There’s got to be a better way! Receipt Management

Great timing for this question from Shannon O: “What is everyone using for receipts for tax purposes? I am tired of the shoeboxes. Please help!” Alan D. Neatreceipts mobile scanner. Had it for years. Great software to OCR your paperworks and auto-categorize for easy expense report generation. As a bonus it can be used to scan business cards that can then be …

There’s got to be a better way! Mobile Presentations

Help a Nerd Out! Beth Q. wrote to ask… Hi Beth! I am looking for the best site to create mobile presentations for my ipad. I am looking to convert my Buyer/Seller presentations. Please let me know which website you recommend for me to create these. Thanks! Mardi B. Google Slides! It works pretty much like PowerPoint. It’s easy to access online …

There’s got to be a better way! VoIP

Help a Nerd Out! Ellen wrote to ask… “I’m looking for advice on most reliable web-based telephone services. I live in the foothills of a mountain in Phoenix and find that my cell phone calls get dropped often, despite installing a signal booster. My landline has a lot of interference, (which the phone company can’t seem to fix) and is …

There’s got to be a better way! Social Media

Help a Nerd Out!  Janet P. used to work with me when I was a freelance writer. She wants to know… “How many social media accounts should you be on for your business … and how do you decide which ones?” Come on, guys… let’s give her some advice! Candi R. Where is your target market? Find out what they are …

There’s got to be a better way! Apps to play with kids

Help a Nerd Out!  This question from Sandy M. is a little different. “Beth, my two kids love playing with my phone, but I’d like to find an app that we could have fun with together. What are other parents using to spend time with their kids — to learn or just have fun?” Beth Z. I play The Room, a …

There’s got to be a better way! Email

Help a Nerd Out!  Cliff L. asks, “I’m finally going to switch my email from AOL to another cloud-based email service. Which one? Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook.com… something else?” Patrick A. Gmail. All other responses are invalid. Seriously – the number of benefits you get with gmail, google calendar and google contacts are amazing. When most people switch phones, computers, etc. they …

There’s got to be a better way! Cloud Storage

Help a Nerd Out! Betty B. asks a very simple question with a thousand possible answers… “I’m trying to choose a cloud storage service that syncs to all my devices… Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive or…. what???” Alan D. Depends on device and what the intended use is. I use Google Drive for docs and Dropbox for media files (photo backup/sync …

There’s got to be a better way! Free calls and texts

Help A Nerd Out! This week’s question:  “What are people in the NerdWords community using to make free calls or send free texts?” Becky D. ipad/iphone facetime/imessage set up on wifi! That is how we stay connected with our stepdaughter who lives so far away and doesn’t have a phone number. Lynne Z. I call my son in Spain with Facetime, even if …

There’s got to be a better way! Adding text to graphics

Help A Nerd Out! David R. wrote in to ask… “What’s the best app or site to add text over graphics to post on Pinterest and the like?” This is where you come in…. what are your favorites? I love WordSwag… Kim Z. I love Canva! Lorrie T. WordSwag and Red Stamp are my top two go to’s! A few more …

There’s got to be a better way! Microsoft Office Time Savers

Help a Nerd Out! Our first community question of the year is a GREAT ONE! “I have a challenge for your NerdHerd. I am looking for any ways that people save time when using Word or other Office applications. I use Find and Replace, Mail/Email Merge, Keyboard Shortcuts, and even Macros. I’m wondering if I’m missing any? I often take …

There’s got to be a better way! Home Scheduling App

Help a Nerd Out!  This week’s question for the community…. “My kids, my husband… everyone has different schedules and appointments. Is there an app that helps me manage my home life (and maybe helps me keep an eye on the kids)?” Parents? What do you think? Lisa B: Cozi allows you to keep your shopping lists, meal schedule and family calendars all …

There’s got to be a better way! Shopping Apps

Help a Nerd Out!  “Beth, what are the best apps for shopping – either to make my holiday gift list or to save money?” Chime in, friends. Mary S: Not an app, but any kind of connection with your local independent retailer will do more for you and your community than any shopping online! Mary C: RetailMeNot. It is especially nice to be …