I often get asked, “How do you do it? What do you use to fill in the blank?”
It is high time that I share my list of cannot-live-withouts and things that are essential to making my business run smoothly and efficiently as possible.
WEBSITE TOOLS //
Synthesis – Since my businesses are web-based it is critical that my website be up and running at all times. As my traffic increased on both of my sites, I outgrew my hosting package. I made the switch to Synthesis and have never looked back. I happily pay a premium for hosting; their customer service is nothing short of amazing. No downtime and lots of support. Cannot say enough good things.
Bluehost – If you are new to blogging, Bluehost is a great option. You can have a site up and running in minutes. They even include a free domain name when you register.
Wooden Spoons Kitchen – The dream team of web designers. Melissa and Erin designed and built both of my websites and made all of my website dreams come true. Creative, professional, and so awesome. Unfortunately, they no longer design websites.
Fiverr – Sometimes I just need something tweaked a little or fixed. E-lance is a great option. You can create a listing and have whatever you need to be made, created, or coded. I have used this service many times and I am always thrilled with the results.
BUSINESS TOOLS //
Outright – I use this to keep track of my business income and expenses. I check in monthly and at the end of the year, doing my taxes is a breeze.
Screenflow – If you are a Mac user, this is software used to record screencasts. When I make a how-to video this is what I use. It can also be used as a video editor for adding animation or titles. It is really easy to use.
LastPass – If you have a million accounts all over the Internet, or even just three, LastPass is the best thing in the world. It is a password manager and keeps track of all of your passwords. It also fills in online forms and saves so much time. LastPass generates secure passwords that keep your information private and secure.
TIME MANAGEMENT //
Trello – I love a list and checking things off of it. I keep track of everything that I need to do in one place, personal and business. I love being able to add notes and use it from the browser and the iphone app. It is also a great way to share lists and things that need to be done with your team. You can see everything all in the same place.
Calendar 5 – I was a very late adopter of Google Calendar. I was a pen-and-paper-calendar kind of girl and was very resistant to making the switch. Now, I cannot imagine my life without it. It took me a few iphone apps to find one that was exactly what I wanted to manage my calendar from my phone and this is it.
A Course About Copy – I cannot say enough good things about this one. I wrote every single piece of copy for two sites in 4 weeks with this course. Learn to write clear and concise communication in a fun and (relatively) painless way. I learned a lot about myself and how I run my business doing this course.
I’m not associated with any of these brands or businesses, I just like them and have been happy with my service. I have not been compensated in any way.