Post-holidays is the best time to reevaluate your budget, spending and financial well-being. The new year brings new beginnings, and our finances could usually benefit from a refocus to get back on track. Here are a few apps available for your smartphone that can make the process a bit easier. Acorns is a great way to build up some savings. It rounds up the purchases you make to the nearest dollar and saves the difference. With as little as five dollars you’re able to invest and start building a little nest egg from there. Plus, there are platforms to help you save for retirement or college. They also have educational materials to help you learn more about personal financing, too. Mint has been a go-to budgeting app for quite some time. The app automatically updates and categorizes your transactions to create a real-time picture of your spending. You can add personalized categories, track bills, split ATM transactions into what you bought, and set budgets. Mint will also send you alerts when you're getting close to reaching your budget. And, you can get a free credit score so that… Read more

Job searching can be tedious and time-consuming. Using your phone for some of that legwork could save you time and keep you from being chained to your desktop for hours, allowing you to continue taking care of daily tasks while job searching. Whether you are considering a new on-site job or perhaps considering freelancing either full-time or for some extra cash, the search can be made easier by utilizing your smartphone. First, decide whether you want to work remotely or on site. Then, take an inventory of your skills and what you have to offer. Are you good at writing, marketing, technology or providing virtual assistance? These are some of the popular types of remote jobs on the market currently. Conduct a little research on the types of freelance job openings out there to see if there’s one that fits your needs. Decide how much time you want to put into working and how much you’d hope to be paid. Once you know where you’re headed, getting there is a lot easier. This is an excellent time to brush up… Read more

Imagine walking into your team or board meeting and not having to sit around for 20 minutes sans production while the lead or admin works themselves into frustration trying to connect to the home office in another state via video chat. Or not having to sit at your desk as IT fiddles with your computer for hours fixing technicalities. Picture a world where you don’t even need to be in your office building to pull files on a client that just asked you a simple request via email about their last appointment. What if you spent less time fighting with the technology that was promised to up your productivity, and more time actually being productive? Now, imagine if all of this saved time and increased productivity made way for the long-coveted 4-day work week or made your work truly virtual so that it could be done from anywhere. What if this technology could make the way you run a home or take care of your health more effectively? 5G could be the platform from which these things become possible. According… Read more

Have you ever been in a new city, wondering what there is to do, where the best places are to eat, and the best places to grab a few drinks or hear some local live music? I recently enjoyed a weekend in Minneapolis. There is so much to see and do, but I spent most of my time draining my battery searching the internet for all the activities taking place close by, searching for the best restaurants and bars and local favorites. I hadn’t planned my trip very well, but these apps should help you make the most of your visit. Yelp - Yelp is a great app to help you find the best places to check out in a new city. With reviews provided by other users, you can find great restaurants and local businesses as well as events happening nearby. You can even make online reservations with Yelp Reservations to hold a table for a specific time at participating restaurants. Foursquare - The Foursquare app also helps you find local attractions, shopping, food, and great places to explore nearby. Just… Read more

5G will be debuting soon, and many people are looking forward to its benefits. The capabilities of our phones are about to improve extensively. We’ll be able to do more, faster. The way we connect and our connected devices will expand. 5G has gained a lot of hype over the last year, and we are all looking forward to what will be coming next. What other benefits can we look forward to when 5G hits the market? Speed 5G will be significantly faster than 4G. Downloading will go quicker - if you love downloading and watching your favorite shows over your lunch break, 5G will be your best friend. The amount of lag in streaming and downloading will go down, and we will be able to complete tasks associated with our devices much quicker. Downloads are boasted to be a lot faster on 5G, reducing wait time. This is good news for those of us that spend more time on our phones than at a computer. Advanced Capabilities We will have access to a lot of new abilities. With 5G… Read more