I am a solopreneur. For those of you who are not familiar with this term, it means I am the CEO, the executive, customer care representative, intern, the IT guy, basically everything. So, it's very important for me to have tools and resources that help me manage everything without going crazy.
I believe in automating as much work as possible which allows me to focus on the creative aspects of blogging and to connect with my readers.
I use a lot of tools and resources to keep my work manageable. So, today I thought I'd share with you some of my favorites, and if you are a solopreneur like me, I hope this helps you in some way.
My new best friend is this great dictation tool. It allows me to get my thoughts down in writing and works brilliantly to get the first draft out. It has many features that enable you to sync your writing on multiple devices which are great when you have thoughts on the go that you want to capture.
It's not a free tool and requires quite a bit of investment. But that's just it; you should look at it as an investment because you get a lot of use out of it.
Google Drive is a great option for sharing and storage. I mostly use it to store big files so that they don't take up too much space on my laptop. It's also a good option when you have to share a big size image with someone without having to compromise its high quality.
It's free and easily synced on all your devices enabling you to work from anywhere.
I use Google calendar for everything, and I mean everything. My personal, as well as professional appointments, go here. I also use it to plan and schedule my blogs, writing sessions, social media, exercise time, lunch breaks, absolutely everything. I am a type A person who needs to plan things out, and Google calendar helps me do that.
It's also free with your Gmail account.
Teamwork is a project management tool that I use when I am working with the team on a project. It is simple to use and takes very little time to get familiar with its features. You can add team members and assign them tasks, and it also allows you to upload files which can be viewed and downloaded by other team members.
The basic version is free and a good place to start if you have a small or temporary team.
We all use social media for our businesses. It's the easiest way to connect with your readers, clients, potential clients. I am not a big fan of spending too much time on social media. So, I sit one day and schedule most of my posts for Instagram and Twitter for a week or 10 days or even a month. This allows me to spend time actually engaging with people, replying to comments, and commenting on the posts of my followers.
The basic version is free which allows you a certain number of free posts to schedule.
These are my five favorite tools and resources that I can't do without.
Earlier I had done another post on tools for #bossgirls which I think would also help if you are looking for some suggestions. I also wrote an article a while back about apps that help you nail work-life balance, which frankly we all need.
I would love to hear from you what are your favorite tools that you cannot work without. So, leave me a comment below and let's get the conversation started.