I’m often asked which online tools I use to run my business. I’ve listed out below the 11 online tools that I use on a day to day basis to run my business while I travel.
I use Go Daddy to buy my domain names.
I don’t use them to host my site as there are better options available.
Hostgator is my provider of choice. I’ve used them for years and always found their customer support to be excellent.
I used WordPress to create this website.
I purchased the Divi theme from Elegant Themes. What I love most about this theme is that it has plenty of features which means I have scope to change my website as my business grows.
I use a computer program called Norton Internet Security, developed by Symantec Corporation. It provides malware prevention and removal and uses signatures and heuristics to identify viruses.
You can buy it as a download or boxed Compact Disc (CD) copy.
I use Aweber. They have great customer support and were voted the top email marketing service provider in PC Magazine’s 2016 Business Choice Awards.
If you want a free option then I’d suggest that you take a look at Mailchimp.
I use Paypal for receiving payments from customers.
Strip is another option that is becoming increasingly popular.
Day to Day Calendar
I use a Google calendar as I can access this from my laptop or my phone.
Document Creation & Sharing
I use Google Docs to create the welcome gifts on my site.
I’ll either use Google Docs or Dropbox to share documents and photos. I store my welcome gifts inside of my host provider.
Online Calendar (to schedule appointments)
Having an online calendar is a life saver. It saves so much time as there is no need to play email tennis with your clients.
They simply access your calendar, via a link you provide, and book in a time that suits them.
I use Calendly as it syncs with my Google Calendar so there are no double bookings. Also, my client can select the time zone that they are in so they see the available times in their time zone (not mine!).
Acuity is another great option that I’ve tested.
After I had researched different options I wrote a blog post which you might find useful. You can read it here > > >
I’m a photographer and use Lightroom to edit my photos.
When I’m creating an image that I want to put text on I use Picmonkey as it’s very simple to use.
Canva is another good option.
If you want to buy stock images, fonts, vectors or graphics then head to Creative Market. Beware! They have so much awesome stuff there that you can lose time very easy.
What is your favourite online tool?
Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are ‘affiliate links.’ This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission.