The Tools I Use to Run My Business

Awhile back I did a post about my favorite
productivity tools and tricks and it was a big hit so I decided that I should do another
post about the things I use to keep my business running while I travel the world. Without technology, I obviously wouldn’t be
able to run my company or stay in touch with friends and family like I do and some tools
are way better than others. I’m no expert on features or benefits of any of these, I
just know they work for me so they may work for you too. I’ve included links to all of
the goodies I mention below and, just so you know, some are affiliate links – meaning I
will get paid if you buy after clicking that link – and some are not. I want to be clear
though, everything I mention here is stuff I actually use and I’m just giving you affiliate
links because it would be silly for me not to. I didn’t put anything on here just so
I could use an affiliate link. That’s why a lot of the links are just regular links
– I tell you what I really use, whether or not I can get paid for it. So, let’s start with the basics. If you’re
going to run a business, you need a website. Mine is built in WordPress because I think
it’s a very user friendly interface, easy to get started with, and I can find a plugin
for just about anything I want to do to my site. I’ve used hosting from both inmotionhosting
and godaddy and have been happy with the service from both. I’d just shop around for the best
deal at the time you’re ready to launch your own site. I’ve also used to purchase
the domain names I need for my sites. I used to meet with clients through Skype
for our one-on-one sessions, but I somewhat recently discovered a great platform call
popexpert through which I now do all of my scheduling and client calls. It’s made it
far less complicated than scheduling, meeting, and collecting payment myself. For the basics: business cards and other marketing
materials, I use either 123print or VistaPrint. I’ve been happy with both, though I have a
slight preference for 123print. I recommend you check sales and go with whichever company
is most cost-effective at the time you order. I also utilize both dropbox and google docs
to stay organized as I manage from afar, especially when working with team members in other parts
of the world. I also make sure to back up everything on my computer using backblaze
because I would die if I lost all of the photos, videos, and other goodies that I have stored
directly on my computer as opposed to in the cloud. If you don’t have a backup system yet,
put one in place immediately, especially if you travel often. For managing my email and to do lists i also
utilize boomerang and, when I go over my limit for the free use of boomerang i switch to both help me keep track of what I need to do when and who I should get in
touch with. Now, obviously, this YouTube channel is part
of my marketing and so I have a few tools to make the videos, like this one, that I
share with you all. I use a Canon Vixia HFR11 for filming and an Audio-Technica ATR3350
Lavalier Microphone. Both are inexpensive, easy to use, and get the job done. they’re
also both very small and light so that they don’t do serious damage to my luggage weight
allowance when I travel. Now, clearly, you’re not getting professional video quality from
me, but this is a high-def camera and if you properly light the area where you film, you
should do fine. The microphone works great so long as the battery is charged, when the
battery power starts to dwindle, however, you’ll get annoying fuzzy feedback, which
you can hear in some of my other videos. After filming, I edit the videos in windows
movie maker. Nothing fancy at all. So, those are the main tools that I use to
run my business. You all know that I travel a ton, though, so, next week, I will give
you the dish on the tools and tricks I use to save money on travel, stay in touch with
family and friends, and make my nomadic lifestyle as painless as possible. I’ve worked out quite
the system for travel given my adventures to well over 30 countries, so just about anyone
looking for some money-saving tips will benefit from next week’s video. If you’re not already
subscribed to my YouTube channel and signed up for my newsletter, make sure to do that
now so you don’t miss out. Now I’d like to hear from you. Share the tools
that keep your business running and that you couldn’t live without in the comments below.
If you’re on YouTube, remember to get over to the website to join in the discussion.

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