I recently signed up for a free trial of Bidsketch; software that claims to make writing client proposals easy. Well, guess what folks? They’re right, and it does! I must admit I was skeptical, but, hey, time is a commodity that I don’t have much of these days, so I’m willing to give anything that implies “time savings” a try. I have used Nolo’s Quicken Legal Business Pro, which includes an easy “walk-through” for creating client quotes. While I’m BIG fan of Nolo, there is nothing I’ve tried yet that compares with Bidsketch. Somewhere recently, (I read a lot, so can’t remember where), I read that it’s better to use the terminology “proposal” vs. “quote”. Interesting. I’ve long been fascinated by NLP. However, I digress. Back to Bidsketch. There is definitely more than enough wording for any freelancer who dwells in the world of web or graphic design, writing, and, well, I shouldn’t limit it. Bidsketch has templates for SEO specialists, Internet marketers, software developers, and more.
I had promised a potential client I would get a proposal to him, and time was not only running out,– it was past due. Kept my potential client in the loop, and when my “updated due date” was knocking at the door, I gritted my teeth, toughened up and told myself, I had ONE more new piece of software to master. Trust me, it was NOT what I wanted to do at the moment. I was beyond the word “pleasantly” surprised. In fact, I was downright delighted! With an intuitive UX, it took me less than an hour to complete my proposal. Call me impressed, because I was, and, I am. True, I deleted some extraneous wording, however, it was really easy! And, I know now, that whatever the occasion, I have more than enough “wording” at my disposal.
I would like to say I clicked “send” and waited with baited breath,–but, the truth is, I was busy. It was with interest and surprise when I was notified that my proposal had been viewed. And, again and again, as it was viewed. Each time my potential client opened the link, (which, I should NOT fail to mention, is customized), I was notified. The customized link: alltechglobal.bidsketch.com. Cool.
I can now say I’m part of the $261,895,405 earned by Bidsketch customers. Translation: I highly recommend Bidsketch. At the very least, give it a shot. If you don’t like it, you’ve lost nothing. I can’t say what Bidsketch’s customer service is like, because I didn’t have occasion to contact them. Trust me, that’s a really positive point. I’m very interested in utilizing any type of software that helps systematize business and makes life easier for everyone. Note: systematization that enhances customer service. I don’t believe in systematization at the expense of customer service. Did I mention that the proposal, (soon-to-be contract), can be signed digitally? Bonanza!
That’s all for now, folks. Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned. I have so much more to blog about…..like “if and how” Bidsketch integrates with Highrise, a CMS. I’ll be posting updates as I learn more….
Telling it like it is, (according to my POV),
As people become more concerned about security and privacy, the question begs to be answered; is it worth it to give up mobile privacy for security? Fifty-four percent of the polled population preferring privacy at the risk of security. The question has become, do we exchange mobile privacy for security? Privacy has definitely become a luxury. There is no hardware or software that can be purchased that guarantees 100% privacy. Yes, there are programs and software that will help, but, again, nothing is “uncrackable”. As mobile app usage, mobile gaming and mobile searching are all on the rise as we’re “constantly connected”, here are a few best practices to help keep your digital devices secure.
1. Okay, this first one might sound like a “no-brainer”, but start with physical security. That means don’t leave your digital device in areas that aren’t secure.
2. Add a security code, password and/or PIN to your device. If you have an iPhone 5, using the “Touch ID” feature will ensure maximum security. (No, I did not use the word “infallible”). You will still set up a passcode, but the odds of someone physically accessing your data drop from 1 in 10,000 for those who only have a passcode, to 1 in 50,000. For more information on setting up “Touch ID”, click here.
3. Install a security app on your mobile/digital device. An app that I have been watching, (and also use), is “Lookout“. They offer protection for both the iOS and Android platforms. Lookout also offers security on a much larger scale utilizing sensor data and predictive analytics. Another one of my favorite companies for multi-device and platform security is “ESET“. Right now their mobile security is limited to Android phones and tablets. I have an iPhone, so can’t comment as to ease of installation and use, however, I have been very happy with the performance on my Mac. They also have a blog with fun and informational news like, “Domino’s Pizza refuses to pay ransom after customer database hacked“. Last of all, “Disconnect” has different levels of security that can be unlocked to protect your device, including malware protection.
One last tip, if you want a phone that is the “most secure” you can get, it will be worth your time to check out the “Blackphone“.
That’s it for now, fellow-humans. I’ll cover using VPN’s with mobile devices soon, so don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.
No, says ultimate business man and social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk. @garyvee
I agree and absolutely love Gary’s answer in the slide show below.
Not having the right social media channels for your customers to reach out to you is the 1995 equivalent of not having a phone line.
To end with one last quote:
Despite these no-brainers, there are still companies – new and old, big and small – who avoid social media.