3 Tools I Use Every Day to Run My Business
Running an online business is real hard, you guys. And when you're trying to go it alone and there are one billion + one tasks on your to-do list, it makes running your business even more of a challenge. Luckily there are tons of tools you can use to help you be more efficient, stay organized and hopefully keep a single shred of your sanity. This week I'm sharing 3 online tools that I love and use everyday to help run my business smoothly.
1. Project Management: Asana
I've been using Asana for project management for over 5 years now and still love it. If you're an avid list-maker and love checking off tasks, then you might want to give Asana a try because it's essentially a giant to-do list. It's a free, online system that allows you to create projects and create lists inside those project. You can invite others to your projects, assign tasks to them and even add due dates.
For myself, I organize each project by client name and then put all the tasks we'll need to complete for their package in order so I just have to go down the list until we're finished. You can also add notes to each task + put all the info you need right in there so you can close your email tab for a hot second. And I have to say that it is SOOOO satisfying getting to check each item off as you finish.
2. File Backup & sharing: Dropbox
Dropbox is an online storage system that is great for backing up all your files and sharing them. It's amazing because you can install the app right to your computer so it actually appears just like any other folder. You can organize files inside that folder just like you would regularly and they'll be synced to your Dropbox account so you can access them anytime + from anywhere.
You can also share files with other people by sending them a special link -- which is great when you need to transfer a bunch of design files for someone's new brand! You can get a free account but a few years ago I sprung for the paid Pro account and it has made my life so much easier. I now have all my files backed up at all times so I don't have to worry about losing my work anymore.
3. Website: Squarespace
The platform that I prefer for both myself and my clients to build websites on is Squarespace. It's one of the easiest and most user-friendly services that I've found, but it still allows you to do so much while other web builders tend to kind of keep you in a box. Squarespace is a page builder, which means that you can simply drag + drop your images right in and see your page layout as you're building it.
You can do as little or as much as you want with your Squarespace site because the templates are totally gorgeous to begin with. But it's also got the flexibility to customize your site so it's truly unique to your brand and business.
Have you tried any of these tools? Do you have any other favorite online tools that I need to know about??