The other day one of my mentors told be about Dropbox. It’s a nifty service that allows you to share files with your team members, clients, etc. My first thought was “This will be perfect for me and Dad to use”. My Dad is archiving all his old photos and sending me pics of him when he was young.
It’s been challenging for him to email all these photos because of the size limit his email account imposes on him. He ends up sending multiple emails with zipped folders which takes a lot of time to create and send, plus then I spend a bunch of time unzipping and sorting through the folders and reorganizing them. It’s a PITA.
Along comes Dropbox. It’s a small program you install on your computer (who ever you want to share with does the same) and it creates a ‘virtual’ folder on your desktop. You just drag the files or folders into Dropbox and send and invitation to share it with the other person. Once they accept, voila, the files magically appear in their Dropbox folder. From then on, whenever you put files in your Dropbox, the files are available to the other person in seconds (or minutes if the files are large).
Here’s the good news, you get 2GB of storage FREE!
More good, news. If my Dad has some new pics to share with me, he can drag them into his folder, then I can remove them from the folder leaving all that space for more photos. Cool? Cool!
Also, this will work really well for my clients too. When they have photos or project files they need to get to me, they can skip the same email nightmare my Dad has been going through.
If you have a team, or collaborate with others on projects, you can share files in your Dropbox account and everyone can access the files in ‘real time’, make changes, comments or corrections. Once the files have been saved, the updated version is available to the team.
For those of you who have multiple computers ( I have 3), you can save essential files in your Dropbox folder and access them on your other computers. Oh, and did I mention you can find your files in your account online where ever you are?
Here’s a quick recap:
- Share files with clients, team members and yourself.
- Get 2 GB free (if you need more storage, get 50Gb for $9.99 a month)
- No more emailing files back and forth.
So far, I’m thrilled with Dropbox. Try it out and see if it works for your business. Use this link and we will both get extra storage. https://www.dropbox.com/referrals/NTUzMTk5NTI5 There is a video to explain more about using Dropbox, and easy to use help files to get you going.
After you give it a go, leave your comments here and let me know what you think.