Your Mac probably contains hundreds of important documents and thousands of sentimental photos. If you don’t have a backup, a single careless moment could lose them all forever. A spill from a cup of coffee, a fall onto a concrete floor, or an opportunistic thief are all enough for your data to be gone for good. Trust me, you want to back up everything.
FTP, or File Transfer Protocol, is a way for a computer to send files to a server. It’s used if you want to upload a file from your computer (the client) to a remote server over a network. It’s popular because most servers actually sit in a rack in a database centre somewhere miles away from where you’re working.
Your Mac is only as good as the apps you use. There’s no point trying to write the next Great American Novel with TextEdit or limiting yourself to Chess for all your entertainment needs. With thousands of apps available, how do you find the good ones? Well, we’ve made an attempt based on our experience using Macs over the last few years. This obviously can’t be an exhaustive list, but it’s a good starting place.
Whether you’re recording professional tutorials or just want a few quick video clips you can leave on your parents’ computer so they have a simple reminder how to do basic tasks like send email, you need screen capture software to make them. What these screen recording apps do is record everything you do on screen (or on a section of your screen) so you can save it as a video. You can then publish that video on a platform like YouTube. You could even sell them to make money online, or just send them on to the person you made them for.
Taking notes is a nearly universal task. Whether you’ve got lots of meetings at work or just like to dissect the minutiae of the Harry Potter universe, almost everyone has a reason to occasionally need to take notes.
As we talked about in our series on passive income, time is the most valuable resource you have. You can get more cash, but you’ll never have more seconds left to live than you do right now. Despite our inevitable slow march towards death, as a group, humans seem very willing to waste time, frittering it away doing nothing or completely forgettable and irrelevant tasks. This is never more true than when you’ve got an impending deadline; as a writer I would know.
A calendar is an incredibly important tool for any small business owner, freelancer, or entrepreneur. A well organised calendar is crucial for knowing where you need to be and what you need to be doing.
Mind Mapping is a great way to lay out your thoughts and brainstorm new ideas. Rather than just using simple lists, you’re able to link ideas in multiple different ways. You can think creatively rather than just linearly.
Rome wasn’t built by one man, it was built by a team working together. While building Rome took hundreds of years and a lot of messengers running about, modern teams are lucky to have a lot of great software at their disposal. In fact, there’s almost too much good software. How do you pick the right tools for you and your small business? Well, we’re here to help.
There are very few certainties in life: death, taxes, and that, at some point, you’ll need to use a computer to write something. Whether you work in an office, run your own business, or volunteer in the Congo, there’s pretty much no escaping it.
In the previous tutorial, we looked at how to turn your passive income—income that’s disconnected from actual work—into actual wealth so you could become financially independent.
Passive, or residual, income is income that’s not directly tied to work. Rather than getting paid X dollars for an hour of your time, you’re paid a set amount for a product or service.
Passive income is the goal for a lot of want-to-be-entrepreneurs (sometimes called by the godawful name, wantrepreneurs). Instead of slaving away for someone else, trading your precious time for a few dollars an hour, you’re able to lounge on the beach in the sun with a mojito while cash flows into your bank account.
Over the past few tutorials in this series, we’ve dived deep into how to get started making passive income: