven. Your host will appreciate the gesture, and besides, who doesn’t love homemade cookies?

Study Reviews

Last minute cram sessions require these quick-fix websites and guides when you need to review for a test fast.

  1. SparkNotes: Touted as "today’s most popular study guides," the SparkNotes review guides are a great way to review for tests, class discussions or essay assignments. If you didn’t read the book, you can find in-depth character analyses, a section that outlines themes and motifs and of course, a plot overview.
  2. PinkMonkey: PinkMonkey also features a vault of study guides for books and college text books.
  3. Study World: Students can find Cliffs Notes, Monarch notes and other useful study guides here for a quick fix when trying to review for class.
  4. Babel Fish: Your Spanish paper is due in 30 minutes, and you’re still having trouble translating the title! Use Babel Fish to help you translate in a flash.
  5. FreeTranslation.com: FreeTranslation.com is another website that offers free translation services that are instant and reliable.
  6. CliffsNotes: CliffsNotes claims to be "the fastest way to learn." Get help with study guides in all subjects, not just literature.

Professional Quick Fixes

Sometimes it’s just not your day. Read below to find out how to deal with stressful situations, manage clients and more.

  1. 30 Quick Fixes for Windows XP and Vista: If your office computers run on Windows operating systems, chances are you’ve got a lot of little bugs now and then. Check out this popular article for how to make the most of your Windows computer.
  2. Quick Fixes for Wardrobe Troubles: This article shows professionals how to make the most of their office supplies when you have a wardrobe malfunction.
  3. Sign up for a spam filter: If your inbox is constantly being inundated with junk e-mails, clean it up in a flash by adding a spam filter that will prevent unwanted e-mails from barging in.
  4. Set up an automatic reply message when you’re swamped: If you’re totally swamped at work and don’t have time to answer the phone or respond to e-mails, set up an auto reply message letting clients know that you’ll have to get back to them later that day. Simply ignoring the e-mails won’t work; it will probably just encourage people to start calling you on the phone.
  5. Start labeling: With all that mess on your desk, you’re probably wasting lots of time trying to figure out what everything is and where it goes. Start an impromptu labeling system — even if consists of writing on folders with a Sharpie — to give your lack of organization a quick fix.
  6. Ask for help: This quick fix is actually a smart idea that will pay off in the long run. When you’re overwhelmed, you probably won’t be able to get much done anyway. Consult your supervisor for a fast way to gain a little perspective.
  7. Delegate: If you’re honestly unable to juggle all of your responsibilities one day, hand a few duties over to your employees. Ask the intern to organize your files, or have your secretary make a couple of phone calls for you. Just be sure to say thank you at the end of the day.
  8. Send e-mails instead of using the phone: If you want to check in on clients to make sure they aren’t feeling neglected, send a brief e-mail to ask how they’re doing and if they’d like to schedule a meeting at a later date. Picking up the phone will just open you up to small talk.
  9. Last Minute Marketing Strategies: This article has great ideas for businesses who need to patch up their marketing strategies quickly.
  10. Donate to a charity: Does your company have a reputation for being greedy, unreliable or too expensive? All you need is some good PR. Donate your services or a percentage of your holiday profits to a local charity, and then send a press release to the newspaper to boost your public image.
  11. Request an extension on your taxes: If you file your taxes as an individual, NFIB.com reports that "you can request a six-month extension using Form 4868, the Application for Automatic Extension of Time to File a U.S. Individual Income Tax Return." You’ll have to pay your taxes eventually, but this quick fix will save you from having to pay a fine as well.

Organizing

Make your home clutter free with these instant quick fixes for organizing.

  1. Feng Shui your room: Rearrange your furniture to give your room a bit of a boost. The principles of feng shui hold that moving around items in a room promote the free flow of energy, which in turn gives you more energy and increases your productivity.
  2. Donate items to charity: A fast way to declutter your closet is to throw items you no longer want or need into a box or garbage bag. Toss the bag into your trunk and drop it off at a Goodwill station the next time you drive by.
  3. Throw things away: Don’t go overboard with this tip, or you might regret it later. But a quick fix for emptying a room of its mess is to pick up trash and throw unwanted items that no one else can use in the trash.
  4. 60 Second Organizing Tip: About.com writer Sarah Aguirre reveals easy and super fast ways to clean up the house when you don’t have much time.
  5. Vacuum to make a room smell better: If you don’t have hours to sit around waiting for the new potpourri to work its magic, run the vacuum through a room to freshen it up. You’ll be surprised at how much better it smells.
  6. Load up the dishwasher: Clear off the counter and empty the sink by throwing dirty dishes in the dishwasher for an instant clutter removal trick.
  7. Utilize the utility room: If you have piles of dirty clothes on the floor but no time to do laundry, go ahead and throw a load into the washing machine or even the dryer, but don’t run them until after your guests leave.
  8. Air freshener: Spray air freshener into the fan to improve the smell of an entire room. The fan will help circulate the scent much faster.
  9. Throw everything into the bedroom: As a last resort, move all of the clutter into another room to give the illusion of a neat house. Just remember to close the door!
  10. Hang a picture over cracked paint: If there’s a stain on the wall or the paint is starting to flake off, hang up a picture from another room over the spot to cover up the damage.
  11. Last Minute Holiday Organizing Tips: Check out this list of tips that will help you get organized for the holidays. All it takes is 5 minutes.
  12. Sort your mail: To help you organize your life, set up a simple filing system for your mail. Separate envelopes into piles for bills that need to be paid, letters that need to be responded to, and junk mail that can be thrown away.
  13. Make your bed: An unmade bed can make the whole room look much worse than it actually is. Straighten up the covers, arrange the pillows neatly, and watch your room transform.

No More Filing Cabinet: 25 Online Filing Systems for Web Workers

Monday, December 10, 2007 at 2:42am by Site Administrator

Whether you work from home or have a separate office space for meeting up with clients, your work area is probably cluttered with loose documents, disorganized filing cabinets and messy paperwork. Web workers are on the computer most of the day anyway, so why not transfer all of your files onto a Web-based system? Read below for 25 online filing systems that will make your life much easier.

  1. Files Anywhere: This popular filing tool provides features like easy-to-use upload and delivery functions, secure encryption services, file sharing options and much more.
  2. Xdrive: Xdrive offers up to 5GB of free online storage to its users. Back up important files, and access all of your uploads from any computer, no matter where you are.
  3. FileCroc: Once you’ve organized your files online for yourself, you can use FileCroc to share documents, images, videos, software programs and other files with your business associates.
  4. Your File Link: Store large documents and images at Your File Link, a system which provides "both fast uploading and downloading times" and a secure connection.
  5. Box: This filing favorite offers free online file storage, Internet file sharing and more. Box gives users the option of setting up an individual, business or enterprise account, depending on your company needs.
  6. FileSend: Web workers will love the fast, hassle-free delivery system from FileSend. FileSend hosts your files and lets you select the e-mail addresses you want your documents to be sent to.
  7. Hotlink Files: Hotlink Files is "your hard disk on the net." Users can store and share files, including photos and videos which can be backed up for maximum protection.
  8. Savefile: If you need to share and collaborate on many different projects at once, use Savefile to upload your files. All files will be given links that others can use to download the documents.
  9. Upload Jar: Your files will never be deleted on Upload Jar, a free file hosting service that maximizes online storage space.
  10. FileXoom: This service is "the largest host that allows direct linking." A free account will grant users up to 2GB of of free file uploads, including mp3s, documents and photos.
  11. .ionEngine: Advanced Web workers should try out .ionEngine to organize their huge lists of downloads and files.
  12. Haizon File Renamer: This "industrial-level file sorter, file organizer [and] file renamer" automatically renames your files based on their content, and then organizes them into different folders.
  13. Atlast! File Notes Organizer 3.5: This shareware download organizes and catalogs all of your files, including photos, videos and audio files.
  14. FileWind: FileWind features unlimited storage and downloads, and claims to have a fast connection and around the clock system support.
  15. FileMatrix: The FileMatrix doesn’t just organize your files online. It’s also a file manager, allowing you to rewrite and redesign image filers and effects, backup files, automate file copy, and more.
  16. HTTP Commander 6.0: This Microsoft-compatibile filing system features file management capabilities like moving, copying, deleting and renaming, as well as search options and a Files and Folders MetaData tool, which allows Web workers to customize their files’ advanced properties.
  17. WebFileExplorer: The WebFileExplorer can be used remotely, so that you can access your files even when you’re away from the office.
  18. File Folder Organizer 3 3.14: Windows users can organize files online with this software solution.
  19. Web-a-File: This remote access file storage center and manager backs up your files in a "reliable data center" and is so flexible that "you can use any Internet device, host, provider, browser and location around the world to access your files."
  20. Furl: If you stumble across a Web page with an inspirational design or idea, save a copy to Furl, "your personal Web file." This system also lets you share your saved files and search for sites that others may have found interesting.
  21. Click2File: Whether you’re a contractor or someone’s supervisor, you could probably use some straightening out all your tax-related documents. Use Click2File to organize your documents online and pay them electronically when the time comes.
  22. Basecamp: Basecamp is generally used for its excellent project management and collaboration capabilities, but its file sharing and storage features are also useful. Keep track of important documents, pay sheets, and other office records in one stop with this online tool.
  23. MediaMax: Streamload’s MediaMax is "the best online storage on the Web." Users can take advantage of the 25GB of free storage, secure backup system, and file sharing options.
  24. Scribd: Scribd is an excellent tool for Web workers who want to store and publish and embed their files online. An unlimited number of files of any size are accepted.
  25. iDC File Manager: Features of the iDC file manager include compatibility with all browsers, a built-in search facility, no file size transfer limits, and a secure file sharing system.

Converting your papers and documents into online files is a way to securely and effectively protect your business and communicate with clients and vendors. Try out any of these 25 online filing systems in order to clean up your office and help your business grow.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Link Building and Deep-Linking

Friday, November 30, 2007 at 4:30pm by Site Administrator

If your business relies on an online presence, you’ve probably already considered having a blog for your business website – possibly to boostrap your business with ad revenue. (Though the success of that really depends on your market as well as what you’re “selling”.)

As you probably already know, blogging isn’t about merely writing an article here and there at random. At least, not if you want some success out of the effort. I’ve already written about this a fair bit and don’t want to rehash it. I do want to point out that I believe critical thinking is important for entrepreneurs, especially for any work in the digital domain.

Particularly important to building the value of your website articles is the practice of deep linking, a subject I’ve written about extensively, as part of “link building”, at a number of places, especially Search Engine Journal.

Link building is important because it’s the act of any effort taken to get other “good” websites to link back to your site, especially particular articles. The link building effort also contributes to improving your site’s authority and “relevance” in the search engines for your chosen niche topic.

In a nutshell, the key purpose of good link building in any given article is to offer relevance to the reader. Link to relevant and worthwhile articles – both elsewhere and your own site – and in ways that are preferably seamless.

Whether or not a particular search engine will assign a measure of relevance to your article depends on their own algorithms, but you should still try to cater to the reader first. So when you write and when you link out to other sites and deep link to your own articles, put yourself in the place of the reader. Does the link you’ve used seem relevant to the context of the sentence, the paragraph, the article? Answer that question satisfactorily and you’ll likely be a better link builder.

The Mindmapping Toolbox: 100+ Tools, Resources, and Tutorials

Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 1:56am by Site Administrator

Sometimes the difference between a successful project and one that spirals out of control is getting all your thoughts and ideas laid out before you even get started. One of the best ways to do this is with mind maps, which act as a visual representation of all that stuff you’ve got floating around in your head. This kind of radiant thinking can be a great way to start out working on anything, from redecorating your house to landing a huge project, and there are loads of resources out there to make mind mapping even easier. Here’s a list of 100 tools, resources, blogs, articles and everything else you might need to get started making a road map of your mind.

Free Visualization Tools

Here’s a collection of tools that can help you get your thoughts in order without costing you a thing.

  1. Bubbl.us: This easy to use online application allows users to collaborate online, embed and share mindmaps and make colorful printouts to pass around the office.
  2. Cayra.net: This PC desktop app lets users visually represent any of their ideas, concepts and projects, making brainstorming fast and easy.
  3. MindPlan.com: Add to the usefulness of your LotusNotes with this mind mapping program. You can also use it for project management doubling its usability.
  4. Mindomo.com: Map your mind with this web-based tool which allows you to create, share and edit your mind maps without installing any software.
  5. Cmap Tools: This tool from IHMC, a university affiliated research institute, gives users the ability to create, share and critique mind maps.
  6. Compendium Institute: The Compendium Institute is a free and open forum for users to gain access to the Compendium methodology and tools which are designed to share ideas and help users make things together. Check out their free program for organizing projects and digital information.
  7. RecallPlus: Give your learning potential a boost with this powerful online mapping tool. You can even install it on a flash drive, making it easy to take anywhere with you.
  8. Debate Mapper: Have an argument you need to win? Get your thoughts in order with this free debate mapping utility.
  9. Gliffy: Use Gliffy to draw and share colorful and image-laden diagrams and mind maps right online.
  10. WiseMapping: This web-based mind mapping program allows users to share their mind maps with anyone over the Internet by importing, exporting and embedding them in a webpage.
  11. Mind42: This free browser-based program allows users to create mind maps, make notes on individual nodes, add images, links and more.
  12. Mapul: Spice up your mind maps with over 6,000 free images in Mapul. This web app comes in two levels of service, and requires Silverlight and Java, both of which you can download for free.
  13. Bookvar: Make mind mapping easy and fun with Bookvar. Users can create full-color maps and add images and even chat with collaborators.
  14. FreeMind: This popular Java-based mind mapping software makes it simple to create mindmaps that can be "folded" and integrated with web links.
  15. Deep Mehta: DeepMehta is a "knowledge management" program to help users collaborate and network data. The program is open source and totally free to use.
  16. WikkaWiki: Use wikis to map your thoughts with this program. It’s lightweight and PHP based to help you quickly and easily map anything you need.
  17. MindMeister: Collaborate on mind maps with coworkers online using MindMeister. The basic level is free, but you can upgrade for a nominal fee to mapping utilities designed for groups and creatives.
  18. Labyrinth: This lightweight mapping tool appears simple, but contains powerful tools, allowing users to create useful mind maps within their own browsers.
  19. View Your Mind: This tool is great for creating and editing maps that truly visually represent your thoughts and ideas.
  20. MindRaider: MindRaider is a Semantic Web outliner, meaning it makes it easy to create maps and outlines of information found on the web, your hard drive, social relationships and more.

Pay and Subscription Visualization Tools

If you need more powerful tools or abilities that free programs just don’t offer, try out these tools instead.

  1. Aibase: Aibase is a comprehensive knowledge builder, brainstorming and learning assistance program. As a bonus you’ll also get tools to create vector drawings, tables and images as well.
  2. MindMapper: This Windows program can help you integrate with Microsoft Office to create a wide variety of styles and looks for you mind maps.
  3. MindVisualizer: Get started thinking visually with this simple mapping tool. You can draw images, create GTD lists, customize the look and even get spell checking.
  4. MindJet: Whether your mind mapping for education, business, or just yourself, this tool can give your maps a little zing. Partnered with Microsoft, this tool can also be integrated right into your existing desktop.
  5. MindGenius: Keep track of what you want to get accomplished using MindGenius. You’ll find versions of the program catered specifically to businesses and business owners.
  6. iMindMap: This well known cross-platform program from mind mapping guru Tony Buzan attempts to use the brain itself to make mind maps by embracing a non-linear thought process.
  7. MindCad: Don’t make mind mapping harder than it has to be. Work with your natural thought processes using MindCad for the Mac. Features include linking to web pages and documents, annotations, and more.
  8. i2Brain: Visual people will benefit from using i2Brain. This program allows users to create "dimensional" mind maps to distinguish status and importance.
  9. HeadCase Mind Mapping: Stimulate your brain with this mapping program that relies heavily on images to help you map what you’re thinking.
  10. Spark-Space: This versatile program comes in both business and education versions as well as several different languages.
  11. TheBrain: Businesses can use software from TheBrain to provide better customer care, manage projects, collaborate on mind maps, and even help with IT management.
  12. Gyronix: This program works with MindJet to give it even more functionality, especially for group use.
  13. TopicScape 3D: Create mind maps in 3D with this program that can help you better understand and organize your information.
  14. Inspiration: Designed primarily for students, this mapping program can also be useful for business owners wanting to create visual representations of data.
  15. Nova Mind: Who says a mind map should only be functional? Use Nova Mind to create maps that are not only useful, but aesthetically pleasing as well.

Tutorials and How-Tos

Mind mapping isn’t complicated, but it can be a little intimidating if you’re new at it. Check out these guides to get some of the basics.

  1. 10 Tips for Highly Effective Mindmapping Sessions: Want to make the most of the time you spend mindmapping? Then check out this article to find suggestions for staying focused and what to include.
  2. Using Mind Maps for Creativity, Note-Taking and Productivity: Mind maps are useful for a lot of different things, and this article gives some guidance and suggestions on the best ways to use them.
  3. How-to Mind Map: Beginners to mind mapping will find this basic how-to helpful in getting started.
  4. Blackbelt Mind Map Training: Get professional training and become a mind map master with this company’s site.
  5. MindMap Training: Here you’ll find professional training solutions to help you learn to manage your information through mind maps.
  6. How to Make a Mind Map: Find detailed instructions as well as an example on this site that can help you get a head start on creating masterful mind maps.
  7. Note Taking: A Beginner’s Guide to Mind Mapping Meetings: Have you ever gone to a meeting, taken notes, and then later discovered you don’t quite understand how one point leads to another? Try using a mind map at your next meeting instead, and this guide can get you started.
  8. What is Mind Mapping? (and How to Get Started Immediately): This site provides a basic tutorial about mind mapping as well as several colorful examples.
  9. How to Use MindMapping in Setting Goals and Managing Time: GTD gurus will appreciate this article on how you can use mindmapping to improve your productivity.
  10. Mind Mapping: An Easy Beginning Tutorial: Don’t know a thing about mind mapping? This simple step-by-step will help you get started drawing your way to clearer thoughts and ideas.
  11. How To Use Mind Maps To Teach Difficult Grammar Points: Read this article to find out how you can use mind maps to teach and represent just about anything. Grammar may not directly apply to your business, but it can help you think of new an inventive ways to use mind maps.

Resources

Get loads of information on mind mapping with these useful resources.

  1. MindMapping.org: Find all the information you ever needed to know about mind mapping at this website and learn all about the software that is out there to help you make the best mind maps.
  2. MindMappingStrategies: Learn all about various ways you can use mind maps, like strategic planning, project management, event planning and more with this site.
  3. iMindMap: Here you’ll not only find the previously mentioned software for mind mapping, but news, tutorials, videos and educational tools about mind maps as well.
  4. About Mind Mapping: Here you’ll find an introduction to mind mapping as well as links to resources and software on the subject.
  5. Innovation Tools: Innovation Tools has put together a resource center for mind mapping with links to information, articles and training.
  6. Mindtools: This article from Mindtools goes through the basics of mapping, as well as an offering of tips on how to improve your mind maps.
  7. JCU Study Skills: Even if you’re no longer a student, you will find this guide from JCU helpful. Learn about mind mapping, how to read maps, and how to map writing and speeches.
  8. Illumine Training: Illumine Training is a company that helps businesses train employees on how to mind map. Their site is full of free resources, however, that anyone can take advantage of.
  9. List of Mind Mapping Software: This list on Wikipedia offers a guide to all of the mind mapping software out there.
  10. The Graphic Organizer: This website is dedicated to resources that help users to organize and use information visually.
  11. Mind Map Template: If you’re the hands on type, print out this template and start building your mind map around it.
  12. Mind Mapping Examples: There are tons of ways to make a mind map, but if you’re looking for guidance, check out this site loaded with examples.
  13. Mind Mapping on Wikipedia: Get the basics straight about mind mapping with this informative Wikipedia article.
  14. MindMap Search: If you need more information or resources on mind mapping, check out this site. It brings together the best websites and articles about mind mapping on the Web.

Articles

Keep up with the goings on in the mind mapping world wby using these educational articles.

  1. Mind Mapping for Project Management: This article from Innovation Tools can give you some insight into how you can better use mind mapping to manage your next big project.
  2. Mind Mapping at 43 Folders: This post and its accompanying comments can give you some great ideas on where to begin with mind mapping.
  3. Mind Mapping on the iPhone: You knew the iPhone was cool, but it just got cooler. Learn to take your mind mapping capabilities with you everywhere you go.
  4. Helping Children Learn with Mind Mapping: Mind maps aren’t just great for helping children learn; they can also be used to teach employees, clients or even yourself. Check out this article to get some tips.
  5. Three web-based mind mapping tools reviewed: Not sure what program to go with when it comes to mind mapping software? This article examines three of the most popular and gives useful advice.
  6. Comparison of mind mapping applications: Here you’ll find more reviews of top mind mapping software applications.
  7. Mind Mapping in 8 Easy Steps: This quick-start guide to mind mapping from Innovation Networks will have you creating great mind maps in no time.
  8. Guerilla Marketing with Mind Maps: Didn’t think mind maps had anything to do with marketing? They can help greatly, and this article will show you how you can use them in your next campaign.
  9. Mind Mapping for Web Instruction and Learning: The internet is an incredibly useful tool for learning just about anything. Check out this article to see how you can use mind maps to increase this learning potential whether for employees or customers.

Videos

These videos can help you learn about the brain, mind mapping, or even how it can help your business.

  1. Vilayanur Ramachandran: A journey to the center of your mind: Behavioral neurologist Vilayanur Ramachandran talks about how the mind, phonemes and visual data all work together, just like in mind maps.
  2. Tony Buzan on Mind Mapping: One of the most well-known advocates of mind mapping, Tony Buzan, discusses how to tap into your internal mental power in this video.
  3. How to Draw a Mind Map: Get a visual lesson on drawing mind maps with this short but informative video.
  4. Mind Mapping for Your Business: While not the most exciting, this video will give you some helpful information on how you can and should use mind mapping in your day to day business operations.
  5. Mind Mapping by Stephen Pierce: Stephen Pierce is a business optimization specialist, and in this video he discusses how mind mapping can be used to your business’ advantage.
  6. Thirty Day Challenge: Mind Mapping: This video is about how you can, in 30 days, use mind mapping to improve your business or personal productivity. The author of the video shows his personal maps.

Blogs

Get some advice and information from other mind mappers out there with these blogs.

  1. Effective Ways to Mindmap Blog: Get some simple tips on improving your mind mapping with this blog.
  2. Activity Owner: This blog was created to share information and experiences with using Gyronix, GTD, MindManager, and Mindjet.
  3. Eric Blue’s Blog: Blogger Eric Blue shares his thoughts and opinions on productivity, mind mapping, creativity, visualizations and more.
  4. MindMapping Blog: Like the name suggests, this blog is full of posts about mind mapping, primarily focusing on software and web applications.
  5. Erik Mack Online: Eric Mack’s blog contains all kinds of posts on productivity, planning, getting things done, and of course, mind mapping.
  6. Idea Mapping: Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping, shares her thoughts on mind mapping in this blog.
  7. Beyond Mind Mapping: Want to learn how to get the most out of your mind mapping software? Then check out this blog focusing on Mind Manager and Gyronix.
  8. Mind Mapping Software Blog: This blog is dedicated to providing businesspeople with all the information and resources they need to find the best mind mapping software for their business.
  9. The Mindjet Blog: Keep up with the latest in mind mapping and software updates with this blog from the makers of MindJet.
  10. The Underlying Blog: Kyle McFarlin, a visual strategy expert, uses his blog to write about mind mapping and whatever else comes to mind.
  11. MindMapping 2.0: This blog discusses how and where mind mapping and web 2.0 meet, as the blogger works on his own mind mapping software.
  12. Peace of Mind: Blogger Steve Rothwell gives his two cents on everything mind mapping, including applications and examples.
  13. My Mind Guide: Here, you’ll find tons of useful links and informative articles on how you can find and use the best mind mapping technology out there.
  14. For People Who Love Ideas: This blog focuses on topics that concern ideas and how to organize and make the most of them.
  15. Innovation Weblog: This blog from Innovation Tools has articles on the newest innovations in brainstorming and productivity software.

Books and eBooks

Check these books out at your local library or give them a read online to learn about some great techniques to improve your mind mapping experience.

  1. The Mind Map Book: How to Use Radiant Thinking to Maximize Your Brain’s Unlimited Potential: This book by well-known mind mappers Tony and Barry Buzan is the mind mapper’s ultimate guide to learning how to make the most out of a simple map.
  2. Mapping Inner Space: Learning and Teaching Visual Mapping: Written by Nancy Marqulies and Nusa Maal, this book addresses a number of issues on how you can teach and learn how to take notes visually.
  3. Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Mind-Mapping Techniques, Third Edition: Tony Buzan uses more recent information about the brain to create step-by-step guides that show you how to take advantage of how your mind works to get more done.
  4. Idea Mapping: How to Access Your Hidden Brain Power, Learn Faster, Remember More, and Achieve Success in Business: This book by Jamie Nast is designed to show business owners and entrepreneurs how to use mind mapping to be more successful in business and in life.
  5. Mind Mapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius: Written by Michael Gelb, this book discusses how you can make mind maps that are uniquely yours and help you to be more productive.
  6. Power Tips for Mind Mapping Software: This ebook promises to give you the information to allow you to make the most of mind mapping software. It includes chapters on strategies, interviews, case histories and even a section about asking the experts.
  7. How to Select the Right Mind Mapping Software: No doubt about it, with the proliferation of software out there, choosing just one can be a challenging task. Get some advice on choosing the right software the first time around with this ebook.
  8. Mind Mapping Power Pack: This ebook claims to help you to create better and more powerful mind maps.
  9. Mapping the Mind: This Google book discusses the idea of the mind as "domain specific" challenging the old view that the brain processes all tasks in the same manner. Learn a little bit about how the mind is organized and you can better see how mind mapping can be a highly effective way of tapping into it.
  10. Rapid Problem Solving with Post-It Notes: This book by David Straker shows how you can organize your thoughts into mind maps using only Post-It notes.

Tips for Digital Entrepreneurs: Can Watching TV Increase Productivity?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 6:00pm by Site Administrator

Most of us digital entrepreneurs working at home just can’t get enough productivity tips. One tip I found: Yaro Starak at Entrepreneur’s Journey says don’t watch TV if you want to be a more productive entrepreneur. But Ryan Imel over at Copyblogger found three great writing techniques while watching television.

Fact (at least from my viewpoint): If you are trying to do serious research to write articles for your website/ blog, watching TV at the same time is a really bad idea. I tested this theory from Jan 2005 onwards. (Unfortunately, working from home puts you in the middle of such temptations.)

On the flipside, if your job is blogging about topics being shown on TV, then watching all day will explode your productivity – if you know how to harness this and write while you watch. As well, if you want to learn storytelling techiques, even for blogging or business copywriting, television can also teach you something – provided you’re not watching crap.

On the flipside, if you need to watch something now but also have websites to browse, Chris Garrett has a review of the Read it Later Firefox browser extension. You could surf through sites and save pages for reading later, while simultaneously watching TV on your computer.

You’ll have to decide for yourself whether your type of work can be aided by TV watching or not. For my freelance work it’s a productivity hamper. For my partnered online projects, it’s a near necessity. It’s a dilemma for me.

If you do decide TV-watching will help, here’s my recommended set up:

  1. Have one computer to work on and preferably another with a flat screen to watch on.
  2. Get an external TV capture “card” from your favorite computer accessories or office supply store.
  3. Hook up your TV coaxial cable to the TV box, and the box to your computer (usually with an USB port and cable).
  4. Configure, and you’re ready to go.

If you can’t justify having two computers, run the TV application window in reduced mode instead of full-screen, and type while you watch. Whatever you do, don’t do this with a regular TV set. You want both work screen area and TV screen area to be within your direct and/or peripheral vision – else it really will be a distraction.

Stretch Your Goals: 10 Yoga Moves for Productivity

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 3:55am by Site Administrator

Yoga has been around for thousands of years and has enjoyed growing mainstream acceptance in Western society in the past few years, even working its way into the corporate environment. Businesses are increasingly adding free or low cost yoga classes as a productivity booster and perk for employees. While it might seem strange, studies done by the National Institutes of Health have found that yoga and meditation enhance the qualities that are most desired in employees, like an increase in brain waves, enhanced intuition, and better concentration, in addition to the alleviation of common aches and pains. With results like that, it’s hard to find a reason not to add a little yoga into your workday. Here are 10 basic moves to get you started.

  1. Mountain Pose: This pose seems simple, but if done properly it should engage your whole body. Start by standing with feet together, hands at your sides, eyes facing forward. Press your heels into the floor and spread your toes while tilting your pelvis slightly forward. Then, raise your chest up and out, but no so much that you look as though you’re standing at attention for a drill sergeant. Lengthen your neck by stretching the base of your skull towards the ceiling while stretching the pinkies on your hand downward. Push your feet into the floor and raise your legs off of the floor. Hold this posture while you inhale and let go on the exhale. On your next breath, raise your arms over your head and hold for the next several breaths. Repeat this several times. This move should help alleviate some distracting lower back pain by making you more aware of your posture, as well as improving balance and self-awareness.
  2. Boat: Give your abdominal muscles a good stretch with this pose. Start this pose by lying on your stomach with your legs together and arms at your sides. Take a breath and exhale while you press your hipbones and pelvis into the floor, lifting your arms and legs several inches off of the floor. Draw your spine toward the floor and imagine your chest pressing outward. Tuck in your chin slightly and extend your torso and legs away from each other. Hold this pose for a few seconds, then relax. Repeat at your discretion.
  3. Table Balance: Work on your balance and concentration with this pose. Start on all fours with your hands directly beneath your shoulders and your knees under your hips. Look downward and make sure to keep your navel drawn into your spine. Straighten and lift your left leg so that it’s in line with your hips. Get your balance and extend your left arm out so that it’s even with your shoulders. Hold this for 3-10 breaths, then slowly lower your arm and leg. Repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Downward Facing Dog: This posture is great for strengthening wrists, which is helpful for avoiding injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome that can make working painful or even impossible. It can also help reduce lower back pain. You begin this posture by getting on your hands and knees, making sure that your legs are hip width apart and arms are shoulder width apart. Inhale and curl your toes under as you would if you were standing on your toes. Exhale and straighten your legs while pushing up with your arms, lengthening your spine while keeping your feet flat on the floor. If it hurts too much to do this, it’s acceptable to bend your knees a little or allow your heels to lift off the floor. Relax back onto your hands and knees after a few breaths and repeat.
  5. Tree Pose: Get a leg up, literally, on improving your balance and mental concentration with the tree pose. Begin by standing straight and tall with your feet together. Pick up your right foot and balance on your left, placing your right foot on the inside of your left thigh. Once you have your balance, raise your arms above your head so that your palms meet, keeping your shoulders down. Hold this for as long as it’s comfortable, or about 30 seconds. Relax, then repeat on the other side.
  6. Wide Legged Forward Bend: Sitting all day without a break can be hard on the body and can lower energy levels. Help counteract the effects of your desk chair with this pose. Start with your legs twice shoulder width apart with feet forward. Place your hands on your hips and slowly bend at the waist while maintaining a straight back. Place the palms of your hands, or forearms if you’re flexible, on the floor and hold the pose. Slowly unfold out of your pose and return to your original stance.
  7. Bridge Pose: Increase your overall flexibility, strengthen your lower back, and open up your chest with this move. It can also help alleviate those pesky energy sucking tension headaches by helping you relax. You begin this move by lying on the floor with your knees bent and your hands at your side. Your feet should be 6 inches apart and pulled in close to your backside. Begin by slowly raising and lowering your tailbone, then slowly take it up one vertebrae at a time until your entire spine is arched upward. Make sure to push firmly into the floor with your feet as you hold this position and breathe deeply. Hold for a few breaths, release, and repeat.
  8. Warrior Pose: The warrior pose sounds tough, perhaps because it is intended to be a confidence builder. It also can help improve your balance and concentration, making it easier to keep your mind on your work. This pose starts in the mountain pose with your feet together and your hands at your side. Then, step your feet 4-5 feet apart. Begin by turning your right foot 45 degrees to the left and turning your left foot 90 degrees to the left so that it’s pointing straight out to the side. Slowly bend your left knee until your thigh is parallel to the floor while raising your arms over your head. Slowly lower your arms until your left arm is pointing straight ahead and your right arm is pointing straight back. Hold this position while concentrating on a point ahead of you for 5-6 breaths, relax, then reverse the pose.
  9. The Triangle: Improve your balance and concentration by trying out the triangle pose. Begin by spreading your feet 3-4 feet apart and keeping them parallel. Turn your left foot 90 degrees to the left and your right foot 45 degrees inward. Next, take a deep breath while raising your arms straight out from your sides. Then exhale and turn your head to the left so that you’re looking down your arm to your fingers. Reach as far out to the left as you can and once you’ve reached your limit, rotate your arms down so that your left arm rests on your calf and your right arm is pointed straight up. Hold this for a few breaths, straighten up and lower your arms to the side, bringing your feet together. Repeat on the other side.
  10. The Corpse: This pose requires of you just what it sounds like: playing dead. This level of relaxation will helps to refresh your body helping you relieve on the job stress and anxiety. Make sure not to fall asleep while doing this one! Begin by lying on your back with your arms at your side and palms facing upward. Then close your eyes and take several slow, deep breaths, allowing your body to completely relax. If you’re having trouble, start with a specific body part and imagine your muscles and skin in that part relaxing. Do this bit by bit until your whole body is relaxed.

You can start practicing these positions before you leave for work in the morning, or try out these simple moves you can do right from your desk during a break. And remember, just like with any kind of exercise, if you have health problems, recent surgeries, or any injuries consult with your physician before attempting any of these moves.

Better than Monster: 50 Free Places You Can Post A Job Online and Get Top Talent

Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at 8:39pm by Site Administrator

Finding the right candiate for your job can be an uphill battle. With unqualified applicants, resume spam, and the housands of other jobs out there, it’s a miracle just to get a handful of winners to interview. You can usually increase your pool of potential candidates by posting your job on an online site like Monster or CareerBuilder, both of which are visited by thousands of employment seekers each day. But when posting on sites like these, you’re likely to run into high fees as well as unspecialized candidates. Instead of wasting time and money on those sites, check out these 50 sites that offer free, and often specialized, job postings for employers.

General

These sites have postings for nearly any job you can imagine.

  1. JobAdsUSA: Get unlimited free job postings from JobAdsUSA with great features like resume alerts to let you know when you might have found the perfect match among hundreds of thousands of resumes.
  2. JobFoxter: This free job database is one of the largest out there, so get your job listed and start finding applicants from anywhere in the world.
  3. Free Agents Jobs: Get unlimited free posting on Free Agents Jobs as well as the ability to add your company logo and even keep tabs on interest in your postings.
  4. Hire Fire: Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a site at all about firing. Employers can post jobs and get alerts when resumes matching certain criteria are posted.
  5. Good Recruit: Make finding new employees easy with this site. You’ll get access to all resume and contact information for all potential candidates as well as the usual job posting abilities.
  6. Job.Ad.Venture: Post your job listing on Job.Ad.Venture for free and get access to resumes from specialty sites focusing on programming, database professionals, healthcare, marketing, sales and more.
  7. Job Spider: Post jobs for hundreds of types of positions on Job Spider. You can also browse a wide selection of resumes to see if there’s someone out there looking for a job like the one you’re offering.
  8. Learn4Good: Search for employees worldwide with this job posting site and post up to 20 jobs a month absolutely free.
  9. LuckyDogJobs: LuckyDogJobs is a free job posting site for everything from accounting to engineering, helping you find the people you need to keep your business up and running.
  10. CareerOneStop: Gain access to resumes from job banks all over the country and post your own jobs on this Department of Labor website.
  11. Jobvertise: Make the most of the largest free job and resume site by putting your job on Jobvertise. Employers can post jobs for free and gain access to almost half a million resumes of job seekers.
  12. StaffingLinks: This free service can help you find the staff you need. Add your company’s website to the database and get started searching for your next employee.
  13. PersonnelDesk: Set up an account on this site for free job posting and resume searching as well as links to numerous other job posting sites.
  14. Job Island: Your business can use this site to post jobs, search resumes, and even set up a job RSS feed.
  15. Jobs, Work, Careers.com: Your business can take advantage of not only job postings but an applicant tracking system, recruiting desktop and a corporate career site all free of charge.
  16. CentralHR: Get access to job seekers wanting everything from creative positions to medical work on CentralHR. Create a profile and start posting jobs immediately, no strings attached.
  17. Jobs 4 Jobs.com: Get your jobs posted on this and other major sites with no startup fees. You’ll also gain access to thousands of resumes.
  18. JobsCity: JobsCity is a great network for posting jobs and finding employees. Simply submit your email and you’ll be able to set up a free account for posting jobs and browsing through resumes from all over the world.
  19. TeleportJobs: Save your business money on posting jobs with free listings from TeleportJobs. You’ll have access to resumes from employees in every type of work from consulting to Web design.
  20. Employment Inc: Use this site’s free job posting service to have thousands of potential employees reading your posting without spending a dime.
  21. JobKabob: This sleek site makes it easy to post jobs and look through resumes all without taking out your credit card or leaving the office.
  22. GadBall: Gain access to thousands of resumes and over 30,000 visitors every month with the free job posting and resume search services from GadBall.
  23. Juju: If you want to post multiple jobs at once, then JuJu is probably your best bet. This job search engine specializes in bulk postings, making it faster than ever to get them up on the Internet for searching.
  24. WorkGiant: While not entirely free, WorkGiant doesn’t require that employers pay any fee unless a qualified candidate is found, so there’s no risk if it doesn’t pan out out, and you’ll get access to a great service.
  25. HelpWanted.com: Get your own URL for job postings on HelpWanted.com to direct potential employees right to your company.
  26. CareerPark: CareerPark offers employers free job postings and resume searches among some of the big names in business like BlueCross, Random House, and Sylvania.
  27. JobsGala: Sign up with JobsGala to get free 30-day job postings and resumes sent right to your account.

Tech Job Sites

If you’re in need of some tech-savvy help, give these sites a look.

  1. Telecommuting Techies: Get a remotely located developer, programmer or consultant with this free posting forum so you can get the know-how you need without the extra overhead.
  2. devBistro: Find developers galore on this job posting site. The site boasts over 280,000 visitors each month, giving you a great chance of finding the talent you need to get the job done.
  3. HWG-Jobs: If you’re looking for someone to maintain, design, develop or program a website for you, then HWG-Jobs can be a great place to start looking. Simply send an email to the site moderators and it will be posted to the site free of charge.
  4. AgaveBlue: Get all the IT help you need with free postings on this site. You’ll get access to resumes from freelancers and those looking for full time work.

Freelance and Work at Home

Expand your workforce without expanding your office by using these sites specializing in freelance and work at home jobs.

  1. Telecommute Jobs.com: Need some extra help but don’t have room around the office for another employee? Find a telecommuter to add to your staff with free job postings on Telecommute Jobs.com.
  2. GoFreelance: Need a freelancer for a specific project? Check out this freelance job posting site and list your job to get quotes from qualified applicants.
  3. Freelance JobsPost: Finding a freelancer has never been easier with this site. Simply post what kind of work you need done and the details of your project, and you’ll get responses and competitive bids from freelancers.
  4. Work at Home Jobs: Outsource your office work to an at-home employee with this site. It offers free postings for jobs as well as articles and links to help you learn more about telecommuting.
  5. JobVita: Join this site to get up to 10 free job postings per month as well as access to unlimited resume searches. It’s designed especially for small businesses and work at home opportunities, so if that’s what you’re looking for, it can be a great free resource to take advantage of.
  6. SimpleLance: Add your job to the postings on this freelancing forum and find the professionals you need for web development, programming, marketing and graphic design.

Classifieds

Take the traditional route into the 21st century with these online classified sites.

  1. Today’s Classifieds: Employers can get free job postings on Today’s Classifieds, which specializes in telecommuting and programming jobs, but will accept other types of job postings as well.
  2. Craigslist: Millions of users nation and world wide check this site daily, so get your job out there by posting it on Craigslist. Best of all, in most areas it won’t cost you a thing.
  3. Freeified: This easy-to-use classifieds site makes it simple to post job openings for your company no matter what state you live in.
  4. WebCosmo: Take advantage of the free classified ads offered by this site to post the open positions at your business.
  5. PostMeUp: Post a free job ad in almost any American city using this new classifieds service.
  6. USAGetJobs.com: Post jobs in a wide variety of fields with this simple classifieds site.

Specialty Sites

These sites cater to specific fields or job pools to help you find the employees you’re looking for.

  1. BestJobsUSA: Those looking for some new HR recruits will find free postings for human resources jobs on this site. It also contains information for finding recruiting associations, trade shows, HR sites and numerous other resources.
  2. The Job Box: If you’re searching for some help with entry-level positions for fresh college grads then Job Box can be a great place to put a free job listing. You’ll be among big name employers like FedEx, Home Depot and Farmers Insurance.
  3. USAJobs Inc: This non-profit organization helps match employers with the right employees. Submit your job to gain access to their database of professionals, graduate students, and ex-military looking for employment.
  4. GetJobs.com: Do you want to find student employees for internships or hourly work? Then GetJobs.com can help you, with free posting and resume searches through college and graduate applicants.
  5. HirePatriots: Want to support your veterans? Try posting a job on this site to attract applicants with military expertise.
  6. CEOTrak: Looking for some upper management or even an executive to add to your team? Try posting your opening on this site to dig up the best execs out there.
  7. A Career in Sales.com: Find a new top salesperson with this site dedicated exclusively to matching up those in sales with available jobs. They have features that allow you to include graphics and even screen potential employees.
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