We shape our tools and our tools shape us.
You don’t need a lot of tools in your business toolbox. But you do need the right ones for the job at hand and it helps if you learn how to make the best use of them too.
I thought I was making great use of Dropbox, one of my favourite file-sharing tools. Then an article by my go-to tech specialist, Leo Notenboom, landed in my inbox. And then I realized I’d only scratched the surface.
I learned 5 things from Leo today:
- Using Dropbox to store backups is straightforward but I hadn’t been using it as efficiently as I could be.
- When travelling, I could’ve been using Dropbox for data transfers to automatically keep my pc and laptop files in sync. But I wasn’t. Doh!
- Dropbox can be used to collaborate with clients and assistants but no, I had been doing that a harder way.
- You can use the “public link” feature to share files with others who don’t have a Dropbox account. (I’ve used this for some digital product delivery in the past. Go, me.)
- Dropbox can also be used to build document and image collections for sharing across multiple machines and mobile devices! (Never even thought of that!!)
Although Dropbox has been criticized for security issues because files are uploaded to their servers unencrypted, Leo feels the criticism is largely unwarranted. However, if this poses a problem or concern for you, he has a solution for that too.
Dropbox is free for up to 2 gigabytes of storage. There are ways to earn more storage and there’s a purchase option too if you need more.
So, if you’re using this tool in your business, or even if you’re not, read Leo’s post, Dropbox — Share files across machines with friends and publicly, for free and expand your file-sharing horizons along with me.
More next time. Until then, remember to LOVE YOUR WORK, whatever it may be.
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