23 Must Have Online Business Tools for Creative Entrepreneurs
I am often asked what online business tools I use and recommend. I've put together a list of my best resources to create, manage and grow your online business.
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Evernote. Keep track of everything. Collect, nurture, and share ideas across desktop and mobile platforms.
Dropbox. File sharing between users, computers, etc. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and keep your files safe.
Freemind. Mindmapping software.
Gmail. The BEST email for dealing with spam & deliverability. Get an account!
Google Reader. Reader for all your RSS Feed's – beats email!
Bust a Name. Brainstorm Domain Name & Get Discount on Purchase.1 and 1. Domain registrar, very inexpensive!
1 and 1. Domain registrar, very inexpensive!
Hostgator. Web Hosting, allows multiple domains for one price
ThriveThemes. Blazingly fast WordPress themes, templates and plugins, built to get more traffic, more subscribers, more clients and more customers for you.
Flickr: Creative Commons. Great source for images. Make sure you attribute source and link back to artist's page!
Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). Amazon S3 is low-cost storage for online data: video, audio, images, files, etc.
Teleseminar & Webinar Resources
Instant Teleseminar. 250 Guest Line & 2,000 webcast streaming, Replay & Download, Scheduling. Also has capacity for Skype access.
Zoom. Webinar & recording service. Unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and cross-platform group chat into one easy-to-use platform.
Audacity. Free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, and other operating systems.
Free Conference Pro. Bridgeline includes control panel, recording, 24/7 access, custom recording, # of callers.
Get Response Email Marketing. Automate your email marketing! Includes time-based and action-based autoresponders.
Canva. Create fabulous graphics for your social media posts. Makes design simple for everyone: blog graphics, presentations, Facebook covers, flyers, posters, invitations and more.
PicMonkey. Editing your photos is easy with PicMonkey! Add filters, frames, text, and effects to images with our free online photo editing tool!
Unsplash. Do whatever you want free high-resolution photos.
The Stocks. Royalty free stock photos, videos, icons, etc.
Social Media Resources
Hootsuite. Enhance your social media management with Hootsuite, the leading social media dashboard. Manage multiple networks and profiles.
Later. Upload and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer or mobile phone. Search and repost other Instagram posts and manage multiple Instagram accounts.
Paypal. Accept payments, set up products, use as your shopping cart. Upgrade to business account.
On some of my recommendations, I may earn a small commission. There is no additional cost to you, and it is a way to help subsidize the work I do. I often provide additional training resources on these products in my learning library.
About the Author
Adela Rubio writes and speaks on awakening your creative essence with the power of collaboration and community. She’s hosted 20+ Women’s Writing Circles, 30-Day Adventures, and Telesummits.