By Amanda, Sep 3 2019 03:08PM
Running your own online business can be pretty overwhelming, especially as there are so many different tasks to focus on and, often, just you to do them. You suddenly have to become an expert in everything, from social media and design to project management and leading meetings to name but a few. However, the seemingly endless to-do list can be made a whole lot quicker and easier by using just a few FREE on-line tools, to make running your business smoother and your life a little easier.
Let’s start with the to-do list itself. Do you ever write lists down on a piece of paper or notebook and can’t find it later? Trello is a free app which allows you to organise your projects and tasks. You can create different boards for each project and tick off a task when completed. A great tool to use for staying organised and a great one to manage client projects together, as you add comments, upload file attachments, create checklists, add labels, due dates and more, keeping everything organised and in one place.
Do you need Pinterest graphics? Instagram quote posts? Web design features?
Graphic design features heavily when running an online business and not everyone has the passion or desire to be a designer. Canva is an amazing free tool which makes graphic design one of the easiest parts of running your business. There are templates for social media posts, business documents and much more. Alternatively, you can make your own designs from scratch. I absolutely love Canva!
When you have an online business, it’s likely that some of your clients will not be in the same area as you or won't always have the time to meet face-to-face. That is where Zoom comes in, it’s the go-to platform for video conferencing and webinars for when you are not able to be in the same room as your client.
Planoly is an Instagram management app, where you can plan out your feed, schedule posts, track your analytics and store your hashtags to name but a few. If you are struggling to find the time to post on Instagram everyday on top of everything else, try batch working and schedule a week’s worth of posts to free up time in the week. I love the fact that Planoly lets you plan your grid, this is a great tool especially if you like your Instagram grid to look a certain way.
Hootsuite is another Social Media scheduling tool. You can manage multiple social media accounts, meaning you can schedule from your Hootsuite account to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and YouTube. You can schedule posts to publish hours, days or weeks in advance, saving you so much time and the free version also includes basic analytics.
Most of these tools also have paid versions with extra benefits but you’ll probably find their free versions are good enough for what you need.
Whether you’re just starting out on your online business journey or just looking to make your life simpler, I hope you find these tools useful, I certainly do.
These free tools should make those time-consuming tasks that little bit less stressful and all these tools also have App versions, meaning you can manage them from your phone or tablet too! If you need any help and assistance with any of these tools or with your social media do get in touch I’d love to help you.
Once again big thanks to Megan for her assistance with this article. :)