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: I may receive a small kickback or point rewards on some of the tools I love to use and recommend. I don’t share 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 “brain dump” place for organizing my ideas, bookmarking sites, writing drafts, creating templates, etc. Available on Desktop, Andriod, iOS, iOS x and has great desktop web clipper.
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.
Skype – Great for Meetings and it’s free
Trello – great if you are visual, love lists and Kanban boards
About.me – Catch-all online bio for all your social media links
Hootsuite (Affiliate) – I use this app on my desktop & Android to manage multiple accounts
Facebook Pages – separate business page from personal page
Facebook groups – community building for businesses
Pinterest – Visual candy, categorizing, private boards for ideas, community boards, business analytics
Instagram – loves hashtags, visual,
Linkedin – Professional online Bio & great for connecting for referrals and potential clients.
Website & Blog
Google Analytics – Check monthly to see which posts do the best and where traffic comes from. Mainly organic and direct.
Mailchimp – up to 2k subscribers for free! Great if you’re a new blogger or beginning to build your email list.
Picmonkey – Photo editor, only $5/month, easy to use
Domain – godaddy.com
Web Hosting Buzz – Easy to use, great customer support, WordPress implementation/easy setup
WordPress – Website, easy to use, lots of plugins