Here’s a list of every tool, website and piece of software I use to run my business!
Canva is a free graphic creation tool for those of us that don’t want to pay for Adobe Photoshop. It’s an online-based tool so no download required to use. There are literally hundreds of free templates to use to make creating you next blog or social media image hassle-free. Use it here
Digital Ocean is a provider of cloud servers and resources to allow you to run software in the cloud. I use this platform to host multiple web servers for hosting my clients’ websites. It’s really great and means you can control your whole infrastrucutre and not have to share server space with thousands of other websites! Check it out here for a FREE $100 credit to use in your first 2 months with them.
I tend to write a lot of code, be it for clients or for personal projects, and so having a GUI to manage my code repository makes life considerably easier. I use GitKraken’s free version to manage code and changes and, whilst I don’t use it, they have a feature call Gitkraken Boards which functions very similar to Trello. Check it out here
Google Drive not only gives you access to free online storage but also to a free set of office tools. You can create and share all the documents you’re used to with Microsoft Office but without the cost. It’s an online-based tool and you just need a Google account to use. Check it out here
Toogl is the time-tracking tool of choice for a lot of virtual assistants and I’m no different. You can tag each task to certain clients and even break those down further by project. At the end of the project or specific time period simply download a pdf report of the time logged against your client and send along with your invoice. Use Toggle here
Wave is a great tool for tracking your income and expenses as a small business owner. Create personalised invoices with your logo and company details with ease. You can also use it to general vat return totals if you’re registered for vat and need this. The dashboard shows you what’s outstanding and how much profit/loss you’ve made to date. Use Wave here