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Tell us why you got started with Dropbox

Graham
Community Manager
We really want to help make the start of your journey with Dropbox as simple and smooth as possible. To help us do this, we’d love to know why you started using Dropbox.
 
You might have been organizing your photos, or maybe you wanted to share files with your friends or family, or you could have been working on a shared file ‌for a project you’re involved in. Whatever the reason, we’d love to hear about it.
 
Let us know by leaving a comment below, we might even be able to help out with some tips and tricks to help get you moving in the right direction.
 
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maher1982
Super User
I began using Dropbox under the guidance of our manager in our construction company. While it didn't necessitate a shift in our workflow, it did require a change in our routine. Initially, some team members -including me- were hesitant about the change, as we were accustomed to using traditional Windows shared files. However, our manager stressed the advantages of Dropbox for collaboration and file management.

What started as a managerial directive soon transformed into a fundamental aspect of our work process. With Dropbox, we no longer relied on cumbersome external hard drives for file backups; instead, everything was securely stored in the cloud. Collaborating on projects became more efficient, as we could access and edit files from anywhere, on any device.

Despite the initial reluctance, I now appreciate how Dropbox has revolutionized the way we work. It's not just a tool dictated by management; it's become an essential part of my daily routine, both for work and personal use. The convenience of accessing and sharing files via the Dropbox mobile app has made it indispensable, allowing me to stay productive and connected, no matter where I am.

Shirin Arnold
Dropbox Staff

@maher1982 this is great insight and thank you for sharing! 

 

I know the construction industry well and the challenges with adoption to technology as well as wanting to introduce new ways of doing things! Glad Dropbox was able to revolutionize the way you and the team works. 

Bewildered_Bobby
Helpful | Level 7

I just returned from an "Honor Flite" to Wash,  D.C. designed for older military vets to tour the many memorials open to the public. The many pix taken during the visit shd be shared with family, friends and other vets. Dropbox appears to be the "way to go".

Shirin Arnold
Dropbox Staff

Love that @Bewildered_Bobby ! If you also captured some videos on this amazing honorable trip, try out Dropbox Replay to share them with others who joined.

Bewildered_Bobby
Helpful | Level 7

Hi Shirin: WILL DO !!  Thanx for the great suggestion.

Bob

johnsonit
New member | Level 2

Hello Friends,


I am Johnson from KBS Technologies, and I’m delighted to be a part of this platform.

I bring expertise in AWS, DevOps, Azure, Data Science, Python, and Java.
I have come here to share my coding documents. 

Thanks

Graham
Community Manager

Hi @johnsonit,

 

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Dropbox Community. It sounds like you've been making great use of your Dropbox account for sharing your documents and files. Did you know you can also use it when you need to collect files from others using File Request? Does this sound like something that would be useful to you?

 

Thanks again, and have a great Friday!

Graham

cindyb7
New member | Level 2

 

I have utilized Dropbox for over seven (7) years beginning as an individual user housing both personal and business documents. I am the founder & CEO of two companies growing both steadily since 1999 for one and the second since 2017.

 

The first business I launched in 1999, starting out small simply dabbling on eBay and slowing over to Amazon also. Later growing the inventory and in 2012 converting both to a Store/Professional Seller. Now, on Amazon we are worldwide selling in 13 countries & ship worldwide from the United States. Many folks were not aware that Amazon itself was an auction back in the latter 1990’s as well. The store on eBay is closed temporarily as I work to build my website for business. We have recently become Federally Trademarked for the store name. My second business was launched in 2017 and has seen significant growth. The second business focuses on providing event management & entertainment for music festivals, fairs, and vendors shows. We are expecting to launch into large music festivals in 2025 with one currently having approx., today 20 entertainers/recording artists booked. Dropbox assists us in being able to store all of these files, including our Master Artist/Entertainment contact database, Vendor Database, Sponsorship Database, and more. Myself and staff have been able to organically grow our vendor contact database to reach well over 10k now and the Sponsorship database is at least well over 5k.

 

I am currently a pro developer and provide our vendors, attendees, sponsors, partners, etc. brand expansion, advertising and marketing consulting, content creation, graphic design, etc. with return participation in our events year over year along with an interactive link that connects those attendees and website visitors directly to those vendors in turn we provide real analytics and data for growth in addition to the marketing consulting/brand expansion strategy. 2024-2025 motto, unleash the power, execute success.

 

We plan to build use of Drobox Dash into the future business model for my staff as I can only see it increasing productivity even more as we continue striving for less touchpoints from manual posting of each annual event on social media page (up to 250+ per event manually posted) in addition to more than 75 digital publications and more. Dropbox over the years has tremendously assisted me maintain and sustain through at times what I like to call “the fast & the furious” growth tsunami to a calmer organized, well oil machine that is accessible anywhere at any time. I conduct just as much of my business on my mobile devices as I do sit in or at my office desk. Knowing I offer a more pliable office environment that is moveable, not fixed, and more flexible for my staff, I believe offers them more sustainability and quality of life for those sporadic occurrences that life throws.

 

I truly appreciate the security measures as well as the reporting available to me as well. It allows me as a business owner to have more reliable data for those who may not necessarily be on the up and up when working from home unfortunately. As I continue to work through growth opportunities and expansion plans, I look forward to the many enhancements and tools that I have yet to tap into with Dropbox and other affiliate software my company uses such as Adobe, ect. whereas it is my desire to cease all paper documents and embed our contracts strictly into our website for vendors, food vendors, and all artists and entertainers.  Once it is completed online, and signed the signer clicks “submit” and it will then route into the appropriate Dropbox folder for that specific year’s event. During the 2024-2025 fiscal years and beyond, our company will continue to utilize various Dropbox features that will prove beneficial to our mission of streamlining the overall event management process per event from end to end while also implementing integrated business solutions that will increase productivity as bottlenecks are identified. Through those endeavors each individual process will be reviewed for potential automation thus reducing touchpoints, again utilizing any features available in Dropbox.

 

My next largest course of business is cleaning up duplicate business files within Dropbox from employee attrition. I would welcome any tips.

Graham
Community Manager

Hi @cindyb7,

 

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us this insight into how you use Dropbox! It really sounds like you're making the most of Dropbox and using it to help keep your business running smoothly. It would be great to chart a little more about this, would it be OK with you if we were to reach out via the email address associated with this account? 

 

As for finding and deleting duplicates, we don't currently have a function for this, although some Community members have found ways to make it a little easier in the past, here's a thread where it has been discussed before. I hope this helps!

 

Thanks again, and have a great day!

Graham

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