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.
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, I’m a self confessed courseaholic. Know that these are, in my opinion, the creme de la creme.
If you are on the fence about joining and want some honest, upfront answers to your questions about either of them, contact me! Let me know what you hope to get and where you are in your business and I’ll tell you if it’s the right thing for you.
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)
Stu McLaren’s TRIBE – hands down this was the best course experience I have ever had. Tribe is all about building membership sites and Stu is a genius at making the learning fun and actionable. He only launches once a year but if you are interested in starting a membership site (think recurring income) grab his free handbook to get you thinking.
Lucky Bitch Bootcamp – Money mindset program
On a scale of not woo-woo to completely woo, I am probably a skeptical 3. That said, this program opened my eyes to a lot of things and to the money blocks I had. Yes, they are real! If you are a fellow skeptic or you just want to know more, check out this post. You can also watch the interview I did with Denise here.
Marie Forleo’s B-school – Online business program.
For me, this was 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 Wonder Mom Success Club 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 an
Again, because it’s cloud 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. 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.
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. If you are a coach and need more that one appointment type upgrade and you can also take payments through their system too.
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. I have moved most of my business over here now, I love the flexibility and ease of use, I can share tables with my VA and templates with my clients. If you need anything organizing, I recommend trying it out.
Amazon S3 – cloud storage. (paid but
Why not Dropbox?
Social Bee– Social Media Scheduling Tool (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 – Graphic editing tool. 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 – Social Media Graphics Tool. 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
You can also save your templates making it even quicker to whip up new artwork and posts images.
YouTube – the alternative is Vimeo, which is prettier if I’m honest but YouTube is a part of the Google so integration works better. 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 Service 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! Their tutorial expert Marcin is also a guest expert in The Wonder Mom Success Club where he talks about the common mistakes people make with email marketing and how to create emails that your readers love.
Screenflow – Video Editing Software. 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!
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. 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 – Video Recording In The Cloud.
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.
Namecheap – this is where I buy my domain names (URL), 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 separately.
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 quiet spot to record from. You can also screw in a tripod if you don’t want to use it at desktop 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 taxman will appreciate it but I don’t really care!