Resource Tools You Can Use

The Tools & Technology To Run Your Business

Resources

Lions, and tigers, and tools, oh my!

When it comes to software and technology, there is no shortage of tools available for you to spend your hard-earned money on.  As a result, it can be easy to blow a lot of your profit by simply purchasing too many tools or selecting the wrong ones. 

So to save you some time and money, we put together a gigantic list of the various tools that we recommend and use to run our 3 businesses.

 

Tom & Ariana here.

We see soo many people get caught up and confused with which tools to purchase an which ones to avoid.

In fact, one time when we were auditing a client’s business, we ended up saving them $1,000+ a month by cutting out tools that they didn’t need.

We are big fans of using technology to help systematize and automate your business, so we want to help you get the most bang for your buck with the tools that you invest in.

Storage & Organization

Staying organized is a key piece of running an efficient business.  Paperwork all over your desk or electronic files all over the place make it harder to work efficiently and difficult to find things when you need them.  So this section is all about tools to store your files and keep your organized.

Dropbox

Dropbox. I can’t even tell you how much Dropbox has become a part of our lives! We use it for storing any & every file we have, be it one of the many business documents to all of our family photos. If you start off on the right foot, and use main folders & subfolders, a naming & date system, Dropbox will help you become the MOST organized entrepreneur ever!

Now I must state, that while we do use Google Drive for some things (sharing files publicly) we prefer Dropbox as their desktop app is much more our style, and they have an auto-restore option if you ever delete a document by accident.

Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage when you sign up, which is a great deal! Or you can pay $99/year for 1TB (<– we obviously use that one)

Cloud Storage
Free or $99/year 

 

Evernote

Behind Dropbox, Evernote is a close second to my most favorite app ever 😂 Think of it like the COOLEST notebook ever, that never runs out of pages, allows for categorized “sections” within it, and syncs across all of your devices.
Yeap. Tom & I use Evernote for a LOT. Ideas, typing up pretty much anything we need in our business (FB posts, emails, lists, notes, blogs, I could go on) and we never lose it as it constantly backs up to the cloud! Not to mention you can record notes with it, take pictures of whiteboards, use the Chrome plugin to automatically save PDFs and Screenshots.

 

Virtual Notebook
Free or $35/year (Pro Version)

Websites

Staying

 

 

Siteground (Website Hosting)

By far one of the best switches we made for our businesses was moving our website hosting over to Siteground (see “Why We Switched From Bluehost”). Their lowest plan is only $3.95 a month with free backups, and they offer add-ons if you need extra services.

They’ve got great customer service (huge plus!) and I personally have been able to go in and set up some pretty techie stuff from their how-to demos. They do also offer domain name registration, but Tom & I prefer to use NameCheap for that as it’s easier if we ever decide to switch hosting services.

Website Hosting
$3.95/month

WordPress w/ Divi Theme

There are a lot of free website options on the market today, but we have always stuck by WordPress (it’s literally a 1 click install from within Siteground). It’s free, it’s extremely customizable (themes, plug-ins, integrations with other tools, etc. And most of all it can GROW WITH YOUR BUSINESS.
And by FAR our favorite theme for all of our WP sites is Divi. Beautiful, clean, easy to use page builder with drag & drop, you can pretty much create whatever you need for your website. You can purchase 1-time use (can continue to use it but it doesn’t include updates) or lifetime use. We currently use it on ALL of our websites!
Website Content Management System & Theme
$89/year or $249/lifetime

Task & Project Management

Staying

 

 

Social Media

Staying

 

 

Security

Stayi

 

 

Sales & Marketing

Staying

 

 

Scheduling & Calls

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Legal & Accounting

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