Ericka Chickowski

Ericka Chickowski

Self-described tech geek Ericka Chickowski also writes for Consumers Digest, the Los Angeles Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

30 Recent Stories

Building a Business on Storytelling and a Spoken-word GPS
Magazine

Building a Business on Storytelling and a Spoken-word GPS

Broadcastr pins people's stories to a map of the world, creating a collective living history.
Five Tools for a Smarter Business
Tools & Services

Five Tools for a Smarter Business

Smaller companies can enjoy the benefits of business intelligence software without the overhead. Here are a handful of resources that make it happen.
A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success
Your Business Plan

A Business Plan Tool That Helps Size Up Your Odds of Success

Enloop pushes the emotional clouds out of the startup process to give entrepreneurs a clear view of their business plan.
Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone
Mobile

Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

You know how important it is to back up your business computers--but what about your smartphones? Here are some of the best services and apps for preventing loss.
Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat
Security

Six Tips for Surviving a Cyber Security Threat

How to thwart threats to your company's computer system.
Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business
Security

Cybercriminals: A Look at Their World and Their Threat to Business

A disturbing look at the far-reaching depths of the cybercriminal network--and what you can do to make sure the bad element stays out of your company.
Apple's iPad or the Samsung Galaxy? Small-Business Users Debate
Mobile

Apple's iPad or the Samsung Galaxy? Small-Business Users Debate

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one of the first real credible tablet challengers to Apple's iPad. But are its more limited apps a hindrance or an advantage?
Why You Shouldn't Wall Off Your Web Content
Building a Website

Why You Shouldn't Wall Off Your Web Content

Content gates hold you back from connecting with customers, says marketing strategist David Meerman Scott.
The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services
Startup Basics

The Pros and Cons of Cloud-Based Amazon Web Services

In this month's Can't Live With/Can't Live Without column, two business owners explain their opposing views on the remote computing service for web sites.
E-Signatures Streamline the Contract Process
Technology

E-Signatures Streamline the Contract Process

E-signatures streamline the contract process
Online Marketing

Business Owners Weigh In on Facebook Messaging

Don't be a Zucker. Facebook's new e-mail messaging system might help you better manage your contacts -- or waste your time.
Using Online Video to Market Your Business
Online Marketing

Using Online Video to Market Your Business

Use online video to market your business. Here's to hoping you don't have a face only a mother could love.
MacBook Air: Early Adopters Debate Its Merits
Technology

MacBook Air: Early Adopters Debate Its Merits

Business users of Apple's new MacBook Air say it's the unit they've been waiting for. But it's price can be a deterrent.
Magazine

Website Analytics Tool Omniture: Love It or Loathe It

Omniture, a website analytics tool, has legions of fans who use it to understand user behavior metrics and site stats.
Magazine

Time to Run

Mobile apps that'll track your billable hours.
Magazine

A Guide to Business Mobility

Choosing a mobile service? Here's how to decipher the plans, available devices and jargon from the major carriers.
Keyboards to Type Home About
Office Tech

Keyboards to Type Home About

These Bluetooth-enabled keyboards will ease the pain of typing on your smartphone.
Is it Time to Dump Office?
Apps & Software

Is it Time to Dump Office?

Five things to keep in mind when assessing free alternatives to Microsoft
To See or Not to See?
Technology

To See or Not to See?

Videoconferencing is more popular than ever, thanks to the ubiquity of broadband and increased acceptance of remote working.
How Secure Are You?
Entrepreneur Magazine

How Secure Are You?

The majority of small businesses are still plagued by cyber attacks, lost devices and poor backup and recovery processes.
Voice Off
Entrepreneur Magazine

Voice Off

Features like call routing, screening and voice-to-text functionality--and the lack of a price tag--give Google Voice strong appeal to more than 1 million users. Others can't get over the quirks. Some
Three Business Professors and the Innovators They Inspired
Startup Basics

Three Business Professors and the Innovators They Inspired

How educators are influencing a new generation of entrepreneurs
Attacking Curiosity
SEO | Search Engine Optimization

Attacking Curiosity

Poisoning search terms with infected links is a new favorite hacker trick. Make sure your business doesn't fall prey.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Time to Upgrade

A new study finds a big lean toward new tech investment.
Beware the Bitter Twitter
Social Media

Beware the Bitter Twitter

Here are some dos and don'ts in using social networks for communicating.
Where Healthcare Meets Wireless
Business Ideas

Where Healthcare Meets Wireless

West Wireless Health Institute is kick-starting innovation in two realms that need each other's help.
Apps & Software

The Hard Truth About Software Licensing

Don't be guilty of unknowingly pirating software.
6 Must-Have iPad Business Apps
Office Tech

6 Must-Have iPad Business Apps

Here are our votes for some of the latest and greatest productivity-enhancing apps.
Angels Stay Safe from the Law
Angel Investors

Angels Stay Safe from the Law

SMBs and startups can celebrate the failure of some proposed financial reforms.
Apps & Software

Customize Your App

Where to go to create a mobile strategy that will set you apart

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