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Top Apps for Productivity

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fSpace is a hub for workers in the creative industries, eager to avoid the procrastination traps one might face working from home.Our desks tend to attract people seeking a better atmosphere to achieve higher levels productivity and greater time management throughout their businesses. To any entrepreneur or small business owner, efficiency, productivity and time management are factors you just can’t afford to ignore.

So here at fSpace, we’ve compiled a list of time saving, productivity boosting and idea sorting apps to help you take over the world.

Best of all, they’re free!

Dropbox

With over 400 million people around the world  on Dropbox and over 100,000 businesses on Dropbox Business, there is no better or more secure online storage option that is available for free. Developed by Arash Ferdowsi and Drew Houston in 2007, Dropbox became established as a fantastic online storage system to place and arrange files that can be accessed anywhere at anytime online via cloud technology. The app also lets you share files to multiple people and work on files simultaneously so its great for those tasks everyone in the office needs access to.

30/30

Developed in 2012, 30/30 is a fantastic time management app which creates small customised to-do lists which require the input of a time limit timer in 5-30 min intervals. This app stems from the theory that the human brain is best focused for 30 minutes increments with short breaks in between and is designed to encourage this work style. Known as the Pomodoro technique, this style of work has been used by students and workers to efficiently complete tasks since it’s development in the 1980’s. Students particularly favour both this technique and app as it is also helpful for retaining information during study. Of course for all you micro-managers, no one is stop you planning out your whole day on the timer.

Evernote

Evernote is a highly recommended note system organiser which can store everything from pictures, sticky notes, audio notes, web pages, PDFs and more. Founded by Stephan Pachikov, the Evernote web service launched on June 24, 2008 and reached 11 million users by 2011. Like Dropbox, it’s storage system is via the cloud so can be accessed anywhere, from all your devices, but the best thing about this app is its handy tag system which lets you search your notes so you never lose information. It can even scan your pictures or notes to read and transcribe your handwriting.

Ifttt

If This Then That (IfTTT), is an app, for easier use of all your other apps. Created in December 14, 2010 by Linden Tibbets, Ifttt is like a digital personal assistant that can be programmed to respond to certain requests. For example, if an article appears matching your Google search, you are able to preset Ifttt to then save it to Evernote. This app allows you to create simple connections between your platforms, which can be voice controlled, location based and will help you finally gain control over all those out of time consuming apps and organise your work or business with ease.

Trello

Last but not least is the staff here at fSpace’s favourite app. Trello is  used to show a wide variety of different projects and tasks and allows multiple user interactivity for project collaborations and working abroad. You and a selected team of work colleagues can all access the same trello-board where projects are displayed effectively and aesthetically through an interactive board system with attachable cards. Developed in 2014, Trello brings together all the advantages of a social media with your peers at work in a network with the efficiency of a work\activities calendar you all share.

What apps do you use to help with your businesses?

All things LinkedIn

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Most of us small business owners and freelancers have a LinkedIn Profile and we kind of know what it is all about but not really?! Well during our LinkedIn Business Class here at fSpace we went through the basic set up and now we are hooked and inspired and this is just the beginning!

These are our 3 tips to make your LinkedIn profile stand out;

1. It’s all in your Headline Use your headline as your selling point. It’s the first thing people see about you. What differentiates you? What makes you special? What do you want to be known for? Put it all in your headline. Don’t be shy this is your opportunity to shine!

2. People are Search Engines In your profile section change your default setting from ‘Personal Website’ to ‘Company Website’ and enter your business website. Here you can also add your business blog if you have one. A name link will give you a better ‘click through’ rate you want people and search engines to find your business online.

3. Lost in Translation Your profile has a unique online address, which exists of numbers and characters the typical cyberspace-jargon, no one will recognise. In your LinkedIn profile you can edit your public profile URL and translate it to something people will recognise. Put your business name in here or anything you feel looks good and is catchy to remember. Many people use their LinkedIn URL on their business cards, email signatures and other online exposure.

See LinkedIn as your online shopfront, your glossy add in your favourite magazine. There’s so much more to LinkedIn and it’s hard to do it all by yourself. That’s why a 2 hour business class is worth it. We help each other, inspire and create different angles on each others business. That’s what Co-working is all about.

Stay tuned for our next session in August. And in the mean time feel free to ask questions – we always happy to chat!