Other series and post ideas

Here are some other ideas that I have for series and posts.

Productivity ala Google-

  • How you can turn Google Calendar into your own personal secretary
  • Why Google Reader and Alerts are better than Lassie (How to train Google Reader to bring you all of the news you need now, and warn you of trouble)
  • What Google’s Picasa can do for your business’s image (using Picasa to organize your images and create beautiful pictures for you business documents)
  • Why Google Documents will change the way you do business (collaborating on spreadsheets, word documents, and presentations from anywhere and with anyone)

Productivity ala 37signals.com:

  • Why you should trade your briefcase for a “Backpack”
  • How “HighRise” can help you manage your customer relationships
  • Why you should gather your team around the “Campfire” for a little chat

-Does your organization have the right balance of centralization/decentralization?

(will cite The Starfish and the Spider – Brafman and Beckstrom)

Expensr, mint, and buxfer.com – How they are useful and which one is right for you

-How shoeboxed.com can give your small business no reason to fear the “tax man”

-How you can use your phones the new way with GrandCentral (grandcentral.com)

-Why you too can have a personal secretary – the jott.com lowdown

-Why quickbooks groups should be your best friend

Also I think a series on content management systems (and open source software) for small business may be appropriate.

Books I have read recently that relate to Software/Business/Productivity and I think would make great sources for additional topics for articles:

The World Is Flat , E-myth Revisited, How to Win Sales and Influence Spiders, The Small Business Survival Guide, The Long Tail, Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

General books I like:

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (listened to the book on CD, reading it currently), How I raised myself from failure to success in selling, How to win friends and influence people

– by Tori Johnson, January 2008