This post was part of the #12DayGiveaway

Today is the first in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway series of Small Biz Essentials. Lastpass

Read on to find out how you can easily remember your passwords and win a free year of LastPass Premium.

Last year I created my first 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway with some very elaborate prizes worth a lot of money. I have to admit it was a complete admin nightmare. So much of a nightmare that I considered not doing a giveaway this year at all.

But early yesterday morning I decided I could put together something really simple, and give away some of the tools I use as prizes. One simple prize for each blog post. (there’s more details at the bottom of this post).

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We’ll cover some of the tools most online entrepreneurs use to keep their business running – one prize per day for 12 the next 12 days.

Password Keepers

I’d probably go completely insane without a password keeper. And I’ll admit it me crazy when friends ask for help & we end up spending the first 15-20 minutes trying to recover password information, instead of getting right to work.

I’ll admit I was resistant to getting started too. My friend Amy talked me into it sometime in 2011 by suggesting I try it for just one month. I’ve been hooked every since.

I think it’s one of those things that you don’t know, until you know

Like learning to ride a bicycle? It’s nearly impossible to explain how to do it, or what it feels like. It has to be experienced.

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It’s true. It does take a little bit of time / investment to really see the benefits. But it’s so worth it. You’ll start noticing the benefits within the first month.

I primarily use LastPass (the free version), but there are lots of other tools that do the same thing.

  1. LastPass (free or $12/yr)*
  2. PaswordBox (free for windows, mac & mobile)
  3. RoboForm ($10/yr)


With LastPass I save time by:

  • sharing encrypted passwords with a client or team member, without them ever seeing the password (no need to send passwords by email)
  • logging into to manage your various online accounts, without typing your email or password (it pre-fills the information for you)

You can get a free month of premium here, if you don’t already have an account




12 Days ChristmasAnd on December 24th I’ll add the names of anyone who comments below to a and select a winner of LastPass Premium for one year (I know! Big spender – it’s only $12/year)

To enter the contest:

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment below. And, if you want an extra entry, share this post with a friend and ask him/her to say you referred them. 1 entry for them, and an extra one for you.

Happy Holidays!



p.s. remember to come back tomorrow to see what I’m giving away next.

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