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How to Automate Google Sheets With Macros—No Coding Required

Matthew Guay / May 24, 2018

Far too often, it goes like this: You download data from your apps—your PayPal transaction data, say, or an exported email list from your old newsletter app—and open it in a spreadsheet. Then you move data around, resize columns, format text, delete rows, add headers, and finally add...

The Small Business Guide to Hiring the Best Employees

Alexandra Samuel / May 24, 2018

You'd think hiring would be a breeze: People are clamoring for exciting positions, so you just pick one of the many talented people who come your way.

Well, according to a 2015 report from Deloitte, it costs U.S. companies an average of $4,000 to recruit each new...

7 Ways to Get Your Point Across: The Manager's Guide to Effective Communication

Mihir Patkar / May 22, 2018

As a manager, the way you communicate with your team plays a big role in their performance. Whether you are in a traditional office or a remote, distributed team like Zapier, technology can help. Apps like Slack bridge the communication divide, and video chat tools like Zoom can almost help...

How to Use Evernote for GTD

Jill Duffy / May 22, 2018

Evernote is among the best apps for productivity and much of its success comes from its flexibility. Evernote lets you create and save whatever type of notes you want, from audio memos to doodles to photos, with a wealth of tools to store, sort, and organize them. It's so...

Behind the Scenes of Django Girls Grand Rapids

Jace Browning / May 21, 2018

Diversity helps teams be more effective, but there's still a lot of room for improvement when it comes to women working in tech. Django Girls is an international non-profit organization that aims to introduce more women to the field of programming. The organization provides all the training materials needed...

7 Steps to Creating Successful Content Marketing Campaigns

Stephen Altrogge / May 17, 2018

We are drowning in content.

Every day, millions of blog posts are published, and most of them are fluff. Not that we don't want to find out which Friends character we're most like, but it's not the highest caliber content.

The good news? High-quality, authoritative, in-depth content...

Beyond Decision Fatigue: How Managing Decisions Can Help or Hurt Your Productivity

Jill Duffy / May 15, 2018

We all make important decisions, sometimes daily, yet there's a mystique about being called a decision maker. That label crowns one with power, especially when used in the workplace. It signals authority, leadership status, and influence. Decision makers shape the business, and the most successful ones seem to get...

How to Find Records Automatically in Google Sheets, Excel, and Zapier

Matthew Guay / May 14, 2018

Spreadsheets excel at crunching numbers. Add a column of figures—your sales or expenses, perhaps—and a quick formula =SUM(A1:A10) can add them up or =AVERAGE(A1:A10) returns the average price. They’re flexible yet powerful.

Databases are better at connecting enormous amounts of data across different...

Our Favorite Zaps This Month: Automate Your Slack Status Updates

Jill Duffy / May 10, 2018

At Zapier, we're a fully remote team and use Slack heavily to communicate. The first week or two after I joined the team, I found myself updating my Slack status way too often. When I was generally free, I set the icon to the Romanian flag and typed my...

All I Really Need to Know About Management I Learned from Parenting

Deborah Tennen / May 8, 2018

Let's get something straight: I'm not about to tell you that you need to be a parent to be a good manager. I'm also not about to tell you that your employees are anything like children. (If they are, stop reading and go take care of that...