SmartPhone Apps Series

We over here at ZynnyMe LOVE to talk to people about how to make better use of the technology that people already have. We think going out and buying a bunch of new toys leads to overwhelm- we would much prefer to help people learn how to use what they have in the most effective manner. 

We have found our App reviews and talks at workshops to be one of the most popular, so we are going to start a series of App Reviews aimed at therapists, as well as business owners in general. We hope that you will get involved and let us know your favorite (and least favorite) apps so we can help one another find and use the best technology! We will do our best to be clear in the title who the applications are geared towards- so if you see something that doesn't apply to you- feel free to ignore! 

So excited! 

Drowning in Paperwork...

Are you drowning? While my work office is streamlined, efficient and paper-light, my home office is overflowing! I'm ready to get a handle on it once and for all! My husband has a home based business, while I have a fabulous office in a cute little builidng in Modesto, CA. He purchased a business printer for home office business use, and I have one for my office. 

Guess what? His is a pain in the tush! Seriously! My printer at my office was easy to set up so I could easily put papers in and have them "scan to email" or easily "scan to computer." That means if I had that printer at home, I could put in a stack of all of this paper nonsense, and it would scan the stack front and back, and put it in a secure file on my computer. I, of course, would have that file uploaded to myofficedrop for secure offsite, searchable storage and presto- no more stacks of paperwork! 

In addition, I'd be able to simply type in keywords when looking for a document later like "Valley Oak" to search for doctor's bills, or mortgage to pull up mortgage interest paid. 

However, for the moment, I am stuck fighting with this silly printer, and staring at a box of papers that need to be scanned... 

Anybody else get bamboozled when purchasing a printer? Thinking it was something simple and easy and find that it just doesn't work as advertised? Here are my top tips to purchasing a fabulous piece of hardware whether it be a printer, a smart phone, or a tablet computer:  

  1. Think about what you will really use it for.

  2. Make a list of the things you hate, and ask around- is there a technology solution for it that you may not even know about it?

  3. Talk to people who own one, check out amazon reviews (especially the 1 star reviews), but don't spend TOO much time doing that! (it can become a time suck and a stressor all in itself)

  4. Touch whenever possible! Go to a friend's office and touch their technology, go to the store and play, or ask your child, niece, or grandchild to show you how to do it ;0)

  5. Focus on what YOU need!

Here is what I need in a printer: 

  1. Wireless (I want as few cords as possible). This means I can print the printer from anywhere in the house, and all my printer really needs to plug into is a wall plug and be in a place where it can "see" the wireless.

  2. Airprinting- I'm planning on upgrading to a tablet in the next year and I already have a smartphone Airprinting will allow me to print to my home printer while in a coffee shop, at my office, or in an airport.

  3. Easy connectivity to email and to scanning to a file on my computer. Scanning to email makes it easy for me to scan a document to email to my bookkeeper, a client, etc.

  4. Duplex scanning. I don't want to be flipping pieces of paper over! I want to set it and forget it!

  5. A touchscreen that is easy to see and read when I am choosing my printing options.

What about you? What are your needs for the perfect printer? 

What you can learn from other's websites

Kelly and I were able to do a few of these live website reviews while we were in the same zip code. A couple of fabulous people were wiling to allow us to share their evalutions, in the hopes that it would help YOU be successful with your own website.

How did you find out about us: "I heard Miranda talk on an event Casey Truffo had a while ago and I love what you both are doing. I used your suggestion for Square Space and Argonaut."

Here is what Kim had to say about the process! Notice that she used one of our suggestions and was able to start showing up on Google right away! (If you are doing groups, talks, or events, we highly recommend using a service like this one to get the word out.)

1. What was it like receiving your video evaluation? 

I

 love the evaluation being a video. I can review it over and over and I can see on my website exactly what you are talking about. Also, it's a little scary to ask someone to evaluate my website (I have spent a lot of time trying to get it right) and from the start you make kind statements about it and made me feel at ease with your ideas/recommendations.

2. What was the most important thing that you learned about your site from the video evaluation? 

Most important? Really the evaluation is 15 minutes packed with information. You validated some of the concerns I had and you gave me suggestions how to fix it. I just used Eventbrite (as you suggested) and I am showing up on Google!

3. What changes will you make based on this feedback? 

I am beginning to implement all of your suggestions. I like that you talked about the SEO and you saw I did a little, but gave me ways to do more.

4. What lingering questions did you have? 

For me the hardest part of the website is making it look appealing. With Square Space there are so many options, I get lost in the color and style optioins. So lingering question would be style suggestions- but you did make some statements how I could clean it up.

5. May we quote you? 

Absolutely. I loved your evaluation. I felt that you were talking to me and you found a way to communicate at my level  of understanding about my website.  

We hope you will also go over and give Kim's website a look to see what other changes she has implemented into her site as time goes by. You can visit her here. 

How to stretch more time out of your old laptop!

Everybody has a lot of irritations and frustrationgs about technology. While there are complaints about software- there is nothing more irritating than the piece of hardware you have not working right! Before you run out and drop a bunch of money on a tablet, a laptop, or a new PC, here are some things to do that might just stretch out the usefullness of your PC.
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Facebook Basics: Smart Use of Facebook for Small Business Owners

Using Facebook for business is all the hype right now. Why? In short, because it can be a huge part of building a business! But how does it actually work?

Navigating Facebook can be incredibly tricky, especially when it is changing daily! We hear lots of nightmares about it not working- and nobody wants to waste their time on stuff that doesn't work.

ZynnyMe wants to help you understand the benefits of Facebook and how to avoid the pitfalls (spending too much time, having all of your personal data revealed, etc.)

I hope you will consider joining us for our FREE upcoming Facebook Basics Page. We won't just TALK about Facebook- we will SHOW you how it works! Register here!

Already on Facebook, join the conversation here. We give you the breaking Facebook news as it happens!

But I'm old school- I don't do tech

So, I had a little fun this morning creating my own "geico-esque" commercial. I get to talk to business owners and a lot of therapist every day who are terrified that technology is going to take over their lives. Below I have put in a short, silly pirate video that does a "reenactment" of this conversation. I know doing a webcam video would be more personal-but I thought putting on different hats or using different voices might freak you out or make you think I was going nuts! Hope this video makes you smile! 

GoAnimate.com: ZynnyMe Technology Coaching for Real People by ZynnyMe

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

By the way, do you work with or market services or products for kids? I think this would be a fun, amazing way to create kid friendly content about play therapy, kid's toys, or even party planning themes. However, this strategy does require that you have some kind of web presence through a website, facebook page, or email list... 

If you are ready to finally create a website- check out Website in 30 days program for therapists. If you are a small business owner- stay tuned- we will have a similar program coming out for small, niche businesses this summer! 

Post your biggest technology fears or questions below in the comments- or send us an email at help@zynnyme.com