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Using Google to Up Your Productivity

March 13, 2017

There are many different software options in the business world and google happens to be one of my favorites for many reasons. Today I would like to share with you some of those reasons with you and specifically focus on those that help us increase our productivity. 

Google has many different programs. Most people are aware of Gmail considering they have millions of users currently. The Gmail platform revolutionized the world of email when google did away with storage limits, meaning you never have to delete your emails. Google calendar helps us keep our time organized. Not only can you access it from different devices but its collaboration features are top notch. You can create multiple calendars under one account to keep specific areas of your life more organized.  So now you can keep your work appointments and personal appointments separate and share access to those specific calendars all within the same program. This is a great feature if you are trying to schedule appointments or if your co-workers or family members need to be able to access your availability.

Google drive has helped make my life a little easier by allowing me to access all of my documents from any device anywhere. The days of multiple copies of files, and physically having to carry around external storage devices are a thing of the past. With a free google drive account, you have access to an entire suite of programs designed to help your office function more efficiently. The basics include Docs., Sheets, Forms, and slides. These programs are designed to create and manipulate various types of documents. Their features differ slightly from the programs you may be accustomed to but they will certainly get the job done.  Also, you cannot beat a program that offers all of these features for free! That’s right I said FREE!!! 

As a small business owner, you may be interested in taking your Google game to the next level. If you need to connect your own domain name to your email account or if you need multiple email accounts for your employees; the low-cost services of Google Suite may provide just what you need. Also, depending on your industry or type of service you may have very specific data storage requirements.  Upgrading to the Google Suite allows you much more control over your data.

I encourage you to explore the free services of Google and other software that is available to find the perfect fit for you and your business. Taking the extra time to learn something new could be a huge time saver in the future.

“Business Tips” was written by Dezaray Johnson, Business Development Training Coordinator, of Angelo State University’s Small Business Development Center.  For more information on the topic of this article or the services of the ASU · SBDC, contact her at Dezaray.Johnson@angelo.edu

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    Dezaray Johnson, M.A. Training Coordinator

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