These are the tools and resources to make your solopreneur adventure a lot easier. Everything you find here, I use myself and can therefore honestly recommend.
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business + blogging
paid, starting at $5/mo.
Google Suite comes with a professional email address ending on your domain name, Google drive with 30 GB storage and the usual features like Calendar, Docs, etc.. I like to write all my blog posts in Google docs because it has a really simple and non-distracting user interface. You can access your files from everywhere which comes handy when you’re not at your desk 24/7.
paid, starting at $9/mo.
If you want to sell a digital product, Sendowl is a great choice. Just upload your file, set the price and you’re good to go. Sendowl integrates with lots of other tools. You can connect your email marketing platform e.g. so people can sign up for your email list during the checkout process. Sendowl doesn’t charge you transaction fees. Though you have to pay your normal Paypal or Stripe fees. Buyers can use credit cards, Apple Pay or Paypal to pay you. The checkout is automatically in their language and the price is converted into their regional currency.
free and paid, starting at $10/mo.
Writing your newsletters has never been easier. Mailerlite comes with a drag and drop creator. Your emails will look so much more professional. You can add social buttons, images, or a signature all with just a click. Mailerlite is free up to 1000 subscribers.
paid, starting at $3.95/mo.
I am with Siteground ever since I started this blog. I haven’t even tried a different web hosting company because I am 100% satisfied with their service. It’s really affordable and I never had any trouble e.g. my site being down or it loading slow. Plus, their customer service is extraordinary. If you have questions, they always respond immediately.
Paid $69/ yearly license
When I came upon this tool, I was unbelievably happy. HTML has never been my forte. So creating a landing, sales, services or just any page on my blog would take me centuries (maybe not centuries but definitely way too long) and the result was often far from what I wanted and even farther from looking professional. Beaver Builder changed this. It’s a plugin for WordPress which allows you to create a page and even posts in a drag and drop editor. No more fumbling with code.
free and paid, starting at $29,95/mo.
I use Grammarly to check my blog posts for errors before loading them up to WordPress. No matter how good you edited before, there's always something that slips through. Don't worry Gammarly will find it.
free and paid, starting at $10/mo.
Airtable is the perfect tool to create your editorial calendar. It helps me to stay on track with my blog posts, collect content ideas, and plan my content for the upcoming weeks.
paid, starting at $9.99/mo.
Although I’ve used lots of other design software throughout my career, nothing can beat Illustrator or Photoshop. I create almost everything for my blog and biz with Creative Cloud. It’s my go-to for editing photos, creating blog and social media images and of course for all design and branding work for my clients.
Snapseed is my go-to app for editing Instagram photos. You can correct white balance, edit with curves, add contrast and even add text to your images. And the most important, it's easy to use.
The best tool to create any form of content upgrade or e-books. You can use templates or create your own layout. Pages is a great tool for non-designers because of its user-friendly interface. Export your files to PDF or ePub and send them out to your followers. As simple as that.
When it comes to being productive I keep it simple. I've tried a lot of tools and apps but I always come back to these couple of things:
Apple Calendar (time-blocking) and Notes (note-taking on the go)
Moleskine Classic Notebook (Journaling)
Lamy ballpoint pen (favorite pen)
TimeCube (beat procrastination)