GKN Weekly Update 8/14/12 – Sticking My Head In The Cloud
Good afternoon, fellow voicers and non-voicers! I no longer feel sick but my nose has been running like a freight train! Gross.
Today I want to talk about my continuing quest to become as cloud-based as possible. No, I’m not talking about taking flying lessons or joining the cast of the Care Bears. “Cloud-based” means having my resources located on a server as part of a network as opposed to having them stored on my computer at home.
Why? When I went to VOICE 2012 this past June, I was contacted by five of my voiceover clients to record projects for them. I have no mobile recording system, no means of editing sounds files on the road, and no way of invoicing clients when I’m not home. On top of that, I don’t have my client contact info with me when I’m away. Needless to say, it was a bit of a pain to get the projects done whilst in the Magic Kingdom. So, what have I done to address this issue?
TIP OF THE WEEK: Well, a few things…
- Instead of using ACT! to manage my client database, I now use the cloud-based PerformerTrack; a CRM system designed specifically for actors.
- To invoice my clients, I now use Invoice Bubble: also cloud-based and it’s free to use!
- Instead of using Quicken to manage my finances, I now use Outright: yet another cloud-based system and I can download my bank statements, PayPal account info, and do all kinds of fun stuff.
There are many other cloud-based systems you can use to handle these three tasks, but they work well for me and I strongly recommend them.
Do you have any cloud-based tips & tricks? Please share!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: I stuck! Jayden Dheere, my darling niece saying her first sentence
STUFF!: FYI the latest episode of the Voice Over Cafe podcast is ready. Give it a listen!
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