Sometimes half the battle is finding the right tool for the job.
This is, hands down, your most frequently asked question. So, I wanted to create a ridiculously useful resource to help you out.
a little okay, a lot addicted to trying new toys. But that’s good new for you, because it means I’ve tested and refined my toolbox for many, many years.
More than anything, I want to be a resource to you. If anything on this list saves you from hair-pulling and head-bashing frustration, I would love to know about it.
Which makes this yet another trifecta of win.
One more temporary note: This list is a hot mess right now! I’ll get it formatted all pretty with images and descriptions soon. I also plan on writing a blog post about one of these tools a couple times each month. In the meantime, I didn’t want my perfectionism to keep you from the links. So, here they are all messy and linky.
Staying on top of things
Time Trade + Google Calendar, TeamBox + the TeamBox for Gmail add-on, Google Docs
Basecamp, Highrise, HelloFax, Windows Fax & Scan
For the Benjamins
Freshbooks, PayPal, WePay, Square, Outright, TurboTax
Communications & Meeting Tools
G-mail + Boomerang, Rapportive, Canned Responses, Skype, Google Voice, Vsnap, Mailchimp, Facebook Groups, Facebook Events
Meetingburner, EventBrite, UberConference, Vyew, Calliflower, SlideRocket, SlideShare
The Website Backend
WordPress (on your own server) + WooThemes Canvas, W3Schools Online Web Tutorials for when I can’t seem to remember how to link to an image or any other html specifics
Nathan Briggs’s site security magics + Carol Newbill’s WordPress Tweaking Fu at 2FishWeb Design
My Fave Plugins: Premise, PhotoDropper, “Tweet, Like, Google+1 and Share”, LiveFyre Comments, The Events Calendar, Pinterest RSS
Making & sharing presentations: SlideRocket, SlideShare, Pixlr, Picmonkey
Finding inspiration, photos & graphic elements: The Vandelay Design Blog, Flickr’s Creative Commons Search, The Stock Exchange, SubtlePatterns
Biz Cards & Other Printing
MooCards, uPrinting, VistaPrint
Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, MeetUp, Ning Communties
Managing Social Media: Buffer, Hootsuite, “If this, then that”, INK361, TweetGrid
Dropbox, Box.net, Skydrive, G Drive, Amazon S3, Springpad, Evernote
StayFocused, SimplyNoise, WorldTimeBuddy, LastPass, Ommwriter, Thesaurus.com
All Around Good Stuff
National Association for Self Employed, FreelanceSwitch’s Rate Calculator
Spotify, Netflix, PlayOn, The kid should see this, YouTube Playlists, Words With Friends
For my PC
Software: Chrome, FileZilla, Camtasia, VLC Open Source Media Player, Windows Movie Maker
Safety: SpyBot Search & Destroy AVG Anti Virus, SuperAntiSpyware
I just realized I don’t quite have the 100 recommendations I promised you! I’d love to hear your suggestions. Especially if you have suggestions for Macs, iPads, mobile apps and audio/video tools….which I’m sorely lacking. Just email them to me and we’ll get this list over 100 in no time.
If you have a question about something on this list, I’d love to hear it. Maybe I’ll even answer it in a future blog post.