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Increase Your Marketability with QR Codes for Business Cards

Increase Your Marketability with QR Codes for Business Cards

In this day and age, many people can argue that the use of business cards are dead and over. It is believed that the likes of LinkedIn and other contact management apps have rendered them obsolete. However, studies show that business cards are more popular than ever. How is this possible? Well, one way is by sprucing up your business card by adding a QR code! Not sure what a QR code is? Let me explain.

QR codes, or Quick Response codes, are two-dimensional barcodes that can be personally designed to hold a variety of information; from addresses to websites, their uses are potentially infinite. Smart phones, Androids, iOs and tablets can scan the QR code with a QR Reader app and store the information into their device. This makes it convenient and easy for your networks to locate your information, but beyond that, it makes you memorable. It gives your business card that “wow” factor. Some people include a PDF version of their resume, others include links to LinkedIn or other related professional social media site.

To generate your own personal QR codes for your business cards, resumes or any other professional needs, check out the following two websites:

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QR Code: Example 1

    This QR Code Generator is easy to use and allows you to customize your QR Codes with text, URLs, contact information, phone numbers and SMSs. The site also gives you options of saving, sharing, and modifying the QR code.

     

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    QR Code: Example 2

       

      This QR Code Generator allows you to do more than the previous QR Code generator, not only can you customize your QR Codes with Text, URLs, Contact Information, Phone Numbers and SMSs, but there are also options for e-mails, map locations and wifi information. The site also give you options of downloading and embedding images, as well as modifying the QR code look.

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      QR codes can be added on any part of your business cards, front or back, for that dynamic touch. See examples below:

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            When creating a QR code, create one that works for you, your audience, and your business card template. Do not make the code too small or with light colors, or it will be difficult to hard to scan. Also keep in consideration that some people or employers may still not fully understand QR Codes, so be prepared to answer questions if they arise.

            Featured photo credit: Paul Wilkinson via flickr.com

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            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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