Tools I Use

Toolkit essentials for every small business.

 
I’m all about working smarter, not harder!
I’ve found using the right tools to improve your workflow and make your life easier are invaluable.

Business Essentials

Mettle

Bank Account

Mettle, from NatWest, is a great business bank account which comes with my favourite accounting package – FreeAgent, free of charge.

More information about bank accounts for freelancers & small businesses here.

FreeAgent

Accounting Software

FreeAgent is accounting software, perfect for Sole Traders, or Ltd Companies.

Keep track of your incoming & outgoing expenses, generate invoices & even produce your own tax return.

Comes free with a Mettle bank account.

Google Workspace

Domain & Business Email

Read more about how to search for & buy a domain, & set up your business email here.

I recommend Google Workspace for your domain purchase, and your business emails. You can connect other services like Google Analytics for wbesite statistics. 

Using this link will get you 10% discount off your first year of Google Workspace.

1password

Password Manager

Password secuity is one of the most important things for your business.

1Password makes it easy to generate, store & protect all your passwords, notes, bank details, passport details & more.

Iubenda

GDPR & Privacy Policy

Iubenda is a comprehensive, self-updating GDPR & Privacy Policy generator. It’s easy & straightforward to generate policies compliant with the law across multiple countries & legislations.

Using this link will get you 10% discount off your first purchase.

Getterms

GDPR & Privacy Policy

Getterms is a quick & simple GDPR & Privacy policy generator.

I use it for sites that do not require more complex policy cover.

Business Management

ClickUp

Project Management

I’ve used several Project Management tools & have found ClickUp the best out there.
Keeping yourself organised is so important when your run your own business.
Some of the things you can do within ClickUp:

  • Mange your to-do list
  • Documents
  • Spreadsheets
  • Mind-maps
  • Chat & Email
  • Time Tracking

Mailer Lite

Email Marketing

MailerLite features include email campaigns, subscribe forms, landing pages, websites & automation workflows.

Dropbox

File Management

Dropbox is cloud storage for all your files.

It syncs seamlessly across all your devices & you can quickly access & share files with the click of a button.

Use this link for an extra 500 MB of bonus space.

Evernote

Note Taking

If you’ve ever thought “I’ll write that down and save it for later” – Evernote is the perfect tool.

Capture notes, ideas, web snippets & organise, search & share.

Evernote also integrates other apps to make your life easier.

Using this link when you register, install, & sign in to Evernote – you’ll get Premium.

Hubspot

Client CRM

HubSpot’s CRM platform has all the tools & integrations you need for marketing, sales, content management, & customer service.

Across Hubspots several service Hub’s will help you grow traffic, convert more visitors, get deeper insights into prospects, automate the tasks you hate, connect with customers & close more deals faster.

Business Tools

Shift

Streamline Workflow

Got what feels like hundreds of tabs open?

Constantly flipping across email, social & apps?!

Shift brings everything together, in a seamless, uncluttered experience.

Bloom & Wild

Letterbox Flowers

Who doesn’t enjoy flowers through the letterbox?!

Gorgeous selection for every occasion.

Gift them to your clients, or even yourself!

Use this link for £10 off your first purchase.

Textexpander

Text Snippets

Level up your productivity!

TextExpander lets you instantly insert snippets of text
from a repository of emails, boilerplate and other
content, as you type – using a quick search or abbreviation.

Si.gnatu.re

Email signature Generator

This is a great tool to DIY your email signature. Generate HTML email signatures for Gmail or other email providers.

I also provide email signatures to my clients within my branding packages, so you can cut & paste into your email provider.

Figma

Collaborative Design

Collaborate with your team to design, prototype & gather feedback all in one place.

Share ideas, brainstorm, get together in a virtual whiteboard, in real time. 

Moo

Printing

Moo’s quality of printing is fantastic. They are my go-to for business cards (the goild foil emobssing is lovely), posters, menus, invitations & more.

I also love Moo because of their Printifnity technology where you can print a different design on the back of every product!

Use this link for 25% discount off your purchase.

Hemingway

Tone of Voice

Hemingway is a distraction-free writing & editing tool designed to help you polish & improve your writing.

It highlights & corrects grammar, fluency, & sentence structure in order to help your writing read & look better.

Wordhippo

Creative Thesaurus

I use Wordhippo when I’m strugging to find a similar word, or if I cant find the right word on the tip of my tounge.

Its a great tool with extensive suggestions for synonyms, antonyms, word meaning & more.

Social Tools

Buffer

Social Media Tools

Manage all your social media accounts under one roof, & schedule posts across all platofrms.

MetaHashtags

Hashtag Generator

Find quality hashtags, stay organized & fine-tune your hashtag strategy for maximum growth.

No need to connect your account.

Feedly

News Filtering

Feedly lets you get the news you want all in one place.

View topics & trends you care about, without the overwhelm. Make your research workflow efficient & enjoyable.

Stock Resources

Unsplash

Free Stock Photography

Unsplash is my go-to for stock photography.

They have an extensive library of beautiful, free images & photos that you can download & use for any project.

Burst

Free Stock Photography

Burst is a free stock photo platform that is powered by Shopify.

Their image library includes thousands of high-resolution, royalty-free images.

Creative Market

Design Marketplace

Creative Market is an online marketplace for community-generated design assets. 

Find fonts, graphics, illustrations, templates & more.

Pexels

Free Stock Photography & Video Clips

Pexels is a free stock photo & video website that helps designers, bloggers, & everyone who is looking for visuals to find great photos & videos that can be downloaded and used for free.

Drawkit

Stock Illustrations

Drawkit is a free vector SVG illustrations & icons library for you to use on your next project, no attribution required. 

I use these resources daily in the running of my business, I hope you find them useful!
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