My trade secrets

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Organising your documents

I document a lot – all the news articles that I use, the invoices I receive, texts I write and reminders I need.

Wouldn't it be good to have a note-taking software you can use on your computer, phone or via a browser while travelling?

An app that helps you stay organised with digital documents and scans PDFs and images for text so I you search all the PDFs you've saved? Cool!

Best note-taking app?

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I use Evernote. They also offer a free plan that gets you started.

A better bank

When the big four banks went through their scandals I decided to go with another bank and haven't looked back since.

This one has a pleasant and pain-free onboarding process and their web interface is very clean. But the best bit is that they reimburse your overseas conversion fees and offer a competitive savings rate.

Want to join a cool bank?

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Then you should sign up to ING Bank.

Technology & office

When I upgraded my phone I had no idea that I had used the same supplier that supplied my previous one!

I love that they're of reasonable size (as someone said, "they can't run away easily"), have competitive prices and that their customer service responded quickly to my pre-sale questions.

Who's that good?

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That supplier is Kogan. And if you click this Kogan link you'll get $5 credit for free.

Handling email subscribers

For several years I was "driving a Holden" with the software that handled my subscribers: designing the emails, putting together sequences, keeping track of unsubscribes or email updates etc.

But since switching to this gem I just love to login each time I need to do subscriber work.

It is well designed and supports my workflows well. Yes, it's not cheap – but you get what you pay for (you know what I mean if you've ever driven a Mercedes). And their customer support team rocks.

How about taking this Merc for a free spin?

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The guys at ConvertKit allow you to test the waters with their free plan, including your first 1,000 subscribers.

My content management system

Many years ago, when I selected my first CMS, I picked one that wasn't wildly known but had very few security issues. (Mind you, the list for WordPress doesn't end – still today!)

I did the same for my second and current CMS. Security is that important. But not only is it very secure, it is also well designed, a pleasure to work with and write template and styling code for. And their developer never seems to sleep.

Wow! What was the name again?

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Look no further than Craft CMS.

E-learning course

My foray into e-learning is still in its infancy. But one platform offers a free starter plan (which attracted me to try things out).

It allows you to get started with a short course without having to worry about how to manage students and completions. And if you subscribe to their newsletter they'll teach you heaps as well – if you're teachable, that is.

Now guess the company name!

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This is Teachable.

Internet provider

I've been with this one for several years now. Not so long ago they switched (I think all) their plans to unlimited data.

Uptime is excellent and on the rare occasion I spoke to their customer service they wee very helpful and professional.

Shht! Want 50 bucks?

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Secret tip: If you use this link to sign up with FuzeNet you'll get a $50 eGift card for free!

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Korff, J 2020, My trade secrets, <https://mail.creativespirits.info/my-trade-secrets>, retrieved 28 October 2020

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