The perks of being a mom are that you gain a sense of how important organization is, and that’s one of the biggest life lessons that I’ve carried over into my business. Starting an online business can be daunting if you aren’t prepared. In the beginning, I felt lost and overwhelmed with the many overlapping tasks that came along with being a business owner. I didn’t know what tools would be able to help me manage my business let alone grow my business. We’ve all heard the saying “it takes money to make money”, but I was on a mission to spend less and make more so that I could experience financial flexibility in the future.
Here are 7 FREE tools that every new Mompreneur should know about:
Google Docs: The OG organizational tool! When I first started my business and began gaining clientele, Google Docs helped me to stay organized. Some of my favorite features are being able to save word and excel files so that I can access them from anywhere and from any device. I also love the auto-save feature because I never have to worry about losing work. Lastly, it gives you the ability to share work and collaborate with others using the same doc. It’s a great place for brainstorming and to gain live feedback.
Trello: If you can’t function without a to-do-list or calendar, this tool will help put your busy mind at ease. Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. I’ve never had more fun organizing and prioritizing projects in my life! Trello allows you to create teams (i.e. marketing, events, catering, decorations, and photography) so that you can complete tasks faster. Included features like comments, attachments, and due dates help you to cross-collaborate as your team grows.
Feedly: This tool happens to be one of my favorites! I work in an industry that is forever evolving, it is impacted by social media, trends, popular beliefs, impressions, CTR’s, and so much more. Feedly helps me to stay abreast of all the topics that matter to me and they’re all in one place. It’s like having my own personal feed of publications, blogs, YT channels, Keyword alerts, and Tweets so that I am always aware of what’s happening in my social sphere. This helps me to curate relevant content that is timely. This tool ultimately helps me to increase my expertise and keeps me on top of all the insights I need to be successful in business.
Hootsuite/Buffer: Both tools are incredibly convenient for social media scheduling. Social media plays a large role in the success of your business whether it be online or service based. Scheduling your social media post will cut planning time in half and it will increase your overall engagement with your audience. Both of these tools are easy to use and provide analytic overviews that help you to improve your overall social media marketing strategy.
Canva: It is 2019 and if you aren’t using Canva finish reading this and explore its benefits today. You no longer have to be an experienced graphic designer to produce quality work. Canva makes it easy for you to create anything from a business card to a resume. It is a one-stop shop for everything you’ll need to make your business stand out.
CoSchedule Headline Analyzer: All bloggers know how important headlines are! Well, this tool helps to score your headline/title so that you can get the best ranking on your SEO.
Grammarly: Proofreading can be a ‘SNITCH’ and we don’t always have the money to hire a copywriter or an editor to proofread our work. I learned about Grammarly in college and boy did it help contribute to the multiple A+ research papers I received (pats self on the back). This great tool helps to catch any grammar mistakes and allows your work to look professional.
At the beginning of my business venture, these tools really helped to get me off to a great start. Not only did my business look and feel professional and well thought out but it didn’t cost me a dime! Although these tools are free, many of them have premium plans that you can budget into your monthly expenses as your business grows. I still use several of these tools simply because they have become a part of my daily business routine and they help me to manage multiple tasks all from one tool or app.