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There are literally thousands upon thousands of business growth tools and software out there. With everyone and their mothers recommending this tool and that tool and every single gosh dang tool in the woodworks, it’s hard to know which ones to go with. But then you find out half the recommendations are just pure junk anyways, so I had to dig through each one the old-fashioned way.

One at a time, searching, playing, testing, until I found the online business tools that worked for me.

Not all tools and software are created equal. It took some time (read: a lot of time), but I finally pinned down the tools that have made my business easier, and that helped my life become less overwhelming.

These are my personal favorites that I ACTUALLY USE RIGHT NOW (I don’t like to recommend things that I don’t actually use), and that actually gave me my peace of mind back.

(I think this is the perfect place to let you know that this post contains affiliate links, but only because I fully believe in each and every one of these tools.)

After all, my #1 goal and purpose in using software is to help automate my business so I can make more and work less so I can spend more time with my loved ones.

And these tools are the perfect assistants.

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Check out the episode below:

If you, too, want to have more time to spend with your family, while simultaneously making a buttload of money, follow along. You’ll likely fall just as deeply in love with these tools as I have.

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1. Bluehost

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Bluehost is my web host of choice and my top recommendation for any other business owner looking to start their first website. Not only is their platform relatively easy to use (at least for a website host, which is really saying something), but with my affiliate link, you can get a free domain name with your hosting package!

Their hosting packages are also incredibly affordable. You can get started for only $3.95/month, which is incredible compared to some $10, $20, and $50 hosting packages other web hosts offer.

2. Drip

screenshot of Drip, one of the top 17 online business tools

This one is tough because there really are so many great email marketing platforms out there. So which one do you choose?

I’ve used several myself, and finally settled on Drip because it has literally everything I need.

I’m able to send visually appealing emails to my audience. I’m able to create email marketing automations. I’m able to integrate pretty much any third party app that I need to in order to get customers and leads onto my email list. I’m able to create multiple lists and segments for marketing strategies.

And it has such an attractive and user-friendly interface.

Pretty much a win all around in my book!

3. Leadpages

screenshot of Leadpages, one of the top 17 online business tools

Landing pages are necessary for so many things in digital marketing. Lead magnets, content upgrades, sales funnels, and more.

And Leadpages is the easiest, most comprehensive way to take care of all of those things.

They offer hundreds of pre-made templates for all sorts of different landing page types (webinars, course countdowns, squeeze pages, coming soon pages, property listings, and more) to get you started quickly and easily, as well as completely customizable options to make the landing page your own.

This method is much easier than creating a landing page on your website, and the implementation of the landing page is incredibly easy too. If you have a WordPress website, Leadpages has a plugin you can upload to publish the landing page directly to your URL so you don’t have to use the lpages.co subdomain.

If you plan to create lead generation opportunities and utilize sales funnels for your sales/marketing (which you should absolutely be doing), then you need Leadpages in your life.

4. Garageband

screenshot of Garageband, one of the top 17 online business tools

Garageband is the tool I use to edit my podcast audio before it’s published and ready for you awesome people to listen to.

It’s super easy to use, and the best part is that if you have a Mac computer, this tool comes free already on your computer! 🎉

However, if you’re a PC person (it’s fine, not judging…too much… 😉), you can grab a download of Audacity for free.

5. Asana

screenshot of Asana, one of the top 17 business growth tools

Every team needs a good project management tool. My team relies on Asana. We’ve been able to create to do systems for our content creation process, as well as every other system we have established within my business.

I’ve tried other tools like Trello, and together with my project manager, I’ve just found that Asana has everything we need. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone looking for the perfect project management system for their multi-level team.

6. Dropbox

screenshot of Dropbox, one of the top 17 business growth tools

As a fully remote team, we have to do a lot of file sharing online, and Dropbox is my favorite tool for this. Each of my team members has their own Dropbox account so that we can upload graphics, PDFs, and more to share with each other.

We also use Dropbox Paper a great deal in our content creation process when it comes to brainstorming and first draft documents.

7. Slack

screenshot of Slack, one of the top 17 business growth tools

Again, with a fully remote team, project management and communication are key. Slack is the perfect tool for team communication without having to send and store a million emails. We’re able to divide each department in the team into various channels, create private messages, and really streamline all of our communication amongst each out.

8. Clickfunnels

screenshot of Clickfunnels, one of the top 17 business growth tools

This tool is a lot like Leadpages, but digs a little bit deeper into funnels and business types. In fact, their motto is “Your website’s killing your business; get Clickfunnels.”

Although you definitely still need an online homebase, Clickfunnels is essentially saying that anything you need your website to do, you can create quickly and easily through Clickfunnels. So using this software as an extension of your static home page is a great idea.

Clickfunnels can be used to create anything: a membership business, an eCommerce site, a basic landing page, or a cart page, just to name a few examples. And it’s much simpler than coding and creating all of these elements in an actual website.

9. Buzzsprout

screenshot of Buzzsprout, one of the top 17 business growth tools

I talked about Buzzsprout a bunch in my blog post about starting your own podcast, so you can check that out to read a little more about this software. It’s a podcast hosting platform, and through all of my research, was the one that stuck out to me with the most perks.

First of all, it auto-publishes your new podcasts to iTunes for you, so that you never have to worry about it. Its price point is affordable. It’s incredibly easy to use.

If you’re planning to start a podcast, I highly recommend Buzzsprout for your hosting platform. Plus, if you sign up with my affiliate link, we both get a $20 Amazon gift card!

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10. MeetEdgar

screenshot of Meetedgar, one of the top 17 business growth tools

Every online business needs a social media management tool, and MeetEdgar is my tool of choice. There are literally hundreds of options for social media management tools along, but MeetEdgar encompasses pretty much every feature of the best of them.

You’re able to schedule social media content as well as loop it over and over again so that the process is fully automated and you only need to check in every once in awhile. Perfect for the business owner who doesn’t want to be a slave to his or her marketing content and campaigns.

11. Smart Podcast Player

screenshot of smart podcast player, one of the top 17 business growth tools

The Smart Podcast Player is a gorgeous interface for hosting your podcast on your website. In fact, it’s one of the only ones out there, and it’s certainly the prettiest.

So if you’d like to integrate your podcast with your blog posts or transcripts on your website, the Smart Podcast Player is 100% the way to go.

12. Zoom

screenshot of Zoom, one of the top 17 business growth tools

At this point in our life with the internet, we’ve all heard of Skype, right? It’s one of the most popular video and voice calling apps out there.

I’ve used Skype in the past, but my biggest issue is that the person you’re trying to call also has to have a Skype account and already have the app downloaded and open to take your call.

Then I found Zoom! Which is basically like Skype’s cooler younger brother. You can create a session with a single click and share the link. The other person may need to download Zoom, or they can just use the web browser version, but no accounts are required, and it’s incredibly quick and easy. Better yet, you can request to record the call, which is extremely helpful for consults and calls with clients so they have record of everything you discussed.

13. Loom

screenshot of Loom, one of the top 17 online business tools

Zoom, Loom. Hehe.

This is probably one of my favorite tools because it makes remote communication absolutely seamless. In fact, it’s pretty much how I talk to anyone virtually.

Things can easily get lost in translation via chat or email, so if there’s something that I need to communicate with a team member, it’s easiest for me to simply click the Loom browser extension and start recording a screen capture video.

That way I can voice exactly what I’m trying to convey, rather than trying to type it out. One of the best uses I’ve found is creating a Dropbox Paper document, and giving your virtual assistant’s step by step videos of tasks that you don’t wanna do. Then, even if you lose that VA, you can literally just send the new one that Dropbox Paper of videos, and you never have to train anyone ever again.

14. OneTab

screenshot of Onetab, one of the top 17 online business tools

We’ve all been there before—you’re working on a task for your business and you’ve got a million tabs open. You need to keep the tabs open to come back to the task later, but you don’t want to bog down your computer in the meantime.

OneTab is the solution! It’s a Chrome browser extension that allows you to save your entire session of tabs and come back to it later. For example, I have 6 tabs open when I record my podcasts, and I come back to those 6 tabs month after month. So I have them saved under OneTab, so the next month when I go to record again, I can open them all up again at the click of a button.

15. LastPass

screenshot of LastPass, one of the top 17 online business tools

How many different passwords do you have? Probably a gazillion, or somewhere in that ballpark. It’s next to impossible to remember each different one and all their variations (some with capitals, some with numbers, some with punctuation).

LastPass is the solution I’ve found to help me keep track of all of my online accounts and passwords. It stores the information securely so that you don’t have to worry about losing your passwords ever again.

16. Skitch

screenshot of Skitch, one of the top 17 online business tools

Skitch is an Evernote product, and though I don’t actually use Evernote religiously, I do enjoy some of its tools. This is an awesome tool for talking to tech support. If you need to point out something specific, you’re able to do it quickly and easily. And look like a Photoshop Pro while you’re at it. 😉

17. Voxer

screenshot of Voxer, one of the top 17 online business tools

This is a really great tool to use in coaching packages. If you want to offer tiered options, one of the most premium tiers can include one-on-one communication. This way you’re able to be constantly connected to your mentees without having to give out your personal phone number.

Have you ever tried out any of these tools? Which are your favorites? Or do you have any tools you’d swear by in place of these? I’d love to hear all about them in the comments!

 

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