6 Mistakes to Avoid When You’re Self-Employed

Guest post by Evercontact


The appeal of self-employment isn’t a mystery.


Many of us are drawn by the idea of being your own boss, setting your own schedule, and enjoying a relative freedom from the confines of the 9 to 5. Indeed, non-traditional work environments such as self-employment are on the rise and projected to further take over our workforce.

Intuit Research Takes Their Time Back With SaneBox

Boutique market research company Intuit Research was losing countless hours trying to manage their email. But then they took their time back—with SaneBox.


Losing time to unmanageable inboxes


When it came to identifying their company’s biggest productivity hurdle, there wasn’t a doubt in Intuit Research Co-founder Thomas Isaac’s mind as to where their team could improve. The Intuit Research team was spending hours each day filtering through unwanted messages, deleting unnecessary emails, and trying to make sure no important communications fell through the cracks. In general, spending time on unimportant emails, even if it is to just delete them [was taking up too much time],” says Isaac.

The Productivity Giants Series with Peter Shankman, Founder of HARO


We’re excited to feature Peter Shankman on the #ProductivityGiants series this week. Peter is best-known founding Help A Reporter Out (HARO) which in “under a year became the de-facto standard for thousands of journalists looking for sources on deadline, offering them more than 200,000 sources around the world looking to be quoted in the media.” The New York Times called him “a public relations all-star who knows everything about the media and then some.

TechMD Prioritizes Teamwork by Organizing Their Inboxes with SaneBox


From cloud services to data security, TechMD helps businesses leverage technology to maximize efficiency. So it was especially important they find a way to streamline their own inboxes. SaneBox was the answer to all their email problems.

How a Successful Onboarding Increases Work Productivity


You landed a new job opportunity at the company of your dreams. The role is exciting, but the manager is busy, and team members are concerned with achieving their monthly stats. It is the first two weeks of employment, and the feeling of isolation is creating an uncomfortable work experience. What is a new hire to do?

The Productivity Giants Series with Scott Mautz, Speaker & CEO of Profound Performance

Our #ProductivityGiants series is all about providing you with the tools, inspiration, and practical advice you need to amplify your productivity and help you work smarter, not harder. We’re excited to talk to Scott Mautz this week – he’s the CEO of Profound Performance, a keynote, workshop, coaching, and online training company that helps you “Work, Lead, & Live Fulfilled.”



It’s summer, days are getting longer, and perhaps your motivation to be at work is waning. This is why it’s the perfect time to hear from Scott Mautz – he’s an expert on employee engagement, workplace and creative fulfillment, and others-oriented leadership.

Email Management: How is SaneBox Is Different From Google Priority Inbox?

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SaneBox is like a super-smart assistant who’s been with you for years and knows what’s important to you. SaneBox filters unimportant emails out of the inbox and summarizes them in a daily digest for easy processing.


Between intelligent filtering and a suite of productivity features, SaneBox saves the average user 2 – 4 hours each week.


Over the last few years, Gmail and Microsoft have built products that compete with SaneBox and offered them for free, specifically Gmail Tabs, Gmail Inbox and Focused Inbox.


However, they lack power in some key areas.



SaneBox vs. Google Priority Inbox


SaneBox and Gmail’s Priority Inbox feature are similar in the way that they both look at your messages and prior email history with senders. Then, they decide which emails you’re likely to find most important.


When you use the Priority Inbox feature, it separates your email into three tabs: Important and Unread, Starred, and Everything Else. All the mail stays in your inbox, but the “important” messages are at the top.


SaneBox takes it one step more –  it removes less important messages from your inbox completely, moving them to an @SaneLater folder that you can peruse whenever you want. If SaneBox puts an important message into that folder you can move it to your inbox and it remembers the action so the next time you receive a message from that person, it will go to your inbox.


Here are some more reasons why SaneBox is better:





SaneBox works everywhere


Focused Inbox only works with Outlook mobile or on the Outlook web app, and not on any other email client (and it doesn’t work on desktop, either!) Although Clutter currently functions as a folder, it will soon be replaced with Focused Inbox. That means when you jump between a supported and non-supported client, you’re half living in the old email world of a cluttered inbox and half living in a “focused” inbox.


Several factors can still prevent certain Outlook for Windows users from seeing the Focused Inbox in their Windows email client anytime real soon: “In other words, having the right build of Outlook installed on your desktop is only one condition to satisfy before Outlook displays the Focused Inbox.”


Users also report that “Microsoft plans to make the Focused Inbox available to users of on-premises Exchange and non-Microsoft email servers, but the company hasn’t yet fully worked out when this will be possible.”


User frustration exists because “Focused Inbox only works with Outlook and Outlook-app but not with any other mail client, like the iOS mail app.”


SaneBox works anywhere you check email, on any device or client – not just in the Gmail/Office 365 web interface or Google Inbox client.




SaneBox is smarter


Like SaneBox, these services learn from your actions to determine the messages you are likely to ignore. As less important messages arrive, they are automatically moved to a specific folder.


Our customers (>50% of whom are using Gmail) claim that our accuracy is significantly better than that of Inbox – and without any training required.


 This is because our algorithms study the relationship trees in your email history (without ever looking at the content of your emails – for security and privacy reasons) to decide which emails are important to you personally.  Inbox, on the other hand, seems to apply a global set of rules which are not personalized to you.  


To let numbers speak for themselves, if you’re getting at least 60 emails per day, there’s a 52% chance you’ll convert to a paying customer after the free trial (and we don’t ask for a credit card upfront). In other words, we’re not exactly sure why we do a better job, but our customers tend to think it’s worth paying us money for.


Immediately upon sign-up, SaneBox cleans unimportant messages out of the inbox and places them into a folder called @SaneLater. The initial and ongoing filtering is based on users’ individual email habits – which emails they open, which they respond to, how quickly, how often, et cetera – and is based solely on email headers. And you can train SaneBox immediately by moving an email between your Inbox and the SaneLater folders.



SaneBox includes premium tools for productivity


Beyond smart, trainable inbox filtering, SaneBox offers a wealth of email tools:


  • SaneBlackHole – Instantly unsubscribe from annoying marketers, mailing lists and newsletters
  • SaneReminders – Get a reminder if someone doesn’t respond to you
  • SaneSnooze – Snooze non-urgent emails
  • SaneAttachments – Automatically upload attachments to Dropbox, Evernote, Box, etc.
  • SaneDigest – A powerful summary of your SaneFolders, used to quickly process emails: Train, Trash or Archive
  • Custom Training Folders – Folders named the way you want, and you decide what emails belong in them
  • SaneNews – Filter newsletters and other mailing lists into one folder
  • SaneBulk – Collect emails you don’t need to take action upon like receipts and reference emails


…and many more features to enhance your existing email setup.


Google Inbox


✓ Smart filtering

✓ Smart filtering

✓ Reminders

✓ Reminders

✓ Snooze

✓ Snooze

✓ One-click unsubscribe

✓ Email tracking

✓ Smart Attachments

✓ Custom Training Folders

✓ False positive spam protection

✓ Interactive Daily Digest

✓ Detailed analytics dashboard

✓ Advanced Admin Controls

✓ Dedicated Account Manager

✓ Business hours phone support

✓ Active Directory & Salesforce Integration


SaneBox is not free – for a reason!


We’ve created SaneBox to ensure that our service has to be so valuable that people will happily pay for it. As our CEO says, “If you’re not paying for a product, then you ARE the product”. You are our customer, not our product. We will never sell your data to anybody or annoy you with ads. Read more about SaneBox privacy and security here.


Using SaneBox with Other Email Clients


Your email host’s steps may vary but here are just some example instructions of popular hosts that you can forward from:


  1. Gmail
  2. Hotmail
  3. Yahoo
  4. Office365
  5. Exchange



Check out what some of our happy customers have to say about using SaneBox!