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
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
Dropbox – Secure file sharing and storage solution.
LastPass – Securely store and share all of your passwords.
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.
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.
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.
Grammarly – Free online grammar checker.
Hemmingway App – Makes your writing bold and clear.
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.
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.