Are you curious to know the tools that I use to run my online business everyday? Whether I am traveling or at a conference, my business goes on because I have these tools to support my online business.
In this video, I share my top 7 favorite business tools that help me to run my business seamlessly.
When it comes to video conferencing, Zoom is my tool of choice. I use zoom for everything from
recording my podcast to jumping on interviews to jumping on calls with my clients or potential new clients to running webinars to running masterminds.
I used to use Skype, but ever since Skype got bought over by Microsoft, it keeps on crashing on
my laptop. What I really like about Zoom is that I'm able to record the videos and calls without having an external third-party tool the way you would need with Skype.
Zoom's native platform allows you to record the whole conversation just by clicking on a simple button. And if you're like me and you have a podcast, Zoom is great because it allows you to record audio tracks separately.
That is great when it comes to editing your podcast because you can always remove the background noise from both parties because they now come in separate tracks.
Another thing that you can do with zoom is you can also use it to record teaching videos (just like this one!). If you want a simple way to record videos from your computer and you don't have fancy tools and apps, Zoom is a great alternative as it allows you to record videos even if you're not on a call.
Zapier is a tool that integrates all your tools together and helps one tool to talk to the other tool. So for example, after posting on Twitter, you can use Zapier to automatically post that same post on Facebook.
I use Zapier for a lot of things, mostly for my Facebook Messenger chat bots. So for example, if someone were to download a lead magnet inside of my Facebook Messenger chat bot, I use Zapier to capture that email address and send it over to my email software.
All that is done seamlessly and it runs 24/7. I never have to go in and try to do anything manually. So go and check out Zapier and see how you can automate your business using this one tool so that it reduces the amount of time that you spend doing different tasks.
#3: Thrive Architect
Thrive Architect is a great plug-in that I use to create all of my websites. It's a drag-and-drop plug-in that helps you to create these beautiful websites without knowing how to code or HTML or CSS.
I'm able to create all of my landing pages and websites, I'm able to make changes anytime I want just by going into Thrive Architect and using the drag-and-drop function.
The best part of it is you can actually use this tool for a lifetime with just one low price. When I purchased Thrive Architect, with one license you can use it for up to five websites or five domains.
When it comes to email marketing, I use MailerLite. I used to use tools like MailChimp and SendGrid, but I eventually settled on MailerLite because they offer the best bang for your buck. The price is so low yet it gives you the same features that you will get with tools like MailChimp or SendGrid.
One of my pet peeves with businesses is slow customer support, and MailerLite is always fast
with their responses whenever I have issues or I don't know how to use a new feature or I'm trying to do some automation of my emails and I have no idea how to do it.
I just send out a support ticket and they get back to me usually within minutes and never more than 30 minutes.
#5: Google Drive
I run pretty much my entire business on Google Drive. Google Drive is where I place all of my notes, my files, it's where I create all my presentations and all of my documents.
And the reason why I use Google Drive is because I can access Google Drive from any laptop or any phone. Because I'm always on the move and I'm always traveling, when you have an online business, you want to be able to access your notes, your documents, and your contracts no matter where you are or from your phone.
Sometimes I'm off at a conference and I really want to pull out something to show a potential client. All I need to do is to go onto my phone, tap on the Google Drive app and I can access all of my files.
Google Drive is not the only cloud storage platform out there. There's Dropbox and Box as well, so go check out and compare the prices and see what works best for you.
Google Drive gets some flake because they don't have the best privacy when it comes to Google scanning your files and having the ability to actually edit your files, so that might be something
that you might want to think about as well.
I use Evernote to capture all of my notes whether I'm at a conference or I'm out running, and I get a moment of inspiration. I have Evernote on both my laptop and my phone so I make sure I'm capturing all the ideas down as they come. And the best part about Evernote? It's 100% free.
iMovie is a basic video editing software that comes with Mac computers. All of my YouTube videos are edited on iMovie. And while it does not have the fancy features of more expensive video editing software, iMovie works great for what I need and what I'm creating.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chrystabelle is the founder of Chrys Media, a Facebook Messenger marketing agency focused on helping high-ticket service based businesses get more leads, engagement, and increase sales with Facebook Messenger marketing. She is also the host of the Hack Your Online Business podcast.