business operations

Running a business requires tools. Period. But, some are better and more economical than others. These tools and resources are ones I use everyday in my business.

Recommended Tools

Pay Pal

When it comes to payment processors, PayPal for Business is the way to go. First, you can offer a convenience for your customers at checkout, offering them the options of paying via credit card or PayPal. With a 2.9% or lower + $0.30 per transaction fee, it edges out the competition by also offering no monthly fee. Simple checkout buttons or fully customized online checkouts can also be used depending on your business. LEARN MORE



Acuity Scheduling

Managing your business is a lot of work. Whenever possible, it’s always a good idea to automate, right? Acuity Scheduling should be at the top of your list for managing your schedule,period. It offers a beautiful user experience while handling the scheduling and payment processes for your business. LEARN MORE



Harvest Billing

After my first year of business, I started examining my time spent each month on creating time reports and invoicing each month. I realized I could save two steps by using Harvest Billing. Not only does it allow me to track my time, it also allows me to seamlessly add my team members into my client projects to track their time. With Harvest, I was able to take three steps out of my billing process. Plus, it integrates with Quickbooks online, saving a ton of time. Worth every penny (and then some!). LEARN MORE



Toggl

This tool is perfect for tracking time on any project. It’s extremely easy to use, thus also making it simple for your team to use. With Toggl, you can also create time reports both detailed or in a summary format. Best part? It’s free for teams up to 5 and the paid option is simply $5 per month per user. Perfect for any budget. LEARN MORE



LastPass

Tired of trying to remember all your passwords? This tool is a no-brainer if you seek secure password management across all your devices. I most especially like that I can share certain passwords with team members and clients also. LastPass has both free and paid options and will truly simplify your life. LEARN MORE

Check out Life Hacker's Beginner's Guide to Setting Up LastPass

Quickbooks Online

Running your business requires bookkeeping – no way around it. Make your life easier and take care of all your accounting in one location that lives in the cloud so you can work on any device, anywhere. Stay in sync with your bank and payment processors like Pay Pal; track expenses, send professional invoices and even see your Profit & Loss and Balance Sheets. LEARN MORE



ConvertKit

I was a MailChimp user for many years, and after working with clients in Infusionsoft, realized two things – one, tags are vital to inbound marketing and clean lists and two, Infusionsoft is way out of my price range. Enter, Convertkit. The power of tags, sequences, and automation all at an affordable price. It’s hands down the best email marketing tool to date. LEARN MORE