LinkedIn Adds Small Business Services Feature

According to LinkedIn, small businesses make up 99.7% of U.S. employer firms, with over 10 million U.S. small business leaders using the LinkedIn platform to help reach and engage their clients.

LinkedIn Open for Business

LinkedIn is a community that can help you grow your business, whether that means acquiring new customers, bringing in exceptional talent, or extending your professional network. LinkedIn recently rolled out a new feature designed to help freelancers and small businesses grow their business.

While word-of-mouth continues to be an excellent way to generate new business, small businesses (like insurance agencies) can and should take advantage of the new, digital word-of-mouth.

How to Stop Spam Robocalls

According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), U.S. consumers received approximately 2.4 billion robocalls per month in 2016. It feels like I receive a large number of those calls. It has gotten so bad that I don’t answer my phone (cell or office) anymore from a number I don’t recognize.

stop robocalls

The FCC is taking steps to try to stem the tide of robocalls and texts. They do provide some helpful information on how to stop unwanted robocalls and texts. An article on the FCC website – Beating Back Unwanted Robocalls – goes into more depth on the problem.

Even with strong enforcement action, it is unlikely these annoying calls will stop.

For several years I have used an app on my phone that helps me identify potential scams, spam, and telemarketing calls. The app is called Hiya. It is available for both Android and iOS smartphones.

The Next Generation of Livescribe Smartpens — Aegir

Because I believe (and research confirms) that handwriting notes improves the retention of the information you’re hearing and increases creativity, I am always looking for tools that help support handwriting yet allow me to capture the information digitally. I like a hybrid system.

Livescribe Aegir Update

I last wrote about Livescribe in March 2013. The company has been quiet for the last few years. That changed recently when the company announced the availability of their new Aegir smartpen and the release of their enhanced Livescribe+ apps for mobile (Android and iOS) as well as a desktop app. There is also a new Microsoft Office plug-in that lets users print any document with the Livescribe dot pattern.

The new Aegir pen is smaller in size and can store 1,200 pages of notes before it needs to be connected to the Livescribe+ mobile app and lasts for up to 10 hours. Once synced, the mobile app can digitize handwritten notes as text, PDF, image, or vector.

Use QuickJump to Navigate to Windows Folders Quickly

My computer is very organized. I maintain a particular folder structure that allows me to find documents and information quickly. The downside of that organization is that often it can take many clicks to get to the specific folder that has the information I’m looking for.


I have found a quick and easy solution – QuickJump.