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Overcome the challenges of working from home

Are you looking for a short-list of tools and apps to help you run your home-based business efficiently?

Being efficient is all about using technology to help you save time, money and be more streamlined in your work. The tools and apps on this page are leaders in their sector. They usually have both browser and mobile versions which sync so that you can use them at your desk or on the go. Many have free versions which is great for homepreneurs.

Download my personal favourites here on a one-page PDF with links to each tools or app:

Efficiency

Trello

Planning browser and mobile app for keeping track of teams, projects and lists. 

Asana

Project management app for teams to keep on track.

Workflowy

For list lovers who like bulleting. Great for management tasks in minute detail.

Wunderlist

Another list management tool to keep your plans organised.

Time recording

Toggl

Toggl is a browser and mobile app which allows you to record project time live or to enter times spent after the event. The paid version creates client reporting.

RescueTime

RescueTime runs in the background on your computer and mobile devises. It tracks time spent on apps and websites to give an accurate picture of your day.

Email service providers

GetResponse

GetResponse is the only email service provider which has webinar software which is fully integrated into its standard package. It comes highly recommended and is easy to set up. Webinar registrants are automatically added to your subscriber list.

ConvertKit

Built with bloggers in mind, this easy to use email service provider allows you to easily segment your subscribers to send them communications tailored to their interests. Includes landing pages and forms

Social media management

Hootsuite

Link up your Facebook profiles, pages & groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram to Hootsuite and schedule posts. Monitor engagement and respond to social media interactions.

Buffer

Buffer allows you to enter your social media updates and to set a schedule for repeated posting.

It works with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram

Meet Edgar

Meet Edgar is a social media scheduling tool which allows you to categorise your posts into topics. The auto-scheduler then reuses your updates depending on the criteria you set.

Video and Audio

YouTube

Largest video search engine which can be used to create and host videos. 

Camtasia

Video and audio editing software for Windows with zoom and pann, call-outs, music, captions, etc.

Lumen5

Turn a blog post into an eye-catching video for use on social media.

Vimeo

Use Vimeo to host and share your videos without any adverts.

Ripl

Easy to use, video animation software to create eye-catching content for social media

Vocaroo

Simple online voice recording and sharing software

Graphics

Canva

An absolute must for all Homepreneurs. Vast library of templates and layouts for brochures, business cards, ebooks.

Pixabay

Collection of free royalty-free photos and graphics for using on and offline.

Jing

Simple screen-capture image and video software from Techsmith.

Integrations

Zapier

Zapier moves information between web apps. A free account allows you to make 5 automations or Zaps as they are called which can run up to 100 times a month.

IFTTT

IFTTT (If This, Then That) is an automation tool which links two apps together to save time.

LeadPages

Create landing pages from a library of templates to allow website visitors to sign up for your downloads, webinar invitations and newsletters.

Saving information

Evernote

Evernote allows you to save and organise research and notes. It has a browser extension for speedy saving of websites and can be synced across multiple devices.

Pocket

Pocket allows you to save web pages, images, and videos from a browser or from other apps such as Twitter,  Pulse or Flipboard. Access even when you are offline

Dropbox

Store and share files in the cloud with Dropbox on a browser and app. Dropbox has multiple different levels of account for individuals and teams for various amounts of data

One Drive

One Drive from Microsoft is another cloud storage app and is part of the Office 365 suite.

Google Drive

Google Drive not only allows you to store Google Docs, Sheets and Slides but also other files.

Time savers

Todoist

Never forget another task with this list tracking app.

Anti-social

Target and block any website so you can remaiin focused on your work without distractions.

News aggregation

Google Alerts

Set up Google Alerts on a topic to receive the latest news from around the web.

Feedly

Source the latest news from your favourite sites and receive keyword alerts

Online Meetings and Webinars

Zoom

Starting with a free version, Zoom is the low-cost alternative to GoToMeeting/Webinar. It is easy to set up and simple for registrants to join in a meeting or webinar.

GetResponse

GetResponse is the only email service provider which has webinar software which is fully integrated into its standard package. It comes highly recommended and is easy to set up. Webinar registrants are automatically added to your subscriber list.

Events

Meetup

Post your events to this widely used international searchable platform. Great for both social and business networking.

Eventbrite

Post your events, sell tickets and use the promotion tools. Payments are collected for a fee. Search for events to attend