Online tools for self employed professionals


Being self employed is fun but hard work. You set your own hours, but also wear many hats within your own business. From admin to marketing to book keeping, you’ve got to do it all. Here are some helpful tools that may make your life a bit easier, or at least more efficient.

Communications & File Sharing / Storage

  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Whatsapp
  • WeChat
  • Google hangouts
  • Google Drive
  • Dropbox
  • WeTransfer

Social Media Management & Digital Marketing

  • Buffer – Makes it super easy to schedule social media posts to various channels
  • Hootsuite – Great to manage all your social media channels in one place
  • Sprout – Manage all your social media profiles in one place with fantastic analytics
  • Later – Handy Instagram scheduling tool
  • Planoly – Useful tool for scheduling Instagram posts and creating a cohesive feed
  • MailChimp – Great tool for sending out newsletters and creating a database
  • Facebook Business (especially Analytics) – Must have tool for managing your Facebook business page including analytics and insights into advertising and pixel
  • Pablo by Buffer – Create great images for social media
  • Type Form – Create simple surveys
  • Canva – Create great images
  • Campaign Monitor – Manage your direct emails
  • Word Swag App – Generate Cool Text, Words & Quotes on Your Photos

Website Builder, Emails & Hosting

  • Crazydomains – Affordable website hosting and emails with great customer service
  • Godaddy – Great website hosting and emails
  • WordPress – Build your own WordPress hosted website or host your own and build the website you desire with this popular CMS (content management system)
  • Shopify – Create your own online shop
  • Google Analytics – Get insights into who visits your webiste

Accounting & Bookkeeping

  • Wave accounting – Very helpful free software for self employed professionals
  • Xero – Premium software that integrates
  • Myob – Professional standard software
  • Harvest – time tracking tool but also lets you create invoices based on time spent on projects

Admin & Productivity

  • Zoho CRM – CRM to manage your database
  • Harvest – Easy time tracking / time sheets and invoicing (handy if you work for multiple organisations)
  • Evernote – Great way to keep track of notes

Grammar & Writing

  • Grammarly – Great tool for spell checking
  • Evernote – great to convert speech to text

Education

  • Google – The search engine where you can find almost anything
  • Coursera – Study courses online (short or long)
  • FutureLearn – Study online courses
  • Accredited fitness courses and workshops
  • Podcasts – Podcasts are a great way to spend your morning walk if you desire so. check o
  • Youtube – There are many things you can learn online such as digital marketing or how to perform a certain exericse

General

  • Airtasker
  • Freelancer
  • Upwork
  • Fitness Related Software Programs (article coming soon)