2016-favorite-small-business-tools

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Here is my list of favorite tools and resources.  I will be adding and revising as I go.  Please keep in mind, these are tools that I’ve actually used or have heard RAVING reviews about.  Most of these are either free or very affordable.  There may be better ones out there that I haven’t tried so if you know of something better, I would love to hear about them!

Project Management/Collaboration/Communication:

  • Asana (free)
  • Evernote (free)
  • Trello (free)
  • Gmail (free)
  • Google Docs (free)
  • Skype (free)
  • Zoom (free)

Filesharing:

  • Google Drive (free)
  • DropBox (free)
  • Amazon S3 (paid)

Graphics/Design:

  • Photoshop (the standard)
  • Pixelmator (mac only)
  • Vectr (neat for mockups and sharing)
  • Canva (free with paid options)
  • PicMonkey (web app. Free)
  • Inkscape (vector based. Free)

Accounting/Billing/Invoicing:

Web:

  • WordPress Design
    • Sydney by aThemes: Free. Check out their Pro version especially if you’re looking for eCommerce integration!
    • PageBuilder by SiteOrigin (free)
    • Divi/Elegant Themes Theme: Premium themes. Included with my WordPress Packages
    • Divi Builder (premium page builder. Included with my WordPress packages)
  •  Other WordPress Plugins
    • Yoast SEO
    • Font Awesome
    • ShortPixel
    • Medium Plugin (for connecting to Medium)
  • Framework:
    • Bootstrap (for coding by hand)
  • Hosting
  •  Membership Plugin
    • MemberPress (Premium, yearly subscription. Included with my WordPress packages)
    • WP eMember (simple, very affordable. no recurring subscription)
  • Security:
  • SSL: Let’s Encrypt available free fromsome web hosting services. Comodo (paid)
  • Ithemes Security plugin
  • Jetpack Plugin

Video:

  • Quicktime (Screen Capture)
  • iMovie
  • Vimeo (more secure but more expensive)
  • YouTube (free but less secure content you want to protect)
  • Amazon S3 (most secure but highest learning curve. Paid)

Image Resources:

  • Pixabay (free and attribution free)
  • Unsplash (free and attribution free)

Email Autoresponder:

  • MailChimp (free)
  • ConvertKit (paid)

Other Business Tools/Resources:

  • Docracy (Free legal document resources)
  • LawTrades (Helps you connect with affordable lawyers)
  • Calendly (appointment scheduling app)

Networking:

  • Facebook Groups

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