23 Tools to Make Your Entrepreneurial Life Easier
Being a boss chick is sweet like a cupcake… If you’re willing to put in the time, effort, and hard work. Being an entrepreneur has some awesome benefits, but also has it’s share of struggles. So though most people will tout work-life-balance as one benefit of being a #boss. I would add, "that there is no such thing as work-life-balance, at least for business owners with kids."
I enjoy the freedom of my entrepreneurial life. And though I would like to say I’m only accountable to the best boss in the world - Me! That is not so! I’m also accountable to my family and my clients. This is why, I have to put tools and technology in place to help my business be more productive and efficient. From managing my workflow to organizing my day, and keeping track of financial info.
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PEN & PAPER: The tool that all successful people have in common. Nothing beats good old pen and paper. I’m a millennial and as much apps and tools as I use, I can never give up my pen and paper.
THE PURPOSEFUL LIVING PLANNER: I use this planner to help me plan my days and stay organized.
GOOGLE DRIVE: This is the hardest working tool I use. This is my primary cloud based storage, and is the primary way I share content with my clients and partners.
LASTPASS: Have too many passwords to remember? Let LastPass help you keep track and remember them for you.
TRELLO: One of the new tools in my list of arsenal. It helps me to plan and organize all my projects. From my clients’ weddings and events to my editorial calendar.
ONENOTE: This app took over from Evernote. This is one part my business hub, and electronic filing cabinet.
EVERNOTE: Store and organize content of all medium. I currently use it to subscribe to newsletters to keep from overwhelming my email inbox.
DROPBOX: Cloud based storage that I use to keep my photos, as well as sharing large files.
QUICKBOOKS: This app I use to manage my finances. For as little as $15 per month QuickBooks help me manage invoices, credit card payments, accounting and payroll.
SQUARE CARD READER: The easiet way to accept credit cards anywhere. Square makes credit card processing simple. Accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express all for one low rate, with no surprise fees. See deposits in your bank account as soon as the next business day.
STRIPE: An API technology company that allows payments over the Internet.
ACCUITY: This is one of my newest ally. An online appointment scheduling software. Clients can schedule appointments, pay, and complete intake forms online 24/7.
UPWORK: Here you can find freelancers to tackle any job, any size, any time.
FIVERR: Are you on a budget? Find experts for any task including graphic design, marketing, and more. Services start as low as $5.
COSCHEDULE: A one of a kind drag and drop content editorial calendar. I also use it to schedule social media and it integrates with your Google calendar and Buffer.
BUFFER: The best way to drive traffic, increase fan engagement and save time on social media.
HOOTSUITE: Social media scheduling app I use to schedule my clients’ social media. I love that you can also schedule Instagram using this app.
DIY Graphics & Design
CREATIVE MARKET: One of my go to resource for stock photos. You can also get quality design elements, textures, website themes, graphics, and fonts.
PICMONKEY: Easy to use online photo editing app. You can create graphic for your website or size your images as needed.
CANVA: This app makes design simple for everyone. You can create designs for web or print, from blog graphics, to presentations, invitations and so much more.