Don’t get me wrong, I love my tech tools. With digital minimalism, I test different online apps, websites, social media sites etc. to figure out how to create an efficient business as possible. The ones that work the best, I continue to use. The tools I don’t use anymore, I make sure to delete them so not to clutter my computer or phone.
Here is my list of favorite online tools to run my business.
**Disclaimer: Affiliate links included and I may receive a small kickback or point rewards on some of the tools I love to use and recommend. I don’t share anything unless I know it’ll help you too.**
Coffitivity – When you can’t get to a cafe’ or don’t want to, this is the app for you. Create the same ambiance while it plays background cafe’ sounds and can be synced up with your music.
Evernote – My favorite productivity digital tool. My “brain dump” place for organizing my ideas, bookmarking sites, writing drafts, creating templates, etc. Available on Desktop, Andriod, iOS, iOS x and has a great desktop web clipper in Chrome.
Dropbox – You can never have too many backups of your important files and photos
Gmail– easy peasy to use, have used it for as long as i can remember
Google Calendar – love that i can have multiple calendars, different colors, share them and can turn them on and off as needed. Sync across all gadgets.
Google Drive – Simple, easy sharing, can see editing and comments, has instant saves. I write with pen and paper first, then make it “pretty” with Google docs, etc. Then, I copy/paste into WordPress.
Trello – great if you are visual, love lists and Kanban boards. I use this with clients for project tracking.
Zoom – This has replaced Skype for me. Zoom has a free version that’s great for Coaching calls or general meeting one on one.
Hootsuite – I use this app on my desktop & Android to manage multiple accounts
Facebook groups – community building for businesses
Facebook Pages – separate business page from personal page
Pinterest – The platform for visual search and shopping, categorized boards, private boards, community boards, business analytics and more!
Instagram – Visual inspiration in photos and now includes “stories” for live videos.
Website & Blog
Canva – Whether you’re a designer or (especially) not, Canva is great for simple, quick graphics for social media posts, blog posts and more!
Domain – godaddy.com
Google Analytics – Check monthly to see which posts do the best and where traffic comes from. Mainly organic and direct.
Mailerlite – This has replaced Mailchimp for me. It’s easy to use and only a minor learning curve to set up automated emails.
Web Hosting Buzz – Easy to use, great customer support, WordPress implementation/easy setup
WordPress.org – For when you’re ready to have your own domain name, or switching blog platforms. I’ve used WordPress since 2009 and love it. It’s easy to design with and no need for html or CSS skills.