|Name: Natalie Sisson
Profession: Suitcase Entrepreneur, author
Location: New Zealand
Website: The Suitcase Entrepreneur
Natalie Sisson is a Kiwi entrepreneur and adventurer who shares creative ways to run a business from anywhere. She is passionate about using online tools and social media to create more freedom in business and adventure in life. Her latest book, `The Ultimate Toolkit for Evolutionary Entrepreneur’s,’ showcases free and paid online tools (including Evernote) for entrepreneurs wanting to streamline their business and save time and money. Evernote readers can get 25% off by entering the code ‘myevernote’ during checkout.
Natalie stopped by to share how she uses Evernote to help create a virtual office. She asked two women in her entrepreneurial community (Diana Stirling and Shannon Ward of Pretierment living) who share the suitcase entrepreneur lifestyle with her, to help her compile a list of ways that entrepreneurs can use Evernote to help run their businesses from anywhere.
I Use Evernote For…
As an entrepreneur who runs an entire business virtually, I’ve found Evernote to be a powerful ally in my success. I literally live out of a suitcase, so I love tools that allow me to have a the sense of a real office. Evernote has become a filing cabinet for my brain – it works the way I do, logically storing away the most important information to be retrieved at the click of a mouse or a simple search query.
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Strategy to Tactics, and everything in between
As an entrepreneur, I am constantly jumping from strategy level down to tactical level, plus managing everything in between: cash flow, legal, HR, inventory, channels, and accounting. Evernote helps me keep tabs on everything.
- Multiple Notebooks: I keep a separate notebook for each area of my business. I take all of my meeting and call notes in Evernote and tag all of my notes to create a system where I can find all content related to a topic easily.
- To-Do Lists and Time Management: I keep to-do lists in Evernote and also create a note each morning to allocate tasks for the day and the blocks of time I intend to spend on them. As the day progresses and things inevitably change, I go back into my Evernote account and update my list as required, either at my desk or from my iPhone, on the go. [How to create a checklist in Evernote]
Ideas & Research
I’m always coming up with new ideas for marketing, future products, and operations. While I’m researching competition, suppliers, and markets, I always have Evernote open on my computer.
- Web Clipping: I used to use a Word document to copy and paste web links alongside typed notes and reminders. It was a mess. Now, I select the web page text I want to remember and click the Evernote icon on my browser toolbar. It clips, copies and saves the information I’ve selected and even preserves the source URL in a new note.
- Voice Memos: I record voice memos with Evernote on my iPhone so that whenever a thought or idea strikes, I don’t risk losing it.
- Photo Notes: When I see a great product while traveling, I snap a photo of it with Evernote. When I’m ready to write my next blog post, I just go through the notebook that includes all of the information I’ve been collecting—web clips, random thoughts and outlines, meeting notes and photos. I have everything I need to write the post at my fingertips.
Bringing your file cabinet with you
Evernote has become my digital file cabinet; I never have to worry about forgetting a folder.
- Sync: Evernote is constantly being synchronized, so whether I’m at my desk or out and about with my iPhone, I always have access to my notes.
- Paperless Lifestyle: If you travel a lot like I do, Evernote is great for scanning and storing important travel documents (such as electronic tickets, health insurance, and visa information).
Sharing and Collaborating
When you have a business partner and remote workforce, everything needs to be shared.
- Shared Notebooks: I use Evernote to create shared notebooks for projects or other critical team-based information. I don’t email multiple versions of documents or try to keep track of multiple email threads. Using Evernote is definitely more efficient, especially for teams that are remote as I almost always am. [Learn how to start sharing notes]
Networking and Contacts
Being on the road a lot means coming into contact with new people all the time. Keeping track of everyone you meet can be hard.
- Business Card Snapshots: I take photos of business cards so I can easily search for the contact in the future. The cards get thrown away.
- People Photos: In those situations where I don’t have business cards, I snap a picture of the person I’ve just met and type their information into Evernote for later reference. I can find them later by searching for part of their name, by location of where we met, or approximate date we met.
These are just some of the ways I use Evernote everyday in my business and personal life. How are you using Evernote in your entrepreneurial lifestyle?