My Favorite Business Tools

My Favorite Business Tools

Here is a list of my favorite business tools that I use and I couldn’t do business without. I wanted to share them with you because I love them and they may be beneficial for you in your business, as well! If you have any favorite business tools that you love that I didn’t mention, be sure to leave me a comment and tell me about it! (And just so you know, this post does include some affiliate links. But I only share things that I use and love!)

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My Favorite Business Tools

  1. Planoly – I absolutely LOVE using Planoly for Instagram! I batch my graphics every week, then upload them all to Planoly to schedule throughout the week. While IG doesn’t allow a third party app to actually post for you, it does make it super easy to post when it is time. One of the things I love most about Planoly is the ability to rearrange my scheduled posts on my feed and make it look “pretty” before actually posting. This is a great way to do it if you have a grid and want to keep it looking a certain way! Try it and let me know what you think!
  2. Tailwind – Tailwind is a site/app that I use for Pinterest. I know that I am not using it to it’s full potential, as I am still getting it all figured out, but I love the ability to schedule posts on Pinterest! I don’t always remember to get on and pin consistently, so Tailwind helps do that for me, once I load up the queue. You can also join Tailwind tribes in your niche and share your content there to be shared by others!

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  3. Gsuite – Gsuite is great for email, docs, google drive, calendar, and more. I even have my gmail set up with my domain, so my email address is myname@melissamackey.net. And I love Google drive for creating, storing, and sharing documents. It’s a great way to save things that I want to be able to access from any computer or device. It’s also great for being able to share things between my clients and myself when I am working with them on web design or branding.
  4. Acuity Scheduling – This is an awesome tool for allowing clients to schedule appointments with me, whether it is a free 15 minute clarity call, or my 45 minute paid brand strategy sessions. I can create my calendar based on my schedule and they can choose a time that works for them. I can also ask them to answer some questions when they book to help me know what they are wanting out of the call, and they pay right when they schedule the appointment. And I love that it emails both them and me a reminder the day before!
  5. Zoom – Zoom is a fantastic tool for video conferencing. I often use it when I want to “meet” with a client online and want to be able to see each other and record the video content. You can use it with groups of people as well, and can see each person who is part of the meeting. Being on video is not a requirement, though, for someone who would rather not. You can also mute people other than the speaker so you cut down on background noise and other distractions. It is also free for up to 40 minutes of screen time (I believe).

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  6. Canva – This is a website that I use pretty much every day! I most definitely could not do business without it, because it is how I create all of my graphics! A lot of people use PicMonkey as well, but I prefer Canva for most things. And I love paying for Canva for Business so that I can save my brand colors and fonts. It makes it super easy and quick to create branded graphics for my business! If you need any assistance learning how to use it, just reach out!
  7. Trello – Trello is an awesome tool for all kinds of things, to do lists, content management, project management, and more! I use it for all of the above. You can create boards privately and use them yourself, or you can add others and have team boards. In each board you can add lists and cards and move the cards around. In the cards you can add comments, checklists, upload files, colored labels, due dates, etc. It’s pretty fantastic!
  8. Stock Photos – There are several stock photo sites I like to use, such as Pixabay and Unsplash, but one of my favorites is a monthly subscription one with “girl boss” type photos. Each month I have received 25-50 photos and they are fantastic! Many of the “girl boss business” type photos I use on my blog and social media come from this service. I highly recommend it!
  9. Siteground Hosting and the Divi Theme – As a web designer, these are two of my favorites! Siteground is my favorite site for hosting your website and Divi is my all-time favorite theme! I love how customizable Divi is. I can create all kinds of very different websites!

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What are your favorite business tools to use? Leave a comment and let me know!

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Business Tools I Love

Business Tools I Love

Hi there! Thanks for joining me over here at Melissa Mackey Brand Co! Are you a small business owner, entrepreneur, or direct seller? Do you have certain tools that you use to help your business or social media run more smoothly? Today I wanted to share some of my favorite tools I use for my business!

Business tools I love

My planner. I used to go to Target, buy a cheap planner, then use it once or twice and forget about it. This year I invested in a Passion Planner. I LOVE my new planner! The squares on the monthly view are the perfect size for some post-it notes and I use them to color coordinate and plan my FB posts! It’s a great visual for me to see what kind of variety of posts I am sharing and a great way to plan out my month. Then all I have to do is create the graphics, write, and schedule the posts!

Trello. A new favorite website/app of my is Trello! I LOVE it for keeping track of to do lists, ideas for blog posts or social media posts, communicating with clients, and more! I love how I can move cards around to different lists and I can easily access it from either my computer or my phone. It’s a great way to keep myself organized!

Canva. I use this site ALL the freaking time! Every graphic that I create was created in Canva. It is super easy to use and I can whip graphics out like nobody’s business in minutes! I use the paid feature, Canva for business, so that I can save my branding colors and fonts and access them easily, but the free version works great as well.

Facebook biz page scheduler. Did you know that you can easily schedule posts right from your Facebook business page? Yep! I use it all the time! I often have a week or more of content planned out and scheduled (that is, when I’m on top of things…). It is so convenient and you don’t have to use any outside 3rd party apps! This is only for business pages, so you will need to use a different app/site for groups/events (I suggest either Cinchshare or Post My Party).

Design-seeds is a fantastic resource to research color and different color palettes! Not sure of your brand colors yet? Need some inspiration? Go to this website and get inspiration galore! Those are just a few of my favorite tools that I use. I’m sure that I will be sharing a Part 2 to this post one of these days, because there is so much more that I could share! But on to bigger and better things for now….like designing your website, perhaps? 😉

Share with me in the comments….what are YOUR favorite tools, websites, or apps that you use for your business! Props if you mention one I don’t already know about 🙂

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