Essential Tools for making
Using the right tools will save you money, make you more effective and free up your time to focus on the parts of your business that you actually enjoy.
There’s a bunch of ah-may-zing tools out there. Picking the right ones will make your life easier.
My Dad used to say “the work is in the tools”…meaning that the right tool can make the work sooo much easier. And he is right!
The trick is knowing what tools! There are literally hundreds of choices and I only share the tools that I know will make a real difference in your business. My promise to you is this…I will never recommend something that I haven’t personally tried or know others who are using it successfully!
FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a proud affiliate of many of the tools I recommend, which means I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you if you decide to purchase. That said, none of these recommendations are made from a place of financial reward. They are made to make your life easier and save you time and money!
TOP TOOLS I RECOMMEND
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Agorapulse is my go-to platform for managing all my social media in one place.
It’s the best social media scheduler I’ve ever used – and trust me…I’ve used them all! I love this tool so much that I’m actually a brand ambassador for the company!
Instead of logging in to multiple platforms every day, Agorapulse lets you view posts and messages, monitor social media conversations, publish your posts, and track how your content is performing, all from your Agorapulse dashboard.
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The absolute best platform for audio and video transcription and captions.
As you work to optimize your business, you know every minute counts. That's why I love Rev.com – it helps you with quick and easy transcription of your audio and video files so you can get on with other revenue generating things in your business.
Active Campaign is my email marketing tool of choice.
There are tons of great email marketing tools out there. However, if you’re looking for a tool that will give you all the features you need as your list grows, you can’t do better than ActiveCampaign!
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There is no better shopping cart tool on the market than Thrivecart.
If you want to boost sales by offering upsells, special offers and coupons then do it all with ThriveCart! Their checkout templates are optimized for conversions, meaning they’ll start making you money right out of the box.
Monday.com is the tool I use to manage and keep my business running smoothly!
Monday.com is the first tool I’ve found that is able to pull everything together in one organized place, and keep our team moving forward in sync. Literally every part of my business is managed in some way through this tool.
From automating processes, assigning and tracking tasks, planning projects, and more, you’ll never let important tasks fall through the cracks again!
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Restream is my top go-to tool for live streaming across multiple social media platforms.
I love how easy p’easy this tool makes the whole process of going live to 30+ locations, including Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn … all from right within your web browser.
My all-time favorite Learning Management System & Membership Solution for business owners!
This WordPress plugin lets you easily create courses, membership sites or digital products, accept recurring payments, and even build an affiliate program to help increase your sales – all on your own site.
And, for the non-techies, it can all be done without having to touch any code or spend tons of money hiring a developer!
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Bluehost is my go-to hosting platform for all my sites.
Looking for a reliable, low-cost web host? Look no further than Bluehost. It’s the host I use and recommend for all small business owners, because of their reputation, customer support, and of course…their pricing!
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Canva is probably the right tool for you if you need template categories that has all the usuals (social media graphics, blog graphics, etc.) plus so much more plus you’ll have access to their full gallery of stock photos…many of which you can use for free, or starting at just a buck.
Easil is one of my new go-to tools for creating eye-catching images for use on my blog and social media.
Easil is the DIY design secret weapon that your whole team will love. With our Brand Kit that lets you store and access the right colors, fonts, logos and imagery in one place, the ability to create a catalogue of exclusive brand templates, 1 Million+ free stock images, plus many more easy to use features… you’ll wonder how you ever worked the old way.
Gleam is a marketing platform that helps you run campaigns that help users engage and promote your business.
Brands are using Gleam in a number of different ways to engage their existing audience, but also to reach new customers & drive bottom line revenue.
Brands can easily use Gleam to incentivize new product giveaways, run alongside a regular sale, drive coupon downloads, drive email list signups or even allow your customers to submit user generated photos of them using your products.
Thinkific is quite similar to other hosted course platforms, with one main advantage: Thinkific offers a free option that lets you test drive the platform before you buy. It’s also fairly similar in terms of usability and monthly cost (apart from the free option). In terms of features, I would say Thinkific has the competition beat – so be sure to check out the full feature list of each before you commit. If you want to get your site up and running quickly and don’t want to deal with the technical aspects of managing a course site, Thinkific is great!
AWeber is an opt-in email marketing service trusted by over 100,000+ small businesses, bloggers and entrepreneurs around the world. Our suite of web-based tools helps your business grow by connecting you with customers and prospects through email.
Be.Live is another one of my favorite tools for doing live streams. Unlike when you use the native streams on Facebook and other platforms, Be.Live lets you go live quickly and easily, with almost no setup.
It's time to stand out and grow your business Convert, retain, and grow your customers with delightful personal video messages sent at just the right moment. Bonjoro videos help you stand out, win trust, and create real and lasting relationships with your customers.