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7 free services that will help you save real cash

7 free services that will help you save real cash

The internet has made the world one gigantic community. People from different walks of life can interact instantly, share information, trade, and do basically most things you’d be doing with your next-door neighbor.

You also probably know about the mounds of freebies that can be found on the internet, including free email from Yahoo and Gmail and free videos from YouTube. But there are tons of additional services that can help you save some real cash on the internet. Here is a sample of the best of them.

1. Free Cloud Storage

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    The Cloud is one of the biggest gifts of the internet. Cloud storage has traditionally been used by your email provider and ISP to store and manage your data. In recent years, however, many independent cloud storage providers have sprung up, with many providing free storage up to a specified limit. Dropbox is notably one of the most popular, offering 2GB of free storage for new accounts.

    Google Drive is usually the winner when it comes to free storage, offering up to 15GB in free storage space for new users. Check out this PCMag review of some of the cloud storage providers offering free storage space for new accounts.

    2. Free Music

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      There is nothing better than streaming your favorite track from your phone without having to sacrifice your precious storage space. There are still a couple of sites that will allow you to listen to music for free, including Soundcloud and Spotify. Spotify still rocks a large music library, though you will have to persevere through occasional ads.

      If you are a fan of DJ mixes, then you will fall in love with Mixcloud. This site gives you access to a wide collection of user-uploaded mix tapes that users can listen to for free.

      3. Free Movies

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        The rise of OTT content providers like Netflix and Hulu has made it easier to access movies and TV series over the internet. Netflix offers a free monthly subscription for first-time subscribers, which is a good deal especially considering the many movies and series that are coming up on this platform.

        If you’d rather not pay for movies and TV series online, you can visit Crackle for a wide selection of programming across different devices, including smart TVs and smartphones. You can also visit Archive.org for a selection of movies, mostly classics.

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        YouTube is also becoming a popular avenue where users can watch free movies. You can also watch a wide variety of documentaries on Documentary Heaven.

        4. Calling and Texting

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          Free calls and texts over the internet have been around for quite some time. Skype was among the earliest services to offer free calls, albeit between two or more Skype applications. A number of similar apps like WhatsApp and Viber will also let you make phone calls and send texts for free, provided you have an active internet connection.

          A potentially revolutionary app, Rebtel allows you to make free calls even without cellular data or Wi-Fi. Others enable free texting online (even anonymously), including Text’em and a couple of other free sites mentioned in this review by Techreviewpro.

          5. Coupons and Promos

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            Promos, discount codes and coupons can help shave off a significant amount of cash from your next online purchase. Many of the good ones are usually hidden within blogs, Facebook pages and the comments section on Twitter and other social media portals, so be sure to check these out before checking out.

            Sites such as RetailMeNot, Groupon, and Coupon Sherpa can be useful resources for finding discounts, free shipping, and other deals to help save cash.

            6. Tutorials

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              If you ever need to fix your leaking pipes, construct a tree house for your kids, or even fix the engine on your car, the internet offers lots of free tutorials to turn you into a competent handyman or handywoman. YouTube and the Khan Academy are examples of sites offering platforms for such resources, all available for free.

              7. Academic Courses

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                If tutorials aren’t enough to quench your thirst for information, there are tons of college-level resources freely available online that you can use. MIT OpenCourseWare is one of the many sites offering free college-level resources, including exams and tests, coursework, video lessons, and other educational materials.

                Yale and Harvard also offer these resources, so be sure to check them out too.

                The best things in life are free. So the next time you pay for something on the internet, be sure it’s completely necessary. After all, who doesn’t love freebies!

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                Last Updated on October 16, 2019

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                1. ScheduleOnce

                  ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                  ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                  ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                  Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                  Available on Web

                  2. Calendly

                    Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                    You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                    Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                    3. Assistant.to

                      For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                      From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                      While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                      Available on Web

                      4. Acuityscheduling

                        Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                        It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                        Available on Web | iOS | Android

                        5. Pick

                          Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                          At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                          Available on Web

                          6. X.ai

                            For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                            This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                            Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                            Available on Web

                            7. YouCanBook.me

                              is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                              They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                              Available on Web

                              8. Doodle

                                Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                9. WhenAvailable

                                  WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                  Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                  Available on Web

                                  10. Rally

                                    Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                    Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                    Available on Web

                                    11. NeedtoMeet

                                      Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                      NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                      While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                      Available on Web

                                      Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                      In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                      To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                      Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                      A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                      Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                      If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                      Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                      With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                      The Bottom Line

                                      Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                      Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                      Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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