It’s that time of the year again!
People have already started holiday shopping because of the shortened holiday season. While you’re making your gift lists and shopping rounds, consider a stop at your local small business.
Mobile technology changed the way we communicate, share information, shop, and entertain ourselves. So it comes as no surprise that someone would invent a tool to simplify legal transactions using your smartphone.
The folks over at Shake designed an app to record agreements for everyday transactions–from a personal loan to a friend, to a contract for freelance work and more. The app, which is available for iPhone, walks users through a series of questions to create legal documents that can be signed and/or sent to another person, even to your lawyer. Documents can be signed on any mobile device and are stored securely in the cloud for reference later on.
For budding entrepreneurs who can’t afford to hire a lawyer, this a great way to create simple and plain-language legal agreements. You can save the big bucks for complex legal agreements.
Shake is in no way a replacement for a lawyer, but a tool to help you create enforceable legal documents. If you feel you need counsel, by all means seek it out. Shake’s founders emphasize that point in this article from Forbes and on their FAQ page.
You can download the app for iPhone from the App Store.
If you have tried Shake’s app let us know in the comments below.
The MBTA has several projects underway to improve the accessibility and convenience for riders, including a redesign of the system map. Earlier this year, they launched a design competition for which they received an overwhelming number of responses. They have chosen the six finalists and they want your vote!
Voting is open until September 19th. I like numbers 4 and 5 because of the context they provide in regards to the geography of Boston.
Let us know which is your favorite in the comments below!
TechCrunch reports that Oyster, a new ebook subscription service, is rolling out invitations for the iPhone on a first come, first-served basis.
The startup plans to offer its members unlimited access to over 100,000 ebook titles for $9.95 a month. And Oyster plans to add more titles going forward.
Taking its name from the Shakespearean line, “the world’s mine oyster,” the service focuses heavily on reader experience– literally putting a library in your pocket. The nine man team developed a mobile app optimized for reading and sharing with your friends with one-tap access to each ebook.
You can sign up for an invitation on their homepage.
If you subscribe to the service, let us know what you think in the comments below.
But if you don’t feel like doling out the cash each month, we have ebooks as well as downloadable audio books for free via overdrive. We also have a new magazine subscription service called Zinio, which allows you to check out current issues of popular magazines in English or Spanish to read on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Both are accessible with a BPL eCard or a regular library card and your PIN.
Are you 55 and over?
Do you want to give back to your community?
Are you looking for an opportunity to re-enter the workforce part-time?
Well, then you should check out ReServe. ReServe is a nonprofit that puts adults age 55 and up to work in schools, government offices, and community organizations. It has been featured in the Boston Globe.
As a potential ReServist, you can be matched with an organization that needs your expertise. Most positions are between 10 and 20 hours a week and last for at least three months. ReServists get paid a $10 per hour stipend for their efforts.
Organizations who have gaps in their staff can register with ReServe to get the talent they need, through the Give Back, Fill the Gap program. Or through the Impact Initiatives program ReServists can tackle issues with the community and work one on one with clients who need your skills.
The Boston chapter, launched earlier this year, is operated by JVS Boston in collaboration with Discovering What’s Next.
JVS Boston specializes helping individuals find jobs and get the skills they need to become successful in the workplace and their communities. Discovering What’s Next provides individuals over 50 with resources and programming and promotes community engagement.
Upcoming Classes and Programs
Neighbors Helping Neighbors meets every Wednesday at 7pm in the Kirstein Business Library. FYI: On April 3rd NHN will move up one hour to a 6pm start time.
Stop by the training lab on Tuesday, March 12 at 2:30 to learn about Job Searching Online.
Or you can swing by the training lab on Tuesday, March 26 at 2:30 to learn how to Create a Resume Online.