This Week’s Best In Beta: FileInvite
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The cloud is a beautiful thing. It’s remarkably easy to share pictures, to access documents wherever you’re working – on whatever device you’re using. So why is it still so difficult to receive all the information we need to do our jobs?
The Maddening Game
Despite the ease of drag-n-drop technology, loads of file-sharing and mail services, we continue to behave like… well, humans. We forget to send files. We send the wrong files. We have a million things happening inside our overworked minds and we need multiple reminders to complete basic tasks like hitting “send.”
Which is all really frustrating when you’re on the receiving (FileInvite, waiting) end. Searching for files eats up time. Sending reminders is a tedious, often fruitless and draining duty. Constantly checking to see if Bill has finally sent the file you’ve been holding your breath for, going on two weeks already, is a ridiculous waste of energy.
Deep breath. Before you start begging or berating your clients for files, have a look at FileInvite. As the name suggests, this service makes it easy to request files from others. While doing so, it also makes life better by taking the pain out of managing both clients and interactions with them.
How It Works
Create a FileInvite, or request for files, by filling out a simple form. The invite then lists files needed along with due dates, and may include whatever custom information or instructions you wish to add (or you can use templates to further simplify matters). After you hit send, your work is essentially done.
Clients can then upload files directly using FileInvite. If they miss deadlines, they’ll receive automatic reminders via email or texts – this spares the trouble of sending endless follow-through messages.
FileInvite lets you track if your invite has been opened, viewed, and completed in one place so that you don’t have to go fishing for information. When file invites are returned, files sync with cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive, saving you from the hassles of making addition transfers.
An easy-to-view dashboard gives you a quick and comprehensive look at the status of invites. Rather than check email for one client’s document, open a project management platform to look for another’s spreadsheet, every file can be found in the same place.
Notifications of completed transfers mean no more checking obsessively to see if files have been sent. Instead of investing your resources into soliciting information repeatedly, you can send a FileInvite and move on to other tasks.
Want to collect information from your clients without losing your mind? Prefer to organize all your client interactions and file transfers in one convenient location? Sign up for early access to FileInvite and keep your business on track.