This week Damashe and Michael are talking about writing. Specifically, they’ll be introducing you to Markdown, a plain text markup language, along with some tools to help reduce the fustration of formatting your documents.
Whether generating pdfs, writing for the web, or crafting email newsletters, Markdown will make the process of formatting easier. The key to Markdown is the fact that it is plain text, which means there are no proprietary document formats to deal with, and no complex applications to navigate.
Markdown uses simple markup to style your documents and the conversion process is no hassle at all. WordPress handles Markdown natively and converts to HTML for example. This post is written in Markdown. ? you didn’t even notice.
Damashe has been using Markdown for several years now, and introduced Michael to it several months back. Since then, Michael has began writing everything in Markdown, mainly using Ulysses on the Mac.
Some apps are designed around writing in Markdown, but since it is just plain text, Damashe has written numerous blog posts in Windows Wordpad. One of the nice things about markdown is that it is able to be opened and edited by any application that handles plain text, regardless of the platform.
Once your document is written, you have many options for where to go next. You can convert the file to a .rtf or word document, create a pdf, or convert to html. You still have the ability to use bold and italicized text, insert links and images, and use headings and footnotes. More importantly, when you have to go back and fix that typo, there’s no coded language to read through.
Using Markdown has benefitted both your hosts, along with untold numbers of writers, and we hope it will help your writing process too. Be sure to reach out to us on Twitter, @Damashe and @Payown, or leave a comment below.
If you’re in business for yourself, getting payed is serious business. Unlike working for someone else, where your employer takes care of taking payments and issuing your check, you have to take care of these things yourself when you are the boss.
So how are you going to actually get your money from the customer to your account? That’s what Damashe and Michael are talking about this week.
Since it is entirely posssible that your business is completely online, let’s talk about how to take payments from your site. You have several options for getting payed on your website, but Damashe and Michael talk about PayPal and Stripe.
Both of these payment processors can allow you to quickly start taking credit card payments from your WordPress site. When choosing a payment solution, the card processing fees are always worth your consideration; as well as how soon you can possibly access your funds.
Damashe and Michael go over some of the integrations possible with both PayPal and Stripe. One of the show favorites is FreshBooks, an online invoicing and cloud accounting service. There are also integrations with different form builder solutions for WordPress, and of course iOS apps.
Then, of course, the guys talk about how to get payed in person. These solutions primarily are apps for your mobile devices, sometimes with an accompanying external card reader.
We hope you will reach out to ask questions about getting payed, find us on Twitter @Damashe and @Payown.
The important things for small business owners to have
This week, Damashe and Michael are talking about the three most important things for a small business to have.
We’re talking the foundation of your business from a technical standpoint, and why you should make sure these things are in place.
It seems obvious to some of us, but one thing you should have is a website. Having your own site allows you to control your branding, your message, and the experience that your website visitors have. Also, having your own site gives you control of the content you create, like the site that hosts these show notes. While you could be reading this in a number of places, it all points back to Your Own Pay(http://126.96.36.199).
The second key piece we think you should have is an email list(http://188.8.131.52/dm5/). Having an email list gives you that direct communication with your customers. An email list also gives you a way to capture leads, and can enhance your marketing.
Whether it’s announcing a new product, or sharing free content, being able to communicate directly with your following is absolutely priceless.
And the third key piece for your small business is to ensure a strong social presence. This doesn’t mean join every social network in existence; but research the networks where your target audience can be found, and establish your presence there.
Interact on each platform that you join, in the best ways for that platform. Investigate the available tools for each social network to maximize your reach and effectiveness. Maybe you use hashtags and direct messages to get feedback from customers on Twitter, and throw a few dollars in to a Facebook ad campaign. Or maybe your strategy should to share valued content on linked-in and have existing connections make introductions to their connections.
As always, you can follow us on Twitter, @damashe(https://twitter.com/damashe) and @payown(https://twitter.com/payown), or leave a comment below.
This week, Damashe and Michael will share the process for getting the show out to you each week.
Producing the DM Show usually starts over a iMessage conversation.
While we both love Slack, iMessage is usually immediately available, and consistent regarding accessibility. Trello plays a significant role in taking the idea from iMessage for a podcast episode right through the publishing process.
Starting with the ideas list, we begin adding relevant links and other material to research the show topic. Once we decide to actually record a show on the topic, the card gets moved from the ideas list to the planned list. This list gives us something to look at for show topics when we schedule a recording session.
Any feedback we receive starts on our feedback list, and will then enter this same movement of cards on the board.
What’s next in our podcast workflow using Trello?
Once we actually record the episode, the card is moved over to the recorded list, which is when the post processing begins. Yes, of course, there is some automation happening, with much more to be implemented. Michael tells you all about Butler Bot in this episode…
Thanks a lot to Amanda for bringing it to his attention.
As mentioned in this episode, we love to get feedback from you, on what you want to hear, what needs more clarification, and yep… even what you don’t like. You can always reach us on Twitter @Damashe and @Payown.
Damashe and Michael are once again up in the clouds this week.
You are most likely familiar with this week’s topic, Cloud Storage for your Business
how much thought have you given to your business cloud storage?
When choosing to use cloud storage for your business, you should consider things like:
* Security and privacy
* Collaboration with your team
* Accessibility of your files
* Integrations with your other business tools
* and of course cost to your business
There are many cloud storage providers around these days, with a variety of features and services, but Damashe and Michael are users of two of the most well-known services, Dropbox and Google Drive. Of course Google Drive is a part of G Suite, and Damashe likes drive for sharing documents within his organization, but mostly for personal storage.
Michael uses Dropbox for external sharing with the easy to use interface for generating links and shared folders.
## Why should you use Cloud Storage for your Business
Using cloud storage for your business can ensure that everyone can access that all important file, no matter where they happen to be.
This can greatly enhance productivity, since you no longer have to email files back and forth, nor does anyone have to wait until you are back at the office to get your opinion on a project.
Damashe talks about one of the reasons he continues to use Dropbox, which is its integrations with other apps and services.
There are hundreds of apps that use Dropbox for staying in sync across multiple devices and platforms. Damashe shares a cool Dropbox-powered workflow he used after his son was born.
Michael has moved his family over to Google Drive for their file sharing needs. Another integration that uses cloud storage is Auphonic, a server-based audion processing service, used to enhance the audio quality of each show produced on the network.
Are you using a cloud storage provider in your business? Do you have any questions about how to make the cloud work better for you?
Let us know in the comments, or reach out to us on Twitter @damashe and @payown.
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