Using Dropbox for #allthethings
For the longest time I was sort of “stand-off-ish” about DropBox and Google Drive because I didn't understand the point of having to move files from my computer to Dropbox just to use it, etc.
BUT THEN…I realized that you DON'T and so I use Dropbox for #allthethings. Here's how I use Dropbox in my business:
So, long-story-short, you can install the Dropbox app on your computer (I'm on a Mac) and then you can use it as folder just like you do with “documents” or your desktop – but – the difference is that
- All of the files are easily shareable without having to move them somewhere else (which makes providing a free download or client proofs super easy – as seen in this tech tip)
- The files are available ANYWHERE either by syncing with another device or by accessing on Dropbox.com.
Seriously, all you do is login to your Dropbox account and go to your name/photo in the top right corner and select INSTALL.
Then just click “install Dropbox” on the next screen.
Now, once everything is synced up, you can see your Dropbox folder(s) in your finder window (Mac) just like you would your desktop, etc.
Seriously, it's that freakin' easy (and there's a nice peek at my mess of a Dropbox folder, ha).
I save EVERYTHING here. If I need to shoot my assistant a file (or anyone else a file, I do it like this; if I need to access any of this from my iMac (desktop), MacBook (laptop) OR my phone, no problem; and if I want to access files from someone else, they just have to add me, I accept it and then I can see that folder here as well!
As seen in a previous post, I also save all of my screenshots in a folder specifically on Dropbox so they're not scattered throughout my Desktop (there's a setting inside of Dropbox that allows you to save your screenshots in Dropbox automatically but they're still very disorganized in the root folder, so I choose to do it my way…cause it's better, ha!).
Oh – one more thing, I'm a nervous nelly when it comes to the thought of losing any of my files so I also back this up using Time Machine (on an external hard drive) just like I would if these files were on my desktop/computer natively.
Bam…that's all folks, it's awesome, I know.
Want a video run-through of all this awesomeness? here ya go!
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