There are so many incredible tools, systems & resources available to help make it easier to get business (and life!) done. Below are some of my favorites.
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Organizing & Prioritizing
Evernote: My digital brain. Seriously. This is my one must have organizational tool for every adult who uses a computer. Best part: It syncs across all your devices, meaning you’re never at a loss for info. Evernote has both free and paid versions.So far, I’ve been happy with the free version and only occasionally wished I had the premium version. Deal: Use this link, and you’ll get a month free of the Premium version!
Dropbox: Cloud-based file storage keeps any and all files safe and secure. Also backs up all my digital photos. Can’t live without it. I’ve paid cold hard cash for Dropbox Pro since I started freelancing, and it’s worth every penny of the $99 annual fee.
Asana: Project & task management cloud-based software. FREE. If you’ve got projects with any sort of complexity, you want to use Asana. You may be able to get away with prioritized to-do lists in Evernote. I’ve personally gone back and forth between religiously using Asana for task management, and relying more heavily on Evernote. It’s highly dependent on what you’re tracking and how your brain works. (If you’re a more visual sort, Trello is another great option.)
All Around Workhorse
LastPass: Never lose a password again! I don’t know what I’d do without LastPass. I’m pretty sure I save at least an hour a week not hunting for passwords. I’ve got the Premium version so I have all my passwords accessible on my phone as well as online.
YNAB (You Need A Budget): Hands-down, the best budgeting software I’ve used. Emphasis on proactively managing your money and giving every dollar a place to work. Try it.
Harvest: Time tracking, invoicing and light accounting. I’ve tried several similar services over the years, and this is the most user-friendly of what I’ve tried. Deal: Use this link to get a 30-day free trial and $10 toward your first paid month.
For Fun & Food
Amazon Prime: For just about everything. Free two-day shipping. Check. Free two-hour shipping with PrimeNow in many metro areas (This is my current favorite. We get groceries delivered and I’ve sent gifts to my sister 800 miles away). Check. Unlimited photo storage (fantastic as a backup!). Check.
Plan to Eat: The easiest meal-planning software that saves me so much time (and money!) by having both a plan and a ready-to-go shopping list.
When You Must Shop
StitchFix: I’m one of those people who think uniforms and capsule wardrobes are fantastic. I’m not a fan of shopping and would love to have a personal stylist and shopper to tell me what to do. StitchFix is pretty darn close to that.
Grove Collaborative: Household essentials delivered to your door? Possibly. While I love the promo deals that Grove Collaborative has, I’m still undecided on whether or not this service is worth it to me. I haven’t yet cut out another shopping option, so it’s one more thing to keep track of. I’m going to try it for a few months and see how it goes.
For Blogging & Social Media
Tailwind App: For scheduling Pinterest Pins. I LOVE Tailwind. The ability to batch pin when I’ve got time to be online, and have pins show up at regular intervals is amazing.
Namecheap: Domain names.
Do you have any favorite resources and tools not listed here? Let me know!