resources & useful links

I'm often asked what tools, apps, websites and articles I recommend and having been a VA for the past four years I have used many apps and programs. Technology makes our business lives so much easier, allowing us to work where we want, when we want and be more productive. It is therefore essential that we embrace it - if you already haven’t done so...

The apps below are all tools that I have used or still do use and recommend. There aren't any affiliate links so I don't make any commission from you signing up - it's purely based on my experience and preference. The list is regularly updated so make sure you revisit. 

So many apps so little time...

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    Slack 

    Great communication tool which takes conversation away from email within your business

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    Zoom

    Free, easy to use video conferencing for chat & webinars. Simply send a link.

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    LastPass

    Password manager and secure method of sharing password with clients.

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    Canva

    An essential graphic design tool that's easy to use with templates, photos and fonts.

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    QuickBooks

    Subscription based accounting software which is easy to use, Desktop & mobile versions.

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    FreeAgent

    Accounting software which integrates with a variety of apps  More expensive than QB.

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    Toggl

    Free time tracking software. Works on desktop and mobile apps as well as a Chrome extension. 

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    WeTransfer

    Send large files, up to 2GB, securely with this free app. Great for sending video files.  

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    Mailchimp

    Free email marketing software with upgrade options. Includes landing pages & automation.

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    Trello

    Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize projects and work collaboratively

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    Dropbox

    Cloud based file storage system which allows you to share documents with other people.

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    Feedly

    News aggregator app for various web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Andro

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    Flipboard

    Another news and social network aggregator but more visual and organised by subject.

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    Data Studio

    Google's Data Studio allows you to create interactive dashboards and reports. It's free & easy to use.

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    Hootsuite

    Manage your social media in one place. 3 channels free of charge & schedule 30 posts per month.

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    Planoly

    Instagram approved scheduler. Drop and drag planning tool with auto-scheduling. 

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    Screencast 

    Screencast-O-Matic is a screencasting & video editing software used via your browser

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    RiteTag

    No idea which hashtags to use? Then this app is for you. Available on desktop & mobile.

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    Eyedropper

    This eyedropper tool is a Google Chrome extension.

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    Survey Monkey

    Create cloud-based surveys of your own or via a range of templates. 

useful websites

GOV.UK - lots of info on registering your business and the difference between sole traders etc.  

The LEP Network - there will be a LEP network somewhere near you, just click on the map location. They provide all sorts of events and support for businesses locally including start ups and Social Enterprises. 

The Business & IP Centre - provides entrepreneurs and SMEs across the UK with free access to databases, market research, journals, directories and reports worth thousands of pounds. There is a programme of free and low-cost events and workshops on a range of topics including business planning, marketing and intellectual property.

Trademarks - lots of info here on what and how to trademark

Cyber Security - A small business guide to cyber security aimed at sole traders and small to medium sized firms. 

Co-Working - Fed up with working on your own at home or perhaps you need to get out and network? Co-working spaces are a great way to meet new people, get inspired and collaborate. 

GDPR - an assessment for small businesses and sole traders to see how well you comply with the law. 

Enterprise Nation - This is a great website packed full of advice and support for small businesses.

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