Do you ever wonder what digital tools and software other people use to run their businesses?
I do – and I get asked about various and sundry software solutions a lot, too. So, this week, I decided to do a big round-up of all the digital tools & software I use to run my own handmade business – and Create & Thrive, as well.
I discuss what I use and why in detail in this episode – covering social media tools, website design, shopping carts, time management, photo editing and graphic design, file storage, audio & video recording and editing, outsourcing, book-keeping… and more!
Take a peek behind the scenes of my businesses, and see how I keep everything running (mostly) smoothly!
P.S. While finishing these shownotes, I realised I left one or two things out of the ep. I’m sure more will come to mind, so I’ll update the links below if that happens!
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FYI if I have (R) next to a link, this means it is a referral or affiliate link. This means that if you click that link and sign up to the service, I get some form of reward. If you’d prefer to avoid that, just google it.) I am only listing and recommending tools and software that I use myself and would recommend to others wholeheartedly.
Digital Tools/Software I use to run all my online businesses:
- My main social media are Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I used to love and use Twitter a lot (not so active on there now) and I have a Google Plus account. I’m also starting to use YouTube more.
- Handmade sales venues: Etsy (R) (I’ve also sold on Hatch.co, Dawanda, madeit).
- My own websites are created with WordPress self-hosted, and I’m currently transitioning to Divi Theme (R)(and lots of plugins – I’ve used a free theme called Pinboard previously on some sites).
- My web host is Dreamhost (R). I’ve been with them for over 10 years and have always been happy with their service.
- My current shopping cart on my e-commerce website is Ecwid, but I’m moving to WooCommerce.
- I use E-junkie & Paypal to sell my C&T courses, ebooks etc.
- I use Trello to keep track of my work and life, and I also use the Cal app on my android phone as my appointment-keeper (as well as some paper in my office – a whole-year wall planner and a weekly desk planner).
- I use focusbooster on my computer when I really need to get stuff done – it’s a pomodoro-style app. I schedule work periods of 45 min and rest periods of 15 min each hour.
- I use Canva for all my graphic design.
- I use Picasa (now transitioned to Google Photos) for most of my product image editing.
- I use GIMP for any image editing I can’t do with Picasa or Canva (it’s sorta like a free version of Photoshop – and it’s open-source).
- I use Snapseed on my phone to edit photos on the fly – especially for Instagram.
- Insta Downloader is the app I use to repost another person’s Instagram post. It has awful ads, but it works!
- I use Grum on my desktop to schedule up my Instagram posts once a week.
- I use Dropbox to store all my business photos and documents so I can access them from any of my devices.
- I use Google Docs for some of my business docs, too.
- I currently use Xero accounting software for my book-keeping.
- I forgot to mention my mailing list software! I use Mailchimp (R).
For Create & Thrive Specifically:
- I use Skype for all my podcast interviews.
- To record them, I use Amolto Call Recorder.
- I record my solo shows and do all my podcast editing in Audacity.
- For Thriver Circle calls, as well as calls for my courses, I use Instantteliseminar.
- I still use Windows Movie Maker to edit my videos.
- I use screen-recording software called Screencast-O-Matic to record my workshops for the Thriver Circle.
- I am currently using Airtasker to get my podcast summaries written.
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