This is it…
This is everything that I use or have used to build my business!
I often get asked which apps or software I use and what I recommend so I thought it was about time I put together a resources page for you!
Now, to be completely transparent, some of these links are affiliate links, which means I will get some kind of payment if you go and buy something from clicking through the link, it won’t cost you anything but might buy me a coffee or a well-deserved bar of fancy chocolate!
These are all products that I use and recommend, I’m only sharing the things I really love!
I have done a shedload of courses but these are the two that really stand out for me. If you are on the fence about joining and want some honest, upfront answers to your questions about either of them, contact me!
I Have talked about other courses and programs I’ve taken in the past and I’m happy to share what I got out of them. I have yet to invest in a course where I have learnt nothing at all but there are some that weren’t the right fit for me (that doesn’t mean it won’t be a good fit for you)
Lucky Bitch Bootcamp – This is, hands down my favourite program that I have invested in. It has made a huge difference to me, my family and my business and
Marie Forleo’s B-school was also a game changer. The content is great but more than that the community rocks. I finally found people like me! Who knew that they existed? Finding a tribe of like-minded people is key to your success. B-school has grown considerably since I joined up, amazing friendships have been formed and business partnerships have been made.
Sold Out Launch with Bushra Azhar. This woman is a genius! I LOVE everything she put out and her Sold Out Launch system is worth every penny. She is also one of the guest experts in The Kaizen Revolution. The SOL system has everything and I mean EVERYTHING for launching your business. She doesn’t have an affiliate scheme but if you do decide to join, please drop her or Tara a quick email and tell them I sent you, cheers!
Software, Apps, Plugins and all that jazz…
Gmail – I love me a bit of gmail! I have numerous email accounts but I have them all set up so they all go through one mail gmail account. From the one account I have everything filtered and I can send out emails that look like they come from my biz accounts. All very simple and everything is in one place.
Google Drive – I use this more as a data storage system, I prefer to write guest posts and the such here. I used slides for presentation and making pretty PDFs (easier than Docs). I also use Sheets for basic account keeping and tracking my sales/social media stats etc. Forms are brilliant for questionnaires, you can design the form to match your branding and there are numerous types of question plus
Again, because it’s closed based, it doesn’t matter which device I am using, everything is up to date.
Google Cal – If google cal ever dies, I’m quitting! This app keeps me sane. Log into your gmail account I have calendars for work, school, holidays, blog posts, launches, travel… having everything in ONE place keeps my mind and life organized. I can set up reminders and recurring events easily and have a digest of what’s happening for the day delivered to my inbox first thing every morning. Everything syncs including my husband’s calendar and my scheduler Calendly
Google Keep – I have only recently started using this but I already like it! It’s easier for those quick to grab notes that you need on the go. As I use this more I’ll update here but like the other Google apps, it’s clean and easy to use.
With the Google service you can upgrade and pay but as of
Calendly – scheduler, used for booking in clients and setting up podcast interviews. Clean and easy to use and integrates beautifully with google cal. You can use the service for free if you only want one kind of appointment set up.
AirTable – Part spreadsheet, part database Airtable is used to organise your work, projects, members or client lists, calendars etc.
It is super flexible and integrates with all the big players.
Amazon S3 (paid but
Why not Dropbox?
Social Bee– (paid) Holy Smoley, Social Bee really is the
I have very few posts that are individually scheduled to go out, most run on the library systems and the main scheduler. So I might have Montessori posts going out on a Monday at
Photoshop – I first used Photoshop way back when in uni. It has come a long way since then. There is quite a learning curve and I recommend taking some kind of course to learn the basics, it’s a very powerful bit of software. You can now get it with the Adobe Creative Cloud, I haven’t taken the plunge yet but as I am several editions behind, it’s just a matter of time…
Stencil App – I know a lot of people love Canva but I am not one of them. I find it glitchy as hell and often I download something and the text has moved. What I do LOVE is Stencil. You can resize your images really quickly – great when you are making social media posts.
They also have over 1 MILLION FREE stock images and icons. I use Stencil EVERY day, it is so simple and quick, I can’t imagine going back to C
YouTube – the alternative is Vimeo, which is prettier if I’m honest but YouTube is a part of the Google so integration works better. I use it for hangouts, my webinar software streams through it, posting tutorials and videos etc. If you want to monetise your channel then you really need to spend some time and learn how to set it all up properly and how to set up your videos to maximise their potential.
Mailerlite – Email provider. I have recently moved over to Mailerlite because I had outgrown Mad Mimi (whom I still love) but they don’t have the systems I need for a growing business.
So far I have found Mailerlite incredibly easy to use, even if you are not techie, you will be able to do it! You will get $20 credit using this link!
Screenflow – I have a Mac which comes with
Do it now before everything goes wrong and if you are with Bluehost, move ASAP I have heard so many horror stories like mine about them!
If you are new to hosting then google EIG
Is it secure? The way I look at it, it is in their best interest to keep their site secure, their business relies on it and it is probably a whole lot safer than me trying to remember a squillion different passwords or being daft enough to use the same on all sites – a hackers dream come true!
ColorZilla – another chrome extension, allows you to easily pick up colours from your screen, handy when doing graphics work.
Tailwind – this is a Pinterest scheduler. It doesn’t have a looping feature which would be handy and you do need to sit down and schedule posts out but it can be done in a couple of hours. You can get your first month free if you sign up here
Loom – I can’t even express how much I love Loom, it is just fab! It is for recording your screen or yourself or both! And it records straight to the cloud so the recording is available immediately, no uploading and downloading! I joined when it was in beta and they keep adding new features, at the moment it is free but paid feature will be coming.
Ecamm live is brilliant if you do a lot of Facebook lives. You can share your screen, schedule your lives, add text, images and video to your live and when you are done, send the video straight over to YouTube to repurpose! For a one-off payment, it is well worth the investment. I have also used Ecamm for Skype for years with zero complaints!
Namecheap – this is where I buy my domain names, I’m a bit of a domain hoarder when I think of a great name I will buy it even if I don’t know what to do with it yet! I recommend getting the WHOIS protection too for your privacy. It is also recommended to keep your domain and hosting separate.
Camera – Pentax K-50 DSLR and yes, it really is bright pink! I do use my
Techie stuff for doing biz on the go! I use an
Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Microphone (Chrome) – Love this mic, the legs fold up and it comes in a bag so it’s easy to take with you. The sound quality is great if you have a quite spot to record from. You can also screw in a tripod if you don’t want to use it at desk top level.
MT tape – some people (namely my husband) would say I have too much MT tape but I would have to disagree! This is basically fancy masking tape but there are a million and 1 ways to use it including making the receipts in your account’s folder look pretty. No, I’m not sure if the tax man will appreciate it but I don’t really care!