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I often get asked what tools I use so I thought I’d create this handy list to share with you. These are all things that I use on a regular basis and love.

This page is a work in progress. I’ll be adding and updating as my workflow changes and I find new things that I love to use.

This is a list of my favourite tools and books I use or have used in my business, that I highly recommend.

I am in no way associated with any of these products, nor do I receive anything for mentioning them here. I mention them because I have found or still find great value in them and use them on a regular basis.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

Canva

You can’t beat Canva for design. It’s free, simple to use and does the job.

Whether you need to design a social media post, a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn Header, a flyer – whatever you need, Canva is my go to.

 

WRITING

Hemingway Editor

This is a handy tool for making you a better writer. Simple to use, it gives you suggestions that give your writing improved ‘readability’.

 

IMAGES

Free stock photos to use on you blogs or social media posts

www.librestock.com

www.pixabay.com

www.unsplash.com

www.visualhunt.com

Phone Apps

B612

I love this free app. You can take photos and then choose from an array of filters to make them pop.

Boomerang (from Instagram)

This is such a cool app. It takes a short 1-2 second video and loops it back and forth. Great fun.

Diptic

With 75 layouts to choose from, this Mac app allows you to create beautiful photo collages to share on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Giphy

A giph for every occasion.

 

PRODUCTIVITY

Pocket

I couldn’t live without this handy desktop program. It allows you to save your favourite blogs to read later. You can categorize them, mark them as favourites, tag them and archive them. Voted as Best Productivity App 2014 : Webby Award honoring excellence on the Internet.

Pomodoro

Timetracking software with free and paid versions, depending on what you need.

Download the timer and sign up.

Bit.ly

Use this to shorten those ugly long links when posting on social media

 

BOOKS

I read A LOT of books. Some I own and some I borrow from the library. Many of which I find so valuable I go and buy my own copy, which are available at all good bookstores. Here’s some of them:

 

WRITING

Everybody Writes, Anne Handley

How to create good content. A Wall Street Journal Bestseller, this book will become your go-to guide, guiding you through the writing process. Anne offers real world advice on writing for web pages, blogs, social media posts, headings – basically it covers it all.

How to Write Copy That Sells, Ray Edwards

This is a handy little book that offers a step-by-step system for copywriting that sells without being pushy.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Linked To Influence, Stephanie Sammons

I’ve read a couple of books on how to use LinkedIn and this is one of the best. It identifies ways to becoming a top influencer and attracting your ideal clients on LinkedIn.

Marketing with Social Media, Linda Coles

An easy to read book for beginners on how to use all the main social media platforms.

The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Engagement, Vicki Crossley

A downloadable (FREE) e-book that gives your practical industry tips to increase your Facebook engagement.

 

MOTIVATION

Deliver the Unexpected, Richard Robbins

I loved this book. Written like a novel it is a truly motivational book.

It’s Not How Good you Are It’s How Good You Want To Be, Paul Arden

A fun little book that challenges the way you do things in business.

 

SPECIAL MENTION

The Well-Spoken Woman, Christine K. Jahnke

“This book is filled with practical wisdom, exercises and exactly the right advice to help you overcome barriers to becoming a welcome, passionate, effective speaker.” Gloria Steinem

 

 

 

 

 

 

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