TOOLS OF THE TRADE
THE TOOLS, APPS AND SOFTWARE I USE TO RUN MY
BIZ LIKE A LEAN, MEAN, PROFIT GENERATING MACHINE!
No matter where you are in your biz there are tools that can obliterate hours of work every week and save you thousands of dollars from having to hire tasks out that fall beyond your skill set.
To make sure you don't end up with a budget sucking stack of pricey resources you don't need (been there, done that), I'm pulling back the wine stained drop cloths to give you unfettered access to my business's toolbox.
I’m constantly updating this list with new tools my biz can’t live without so it’s always a current snapshot of my latest and greatest arsenal of geeked out goodies. Do yourself a favor and pin or bookmark this page so it’s handy when you need it, because a toolbox is only useful if it's at arms reach!
Full Disclosure: Many of these links are affiliate links, which means I get a little pot of gold at the end of your checkout rainbow BUT, rest easy because my ethics are NOT for sale! I pinky promise to ONLY include tools I use and absolutely la la loooove. No ifs, ands, or butts about it - you have my word.
To get started click on the areas of your biz that could use some repairs and/or upgrades.
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WP Academy managed WordPress hosting gives you performance comparable to the best WordPress managed hosts (under 0.2 seconds page loads on your home page html), with full support for all your WordPress issues.
Plans starting at $10.50/month
The #1 website building platform out there. It’s a platform any non-designer can build a great website or blog on AND it’s completely free! There are tons of great themes and plug-ins available to make it whatever you want it to be.
WORDPRESS PAGE BUILDER
Thrive Architect is not the only visual editor for WordPress, but it's the only one that is laser focused on business websites, built by DIY entrepreneurs.
Drag and drop visual editor that's packed with features for creating beautifully branded popups to convert visitors on your site into subscribers.
WORDPRESS PREMIUM THEMES
StudioPress offers world-class themes that excel in both design and infrastructure, all of which are built on the Genesis Framework, which makes your site faster, more secure, and more SEO-friendly.
Used to transfer files from your computer to your website server or other remote location.
Notepad++ is the perfect tool to tweak style sheets and blog posts before copying them into WordPress or whatever program you run your website(s) on.
wp site care
A personal WordPress concierge that offers 24/7 security monitoring, automated backups, performance optimization, and hands on support.
Plans start at $79/month
WORDPRESS social sharing plugin
This is my go to social sharing WordPress plugin of all time because it has a “click to tweet” feature, it gives you the ability to load a different optimized image (in the background) for Pinterest, it's responsive and it's 100% customizable.
wordpress seo plugin
My go to plugin for adding my meta titles, keywords and other SEO elements on my website.
A powerful tool for drastically reducing the size of your images and photos with almost no difference before and after compression.
GOOGLE WEB FONTS
Google's vast collection of web friendly and downloadable fonts that can be used anyway you choose without a license.
AMP FONT VIEWER
A font managing tool that lets you view customizable text snippets of all the fonts installed on your computer or laptop. You can also organize your fonts into categories and even install and remove fonts from your system.
VECTOR design APP
A vector graphics app lets you create logos, icons, drawings, typography, and illustrations for print, web, video, and mobile.
graphic design app
Use Canva's drag-and-drop feature and professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics and documents.
Free & Paid plans
An online market of thousands of fonts, website themes, graphics, patterns, and textures that are sold by individuals.
A marketplace with millions of images, templates, and 3d assets.
Plans start at $29.99/month
COLOURlovers is a creative community where people from around the world create and share colors, palettes and patterns for design inspiration, color combinations, and so much more! I use this site all the time to find the perfect color combinations and tones.
COLOR palette app
ADOBE COLOR CC
A tool for creating color palettes swiped off of photographs. Upload your photograph and this tool will create six different color palettes, all taken from colors in the photograph.
color palette app
Photocopa is great tool to make a photo inspired color palette. Load your own photo from anywhere on the web and get each and every color represented in the photograph. You can then add it to the gallery for others to use as inspiration or keep it private for your use only. You can also create color palettes from photographs searched on Flickr.
Get small projects done for as little as $5. It’s amazing what quality work people will do on this site for $5. It can help get all those little tasks done for your next project. Launch quickly and on a small budget.
Pricing starts at $5
This is a site that allows you to upload images and apply filters, overlays and borders to them. Their collection of options is incredibly comprehensive. It makes Instagram look like child's play.
Create 100% customizable seamless patterns with your color palette. You can also customize the seamless pattern repeat size and the texture then download the seamless pattern at a variety of sizes.
3d marketing mockups
my ecover maker
Now it’s easy to create beautiful and professional mockups, even if you’ve never designed anything in your life. Just point-and-click with this online tool and your mockup is done in minutes.
web countdown timer
Add urgency to your offers by including countdown timers in your emails that are synced with your sales page timers.
Plans starting at $37/month
Capture, organize, and share notes across all of your devices. The best thing about Evernote is that it syncs automatically across all your devices and operating systems.
Free & Paid plans
Online storage, so you can access photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, and videos from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. So wherever you go, your files follow.
Free & Paid plans
Your email list is your greatest asset. ConvertKit helps you use that list to grow your business through responsive forms, trackable data, and simple but powerful automations.
Plans starting at $24/month
Create quizzes you can use to grow your email list, drive sales, and increase your social media presence.
Free & Paid plans
webinar streaming app
WebinarJam's flexible JamCast Broadcast Engine allows you to stream directly to your attendees in all the popular places: Facebook Live, YouTube Live, not to mention their own private and secure network.
Free 60 day trial then $479/year
Jing allows you to take a picture or video of your computer screen and uploads it to the Web, FTP, computer, or clipboard. If uploaded to the web, the program automatically creates a URL to the image that can be shared with others.
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
You can record anything, including your whole screen or just a specific window, or you can add any video, images, audio, and/or PowerPoint presentations that you already have.
Easily create an online course with Teachable's powerful yet simple all-in-one platform.
Plans starting at $39
social media scheduler
Schedule social media posts, discover content, monitor conversations, and measure results all in this one tool.
Plans starting at $9.99/month
If you’re still committing passwords to memory or worse, using the same password for all of your accounts, it’s time to get a password manager. Lastpass allows you to securely save and share login credentials as well as create truly unique passwords so your accounts can't be hacked.
Free & Paid plans
automation workflow app
Build automation workflows in a matter of a few clicks. Zapier allows you to set up "Zaps" which connect apps you're already using everyday to create workflows that are triggered by actions you specify. For example, posting your Instagram posts on your Facebook page, or tagging a new student in your email marketing software.
Free & Paid plans
With ColorZilla you can grab a color from any where in your browser, quickly adjust this color and paste it into another program, and it does so much more too!
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The Web Developer extension adds various web developer tools to your browser that will help you see, adjust and decipher web coding of all languages.
TYPIO form recovery
Typio Form Recovery automatically saves text as you type and lets you easily recover input data in case of loss. You are in full control of which sites auto-save is enabled on and how long the input is saved.
Loom brings the richness of video to work. Capture your screen, record your front-facing camera, and narrate it all at once, then instantly share with a simple link.
Create and edit notes, save full web pages, customize screenshots, and instantly share them. Important information can be instantly accessible to you and anyone else you want, anytime, anywhere.