As you may have read in one of my articles, there is no app for productivity. No so called “productivity app” on the market will magically make you productive despite how many of its great features you utilize. There are, however, great programs, apps, and websites available that when used correctly, can significantly decrease the time it takes you to complete routine tasks and activities. I've added the awesome resources I use to run my business here - in my Productivity Straight Talk Toolbox. Take a glance inside!
*I not only recommend all of the tools below but I also use them in my business daily. Some of the links are affiliate links and whether or not they are, I stand behind my recommendations. I appreciate your support in using the links provided.
Audible is the solution to wanting to read more. As entrepreneurs, we need to consistently feed our minds with knowledge but we don’t always have the time to sit down and read a book. Audible makes it easy to listen to books while driving, working out, or making dinner.
Canva makes graphic design simple for everyone! Many other sites are hard to learn and navigate because they offer an abundance of features an average entrepreneur doesn’t need. Canva’s simple platform enables you to easily create designs for web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations, social media posts, and so much more.
CoachAccountable enables you to easily share notes and action items, track metrics, schedule appointments and reminders, create courses, and facilitate group discussions with your clients.
Dropbox is a file-sharing program that saves me time by keeping my files organized, secure, and accessible on all of my devices including my phone while on the go.
Emerald City Productions helps businesses and thought leaders clarify their message and publish engaging podcasts to create customers who trust them before they buy and can’t wait to tell the world about them. They offer done-for-you podcasting solutions, strategy, and guided education for people who want to podcast, in addition to complete production packages for people who are already podcasting.
This premium habit tracker sends you reminders to engage in desired behaviors or not engage in negative behaviors at your chosen times. It tracks your success and can help you organize your life by giving you an overview of everything you need to do on a regular basis.
Last Pass offers secure, online password management. If you’re always looking for your login and passwords, you’re wasting valuable time! Last Pass is the solution you have been waiting for to organize your passwords securely and share them with your staff.
I use Later to schedule and manage all of my Instagram posts efficiently. Later visually displays what I have scheduled, thus making it clear what I need to schedule next.
Libsyn is a one-stop shop for your podcast hosting needs. It features publishing tools, media hosting and delivery, RSS for Apple Podcasts and iTunes, and stats – everything you need to get out into the world and start publishing your podcast recordings.
Loom takes delegating to a new level by enabling you to quickly record whatever you’re seeing or doing on your screen then share it instantly with a simple link. You can capture your screen, record your front-facing camera, and narrate your video all at once. I’ve used it mostly for short-cutting explanations and sharing them with my team.
Ontraport is a unrivaled visual marketing automation and reporting platform. It is the only platform that shows how your entire business works on a single campaign map, not just how a single email performed or page converted. Ontraport also features groundbreaking technology that projects the impact from changes you make in your campaigns, thus aiding you in making better data-based decisions.
I use Microsoft Outlook to manage my emails, calendar, contacts, and tasks. It’s a single program that provides all of the small business essentials.
PayPal provides a fast, safe way to send money, make an online payment, receive money, and set up a merchant account.
I highly recommend the online version of QuickBooks accounting software. I waited way too long to upgrade and now that I did, my accounting has never been so efficient. Some of my favorite features are online payments from clients, auto-syncing transactions which means no data entry, and my profit and loss appearing on the dash board every time I open the program.
RocketBook is a magical notebook that works in conjunction with its app to crop and enhance each page of your notebook, transforming them into digital notes that are more crisp and vibrant than the real thing.
ScheduleOnce is an online scheduling solution that eliminates the back and forth emails to find a mutually agreeable time to meet with clients. Just email a link or post one on your website to allow clients access to your calendar.
Text Expander is a short key generator that enables you to create short codes to expand text. What is more inefficient than typing the same long phrase or business name multiple times a day? Nothing if you ask me. I never realized how much time I was wasting typing my name, title, and email address: Amber De La Garza, The Productivity Specialist, [email protected]t.com until I tried Text Expander. Now I can type all of them using eight keys total instead of 80! I also use it for template emails and common replies to emails.
A business toolbox in itself, Thrive Themes helps you build beautiful websites without a single line of code. That means no more pricey website designers who nickel and dime you for every little edit. The program includes their full suite of WordPress Plugins that work seamlessly together, courses, templates, content, and unlimited support.
Trello is a system of digital boards, lists, and cards you and your team can customize to manage all of your different projects and tasks. You can add comments, labels, and due dates, create checklists, attach files, and more. Trello makes project management logistics a breeze.
Voxer is a powerful push-to-talk app that acts like a walkie talkie and enables secure, real-time communication. No having to dial numbers or text messages. Just push the button to connect. I use it to stay in sync and communicate effortlessly with my team.
Wavve is a technology that enables you to share audio from your podcast, music, and recordings as videos on social media using visible sound waves laid over your images. Utilizing Wavve cards can improve engagement and increase listens.
Zapier is like glue for your apps. The program seamlessly connects the apps you use every day, enabling them to talk to each other and put workflows into action automatically with a just a few clicks.
Zoom is a video and web conferencing service that makes your online meetings and mobile collaboration friction-less. I personally use it for all of my virtual meetings, one-on-one coaching sessions, group coaching sessions, and webinars.
*I not only recommend all of the tools above but I also use them in my business daily. Some of the links are affiliate links and whether or not they are, I stand behind my recommendations. I appreciate your support in using the links provided.
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*I not only recommend all of the resources above but I also use them in my business daily. Some of the links are affiliate links and whether or not they are, I stand behind my recommendations. I appreciate your support in using the links provided.