This is the entire list of tools I use to run my business + my go to learning resources for certain tools. There are over 50 tools listed from what plugins I’m using for my site to what I drink to stay caffeinated 🙂
Some of these links are affiliated links meaning I get a small payment if you purchase through my link or free service, it’s no additional cost to you. All of these tools are the exact tools I use and I would share them with an affiliated link or not.
WordPress with a Genesis Beautiful Pro Theme (edited) hosted by SiteGround
Plugins (main plugins):
Yoast for SEO
Bloom for email opt-in forms
Divi Builder (sales page and home page)
Click To Tweet
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
Tiny Blue Orange
Of course the wordpress.org help is a great resource too. Since WordPress is an “open” platform there are tons of help out there. Also most hosting companies also supply good learning resources/articles.
Paypal + Stripe : Payment processing services
Acuity : Pay portal + scheduling
Typeform: for my more in-depth client questionnaires
Trello to organize emails (CRM)
Google Docs: notes/documents
Gmail + Canned Responses : email communication
I explain canned response a bit more in this post.
Buffer: Facebook, Facebook Group, & Twitter
You can read about my batching process for social media using these tools here.
Repost app : Instagram repost app
Feedly: curating content/learning
Adobe Creative Cloud
Photoshop: Blog & social media graphics
Lightroom: Photo storage/editing
Premier Pro: Video editing
Photos: I take all my own photos either with iphone or Canon Rebel SL1
Iphone apps for Photo Editing/Creating: VSCO, Little Moments, Lightroom & Spark
I often edit using the Instagram app, you can turn your phone to airplane mode and then edit using Instagram as normal and then hit share. It will say Failed and you hit the x button and Remove, turn off airplane mode and it will save the picture to your photo roll.
Go to learning for graphic design and photography: Skillshare. Here are a few I found particularly helpful
Basics of Photoshop: Fundamentals for Beginners
Learn the Ins and Outs of Illustrator
The Complete Adobe Premier Pro Cs6 Course For Beginners
Basic InDesign: Layouts, Type, and Images
Fundamentals of Lightroom I: Organize Files and Boost Your Workflow
Smartphone Photography: Capturing Landscapes
Introduction to Mobile Photography: Capturing on the Go
DSLR Photography For Bloggers
Google Apps (gmail, calendar, docs)
Boomerang (Free version) to schedule send or inbox resend
Email Signature WiseStamp
Canned Responses (found in Gmail labs see this post)
Active Campaign: Email marketing, replaced ConvertKit in April 2017.
Interact: Opt-in Quiz (read this blog post for more about this tool)
Trello: To organize all the things + Butler to automate all the Trello things! Read more about the magic of Butler in this post!
Grammarly: Grammer checker
LastPass: Password management
RescueTime : tracks time based on computer usage
Toggl for project tracking
BeFocused as Pomodoro timer
Google Analytics: Website insight
IFTTT and Zapier: provides automations between various tools
MemberVault: Course hosting. They are an amazing company, they offer a free trial and SO much training to their community. In April 2018 I replaced Thinkific with MV, and super happy I did.
Video Recording: Snagit is what I upgraded to but prior to that, QuickTime Player for screenshots/recording. I also utilize Loom.
Ipad Pro w/ pencil: with apps Notability, GoodNotes, Procreate
Blue Yeti Microphone
UPLIFT Stand Up Desk -Bamboo Top
Amazon Prime for office supplies and BOOKS!!! (see my list of business books read 📚)
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Simple Habit : Meditation
Skillshare: General learning
Podcasts: General learning
Postable + Punkpost: Cards
Moo: Business Cards
I’ve replaced all my planners (Get To Work Book +Powersheets)with Trello. You can see how Trello runs my business all year long in Plan Your Year With Trello.
Caffeination provided by The Jasmine Pearl Tea Co. 😂
And finally if you are interested you can read about how I organize my day.
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