Here are the Tech + Tools I use to manage my freelance design biz.
Please Note: I only recommend products and services that I have used myself. Some of these are my affiliate links.
Amazing screen for creating graphics with! I upgraded my memory and now I'm blazin' fast.
My sturdy 2011 version has been going-strong! I take it with me when I'm traveling so I can work on-the-go.
iPad Mini with Retina Display
I love this tablet for all sorts of uses (my daughter loves it too), but mostly for checking how websites view on the tablet.
Whether you're Android or iPhone, any tech-girl #ladyboss will know this is her best friend! I currently use a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge.
Adobe Creative Cloud
My go-to software suite! I use Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign on the daily.
I am new to Dubsado, but loving it so far! Give your clients access to their contract, invoice and any proofs, all in one beautiful interface. Also, you can add a client portal right to your website, so convenient! If you sign up with the link here, you will get 20% off your first month of Dubsado!
I had my doubts about switching from Wordpress to Squarespace, but now I'm in love. Creating websites is a beautiful experience with Squarespace!
If you are DIY-ing your own graphics for your business, and Photoshop is not an option, Canva is a good alternative.
MARKETING + AUTOMATION TOOLS
MailChimp or MailerLite
I recommend starting with MailChimp until you have 1,000+ subscribers (it's Free until 2,000). Then up your game with MailerLite - it's easy to use, and easier on your budget as you gain more subscribers. Click here for my affiliate link, and earn $20 when you sign up for MailerLite!
BoardBooster or Tailwind
BoardBooster is awesome for setting up Pinterest campaigns and looping your pins so they are seen throughout the day. Tailwind is a powerhorse scheduler that helps you schedule your pins, and forget it! Click the link here for a free $15 credit with Tailwind.
A handy online software that helps you organize your projects into lists, so you can check them off and stay on task. No more Post-its!
I'm currently obsessed with Trello! It is an organizational tool that helps you plan out your systems. I use this to plan out every step of my design packages, plan my weekly content, as well as my goals and strategies for planning new products and services.
A calendar scheduling tool that lets your client book their appointment with you right from your website! Squarespace users have the benefit of automatically integrating their Acuity appointment calendars right on their sites!
This nifty little app can be used so others can share your blog posts on any social media platform. It can also be used to capture leads, and more!