Everyone has websites, Twitter handles, blogs, news stations, magazines they follow to stay up-to-date and informed on topics important to them. And if you don’t, you should! Work resources are no different and there are so (too) many resources available to make your life easier and more efficient.
Here is a list of my top resources that keep me abreast of news in association management, how to manage work/life balance, and more. Have some of your own? Share them in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Want more? I have bookmarks and Twitter pages galore, just contact me.
Disclaimer: These are all my own recommendations, with no encouragement from the sources.
Bounce ideas off other associations in your area
A database of associations by country and state to learn more about those based in your community.
What’s happening in associations
Follow trending topics and learn from other association leaders.
Financial background on nonprofits
View nonprofit financial data, including Form 990s and more.
The National Center for Charitable Statistics is also chock-full of important info dating back to 1989.
Government per diem rates
Learn current and historical rates for each state as set by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Calculate the impact your event has on a host community.
Forms for volunteers
If you need to collect information from volunteers and require more functionality than SurveyMonkey can offer, check out FormSite.
Slice can track package from all carriers with just the tracking number. Use the website or download the app. Bonus: the app sends push notifications to your devices so you know when the packages are out for delivery and waiting at the front desk.
Junk mail management
Magazines, phone books and supply catalogs piling up at the office? There’s a way to stop them that’s easy and free!
Choosing the seat with the most leg room
Figuring out which flight to take to the annual meeting is only half the battle. Use Seat Guru to help you choose the best seat, whether you need extra legroom, a power outlet, or to be one of the first off to make a quick connection.
Worried about your grammar style?
Use Grammarly to quickly and accurately determine if your writing skills are up to snuff.
Touch conversation starters
Some topics are just a challenge to bring up and there’s no getting around that. But you can learn how to effectively engage in the dialogue and hold crucial conversations with Vital Smarts.