There’s just so many tools out there,
it’s hard to choose the right one sometimes!
To save you some time, I’ve compiled a quick list the apps I use and how I use them. I’ve usually tried other options, so this is the best of the best!
FOR BUSINESS OWNERS
I tried Wave, Quickbooks and Freshbooks before Xero. It offers multiple currencies and is easy to use, plus you can often get 6 months at 50%. If you don’t need multiple currencies, Freshbooks was great and fun to use.
For File Sharing
So easy to use and store files on. I use Dropbox Pro daily to send all my client files and I haven’t even made a dent in the storage allowance. You can share, invite people to control folders, comment on files, tag people, and download.
For Project Management
Great for project management and scheduling. You can invite people to your team or just specific projects, and it sends you notifications of deadlines. Easy to use and customize.
A great tool for business owners to connect with their market, share and promote their offerings, and collaborate with other businesses and clients.
Easy to use platform for creating surveys and forms. You can share your form anywhere, track it’s reach and results, and customize many options with free version.
A no-brainer for business owners, LinkedIn is like the Facebook for Business. Share your information, connect with B2B and clients, keep up to date and advertise as well.
FOR DESIGNERS & FREELANCERS
For Design Tools
I use Adobe Creative Suite daily for the majority of my design work. They have a huge range of applications to create anything you can imagine.
For Email Marketing
Very easy to use, versatile and incredibly powerful in terms of controlling your lists. Less basic visual customization, but more user friendly and the support is amazing.
For Booking Meetings
A really simple booking platform with a free version that let’s you share your booking link to schedule people in with you, and it integrates with all major calendar apps.
FOR MAC USERS
(These tools are likely available for PC users as well)
For Music Everywhere
Music files are expensive, take up valuable space on your device(s) and can get old quickly. I use Spotify for whatever mood, song, artist or playlist I’m feeling like at the time, and use the Premium version to have music without wifi.
For Desktop Publishing
A no-brainer for most, but subscribing to the Office 365 option keeps all your apps up to date with the best tools and versions. Also contains a great number of applications to choose from.
The internet can be a scary place and simple downloads can carry viruses that infect your laptop. I keep my devices and browsers protected with Bitdefender, which continually scans for issues, with no interruption to my work.
FOR INTERNET USERS
A Chrome browser extension, this is visible on empty tabs and reports the weather, time, date, offers timers, lists, site blockers, funny quotes and amazing images! So fun to have.
For Password Security
Along with device security, your passwords need to remain secure and strong. This stores your passwords and enters them automatically when you go to sites or software on your devices, along with many other features.
For Money Transfers
So user friendly, efficient and cost effective. The rates are some of the best you’ll get, and transfers process within a couple days from bank to bank around the world. You can also request money and use it as a payment platform.