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Favorite Resources

People often ask us what we use.  We thought we would share a few of our favorites.  Feel free to ask us any questions about the tools mentioned.  As we continue to try out new tools and stretch the ones we are using we will update this resource.  Please share some of your favorite resources.  

Assessments

DISC (PeopleSoft) – Understand your personality style, the motivational characteristics of your behavioral style, communication dos and don'ts, your strengths and weaknesses as well as an action plan to improve your interpersonal skills.DISC changed my life while in the corporate world.  I immediately started the certification process so that I could share those Aha moments with others. 

Business Systems

DropBox – Dropbox  is a must have when you are a team and need to share files while both working on the same files.  Dropbox is a free service that lets you take all your photos, documents, and videos anywhere and share them.  You can grant others different levels of access.  If you need to share really large files that won’t send as an attachment this is a great resource

 

Quickbooks – If I didn’t have this I would epically fail at accounting. Not only does it produce professional invoices and accepts payments, it can automatically populate your expenses from your business account(s), track time connected to a project AND it’s CRAZY EASY to use. It even has an app that allows you to take pictures of your receipts and record expenses that way, too.

 

Paypal – i have been a user and fan of PayPal since the beginning when using it for eBay purchases.  When I evolved to needing it for business it was a smooth transition.  It is the one place I can go to send money to family, send payments with confidence and to accept payments.  PayPal is FDIC insured and more secure with people’s banking information.

 

LastPass – My sister has been a user a very long time and it has saved our bacon when we needed to find a password from 3 years ago without locking up the system.  I had a spreadsheet with over a 120 passwords.  I know, very secure J  With LastPass, you only have to remember your master password. Save all your usernames and passwords to LastPass, and it will autologin to your sites and sync your passwords everywhere you need them.

Creative/Production

Canva – Canva allows you to create designs for Web or print: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, twitter headers, posters, invitations and more. I have used it to make social media banners/headers, blog titles and to create beautiful backgrounds for inspirational quotes.  

 

Artisan 5 – I was a Creative Memories enthusiast.  When they went out of business it was very easy to convert to Artisan 5 who had created the CM digital scrapbooking software.   It gives me the ability to create almost anything more advanced than Canva.

Email Marketing

Mailchimp – This is a beautiful, fun online email marketing solution to manage contacts, send emails and track results. If you need an attractive user interface and a no-brainer solution to send newsletters and sales emails, this is it. There is a free version and then super affordable packages you can upgrade to as you grow.

Program Delivery

Teachable – Create and sell online courses. Build a beautiful course website and control your branding, student data, and pricing all from one place.

Travel

Expedia – Even if they didn’t have great prices I would be a loyal customer.  They have helped me during two crisis.   They totally canceled our week vacation when I learned my sister had colon cancer (9 year survivor!!) with no charges.  Then they found us a hotel in the middle of the night in Germany during a sustainability conference. Who knew you needed to get reservations ahead of time J    Amazing customer service. 

Virtual Assistants

Fiverr - My experiences with Fiverr have been very good.  I recommend reading the reviews before choosing a gig.  Results I have been the most pleased with have been virtual assistants, writing my bio, brainstorming taglines, and transcription.  

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