- TextExpander for Chrome — a tool that lets you create custom keyboard shortcuts
- AwesomeScreenshot — a free Chrome extension that lets you take & edit screenshots
- ScheduleOnce — a free scheduling app that hooks you up with a personalized calendar URL
- Grammarly – edits your work as you type. Available both online and on desktop for free and subscription based.
- 1Password – is a password manager that provides a place for users to store various passwords, software licenses, and other sensitive information in a virtual vault that is locked with a PBKDF2-guarded master password. You options to invite family or team members for $3.99 per month US.
Accounting & Legal – YouNeedABudget.com
Personal budget & finance software for individuals, couples & small businesses. Track your income, expenses, debt, and more in an attractive & intuitive interface. The software is $60 after a 34-day trial.
Calendar Management – ScheduleOnce
Free, integrated, online appointment scheduling tool. Syncs with Google Calendar & you can block off certain times each week as available for meetings. Premium features start at $5 per month & include multiple calendar options & meeting reminder emails.
Communication & Meetings – Skype
Free voice & video calls. Now owned by Microsoft, Skype is the leader in VOIP calling. It’s a tool used every day to communicate with team members, contractors, podcast guests, and other entrepreneurs. Premium features include calling landlines & cell phones — along with screen sharing.
Viber – is a free to download application that allows users to make free calls, send texts, pictures and video messages to other Viber users. It works on both mobile and computer and can be used to connect with people around the world.
PicMonkey – Free online image editing tool. PicMonkey is very easy to use & helps make fun, shareable graphics for blog posts & social media. You can unlock premium fonts & other features for $33 per year.
Scrivener -Word processor for authors. Scrivener makes it easy to map, outline, research, compose and edit your long-form book projects. Because not all writing takes place linearly, traditional word processing programs like Word make it difficult for longer writing projects. The cost is $40.
Canva – is a tool that makes it possible to design anything and publish anywhere. With its user-friendly drag and drop tool and thousands of customizable templates, over 400 million designs from more than 10 million users across 179 countries have been created with Canva so far. Canva is free with a fee on some designs.
WordSwag – Use the Wordswag app to refresh your content. Be creative and inspire your audience! Easily turn your words into beautiful, branded content. The application sells $4.99 US.
Customer Relationship Management
Infusionsoft – Robust CRM software. Infusionsoft helps businesses automate their marketing processes, manage emails, organize their efforts, and sell online. Infusionsoft starts at $199 per month.
Ontraport – is a powerful visual marketing automation and reporting platform that can map your entire customer journey. Most marketing tools show you how your email performs OR how your pages convert. ONTRAPORT is the only platform that shows how your entire business works on one single campaign map. Packages start at $79 per month.
MailChimp – is a marketing automation platform that helps you share email and ad campaigns with clients, customers, and other interested parties. Our approach to marketing focuses on healthy list management practices, beautifully designed campaigns, and powerful data analysis. MailChimp is free to up to 500 contacts.
Gumroad – Shopping cart software for digital products. Gumroad is checkout software that easily installs on any website. Its look & feel promotes high-converting checkout processes, and the software can automate delivery of digital goods & support pay-what-you-want pricing. Gumroad is free to set up & charges 5% of each transaction.
Shopify – Build an online store. Shopify is a leading e-commerce service provider, allowing customers to integrate a shopping experience directly on top of their own website. Shopify helps with inventory management & order & payment processing. Shopify starts at $29 per month, plus transaction fees.
WooCommerce – is a free WordPress plugin that adds e-commerce functionality to your WordPress website so you can have an online store. … If you’re asking “What is WooCommerce?”, chances are you already have a WordPress site, and you’re ready to begin selling, well, just about anything.
Lynda.com – a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn a business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. …
Rapportive – Shows contact details & social connections in your inbox. Rapportive is a free Gmail plug-in that replaces your sidebar with relevant details of who you’re emailing with. You’ll see a picture, their location, their social media links, and even your past email conversations with them.
Spotify – 20 million songs on demand. Spotify is a free streaming music player app for computers, tablets, and smartphones. Listen to the latest hits, your classic favorites, or discover up-and-coming new artists.
File Sharing & Storage
Google Drive / Google Docs – Web-based office software & file sharing. Google Drive is Google’s cloud-based file storage system, and it integrates seamlessly with the file sharing & collaboration tools inside Google Docs. Drive is free for up to 15 GB of storage.
Dropbox – is a personal cloud storage service (sometimes referred to as an online backup service) that is frequently used for file sharing and collaboration. Dropbox application is available for Windows. Dropbox provides up to 10 GB of storage for free.
Health & Wellness
Improve your happiness. Science says people who keep a daily gratitude journal are happier than those who don’t, so why wouldn’t you? It takes just a couple minutes a day, and this Happy Tapper app costs just $0.99.
Moz – SA suite of online marketing tools & content. Moz (formerly SEOmoz) offers an array of products, services, and content for the online marketing professional. Find out how to rank your site better in the search results & beat your competition. A Moz Pro subscription is $99 per month.
Meetup – Local events matching your interests. Use Meetup.com to find local gatherings & networking events in your niche. Meetup is always free for attendees, and if you want to host a group it’s just $5 per month.
Evernote – Powerful, free cross-device note-taking app. Create an “external brain” with Evernote & share & sync notes & files in the cloud. Any flash of inspiration can be saved in Evernote. Just create a notebook & save the notes in there. The tool has numerous features, including sharing, file attachments, reminders, and voice memos. Evernote Premium is $5 per month or $45 per year.
Team & Project Management
Teamwork without email. Asana is a web-based project management system. Asana has become an integral part of life for many entrepreneurs. Users can create & assign tasks to themselves or other team members, and all members can have access to the tasks & comment & update their progress. Asana is free for teams of up to 15 people. After that, premium plans start at $50 per month.