Is Insightly's Premium service worth it? Yes, let me tell you why...

This past year I wrote a post on a CRM program (Insightly.com) that has revolutionized how I organize the business side of my site. Organization is vitally important. This is especially true as my blog has grown and I have begun to focus more on the business aspect of my site. Trying to stay organized by using spreadsheets, alarm dates set in my phone, and tons of post it notes just doesn’t cut it anymore. That is why I have fallen in love with Insightly. Now all my contacts are in one place, as are all my deadlines, events, tasks, and notes. I can tag and link everything from my contacts to deadlines, to events.  I love that I can access my information on not just my computer, but also my phone and tablet allowing me to be organized even when I am out and about. 

For those who haven’t tried out Insightly's FREE Service yet I recommend that you go and sign up today and see for yourself how awesome it really is. If you are worried that this might be too complicated they have some great FREE tutorials on all the tools they offer that walk you through step by step. 

I have had some who are already utilizing Insightly’s FREE service (and are all loving it) ask me about their premium or paid services and why a blogger would want to use it when their FREE serve is so amazing. Speaking from experience there are many advantages of utilizing Insightly’s premium services. In addition to getting more storage space and being able to have more than 3 users actively using your account, here are a few reasons why the premium services are sooo worth it:

Google Contact and Calendar Sync: I just love this option! I already had many contacts and dates in my Google account and it is great to not have to manually transfer it all over to insightly. I am too busy to have to spend hours of my time re-entering information I already had into a new program just so I could have everything in one place. The best part is how easy it is to sync your accounts. (For me easy and quick are big. 

Custom Branding for your back end interface: This is a fun option available, but one that I have found helps set the right state of mind. I like the fact that when I log onto Insightly it is my Logo at the top and my background on my back end interface. I feel this just sets the professional feel especially when I have need to using it in front of others. 

25 Custom Fields (Within each record type): Just as every blog is unique, so to is the back end business side of things. This is why being able to customize the fields for your account is so important. Perhaps you want to track referrals for your contacts, who has won your various giveaways, or you might want to keep track of what reviews you have done in the last year. Where you are able to create up to 10 Custom fields (for each record type: i.e. Contacts, Organization, Opportunities, and Projects) the FREE service, you get to create 25 Custom fields with all the premium services. This gives you plenty of opportunity to make the back end interface of Insightly your own, to make sure all your record keeping needs are met. 

The best part of the Insightly subscriptions is that you can change your plan up or down at any time and with any upgrade or downgrade in plans, you will be credited pro rata for the time remaining in the current billing cycle! So play around and see which plan is best for you. 

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11 Tips For Successful Goal Making

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January is once again upon us. I love January. It is a time for reflection on the past year, and a time to start anew. The world over people are setting their New Years goals and resolutions. Some will quickly fail and forget the goals and resolution they set this month for the coming year. However others will succeed in spectacular ways. I don't know about you, but I want to be in that latter group. I want this year to be a year of growth and improvement. Here are 11 tips I have discovered over the years that enable successful Goal making and keeping. 

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3 Easy Ways to Lower Heating Costs This Winter

January 2014

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Aside from your rent or mortgage, few bills are as brutal on your wallet as the heating bill.

All four of the major ways to heat your home will run you a pretty penny, though some less so than others.

Come Winter 2014, average heating costs are expected to run as follows, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration:

Natural Gas: $679
Propane: $1666
Oil: $2046
Electricity: $909

So no matter what, your bank account is going to take a hit.

That’s why it is so important to think about alternate ways to heat your house, rather than just crank up the thermostat and bask in your new-found sweatiness.

Don’t worry – we’re not going to suggest you turn the thing all the way down to zero and bury yourself in a couple dozen heavy blankets.

No, our goal is showcase several cost-effective ways to keep warm while still going about your business as usual.

As you will see, these methods can save you a ton of money, especially if you’re dealing with oil or propane.

But even if you’re not, you can still save a bunch by:

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Would You Buy 600 Bottles of Sun Drop Soda?

January 2014

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For that matter would you buy 600 bottles of anything?

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**Must Read** What’s Safer: Credit Cards or Debit Cards?

January 2014

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Just in case you haven’t been following the news, lets bring you up to speed.

A couple of weeks ago Target announced that their databases had been breached by hackers.

Anyone who shopped at Target using a credit or debit card from November 27ththrough December 15th potentially has had his or her payment information stolen.

The stolen payment information, which DOES include debit card PINs, almost immediately went up for sale on the so-called black market websites.

And, there have already been reports of people being the victims of credit card and debit card fraud as a result of the breach. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that, you’ll likely not lose a dime of your money thanks to two Federal laws that cap your liability for credit and debit card related fraud.

It does, however, beg the question about the safety of credit card use versus debit card use? Which card is safer for you to be using?

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