I have a base with two tables. One table is contacts while another is companies. For my contacts, I have a field called location which is a series of metros: NY, SF, DC, London, etc...
I'd like my companies' table location field to have the same list of locations. Is there a way to reuse the field, but not have them link to one another?
(I dont anticipate wanting to ever connect a contact to a company, and if i do it would be with different data than what i have in my contacts records anyway)
Yes, you would start with a single field called locations. And then your 2 linked record fields will be automatically created for you, if you create the linked fields from the other 2 tables.
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You mentioned Zapier, but I would highly recommend switching to Make instead. Make is infinitely more powerful than Zapier, yet it is significantly less expensive than Zapier. I give a brief comparison of Make vs. Zapier here, and I give a very short video tour of Make here.
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