This page links some of my recommended resources.
These are all things I have personally used or implemented for clients and decided “hey, that’s pretty cool, I should tell others about that”.
If you have your own resources that you like, send me a message and I’ll take a look.
Business Apps and Systems
I also have a complete guide to the essential apps for modern businesses.
- WP Engine for managed WordPress website hosting. Includes daily backups, 24/7 live chat support, free Genesis themes and more. This site is hosted with them.
- WP Rocket for speeding up WordPress in the background.
- Amazon Web Services for basically everything else. You can host domains, route DNS, easily deploy/scale web apps and more. Google Cloud is a strong competitor.
- ConvertKit for email marketing. If you need something heavier, check out Keap (formerly Infusionsoft).
- Google Drive for cloud storage. I used to recommend Dropbox but Google Drive outpaces in terms of value for money.
- Google Workspace (formerly Google Apps and GSuite) for your office apps and video conferencing via Google Meet.
- Calendly for hassle-free scheduling and meetings. No more “are you free on…” email chains.
- Confluence & Jira from Atlassian. Powerhouse applications for business. Confluence is your internal wiki where all your SOPs and more can go. Jira is a highly-customisable issue tracker that can be used for everything from project management to inventory tracking to running agile teams.
- Asana for project management. Great for teams that don’t have their workflow built into a CRM or for non-technical teams that don’t need something as complex as Jira.
- Pipedrive for CRM. It just works.
- GitHub for git/version control. I really want to like BitBucket, but have found GitHub easier to use.
- Slack for team communications, mastermind groups, client groups and more.
Need help implementing these apps in your business?
- Things for task management and personal project management.
- Bear for handling journals, personal processes, documents, records etc. I used to recommend Evernote but they are having trouble with their billing system so I couldn’t renew my subscription 🤷♂️.
- Mailplane acts as a wrapper around any Google email accounts and gives you keyboard shortcuts, multi-account access, drag/drop functions and more.
- Affinity apps make a decent and reasonably-priced alternative to Adobe Creative Suite. I switched as I was tired of paying the rather-pricey monthly subscription for apps that I only use periodically.
- Screenflow for recording screen tutorials. Also has a very powerful built-in timeline editor.
- SetApp is a monthly subscription of applications that is invaluable for anyone who uses a Mac. I’ll have an article on this at some point, but some of my favourites right now include Path Finder, BusyCal, Ulysses and Bartender.
- Sublime Text for general text notes and coding. I have heard good things about Visual Studio Code but have not used it as extensively.
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