Manage personal and work data across two Smartsheet accounts in a unified, secure way

Mark Mader
Mark Mader Employee
edited 09/14/23 in General Announcements

At our senior exec meeting last week, we were discussing things from our personal lives that we manage in Smartsheet. 

We spend so much time talking about how customers use Smartsheet to power processes, that it was a fun change of pace to talk shop about life hacks -- also powered by Smartsheet.

I’m posting to the community because the recent release of our free plan now makes these life hacks much more accessible to folks.  

How can the free plan help?  It provides a way for those who have a Smartsheet account using their employer/work email to create a second Smartsheet account using their personal email address. I have always preferred to keep my personal data separate from my work data because I like having full control over this information. By “full control”, I mean being the sole person who determines who can access or backup my data.  

But keeping some information separate so often carries a convenience tax. Toggling between accounts, anyone? Not so awesome. Good news -- Smartsheet doesn’t impose that tax.

By setting up a Smartsheet account for your personal data, assets you share from your personal Smartsheet account to your work email address are visible, searchable, and reportable by you when you are logged into your work account. Super handy. But because the assets are owned by your personal account, they are not searchable, downloadable, or referenceable by anyone else unless you explicitly share that content with them.

It results in a massively convenient, unified work/life Smartsheet experience.  Your personal punch list or home remodel ledger or tax planner can peacefully coexist right beside your corporate transformation program. :)

If you don’t yet have a personal account setup on Smartsheet, it’s easy to get started:

- Open a browser tab that is not yet logged in with your company Smartsheet account

- Go visit Smartsheet's pricing page

- Choose free plan

- Use your personal email to register (suggest using a Gmail, Microsoft, or AppleID to account to benefit from single-sign on and two factor auth)

- Create a sheet with information that you are frequenting trying to find and keep updated (home info, plans, instructions, etc, etc).

- Share the items to your work email address (any permission level). I tend to share my personal sheets to my work address with ‘admin’ permissions so that I can change sheet configuration, create rules, etc. when I am accessing the sheets with my work account.

Once you’re done, log back into your work account, search on the sheet name you just created. Voila. Your personal info is now securely, conveniently available to you from within your work account. Convenience, security, and desired access control made possible by Smartsheet.

And, to be clear, the data in your work account remains distinct and secure. It won’t be accessible from your personal account just because you’ve shared a personal sheet to your work account. Smartsheet provides data governance controls such as domain restrictions, safe sharing, SSO, and others to protect corporate data. 

Here’s to bringing greater organization, clarity, and accomplishment to your personal and work lives — in a unified way.




  • Andrée Starå
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    Hi @Mark Mader

    That's fantastic! Thanks!

    Be safe, and have a fantastic weekend!


    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD


    Andrée Starå | Workflow Consultant / CEO @ WORK BOLD

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    Feel free to contact me for help with Smartsheet, integrations, general workflow advice, or anything else.

  • Arsineh
    Arsineh Employee Admin
    edited 05/12/23

    With so many of our members sharing stories about how they utilize Smartsheet outside of work, for both projects at home and to support the causes/organizations they're passionate about -- I can't wait for them to start benefiting from a "unified work/life Smartsheet experience".

  • Darla Brown
    Darla Brown Overachievers

    This is genius! Thank you!

    Darla Brown

    What you meditate on, you empower!

    Overachiever - Core Product Certified - Mobilizer - EAP

  • Ken Armstrong
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    Thank you for sharing this. I have been doing this for awhile but never thought to share it.

    Ken Armstrong

    Smartsheet Operations Analyst, Carelon Medical Benefits Management

    Certified Smartsheet Administrator

    Be Firm! Be Fair! Be Friendly! Be Honest!!!

  • Peggy Parchert
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    This is great! Thank you!

  • Cassi
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    This is an amazing option for us! I cannot wait to use this in my personal life too.

  • Looking forward to trying this. Thank you!

  • D.W.
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    I love this - Would love to see a video/use case in action or a template to get me going.

    I like the idea of planning a vacation but pulling in those critical work functions/meetings that cannot be missed - a blended view.

  • Peggy Parchert
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    @Julie Fortney This is awesome! I struggle with meal planning/meal prep. I will now look into doing something like this - thank you!

  • Julie Fortney
    Julie Fortney Overachievers

    @Peggy Parchert It's a pretty simple setup, but I'm happy to share a copy of it if you'd like to start there!

  • Peggy Parchert
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    edited 05/25/23

    @Julie Fortney - that would be great! thank you! I would love that!

  • Rebeca S.
    Rebeca S. Employee Admin

    @Julie Fortney This is impressive!

    "If I want to find a vegetarian Italian meal that will have leftovers, I don't have to dig through recipes to find it." I can only imagine how much easier cooking every day becomes with a tool like this, love it 🤩

  • Matt Rasmussen
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    I remember reading this thread when it was fresh and thinking @Julie Fortney's example was awesome. I volunteer with a community youth group and thought using a free personal Smartsheet account would be perfect for creating an event registration system with a form people fill out that records data in a sheet, along with a dashboard for the other leaders to see counts of registrants of the various classes and supplies. I specifically wanted the dashboard to display when there are open slots to sign up for rather than having too many people sign up for a class or to bring soda or cookies to an event. I was excited!

    Then as I went to the Pricing page, I noticed that the Free plan doesn't include publishing items. Aw, all my hopes were dashed.

    I completely understand only allowing 2 Viewers and 2 Editors for a Free plan. I just with the publishing option was available to share basic info with others without requiring them to register for their own account - some of them are technology challenged and it's all I can take to be their "personal tech support" when they can't figure out how to send a group text message. =) I will still use my idea but will have to limit the idea to sharing the counts via email or text to the other committee members.