Top 10 Business Tools Video

I recently wrote about how I run my company by using an iPad Pro and some of the tools that I use there. In this video, I break down the 10 tools that I use every single day in order to manage my business. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and transcription below the video:

 

Top 10 Business Tools

Hey, what’s going on everybody? Chris Stocker here. Today, I’m talking about the 10 tools that I use on a daily basis to help manage my business. If you own a business, whether you’re a freelancer or you own a business with multiple employees like a digital-marketing agency, you probably use a lot of tools. There are so many tools out there for everything you could possibly need. There’s thousands of tools for everything whether it’s a task management, project management, accounting, cloud storage, whatever it is there’s a lot of tools. I’ve used a lot of them. I’ve tried a lot of them. I just want to share what I use every single day. These are my top 10 tools that I use. They work for me. They work for my business. These are in no particular order of importance or how often I use them or anything like that.

Asana

The first one is Asana. I’ve used a lot of different project management apps, Asana is by far my favorite. I love that I can schedule a task for other people. I can see where they are at in the process of that and we can keep our communication all together within Asana. I know a lot of these other tools do it as well but Asana is just the one that I prefer. I really do like Asana. I use that every single day to track what I need to do, what my employees are working on, or what my other contractors are working on, and it just keeps everything in one place.

Google Drive

Number two is Google Drive. I use Google Drive for everything, not just for storing documents but also using Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Slides. It’s just so much easier for me. I’m traveling a lot, so I can do things whether it’s on my iMac, or on the iPad Pro, whatever it is, the phone, I can do it within the Google Drive platform.

Hootsuite

Number three is Hootsuite. I use Hootsuite for my social media management. I like it because it does have a pretty decent team collaboration effort that you can use within that. I have team members that can upload social media statuses and then I can approve them before they go live or a client can approve them before they go live. I do use the paid version, obviously, just because there’s so many accounts that we are managing but that’s what I personally like at this time.

AWeber

Number four is for email list. Now, I just switched over to AWeber. I haven’t been using it for a very long time. It’s only been less than 30 days but so far, I absolutely love it. That’s what I use for sending out email blasts, email newsletters.

Freshbooks

Number five is Freshbooks and that is my accounting software. I absolutely love Freshbooks. It’s just so clean. It makes you feel like you’re not doing accounting work. It’s so simple to invoice, to track hours, everything. I absolutely love Freshbooks.

LeadPages

Number six is Leadpages. Again, this is something else that I just recently started using. So far, I absolutely love it. It’s so easy with their drag and drop model. It’s just so easy to create compelling landing pages that actually convert and that’s all that matters. It is paid but it pays for itself, trust me. I mean it is absolutely amazing.

iMovie

Number seven is iMovie. Currently, I’m using iMovie to edit these videos. I don’t need anything else at this time. I know that there are a lot more powerful software in order to do movie editing but right now iMovie works for me and does what I needed to do so at this point that’s what I’m using.

Feedly

Number eight is Feedly. I use Feedly for all my news to stay up-to-date. In this industry, it’s important to stay up-to-date with the latest trends, especially in the SEO world, there’s always something new coming out from Google about their algorithm or this or that and there’s so many Instagram updates you know like stories, live, and now folders. Once again, a lot of other RSS feeders, readers, whatever you call them, this is just one that I choose. It’s simple, I like it. It allows me to save things, to save for later reading. I definitely recommend Feedly.

Moz

Number nine is Moz. As somebody that does a lot of SEO work for clients, I prefer Moz. Moz is my go-to SEO tool. I love their reporting. I love everything about Moz. I think they are the industry leader and I love their products and what they put out.

Native Apps

Finally, number ten. Number ten is just the social media sites themselves so Facebook Instagram, Snap, Twitter. Even though I use Hootsuite for a lot of management, I also like to get into the native apps as well, especially with Snap obviously, I can’t do anything with that through Hootsuite so I live in Snapchat, go follow me right over here. Take a screenshot of this snap code right here. Go follow me there. You can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, obviously YouTube.

So there are my ten tools that I use every single day in order to help run my business. A lot of these tools I used when I was just a solo freelancer that was just doing work myself. I use Freshbooks for billing hours, invoicing. I use Asana to just track my own tasks. I always use Moz. So, a lot of these tools can be used for freelancing or large businesses.

Down in the comments let me know what tools you’re using. I’m always open to new tools you know. It’s just how you use the tools is what’s really important so I’m curious to know what you’re using so go ahead comment below, down here. Please like, share this video. If you want to see more, let me know what your questions are. I’d love to answer your actual questions. That’s it. So, subscribe, have a good day. See you!

The All New Chris Stocker Inc

For the last 7 years, I have been writing about WordPress, SEO, Social Media, Affiliate Management and Analytics. The focus of my career has changed a bit over the years, so the focus of this blog will be changing as well.

I will be focusing less on the “How-To’s” of WordPress and Google Analytics and SEO, etc. and will be writing more about entrepreneurship, leadership, freelancing, and a much higher level strategy based look at SEO and Social.

The How-To’s and step-by-step posts will continue over at my digital marketing agency site.

If you have any specific questions about entrepreneurship, freelancing, Snapchat, Facebook ads, Instagram stories, then please leave a comment or contact me with your question and I will answer in a post.

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Relaunching Chris Stocker Inc

Let’s take a look at the date of the last post here, May 3, 2013.  It has been almost a year, so why bother posting again here?  Well, it’s quite simple actually.  I am going to re-focus this blog.

Over the past 3-4 years the blog has been focused on WordPress, SEO, Social Media and Affiliate Management.  Majority of the posts were focused on beginner level tools and tips for small businesses. These posts were written as a support and leads page for my digital marketing agency, CSI Marketing Solutions.

We have been rebuilding the CSI Marketing Solutions website and have been growing the business over the last year.  My time has been spent on growing the company and have slacked on creating this support content, however, we will begin posting on the new CSI Marketing Solutions blog beginning May, 2014.

The old focus of this blog, will be the focus of the CSI Marketing Solutions blog.  Over there we will be providing small businesses and startups the information, tools, and tips they need to grow their business online with SEO, PPC, social management and affiliate management.

If you would like to receive an email when we launch the new blog over there, please sign up for our email newsletter, and we will email you when the blog goes live.

Now, what will the new focus of this blog be about?

Chris Stocker Inc, will now be purely focused on my thoughts, views, and opinions on items that occur in my daily business life.  This will include news, updates and thoughts in the SEO, PPC, Social Media world, working from home, freelancing, work-life balance, small business marketing, and more.

If you have any questions about any of the topics mentioned above, please send your questions in and I will do my best to answer.

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