We all believe in working smarter, not harder, right?
When it comes to creating content or managing a business we are gifted with so many online resources that can make our lives easier.
Whether you are a social media manager, blogger, graphic designer or a small business owner, there is an abundance of tools that can make you work more productively.
But just in case you are having trouble sifting through the saturation of resources available, we have compiled a list of 13 awesome (& cheap) resources that will change your life.
Easily find the colour of any pixel or area on any website. ColorZilla is a Google Chrome and Firefox extension that is ideal for anyone creating their own content.
To find a colour, click on the eyedropper icon in extensions area and select “pick colour from page”.
ColorZilla displays the colour in RGB format and HEX code.
Slack is a “collaboration hub that moves work forward”. This software is great for working in teams. You can send messages, tools and files.
Pin items to the top that require urgency. This is a great software to keep things dedicated to a workspace, without the distraction of Facebook.
Pricing: Free, $6.67/mo, $12.50/mo
If you have Snagit, it will easily be one of your most used tools daily. Snagit can capture your screen and lets you edit images before saving.
You can also record videos and share instantly or save to your computer.
Trello is a visual work management tool that has become increasingly popular in recent years. You can invite team members to collaborate on “boards”. A board is comprised of cards ordered on lists which can be used to organise just about anything.
Upload attachments, due dates, text and images.
Pricing: Free, $12.50/mo, $119.99/yr
Grammarly is the writing assistant that you need in your life! Install Grammarly for free to make sure you never make a grammatical error again. It will detect spelling, punctuation, word choice and style mistakes in your copy.
Grammarly does not currently work with Microsoft Word or Google Docs, but you can save the files and upload them to your Grammarly account to be checked for errors.
Pricing: Free, $11.66/mo
Piktochart is a magical application that is great for making infographics. Choose from over 600 infographic templates to design from.
You should be using infographics as an effective way to deliver your content as they are read more than 30 times than text posts.
You can also use Piktochart to make flyers and presentations.
Pricing: Free, $12.5/mo
Canva is a graphic design application that doesn’t require any graphic design experience. Perfect for making images for your social media accounts. All you need to do is drag and drop and you will have a masterpiece in a matter of minutes.
You can create from a blank canvas or choose from a template.
To make life even easier for you, choose from templates such as:
- Facebook cover
- Facebook post
- Google header
- Instagram post
You will never have to worry about image sizes again!
Pricing: Free, $12.95/mo
Asana is a team management tool that ensures you hit deadlines and reach your goals. Asana allows you to assign roles, add tasks, share details and create boards.
One of the best things about Asana is the mobile app. You will be notified when team members complete tasks, and reminded when you have upcoming tasks due.
Pricing: Free, $7.5/mo
Did you know you have access to over 900 free songs on YouTube Audio Library? That’s right, free for commercial use that is perfect for content creators.
Search by genre, mood, instrument or duration. You can also filter results by attribution or attribution not required.
There is also a large library of sound effects you can choose from if you require sound grabs for shorter videos.
Pond5 is a website that has over 80,000 public domain videos and images that are free for commercial use.
Many of the free videos include historical footage of Charlie Chaplin, Martin Luther King and NASA missions.
The paid version of Pond5 is $1390/year and gives you access to over 500,000 video clips and 10 downloads per month. They also sell a range of HD and 4K videos.
Harvest is a time tracking tool that is perfect for any business or freelancer. If you have a bunch of projects on-the-go, make sure you are keeping track of how long each task takes you to complete. After all, you want to make sure you are getting paid accordingly.
Some of the features include; sending your timesheet to clients and turning your timesheets into invoices.
Pricing: Free, $12/mo
Dropbox is a file hosting service that is ideal for sharing large files with team members. With a free subscription, you are allowed 2 gigabytes of storage space. If you require more storage space, you can get 2 terabytes on the Dropbox Standard plan.
With Dropbox, you can share links with anyone via email or you can create a link to send by messenger. You can choose if the recipient can view only or edit the file or folder.
Pricing: Free, $17.50/mo, $27.50/mo
HootSuite is a social media management platform that supports Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+.
With HootSuite you can schedule posts, create content, gain access to analytics and monitor topics that are related to your brand.
The Hootsuite dashboard is simple and easy to use. Highly recommended if your social accounts need some organising.
Pricing: Free: Free, $25/mo
What resources and tools have we missed? We would love to hear from you in the comments!