One of the questions I am asked frequently is “what apps do you use in your business?”. Like you, I’m always on the lookout for new tools and resources I can use to help me increase productivity and run my business.
Note: While I use and recommend all of these resources listed, none of these are affiliate links nor do I receive any compensation for recommending them. Not even a high-five or an “atta boy”. I’m just sharing with you what I use in my business.
MyFitnessPal – This one is for the personal side of my life, but I feel you have to take care of yourself so you can take care of your business. This handy app tracks your calories and will let you know how much weight you’re on track to lose. It has all of the major restaurants and food companies so you don’t have to guess on the calories anymore.
Mint – Use this to track your finances, spending habits, and see where you’re spending (or wasting) most of your money. There’s an app for your phone but they also have a great website you can login to.
Kindle – I know it sounds crazy, but I’ll often read books on my iPhone through the Kindle app. I have the iPhone 6+ so that helps, haha. I read 2-3 books a week and this one of the ways I’m able to do that. It’s convenient to use it to read a few chapters while waiting for the kids to finish ball practice or dance class.
Rise – This handy little app wakes me up every morning. There are a lot of alarms and reminders out there, but I like this one because it’s simple, clean, and looks great.
Spark – I don’t think I’d own a phone if I couldn’t check my email on it. This app is great because you can “move” an email (swiping left or right) to another day if it’s not urgent. You can also delete emails quickly with just a swipe. I love it.
Wunderlist – This app is my life. I’ve used every to-do list app out there and this is the clear winner. The look and feel is great, and best of all…I can have multiple lists and shared lists. For example, I have my normal business to-do list but my wife and I also have a shared grocery list. (Note: I also use this the desktop version as well)
Google Calendar – Okay, so maybe this app is my life. I schedule everything and this syncs everywhere.
Evernote – All of my business information is stored here. Content ideas, strategies I teach, mindmaps, marketing ideas/campaigns, client progress logs, book writing notes, and anything else you can think of. I’ve been a proud Evernote user since 2009.
Slack – The perfect app for staying in touch with your team. It streamlines communication. I use it for communicating with my team, project partners, and with the mastermind group I’m in.
Audible – For those times when you can’t be bothered to actually read words. You can just listen to them.
DayOne – I believe everyone should journal. There are numerous benefits that come from it but that’s not what this post is about. I prefer a physical journal, you know, pen and paper. But when I’m traveling or in a hurry, this app becomes my go-to.
Starbucks – Duh. If you cut me, I’d bleed caffeine.
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, LinkedIn, Periscope and Pinterest (don’t judge me) – Obviously, I use all of these for getting my message out and communicating with my audience.
Spotify – I enjoy listening to music while writing. There just isn’t a better app for this than Spotify.
Uber – Use this to get around when you’re traveling. No more waiting for a taxi!
TripIt – If you travel, this app is a must. Keeps all of your travel info in one place. It also notifies you of flight delays and gate changes. It’s fun to see how many miles you’ve traveled as well.
TIP: Keep any distracting apps away from your home screen on your phone. This includes Angry Birds.
I primarily use a Mac Book Air for my computer. Outside of the benefits of using a Mac, I prefer the air because I travel a lot. It’s light in my bag and extremely easy to move from place to place. The battery life is also strong.
Skype – I use this for coaching calls and podcast interviews.
Scrivener – Great app for all of you authors out there. Keeps your book organized, stores notes and ideas.
Jumpcut – Ever copy and paste something and then copy something else before you pasted the first thing? Me too. This app prevents you from throwing your computer by storing the last 15 things you copied.
Dictionary/Thesaurus – This is a must have if you type words on the internet. Use it.
Jing – A great tool for recording short screencasts that you can share with anyone. I use this with my team and clients.
Screenflow – You can use this to record and edit videos. It has more bells and whistles than I know how to use, but it’s easy to learn.
Dropbox – Use this for storage of files, videos, and whatever else you need to keep but want out of your way.
Droplr – Makes sharing a screenshot or video super easy.
GOOGLE CHROME EXTENSIONS:
Lastpass – I can’t remember passwords. Ever. Thankfully, I don’t have to remember all of them, just one.
OneTab – Tired of having 42 browser tabs open? Save your battery and use this. It puts all of your open tabs into a nice list in one tab. Brilliant. It also saves your memory thus improving battery life on your computer.
Grammarly – This should be mandatory for the entire internet. It checks your spelling and grammar whenever you’re typing…regardless of what site it is.
Buffer – Easily share articles and content you find might be interesting to your audience.
Bit.ly – Make those long and ugly URL’s easier to share by using this shortener. You can also brand your URL’s.
Like any business owner, I use a list of various services to help us accomplish what we need to do. Here they are:
Ontraport – Database management on steroids. I use Ontraport to manage my email list, process client payments, run follow up sequences, and create marketing funnels. One motto in my business is “if it’s not in Ontraport, it doesn’t exist”. This is how we keep up with all of our contacts.
Leadpages – Great looking, mobile-friendly, landing pages made super easy. I use Leadpages to create sales pages within my sites, as well as landing pages designed to offer lead magnets. I’m not tech-savvy at all. That’s why I LOVE Leadpages.
WordPress – I’m pretty sure all of the internet is built on WordPress. My sites all are.
Google Analytics – The most useful free tool of all time…hands down. See who is visiting your site, how long they’re staying, and so much more. Did I mention it’s free?
InstantTeleseminar – Every two weeks members of my coaching program, The Achievers Alliance, get a live coaching call from me. I present a topic and then take questions. I can easily record and manage it all with InstantTeleseminar. The interface isn’t the prettiest, but it’s reliable and easy to use.
UberConference – Like InstantTeleseminar, this is a great conference line service. I use this to conduct calls with my mastermind group.
Got a few awesome tools or resources you can’t live without? Add yours below so that we all benefit. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to leverage technology.
Note: A few links are affiliate links which means that if you purchase one of these services, the company will send me a commission. That’s not why I mentioned the company. Each company mentioned are tools used daily/weekly in my business.