If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s trying out new services and products and – if I find a good one – telling everyone about it until I’m blue in the face.
I’ve gone through my fair share of free trials, paid subscriptions, failed user experience, etc. with a wide range of tools. And… I’m going to make it really easy for you by sharing some of my favorites that I incorporate day-in and day-out to keep my work & life on a roll.
Google (Everything=Free) If there’s one thing I love, it’s Google and their family of integrated apps. I’m an avid user of Gmail; I use it for my personal, work and other professional email addresses. Additionally, I LOVE the recent Gmail update to include the customizable sidebar for quick access to your favorite apps. Google Drive makes it easy for me to share things with colleagues and work on-the-go.
I’d be so lost without Google Calendar (seriously, my whole life is on there). Google Tasks is my digital to-do list, with a simple app, that even puts time reminders on my Google Calendar and sends me push notifications to complete the task. Google Keep is a nice quick digital notepad when I’m in a meeting without a pen and paper. Google Maps… need I say more? (Sorry Apple Maps… You need some HELP.) Slack (Free) Hands down, Slack is the best and most effective team communication platform I’ve ever used. It supports everything I need from file management and Google Drive Integration to supporting GIFs and animated emojis. Trello & Freedcamp (Free) Project.Management.Is.Essential. I absolutely need my own project management tool to help me stay organized. I treat most of my tasks – personal business or client-related – like “projects” and plan out timelines and calendars as if I was my own client. It helps me to stay on top of my work and smart about planning. Instapage ($$$) This one’s a bit of a pricey one – especially for a side hustler – but if you’re someone who uses landing pages a lot for various reasons or campaigns, this one is totally worth the price. It’s seamless integration with Google Analytics makes tracking a breeze and their templates are optimized for conversion rates which helps increase the customers you convert. TrackingTime (Free – $) Time tracking is essential for me as a freelancer to make sure I’m staying within my time boundaries. TrackingTime does have a free version, but sacrificing one Venti Starbucks Latte a month makes this work the price, even if I don’t use it weekly. I’ve shared just a few of my favorite digital tools here (and none are paid endorsements), but I’m always on the lookout for more. Connect with me on social and share some of your favorite tools!