Web Tools: Evernote

If you’re running a small business, you’ve got plenty of things to think about. Keeping track of the things you’re thinking about should not be one of them. Evernote is a tool that helps keep track of anything and everything you’re thinking, doing, or just want to keep for a while. Here’s the details:

Evernote

web: http://www.evernote.com

Evernote LogoWith Evernote, you can electronically capture your thoughts, notes, something you see on the web, receipts, pretty much anything. Take a clipping (miniature screenshot) of anything on your screen, jot it down in post-it style, upload a photo and send it to Evernote. Evernote will then take all of your notes and clippings and sync them across all of your Evernote clients: your desktop client, the web client, even your phone. It’s nice to have all of your notes with you, wherever you go. ┬áBut Evernote is much more than a capture device: it actually processes the information you feed it.

With Evernote, you are able to tag and organize your notes yourself. Greater than that, Evernote can search within your notes as well…even images. One of the coolest features of Evernote is character recognition within images, photos, and screenshots. Evernote even allows handwritten text to be searchable (that is, if your handwriting is legible to begin with!).

Here are some ways to get started:

  • Document all of your business cards. Take photos (with your phone) of all of your business cards, and upload them to Evernote. Bam! All of them are now searchable.
  • Meetings are now documented and minutes are taken with a single picture. Take a picture of your whiteboard after a meeting, and send it to Evernote. Again, searchable. Just write legibly. I personally use JotNot to make this an even better capture.
  • Clip Websites. I’ve found so many uses for this, I can’t even list them all. From notes and blogs I want to remember to products and books I want to purchase to research for various posts, I clip it all. And tag it. And remember it.
  • On Twitter? Follow @myEN. Trust me, it’s awesome.

Check out the Evernote Blog for More Uses:

I highly recommend you go to the Evernote website, download their clients (all the ones that apply), and start using it. You won’t regret it!

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