For this post, I’m going to dig deep into my personal space: the “Business” folder on my phone. This little icon is a gold mine of free apps that will revolutionize your productivity and organize your entire life.
Many of my apps are specific to the work that I do–for example, I have a BlogMutt icon that takes me to my dashboard, and the Slack app for communicating with my Constant Content team. But these five apps are universally applicable to anyone who owns a blog and business. You gotta have ’em!
Five Best Free Apps for Business and Blogging
Note: These screenshots are, yes, in Spanish. This is only because my phone is in Spanish! Rest assured, these apps will be in English when you download them. 🙂
…or Weebly. Or Drupal. Or anything else that you use to create content. This one is a life saver for a few reasons. First and foremost, it makes it easy to add images and content from my phone or my computer. If I have an item saved just on my phone’s camera roll, I can quickly add it to a post without having to transfer it to my computer first.
I can also obsessively track my stats wherever I go! Actually, on the iPhone, you can add a WordPress widget that shows your metrics real-time when you swipe left. Pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.
This baby is where I keep all of my unofficial financial records and goals for the month. It’s a virtual pin board where you can create cards and organize them into groups–super user-friendly and easy to figure out.
I have a group for each month, and I put cards with my goals, invoices, and financial totals in each. This helps me chart my progress at-a-glance and stay on track with my goals. I will say, though, that I do keep an official spreadsheet record of my income in addition to Trello.
If you’re on my email list, you know that I use MailChimp! I love the MailChimp app for the same reasons that I love the WordPress app; it’s an easy way to check my stats, follow a campaign, and see changes to my subscriber count.
Fair warning: The account’s initial dashboard is a little slow, so sometimes you need to dig to get the most up-to-date stats. But all in all, it’s a great idea to get the app on your phone if you want to see how your campaigns are doing.
Ever noticed those cute graphics at the end of my posts, and on my Pinterest page? If not, take a look at my logo. Those were all made for free with the Canva app.
Canva makes it easy to create custom graphics for whatever social platform you want to use. It has templates that are the perfect size for Twitter, Facebook, an email campaign, a logo, Pinterest, and so much more. Its drag-and-drop setup means you don’t have to be a graphic designer to use it well (though graphic designers will probably love it, too!).
I have a lot of ideas. Although 95% of them don’t work out, I need to have somewhere to write them down! Evernote goes above and beyond my needs in that category. With Evernote, you can create “notebooks” and divide them into little chapters where you can write down your thoughts, insert a picture, link to a webpage, or even draw a custom illustration.
Here’s my challenge to you: Pick two of these five business apps and download them TODAY! Get to work learning how to use them, and soon enough you will fall in love.
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