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To help you kick butt with your small business/blog and creative life

 


ORGANIZATION


Evernote: This awesome app is just heavenly. Use it to keep track of lists, notes, bookmarks, reminders, and more. I use it to organize my blog post ideas, write blog posts, and make checklists. It comes in a FREE Basic Plan, $24.99 a year Plus Plan and a $49.99 Premium Plan. All you do is install the app on your phone, computer and of course the website itself, and they sync automatically, so no matter where you are you have all you notes at your fingertips.

Google KeepI learned about this app recently and fell in love before I even began using it. This is a google app that organizes to-do lists. I love to do lists and always had a hard time keeping track of all the different lists I had for the different things. With this app, you can see multiple lists at once. It kind of reminds me of Pinterest, but instead of pictures you see lists.

Day Designer By Whitney EnglishThis is so the best physical calendar/planner I have come across yet. It's simple, well designed and contains almost everything I want from a planner. I use it to plan blog posts, events and personal things as well. It has a yearly calendar, monthly and daily view. You can see the whole year at once and plan the big picture.

Notebook: A simple notebook can do wonders, divide it into sections and you got yourself an organization tool. I absolutely love these Greenroom notebooks from Target.

 

DESIGN TOOLS


Adobe Suite: I use Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign on a daily basis.

Photoshop: Mainly used to manipulate photos and mockup art and templates. I don't design in Photoshop because the images are raster and can't be scaled in the future. 

Illustrator: For creating graphics for websites, logos, anything that has to do with design, fonts and layouts.

InDesign: Used for making worksheets, writing up contracts for clients and books.

Lightroom: I use this for all my photo needs, it's where I organize photos, fix any color or exposure issues, crop and export for my needs. This is the best tool for someone who wants to manage and edit photos without the knowledge of Photoshop.

 

Wacom tablet: This is the best tool if you like to draw or sketch out anything that you will then transfer to the computer. It gives you the ability to draw digitally and is way more accurate than a computer mouse.

Huion Light Tablet: Leave those bulky expensive light tables behind and make some room for this bad boy. If you are an artist or designer you will enjoy this. It's light, thin and not expensive at all. The smaller sizes plug right into your USB for power. 

Sketchbook: Yup I'm old school, I do all my sketches and ideas for designs or art in a sketchbook with a good old pencil. If you don't have a sketchbook, loose printer paper works wonder. But I do recommend a sketchbook, and if you get one I personally love Paperblanks, so cute, but I also love my many Moleskines.

 


BUSINESS TOOLS


Wave accounting: It's free baby! This is where I organize all my income, invoices and get paid by clients.

Trello: Great, free way to keep track of client project and conversations.