My name is Espree. I built SaveBusinessTime to share the world’s best online business tools because they created such an impact on my business, saving me time and money. I wanted to share what I found so everyone can discover that amazing solution that I did years ago.
To help with productivity I write blog posts with business software reviews and make recommendations.
The first web application that really just struck a chord for me was ShoeBoxed. I was paying my assistant to scan all my business cards and receipts and the scans were getting all these errors while using this expensive scanner. Then I even had a team outsourced, logging into my computer in the middle of the night to fix the scanned errors, and then like magic, I found ShoeBoxed, and for nine bucks a month, they scan everything for me, and it’s done. It’s crazy.
So I started documenting all the different kinds of business tools I would find that save me time and money, and now a few years later, I want to bring them all to you. I want this site to be as easy to use as possible. I want it to be a complete time saver, and I want every day to be magic, where you feel like, “Oh my gosh, thank gosh this exists. I don’t know what I would do without it. You saved me so much time.”
I want you to have that feeling. And if you don’t have that feeling, there’s a problem. So please let me know.
Share the love, Tweet about SaveBusinessTime
So I wanted to get my relationships in business under control in the most sincere way possible. Thanks to business coaching, I became more personable with clients. However, I still needed a tool for both my business contacts and customer relationship management. I mean it’s such a waste to meet all these awesome people at these business events and mixers only for their emails to get lost in the black hole of my ADD filtered Gmail inbox.
I knew about ZeroMail and I see that as a great tool for reducing the clutter, but I needed a relationship manager. So I started using Contactually (you get a free month with this link). Sadly it only took me 6 MONTHS! to seriously start using it after grabbing my fabulous AppSumo promo. Sad face. Dabbling doesn’t lead anyone anywhere worth being. So the deal I had already expired and I was now chucking out cash, but if the value is there it’s still really inexpensive to have in my tool belt. They do have a free plan so I was trying to figure out if the premium version was even worth it.
Meanwhile as I was clicking around all their neato settings options and stumbled on another Appsumo promo I had got centuries ago, Sanebox.
I started Googling the benefits of using SB despite that fact I had met one of the Sanebox teammates at an event long before. Sorry Dmitri, but at least I’m a paid user now! Anyway, jumping back… I started Googling and stumbled on this post from a blogger over at iPhone Hacks about how after 24 hours Sanebox changed his world. How could I not start using it myself. My day was off to a great start… so far the set up of everything I was doing was one click and done. Super easy peasy… so I logged into my dusty Appsumo account, pressed the next page button a million times passing all the digital products I had purchased and then found SB. So I quickly signed up only to get da da da I got this horrifying page…
I thought, ‘no problem, I’m a Google Apps business user so I can just call the telephone support number I have’. Over an hour later there was no progress. They showed me this page and I was like ‘where do I get those URLS and what’s that mean???’ Then my peeps at Google transferred me to elevated customer support and said I needed an SSO extension and they interrogated me if I was a developer. I confess. No way, I am justa Wordpress hack. I’m nothing legit to know about SSO and FBI and UFCs. HELP. They show my Chrome Web Store extension land where I need to add an extention and I see to license this extension it’s a grand. WHAT. There is no way that blogger over at iPhone Hacks would have been raving about an email tool he had to pay a grand for no matter how bad he wants to GTD his life. Then just like that I went to the trusty Google one last time and wala, there was my answer on what to do when my screen says “single sign in feature is disabled” for Sanebox… click a very simple link on the error page I’d been starring at forever. But it’s okay, now I was back in action. Except I didn’t know what to make of SB, was it an email clients, web based email, a filtering system, both? So confused.
I’d heard Postbox is amazing and I came across this tweet in my search through the internet oracle telling me to use Post Box and Sanebox together. Ag that must be it. And so I download yet another tool. But hey it’s all gonna save me time later right? I should have remembered that I never even used Thunderbird or Outlook. Postbox was founded by the original team who created Thunderbird. That doesn’t mean I need it though. Still testing it out…
So in my journey of emails and GTD and filtering and managing my contacts here’s what I’ve found… shortly after signing up for SaneBox my email count went from 1000s to 249. I would have feaked up, but in that blog post I mentioned earlier they talked about how they thought their emails disappeared too and it was just under a filter. So I am learning these filters and how it all functions and if I should be using Postbox too. But for now… Contactually is blowing my mind.
So Contactually is really not for ongoing communication. It’s to spark up conversations with people you haven’t connected with in a while. What I absolutely love is it integrates ALL my zillion account from Facebook to LinkedIn to Twitter to several business email account and gmail accounts…. everything, all in one place = lovely. And I can see what a specific contact in up to. Plus they scrape people contact information from the signatures in emails to update my database. RAD. They are still sorta beta and have some cool features coming out in April 2013 I am looking forward too, but all in all to answer my question I asked myself earlier about Contactually being worth their paid plan rather than just using the freebie one, yea totally worth it… TBC on the other tools
Contactually helps me enhance my business relationships, take notes and assign to dos and be proactive about building sincere connections with people. <3 I love having absolutely all my messaging account from social profiles to email in one place so all my contact conversations are streamlined. It’s awesome easily seeing what each person is up to so that I can engage in a quality chat and even though for months I put off paying attention to their ‘Hey it’s time to follow up with so n so notifications…’ I think now that I have made using this tool a priority that will be one of the most valuable notification I receive. It’s a great tool for both business contacts and customer relationship management.
Check out Contactually
You can cyber stalk me here: