25+ Top tools for freelancers & solopreneurs

Building a business from the ground up takes a lot of hard work. With this curated list of resources, you’ll have a leg up—on your competition!

I have tested and use every recommendation on this page. 

If you have any questions about them, feel free to ask on Twitter or email me at coach at zacharysexton.com.

Also, before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:

Sales & Prospecting

Contactually - Strengthen your professional relationships and grow your business by following up with the right people at the right time. See demo here.

Marketing Automation

ConvertKit - Email marketing made easy. It has the power of Infusionsoft, but easier to use than MailChimp. See demo here.

MeetEdgar - Recycle your best social updates automatically. See demo here.

Website Hosting & Design

Beaver Builder - Responsive WordPress websites, without the code. 

Bluehost - Get a free domain and website hosting for as low as $3.95 a month.

Flywheel - WordPress hosting and management. Built for designers and agencies.

Audio & Video Production

Canva – Amazingly simple graphic design software. Use this free online tool to create beautiful designs for your blog, social media, presentations and more.

Screenflow – Record your screen. Edit your video. Share with the world. Perfect for tutorials and other how-to videos.

Storyblocks – Stock photos, video, and audio at a low annual subscription rate.

Passwords Security and Backup

Backblaze – Automatic personal or business computer backup at $50 a year. Compare it to other backup services here. Read reviews here. Get the free trial here. Do it.

Dropbox – Secure file sharing and storage solution.

LastPass – Securely store and share all of your passwords.

Productivity Tools

Assistant.to - Book meetings with one email. No back & forth. No double bookings. And it's free! A must-have plug-in for any service-based entrepreneur who uses Gmail.

Boomerang - Free Gmail plugin that allows you to:

  • write messages now and schedule them to deliver at any time
  • schedule messages to return to your inbox at a later time
  • remind yourself to follow up on messages that don't get a response within a certain time.

Great for automatically following up with prospects or sending reminder emails to the forgetful people in your life (including yourself).  

Calendly – Schedule meetings without the back-and-forth emails using personalized links that optimize your work schedule. Calendly also allows you to ask questions and send automated reminders so everyone shows up prepared and on time. 

Evernote – Capture, organize and share notes from anywhere.

FocusMate - Virtual co-working for accountability.

Loom – Recording quick videos is often faster and more clear than typing. This free Chrome app makes recording those videos a breeze.

TextExpander – Type more with less effort! TextExpander saves you time and keystrokes, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. Find out more here.

Trello – A work organization tool that lets you organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way. See Demo Videos Here.

Video Speed Controller – Want to add a fast-forward button to all of your online videos?  This free Chrome extension makes watching videos lightning fast.

Communication Tools

Skype – Popular video conferencing and messaging app.

Slack – A shared workspace where conversations are organized and accessible.

Zoom – Powerful and easy to use video conferencing software.

Writing Tools

Grammarly – Free online grammar checker.

Hemmingway App – Makes your writing bold and clear.

Scrivener – Organize your long form content. Here's a course I took to learn how to learn Scrivener fast. Super helpful.  

Delegation and Outsourcing

Aristosourcing.com - Hire a full or part-time virtual assistant to help with website updates, social media, graphic design or other behind the scenes work needed for your service-based business. Very affordable. Amazing owner. Listen to founder podcast interview here

Hiremymom.com - Hire a full or part-time virtual assistant to help with customer support, email marketing, social media or other behind and in front of the scenes work needed to grow your business. Affordable. Amazing talent pool. Listen to founder podcast interview here. 

Upwork.com - Find affordable help for your one-off projects. 

Zapier - Zapier allows you to connect apps and automate workflows. It's like the duct tape of the internet. 

Books

Reviews coming soon

Courses That Work

Learn Scrivener Fast - One of the best self-paced online courses I've taken to date. Short videos. Simple index. I learned how to use Scrivener Fast. 

Brains For Hire

Need a website that converts? Talk to Ryan.

Want to scale your business with Facebook advertising? Brice is your man.

Want to optimize your email newsletter? Michael will improve the clarity of your message.

Spending too much time on admin? Zack will automate and streamline your workflow.