10 Business Tools I cannot live without as an online entrepreneur
Super awesome for managing workflow, to do lists, documenting processes, all sorts of things and it has a free option.
2. Hello Sign
This does cost money but its sooooo worth it. I use it for when I need to send online contracts. It’s super simple to use and even better to use for your clients which means your contracts come back faster. See ya crappy admin and paper!
3. Planoly or Preview
Both are Instagram planners/schedulers, hold hashtags and have a whole load of other features. Planoly is great because it has a desktop version and an app. Preview is currently just for mobile but is still fantastic. Both have free and paid options. I was also lucky enough to be interviewed feature on the preview app and chatted about How to make animated posts for Instagram
As a designer I do use the Adobe creative suite but I do also use Canva and this is because a lot of clients like templates designed for them that they can carry on with themselves. Canva has a free and paid version.
5. Streak for Gmail
Organising your emails can be a right pain in the backside but with Streak you can put notifications on to see who has opened your emails, schedule to send emails later on and it even has a sales pipleline built into it so you can keep a track of prospects.
Of course Squarespace has to come into the list. A really great website builder for small to medium sized businesses who want to be able to control and update their own website with no hassle.
7. GoDaddy and Only Domains
These are the only two domain providers that I use for a number of reasons. Go Daddy can connect to Squarespace with one click, has great customer service, the interface is super easy to use and I always find it a stable provider to use. The same goes for Only Domains apart from the set up for Squarespace is a little more manual but again they are a great provider.
Free for up to 2,000 subscribers, drag and drop templates, great list management and a knowledge-base for miles, MailChimp is my go to for creating newsletters.
Finding an accounting system for my business was one of the hardest jobs. Everyone kept recommending Xero and while its a great system, for my needs it was too much. When your picking a system really think about what it is that you need, how many transactions you are doing and how it fits into your business. I love Wave because its free, the interface is so easy to use, you can intergrate it really easily into your workflow and it just makes my life so much easier. I’m really lucky that I have a super powerful accountant as well Jenny from Revolution who sorts me out with everything too.
Getting traffic to my site and getting discovered is really hard but with Tailwind most of my overseas traffic comes from there and its great! It’s basically like a scheduling tool for Pinterest. You can also join group boards to help share other peoples content who also help to share yours. Check me out on Pinterest and lets connect.
And there you have it my 10 Business Tools I cannot live without as an online entrepreneur, feel free to pin my graphic below so you can use it for a reference and if you have any tools that you love to use let me know! I’d love to add to the list.
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