Once considered a luxury, working from home is now a reality for many people due to COVID-19 and the ever growing remote work trend. In theory, working from home sounds great. You’re in your own space. The refrigerator is in walking distance. You get to use your own bathroom instead of braving public restrooms throughout the work day. But despite the positives, there are some downsides to working from home.

Because you’re home, some of the things that would come more naturally in an office — like working set hours or socializing — don’t happen without extra effort on your part. And these things are important to maintaining your mental and physical health. Here are a few ways to stay healthy while working from home.

Have set work hours

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One of the benefits of working from home is that gives you more flexibility on what hours you do your work. That’s great, but exercising some discipline here is essential to creating work / life balance. Make sure you schedule what hours you are going to work, when you are going to take breaks, and what time the work day is over. Creating a schedule that you stick to makes sure that you don’t over- or under-work and helps to separate your work life from your home life.

Have a separate workspace

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Working from home is great because all your creature comforts are within walking distance. Working from home can be disastrous for the same reason. Never leaving your bed, being constantly distracted by pets, kids, or your significant other, experiencing back pain because you’ve slouched on the couch all day — these can all be avoided by having a separate workspace. If you’re unable to have a full home office with a door that you can close to avoid distraction, at least designate a desk or space where you work everyday.  

Move around

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Speaking of back pain, make sure you move around during your scheduled breaks. Take a walk, do a ten-minute exercise video, or even some jumping jacks next to your computer. If you can go outside, even better. The flip side of the convenience of working from home is that the physical movement that is usually built into your work day no longer happens unless you make it happen.

Socialize

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Last but not least, don’t forget to socialize. This can be having a virtual game night with friends, calling your family, or enjoying an at-home happy hour with your co-workers over Skype. Regular social interactions are essential to mental health, especially during uncertain and stressful times.

Many people are struggling right now. If you are too, remember that all difficult times come to an end and that what we can do now is to try our best to take care of ourselves and the people around us. Whether you’re happy to work from home or itching to get back to the office, follow these work from home tips and suggest them to your friends and family so that everyone can maintain their best mental and physical conditions.

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Introducing AirSend’s latest update: Office 365 integration. With the latest Office integration, you can now enjoy the leisure of easy access to your office tools. Take leisure in editing your documents, spreadsheets, and powerpoints all with a click of a button. Anything you edit will be saved to your original file. This means no more deleting or uploading the same file.

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With our new update, you can now edit documents on-the-go. Additionally, you can now spend more time with your clients knowing that all your files and documents are up-to-date with AirSend. For more updates, check out our AirSend blog.

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

With a recent increase in remote work, many companies look for the “do-it-all” free communication tool. A team chat that is compatible with remote work in which you can take care of all your business needs in one place. Essentially, team chats that can do more with less work.

Now, not everyone wants to pay for team chats. Some people say that by not paying you miss out on better features. This is not always the case. While it is true that paying for certain team chats will give you more and perhaps better features, not all of them are needed. Additionally, there are free team chats that deliver equal or better quality than paid versions.

We realized that not everyone wants to pay for team chats. And because of this, we realized that there is a market for team chats that are free, simple, easy-to-use, and versatile.

AirSend is a perfect free team chat app that not only allows you to have seamless conversations, but also to share/organize files, track your to-do’s, and keep notes. 

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Though we like to think we are the best, we also take the time to acknowledge our competitors who also deliver. Here is a list of our top five free communication tools for remote work: 

  1. AirSend
  2. Jitsi
  3. Discord
  4. Telegram
  5. Pidgin

In this blog post, we will discuss specific features, functions, and the pros and cons of each platform. Without further ado, let’s dive into the top five free communication tools for remote work. 

AirSend

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Of course, AirSend is at the top of the list. It would be weird if we didn’t believe that our product was the best free communication tool. 

So, what does AirSend have that other team chats do not? One of the selling points to AirSend is its seamless communication. This feature is designed to make your life easier. We do that by allowing you to switch from channel to channel without ever having to leave your current tab. Having seamless conversations also allows you and your clients to continuously stay in the loop. 

AirSend also comes with the necessary features to get work done. We offer built-in task management, premium file organization, and a built-in wiki. AirSend combines the attributes of our competitors with a clean and simple UI design. We replace Slack, Microsoft Teams, GDrive, Todoist, and Trello all together.

AirSend is also continuously updating to deliver the maximum productivity needed for business chats, so you can always expect the latest and greatest features.

Pros to AirSend

Compared to other free communication tools in which both parties need an account, AirSend only needs one person to sign up to have a conversation. AirSend is beneficial to those who carry conversations through various platforms (email, Whatsapp, SMS, Discord, etc). Rather than switching between many communication tools, you can now keep all your conversations from one place.

Your clients can continuously communicate with you through their email. Anything sent from email to a channel email address will magically appear in the AirSend channel. Leaving you to manage all your communications, business, and clients from one place. To see our email to channel feature, read our blog post. We have also just released a new feature to AirSend called Public Channels! For more information, click here.

Cons to AirSend

As said before AirSend allows for easy seamless communications. And while we offer all the tools necessary to help have a seamless conversation, we also do not currently offer audio or video calls.

However, with our built-in wiki tool, which can be used as a place to keep notes, you can paste your Zoom meeting link for easy in-app audio and video conferencing.

Jitsi

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Jitsi is a free open source video conference software. Jitsi thrives on their new form of communication, video conferencing. In other words, all communication happens over video. The selling point to Jitsi is that they are one of the few video conferencing software that offers encryption-based calls.

Pros to Jitsi

Depending on perspective, Jitsi does not require accounts. Users have the option to create accounts for the purpose of attaining transcripts and meeting history. Further, users can join meetings with a URL, share screens, and edit documents with Etherpad. Jitsi is also incredibly easy to use.

Cons to Jitsi

Compared to other video conferencing software, Jitsi doe not support Saas, iPhone, iPad, and Android. They are also very limited in integrations and features. Further, Jitsi does not carry On-demand webcasting, record&playback ability, nor whiteboard.

Discord

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While Discord is originally meant for gamers, they offer a lot of features for a free communication tool. Like AirSend, Discord offers channel organization, only placed in a more complex UI design. Though we think Discord is a fabulous tool, we also believe that their UI lacks a professional theme needed for more business chats. For more information on Discord and its alternatives, read our blog post.

Pros to Discord

Discord enables all-in-one voice and text chat. Discord also gives you full control over your created server. Best of all, aside from being free, like AirSend, Discord allows users to seamlessly switch between private and public channels.

Cons to Discord

As said before, Discord is great for a free communication tool. They also offer communities in which people can join with a click of a button. However, the downside to being a part of a Discord community, or even a small chat channel (10 max) is that the noise-to-signal ratio is extremely high, leaving information that could be important, buried. Lastly, their UI can be overwhelming to users who are looking for a basic team chat.

Telegram

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Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. The selling point to Telegram is that it is available on many of the most widely used platforms. 

Pros to Telegram

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, and videos to people who have Telegram, and to those who are in your phone contacts. You can also create groups for up to 200,000 people or channels.

They also have cool features like bots, secret chats, self-destructing messages, and support large files. If you are looking for a free communication tool that carries a lot of features, Telegram may be worth considering.

Cons to Telegram

Telegram lacks the features and functions for team collaboration. Like WhatsApp, Telegram is made for casual conversation with friends and family.

Pidgin

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Like Riot.im, Pidgin is a chat program that builds bridges to other chat programs. The biggest selling point to Pidgin is that they are compatible with almost every plugin and software out there.

Pros to Pidgin

As said before, Pidgin is incredible for connecting all team chats and plugins into one central area. They are also incredible for supporting almost every platfrom, such as Windows, Linux. To give an idea of what team chats they support, we will list the top five. 

  1. XMPP/Jabber
  2. IRC Chats
  3. Slack
  4. Hangouts
  5. MatterMost

For more information on their plugins, click here.  Lastly, they also carry over 50+ languages.

Cons to Pidgin

Pidgin is a universal chat client that builds bridges to chat servers. What this means is that Pidgin itself does not carry its own chat servers. Instead, it serves as a client for other chat servers to connect. This can become inefficient in some use cases and would make it hard for team collaboration.

Results

Our goal with AirSend is to do less with more. Our mission is to be the #1 team chat tool. 

We want to deliver a communication tool that allows you to take care of all your business needs in one place. A platform that delivers maximum productivity.

We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your team too. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

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As an auditor, you deal with many PBC list requests on a daily basis. And depending on client size, your audit teams can range from one person to 20 plus. With so many moving parts and people involved, the audit process can quickly become a complicated mess if not properly organized. Here are some simple tips to staying organized and streamlined while compiling an audit PBC list.

Audit PBC List Tip #1: Use the Right Tools

One of the first and most important aspects of the process is deciding what tools you are going to use to collect and track PBC list documents. Do you want the documents in hard copy form, emailed, or uploaded to a secure portal? How are you going to track which documents have been receive and which haven’t? The answers to those two questions and choosing the right tools to help you with the process will greatly determine how easy or hard it is for you to manage your client audit PBC lists.

Audit PBC List Tip #2: Set Realistic Deadlines

Work with your clients to set deadlines that are realistic. PBC lists are long and take time to prepare, so be flexible and communicate clearly so that you choose a date that works for everyone. Setting a realistic deadline will reduce the stress of the situation, making the audit process smoother overall. It’s also good to do occassional check-ins to ensure that progress is being made in a timely manner.

Audit PBC List Tip #3: Prioritize Your PBC List

To make the audit process even easier for you and your clients, break your PBC list down into sections and prioritize the items in those sections so that it’s clear which items need to be compiled first. This organization further helps everyone stay on the same page when it comes to the audit PBC list.

Audits can be complex with many moving parts, but following the above tips for auditors and how to handle PBC lists can help make sure the process is as easy as possible.

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace for accountants to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you as your business grows here.

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Recently, there has been an emphasis on Discord alternatives. Especially voice and text chat. We can thank companies who do remote work and teleworkers for this. With the emphasis of team chats, however, a lot of platforms have been forgetting the purpose of team chat software. That is effective efficiency.

Discord is one of those platforms that to a certain extent forgot. Discord is known for its all-in-one voice and text chat. Originally marketed towards gamers, Discord has seen an increased outreach to other fields. To see how Discord fares in comparison to Slack, read our blog post

Due to Discord’s massive popularity, there has been a tremendous amount of formed communities. Because of this, the noise-to-signal ratio is incredibly high. With a high noise-to-signal ratio, distractions can happen and important information can get buried among the chatter.

While we still believe that Discord is, in fact, an amazing communication tool, we also know Discord is not the best utilization for team chat software.

And because of this, we realized that there is a market for team chats that are more simple, easy-to-use, and versatile.

That is why we made AirSend. AirSend is a perfect team chat app that not only allows you to have seamless conversations, but also to share/organize files, tracks your to-do’s, and keep notes.

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Though we like to think we are the best, we also take the time to acknowledge our competitors who also deliver. Here is a list of our seven best alternatives to Discord:

  1. AirSend
  2. Mumble
  3. TeamSpeak 
  4. Flock
  5. Skype
  6. Riot.im
  7. Tox

In this blog post, we will discuss specific features and functions, pricing tiers, and the pros and cons of each platform. Without further ado, let’s dive into the seven best alternatives to Discord. 

AirSend

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Of course, AirSend is at the top of the list. It would be weird if we didn’t believe that our product was the best alternative to Discord.

One of the selling points to AirSend is its seamless communication. This feature is designed to make your life easier. We do that by allowing you to switch from channel to channel without ever having to leave your current tab.

Having seamless conversations also allows you and your clients to continuously stay in the loop. Though Discord offers the same feature, the complex UI design makes it hard for users to navigate between servers-to-channels and channel-to-channel. 

Pros to AirSend

As said before, AirSend allows for easy seamless communication. Further, unlike Discord, AirSend carries built-in task management and a built-in wiki.

With Discord, you have to make a separate “about” channel in your server that represents the wiki. 

AirSend removes abstractions of servers by eliminating the barriers. If you are starting from point A, you now can go to point C without having the confusion of context switching.

AirSend allows client-to-client or B2B relationships within one space. Best of all, AirSend is currently free!

Cons to AirSend

AirSend does not currently offer built-in audio or video calls. However, with our built-in wiki tool, which can be used as a place to keep notes, you can paste your Zoom meeting link for easy in-app audio and video conferencing.

Mumble

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The cool thing about Mumble is that it is an open-source VoIP platform (Voice over Internet Protocol). They are also great for low latency, high-quality voice chats. However, the selling point to Mumble is its security. 

Pricing

Mumble is set up as a subscription service. The way Mumble charges are on the number of slots (users) you have.

To give a general overview of pricing we will include the minimum number of slots and their pricing.

For the minimum of 15 slots: 

  • 1 month: $7.50
  • 3 months 10% off: $20.25
  • 6 months 20% off: $36.00
  • 12 months 40% off: $54.00
  • 24 months 50% off: $90.00

For more on their pricing plan, click here

Pros to Mumble

As said before, the great alternative to Discord that Mumble has is security. Mumble offers encryption of chats and an authentication feature, which prevents random people from dropping into your chat room.

Finally, Mumble only uses 20 kbps of your bandwidth to function normally.

Having these security functions are great for businesses and/or clients who routinely deal with sensitive information.

Cons to Mumble

The main negative of Mumble is that they do not include browser support. This also makes the user experience a little difficult to maneuver through.

Lastly, Discord is free, whereas Mumble is not. When trying to figure out which platform is best for you, it is best to ask yourself how much does security mean to you. If security is a priority when looking for team chat software, then Mumble may be the better option. 

TeamSpeak

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When it comes to online gaming, TeamSpeak is the number one choice for VoIP communications. Based on our research of recent case studies, TeamSpeak also carries lag-free communication, military-grade security, and customizations. 

Pricing

TeamSpeak’s prices are broken down by the number of users joining. Below is a picture of the latest prices they are offering.

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Pros to TeamSpeak

Aside from the benefits already mentioned, TeamSpeak also offers unlimited file transfers, unlimited sub-channels, hosting your own private servers, and advanced permission controls.

These features would be great for those who are looking for a team chat that offers top-notch security, user/owner control, and offline functionality.

Cons to TeamSpeak

While TeamSpeak is certainly great and a strong alternative to Discord, the prices are a bit hard to swallow.

Further, TeamSpeak offers features that are targeted more towards gamers than professional team chat software.

This is not to say that TeamSpeak could help with business team chats, but with the somewhat complex UI, it would be a hard buy.

Great features, but it may be more than what the average team chats for business needs.

Flock

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Flock is one of the more promising team chat software. Flock is incredibly easy to use, and with integrations from Google Suite, and a built-in shared to-do list, productivity seems promising.

They also carry other features, such as guest accounts, one-way announcement channels, and a five-column interface. They also support video and audio calls. 

Pricing

With Flock, there are three pricing plans: 

  1. Free
    • Unlimited messaging
    • 10,000 searchable messages
    • 10 public channels
    • 5GB total per team
    • Single team admin
    • 1-1 Video calls
  2. Pro Plan: $4.50 monthly
    • Unlimited search history and messaging
    • Unlimited private and public channels
    • 10 GB per team member
    • Multiple team admins
    • Group video calls
    • Screen sharing 
    • 24/7 priority support
  3. Enterprise Plan: $8 monthly
    • Includes everything plus 20 GB per team member

Pros to Flock

While the features seem promising, there is still room for improvement. In an alternative to Discord, it is great. You have available built-in tools, such as app integration, polls, to-do lists, the ability to create public and private channels, reminders, and many more.

Cons to Flock

With recent reviews and case studies, a major con to Flock is its five-column interface. Having a busy interface can make users feel overwhelmed.

Much like Discord, having a complex UI design can leave the user experience lacking.

Furthermore, specific features designed for team collaboration is nice, but some of them feel unnecessary. 

Skype

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Skype is a great alternative to Discord if all you are looking for is a simple audio and video chat software. Skype also has a built-in screen share feature. With basic functionalities, Skype is incredibly easy to use.

Pricing

Skype bases its pricing on calls. Especially international calls. While the text platform is free to use, to make international calls requires payment. For calls only in the U.S., it is $2.99 monthly. In India, it is $7.99 monthly with 800 minutes. 

Pros to Skype

Again, with the basic functions of audio, video, and text communication, Skype is great for team chats.

Unlike Discord, their simple UI design allows for easy usability.

If you are looking for something simple that is also supported on various platforms, Skype may be a good choice for you.

Cons to Skype

Though Skype is easy to use and it is also free, there are limited capabilities. With Discord, you can go further with its features, such as customization, and making specific channels oriented to productivity.

If you are looking for a team chat platform to do more, such as channel organization, Discord may be the better option.

Riot.im

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Though Discord is a great team chat app, it doesn’t offer end-to-end encryption. In other words, if you are an accounting business that handles sensitive information routinely, Riot.im may be the better option for secure messaging.

Riot.im has the capability to build bridges with users who use other team chat apps. They are currently running on Web, iOS, and Android.

Pricing

IT’S FREE! Riot.im is currently free, with future plans to have paid, hosted accounts

Pros to Riot.im

Riot.im also supports text and voice chats. Additionally, with Riot.im you can archive your files, like messages, quick drag-and-drop for fast sharing, and join or drop ongoing calls in a room without disturbing others. Most importantly you can connect to other team chat software.

Cons to Riot.im

Riot.im lacks other tools needed to make a successful team chat software. While the feature of building bridges to other team chat software is certainly a game-changer, Riot.im lacks the ability to have integrated and/or built-in task management and built-in notes. Alternatively, Discord supports integrations. 

Tox

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Tox is a great alternative to Discord if you have been doing things other than gaming. Tox features encryptions and is fairly easy to use. Additionally, Tox supports text, voice, and video chat. They also support screen sharing. Like Discord, Tox also has file sharing.

Pros to Tox

One of the main selling points to Tox is that it has zero central servers. The entirety of Tox’s network is comprised of the users. This also means no server outages that could disrupt workflow. Tox is also free

Cons to Tox

Because Tox is fairly new, there may be some bugs leftover. Further, Tox’s UI is lacking compared to Discord. 

Results

As you can see, each platform carries its pros and cons. It is all a matter of what you feel would be the perfect team chat software.

Our goal with AirSend is to do less with more. Our mission is to be the #1 team chat tool.  We want to deliver a team chat platform that allows you to take care of all your business needs in one place. A platform that delivers maximum productivity.

We use AirSend as our digital workspace for our marketing team. Even though AirSend is our product, we sincerely believe that AirSend can help your team too. Give us a try and let us know what you think! 

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you.

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Easy accountant to client communication is important for a number of reasons. As an accountant, you may not have access to the day-to-day operations of the businesses you help.  Furthermore, as a specialized professional you use a vocabulary that is unfamiliar for many people.

Let’s take a look at some communication apps that will make the process of helping your clients with their taxes or other accounting services a whole lot easier.

Accountant Communication App #1: Zoom

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Part of the problem facing accountants communicating with their clients is the use of professional jargon.  There’s a lot of language surrounding the business of numbers that is bound to fly over your client’s head.  Some demystification may be necessary. 

Zoom offers video conference calling and screen sharing between users, which is useful if you need to break down a series of figures, or a page of information.  One party can establish screen-sharing mode making their computer screen visible to the other.  From there, you can navigate different pages, and allow amendments and drawings by the other. 

Zoom lets you have face-to-face meetings even if you live on opposite sides of the world.

Accountant Communication App #2: Skype

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Although Skype’s star has slightly faded over recent years, the once go-to communication app still has several qualities that make it a contender today. 

When Microsoft bought out Skype, many saw it as the beginning of the end.  However, because of its connection to Microsoft, Skype now offers near flawless integration with their Teams software.  Where once it was a standalone app, Skype is now part and parcel of a larger network of work organization software, which greatly reduces the time and hassle of switching modes. 

Furthermore, Skype is free, giving it a bit of an edge on Zoom if you’re not willing to spend about $20 per month on a subscription.

Accountant Communication App #3: AirSend

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Slack has held the top position in corporate communication for quite some time now, but the problem with Slack is that it was built for internal collaboration and not client communication. Slack’s workspaces make it clunky and difficult to use when handling multiple clients.

AirSend was built specifically for professionals who work with clients, so accountants can communicate seamlessly with clients across organization boundaries. In addition to easy messaging and file sharing that works with email, AirSend a great app for accountants because it has the ability to create actions and organize files.

Ready to get work done?

The ability to easily communicate with clients is important as an accountant. With these app suggestions, you should be able to better communicate and collaborate with clients to get work done.

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace for accountants to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you as your business grows here.

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We recently had the opportunity to talk to Lydia, a member of the Austin-based band Ley Line (www.leylinesound.com). During the interview, Lydia talked about the band’s current activities, future plans, and worries about how the COVID-19 outbreak may affect upcoming festivals.

Here’s a transcript of our conversation (edited for clarity):

ME: Can you tell me a little bit about you and your work?

LYDIA: I’m one of four members in Ley Line. We actually just got a manager, but up until this point we’ve been self-managed. So until recently, we booked all of our own tours and communicated with venues ourselves. We still design and order our own merch, and all four of us are songwriters. We also co-produce everything that we record, so we work closely with engineers and producers.

ME: Awesome. So, what is in the works for you guys right now?

LYDIA: We are working on our second album. We just finished tracking, so we’re finishing mixing and working out the release plan. We have a big tour this summer. It’s kind of like three separate tours over the course of the summer. And we’re going to be pressing this album to vinyl. So we’re currently planning out exactly how we’re going to release and distribute — if we want to partner with a distribution company, how we want to get PR involved with the tour, and figuring out what to do now that SXSW is cancelled.

ME: Are you worried about the Corona virus, with touring and traveling?

LYDIA: My biggest worry is that festivals will get canceled. These festivals are more small scale than Coachella or ACL. But that would suck because the bulk of our money comes from touring and festivals.

ME: What would you say are your current challenges and priorities?

LYDIA: The priority is just making this a sustainable career path. So the challenge is that as we grow as a band, we have to take less gigs in Austin. Now most of our money from playing shows is from touring, and even though we can play bigger shows than we were and get paid more, we can’t play as often. So it kind of like evens out to what we were making before. So we’re figuring out innovative ways to bring in income, whether it’s through private events, sponsorships, or partnerships with different organizations. Basically other ways to make money with our music besides just playing shows.

ME: How hard is it to manage everything on a day-to-day basis?

LYDIA: Depends on the day. Sometimes there are communication errors, or we show up at a gig and it doesn’t go as planned. For example, we find out we don’t have the contact information for someone, or we didn’t realize that we wouldn’t have food provided for us. Those things happen, and then we talk about it and ask ourselves – how do we move forward next time? And add that into gig logistics and live and learn.

ME: What information sources do you go to to keep up with your industry?

LYDIA: Mostly, we get advice from professionals. For example, we just met with a lawyer who gave us really good advice. I think that speaking to someone in person is always better than 10 different people’s opinions on the internet.

ME: How do you keep up with what’s happening in the Austin music scene?

LYDIA: Instagram is the big one. Following people, asking friends on Instagram, and then because we are on Do512 and Spotify, we get updates.

If you want to learn more about Ley Line and listen to some amazing multilingual folk harmonies, you can visit their website here: www.leylinesound.com

AirSend is a versatile digital workspace for professionals to share files, send messages, and complete tasks. See how AirSend can help you as your business grows here.

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We recently had the opportunity to talk to Anthony, the mastermind behind Eye in the Sky Collective (www.eyeinthesky.org). Eye in the Sky Collective is an Austin-based business that provides everything from artist and producer management to music marketing and event production.

Here’s a transcript of our conversation (edited for clarity):

ME: Can you tell me a little bit about you and what you do?

ANTHONY: I am the owner and founder of Eye in the Sky Collective, which is a label services and artist management company. On the label services side, that involves coordinating teams around the release of, typically, music records. Sometimes we do events. We also work with the labels and the artists themselves on the creative direction of assets around that musical release. So video shoots, photo shoots, graphic design, and web design. And we do the promotional side of those assets once they’re made, like radio promotion, video promotion, publicity, or digital marketing — all those pieces of the puzzle.

Beyond that, I found some artists that I wanted to work with in the management capacity rather than having them pay us as a provider. I work with them as a partner to provide strategy and those services.

ME: What’s the difference between what you do and what a record label does?

ANTHONY: So the primary difference is that the record label funds those operations themselves and takes a stake in the copyright of the musical work. We don’t take any stake in the intellectual property of the artists or labels but get paid a flat fee upfront or a project or retainer fee to help coordinate all of that.

ME: How many people are you working with?

ANTHONY: It varies between three to five or six projects at a time, which it ends up being about 15 to 20 a year. And projects run from three to six months at a time.

ME: With all that’s going on, what would you say are your current work challenges and priorities?

ANTHONY: I would say project management in the broadest sense. It’s always a challenge to keep all of these projects on time and in order. We use many different tools and each of these vendors have their preferred form of communication. There’s just a lot of communication and sharing that’s happening.

ME: What information sources do you go to to stay on top of your industry?

ANTHONY: Music Business Worldwide is a great resource. It kind of follows both the music industry at large but also gives granular artist marketing techniques and other information like that. I’m part of a Facebook group where artists and managers connect, which is a great resource as well. We’re more independent artists and managers, but also at the forefront of any piece of breaking news that’s relevant to us. There certainly has been a buzz about the SXSW cancellations and virus concerns.

ME: How is that by the way? Has the Corona virus been very impactful to you?

ANTHONY: It’s playing out down the calendar into the future, which is the concerning part. It’s been a crazy time just from initially the SXSW cancellations, then all these other cards falling — big stakeholders like Live Nation and AEG canceling things through March and possibly April.

I’m right in between the line of being upset that it’s messing up some things in the immediate future but also understanding the precautions that need to be taken. Everyone is bleeding across a lot of industries. It’s interesting because a housing market crash isn’t necessarily going to immediately impact the music industry, and there are things that affect the music industry that don’t impact the economy. So the virus is unique in that it’s hitting everything.

ME: It seems like a lot of artists, especially smaller bands and artists, are having lots of trouble right now.

ANTHONY: Yeah, it’s hitting everyone. My artists make a lot of money in live music, so it’s definitely going to be a hit. And we’re all essentially independent freelancers. We’re not employed by an employer that’s going to offer a severance package or PTO. So all that kind of stuff is concerning. We’re trying not to go into full panic mode about it but instead just balancing things. Keeping the coffers close to the chest, so to speak.

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Our latest update to Android is finally here! In this blog post, we will be discussing all the latest updates to the AirSend app in Android. A lot of you have been requesting some additional features to the Android apps, and we listened! Here are some of the latest updates with more to come!

Google Sign-In. 

AirSend can now support Google Sign-in 

Screenshot of AirSend’s login page from Android

Native Share in AirSend

Whether you are a researcher, content developer, creative, tax accountant, or even a realtor, you can now share files, documents, and pictures directly to the AirSend channel using the native share option. AirSend also has the option to native share links from your mobile chrome browser.

UPDATE TO ANDROID!!! Native Sharing

Having the native share option eliminates the extra click times of jumping from one app to another to share a file.  Talk about convenience. 

Viewing Office Files

If you are giving a presentation with your phone, but find it hard to pull up the required office app, you no longer have to feel frustrated. AirSend’s clean UI design allows for smooth viewing of files, such as docx., pptx., and xlsx. Even with multiple sheets.

NEW UPDATE!!! View Office Files from the Android App

This allows for easy usage of scrolling and switching between files. 

Media Player

You can now watch your media directly in AirSend. Have a recording you wish to share with your friends? Or perhaps a recorded business meeting you wanted to refer to. Well, now you can view your recordings, plus more!

The Latest Update to the AirSend App on Android

We now support mp4, m4a, fmp4, webm, mkv, mp3, ogg, wav, mpg, flv, aac, and amr. 

New “Open with” feature.

Having the new “open with” feature minimizes extra click time. Rather than having to download extra apps, or even downloading the file itself, to only open it in another app, AirSend offers the ability to open the file directly with another app. 

New Update to AirSend’s Android! “Open with” Feature

This makes for easier context switching, and most of all, time.

File and Folder Permissions

With the latest update, you can now add, move, delete, and download files in all channels that you are a part of.

Latest Android Update! File Permission

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The ideal digital workspace should offer a combination of capabilities, such as communicating, sharing and task management, that enable you to get work done from any device and any location. Team chats and document sharing tools are an important part of a digital workspace. While workspaces are typically used in a group or team context, a personal workspace is a little bit different. It is a space of your own to organize your personal files, notes, and tasks.

Does such a place even exist? Yes! Check out our video below in which we show you how to build the ideal personal workspace using AirSend

How to Build Your Personal WorkSpace Using AirSend

The Works

In the video above we give the example of making a personal workspace for school. When it comes to school, one usually needs to know their schedule, assignments, future due dates, exams, and key points that their professor has said five times over the course of 50 minutes. AirSend gives you the capabilities to manage all that you need for classes in one place.

Another example can be having a creative workspace or even a work workspace. When meeting with your department, and your boss gives you some tasks to work on, AirSend can be your solution. You can now create action items on the spot, while also inputting notes to yourself as a reminder.

Further, if you are a fan of recording meetings, but do not like having to go through different applications to get the audio, you can now instantly upload your recording to AirSend. Instantly uploading your recording means that you now have one place to refer to your recording. In your own personal workspace.

How to Email Files to Your AirSend Channels

Share Images, Links, Videos, and Notes Across your Devices

Think of AirSend as a multitool. Multitools are the tools that do it all. AirSend gives you all that you need to make your personal workspace convenient, efficient, and effective.

With having a built-in actions list, you now have the ability to keep track of all your to-do’s. Having your own customizable notebook (wiki), also allows you to make mental notes to yourself, so you do not forget it.

Best of all, you can access AirSend across various platforms, such as desktop/mobile apps, browsers, and email. Similar to Opera Flow, AirSend allows you to share and keep links, images, videos, and notes across your computers and mobile phones. Think of it as a seamless connection between your phone and your personal computer. With seamless sharing, AirSend allows you to take your workspace-on-the-go.

Today, technology continuously evolves. The way we work, communicate, and interact will also continue to evolve. With this in mind, there should be an emphasis on workflow productivity. The questions we must ask ourselves is how or what can we do to further integrate technology into the way we work, communicate, and interact?

The answer: a digital workspace. AirSend, offers the ideal workspace that helps with personal or team organization.

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