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Running Out of Room in Dropbox? Here are 11 Dropbox Alternatives That Offer WAY More Free Cloud Storage

Running Out of Room in Dropbox? Here are 11 Dropbox Alternatives That Offer WAY More Free Cloud Storage

Technology advances faster and faster by the day. Not that long ago American society was introduced to “the cloud” and now we’ve quickly become a cloud-based world. Remember when Gmail launched and introduced a free GB of email storage space, roughly 500 times more than Hotmail, their nearest competitor? At the time, it was revolutionary.

One of the most popular cloud-based storage sites is Dropbox. The biggest problem with Dropbox is its limited storage space (2 GB on a free account, with opportunity to earn more by sharing the service with friends).

Thankfully today there are many more options out there that can offer the same service but with much greater storage capacity.Here are a few to choose from if you’re running up against the limit of your Dropbox account.

1. OneDrive

OneDrive is a one-stop-shop for your storage needs. A free account provides you with 15 GB of space to use for storing documents, photos, or anything else you can think of.

OneDrive allows you to create, edit, and share your documents regardless of the device that is being worked on. The downside of OneDrive is that it does not share files as easily as some of the other cloud storage options.

One drive

    2. Google Drive

    Google Drive also offers 15 GB of storage space at no cost, however it needs to be split between Google Drive, Gmail, and Google+ Photos. Additional storage space may be added for a nominal price.

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    However, I’ve been a Gmail user for nearly 10 years and am still just over 50% of my capacity.

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      3. Box.com

      Box.com gives 10 GB of free storage space. With its easy sync feature, you can access any stored file on your tablet or phone. A potential downfall of Box.com is that you can only share files up to 250 MB.

      Box

        4. Team Drive

        Team Drive provides its users with 10 GB of storage space for no cost. Team Drive allows users to sync data between computers with ease. Users can also share music, documents, images, or folders with others.

        Team Drive offers a high level of security by encrypting users’ data and each user decides who may and may not have access to files.

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        TeamDrive

          5. Amazon Cloud Drive

          Amazon Cloud offers up to 5 GB of free storage. It also allows users to add photos from a phone or tablet. As with the other cloud storage sites, all your files can be saved in the same place and be easily accessed.

          One nice feature of Amazon cloud is that pictures that are taken with a phone can be saved there and can still be accessed once the picture is deleted from the phone. Amazon Cloud also has an automatic back-up feature that saves pictures in the cloud so they are safe even if the phone is lost or damaged.

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            6. Wuala

            Wuala provides users with 5 GB of free storage space in the cloud with which to store and share files. Wuala encrypts users’ data before it is uploaded. An added security benefit is that users’ passwords are never transmitted, not even to Wuala employees.

            Wuala also has superior backup and file versioning, which is really valuable if you ever inadvertently delete a file without saving or if an older version needs to be accessed.

            Wuala

              7. Cloudme.com

              Cloudme.com allows users up to 19 GB to store files, however, there is a maximum file size of 150 MB. A unique feature of Cloudme.com is that it allows users to have their own Desktop within the cloud.

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              Users can sync specific folders to specific devices so work and personal files are never confused. Cloudme.com allows users to have their music library with them at all times,

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                8. Cx.com

                Cx.com offers 10 GB of free space. Users can access their files from any device. They can also sync and share their data quite easily. Cx.com also allows for group collaboration. Anyone who needs to share data with multiple people can easily do so through the Cx.com platform.

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                  9. Sugar Sync

                  Sugar Sync allows users 5 GB of free storage and allows users to choose which files to sync to which devices. Sugar Sync also allows for secure file sharing and makes it easy to manage files when using a phone or tablet.

                  SugarSync

                    10. SpiderOak

                    SpiderOak provides 2 GB of space for free and 100 GB for a cost of $10.00 per month. SpiderOak promises a secure back-up system. Users will never need to worry about losing a file again.

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                    It’s easy to sync and share files with SpiderOak and you can choose which files can be accessed through specific devices. Just drop a file into a folder for someone else to see.

                    Everything is password protected, so there is no need to worry that a file will be seen by the wrong eyes.

                    SpiderOak

                      11. Copy.com

                      Copy.com gives users 15 GB of storage for free. With Copy.com files are available to users on their computers, mobile devices, or tablets. Copy.com is convenient, as there are no file size restrictions nor viewing restrictions. Plus, users are still promised a high level of privacy.

                      One nice extra perk of Copy.com is that it allows for file size sharing. So, if two people are sharing a 10 GB file, it only counts as 5 GB apiece.

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                        Now it’s your turn. Do you have a favorite cloud storage service that I missed? Please be sure to share it in the comments below.

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                        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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