App & Tool Recommendations

Alfred

Why I Love This App:

I figured out one day that I was wasting, on average, 20-30 minutes each day trying to find specific files on my computer. So I started using the standard search feature on iOS (command key + space bar), and it worked alright. I wasn't impressed.

But then I found this tool! Alfred allows me to search for files on my computer twice as fast and with much more accuracy than the standard Apple search feature. This is one of my favorite apps out there.

Click here to download the app for free.


Boomerang For Gmail

Why I Love This App:

Boomerang allows you to cue up reminders when people don't respond to your emails. For example, I use Boomerang to notify me when an email I sent doesn't get a response after 48 hours. This saves me hours of follow up time and digging back through my sent folder.

Boomerang just added a new feature called Inbox Pause. I use this feature to pause my inbox when I'm responding to old emails. It keeps me from getting distracted when new emails come in.

Click here to download the app.


Crozdesk

Why I Love This App:

Doing a manual search online to compare software solutions sucks...and it can take hours. I used Crozdesk when I was comparing CRM solutions. I was debating Pipedrive vs. Salesforce, and I didn't know what else was out there for small business owners.

With Crozdesk, I could do a side-by-side comparison of pricing, features, andreviews—helping me find a solution that fit my specific needs in just a few minutes.

Click here to check out the tool (it's free!).


FreshStart

Why I Love This App:

Have certain tasks that require the same 3-5 web browser tabs to be open at the same time—every time you perform the task? FreshStart allows you to save those tabs as presets.

For example, if you have multiple tabs opened when you're posting social media content, you can create a preset in FreshStart called Social Media. Every time you start this task all you have to do is click on the preset and—in just one click—you can open all of your social media pages, Buffer, your website, etc.

Click here to download the app for free.


Hemingway

Why I Love This App / Tool:

Shout out to Jordan Carroll for recommending this app! Hemingway comes in handy for social media posts and articles.

Copy / paste your copy into the app, and Hemingway will provide recommendations to improve your writing. I use this app to proofread and provide the final edits for my LinkedIn posts, blog articles, and this newsletter.

Click here to check out the app (it's free).


iLovePDF

Why I Love This App / Tool:

I send quite a few large attachments in emails. People always complain about them, and they rarely get opened. iLovePDF is a super simple tool for scaling down the size of PDFs and picture files without sacrificing quality.

If you're making slide decks, PDFs, proposals, or large images you're gonna want to check out this tool.

Click here to check out the app (it's free).


Last Pass

Why I Love This App:

With all of the cyber security craziness going on lately (Equifax...cough...cough) it's smart to use encrypted passwords. But generating an encrypted password, not to mention remembering it, can be quite the challenge

LastPass does both and can manage all of the passwords on your phone and computer.

Click here to check out the tool (it's free, and the paid plan is only $2 / month).


News Feed Eradicator

Why I Love This App:

One day I caught myself scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR. I immediately wanted to delete Facebook, which wasn't feasible because I need it for the groups and ads features.

I stumbled across News Feed Eradicator which lets me use Facebook like normal, but without the newsfeed. I can still look at group pages or ads campaigns, but without the worry of distraction in the newsfeed. This app has easily saved me 2-3 hours each week.

Click here to download the app for free.


Paste

Why I Love This App:

I noticed one day I was copying/pasting the same 10-15 lines of text over and over again—scheduling links, email responses, meeting responses, etc. With Paste, I can store everything I've ever copied into one place for easy access later.

This easily saves 15-30 minutes each day by eliminating back and forth copying/pasting. Paste costs $9.99 (I know, it's expensive for an app), but it's worth every cent.

Click here to check out the app (Mac users only).


ScheduleOnce

Why I Love This App:

Ever send emails or texts back and forth to schedule a meeting? I HATE when this happens. It's a huge time waster.

This app allows you to set up a booking page, open up times in your calendar, and even create custom appointment types (short phone calls, in-person meetings, interviews, etc). I use this app nearly everyday.

Click here to try ScheduleOnce for free, with paid plans starting at $5 / month.


UglyEmail

Why I Love This App / Tool:

I like knowing when emails open are tracked. UglyEmail blocks email tracking, so that senders won't know if you're opening their emails.

This app comes in handy when you don't want to respond to someone's emails—especially if you're opening everything they send your way.

Click here to check out the app (it's free).


Unroll.Me

Why I Love This App:

Unroll.me let's me unsubscribe to emails in bulk, all in one place, instantly. I can also create a "roll up" and bunch up all of the newsletters I subscribe to into one email.

It's free. Check it out. You won't regret it.

Click here to download the app.


UpWork

Why I Love This App / Tool:

UpWork is the premiere resource for finding and hiring great freelancers and VAs from all over the world.

UpWork provides data on how a freelancer was rated on past projects, their length of time on the platform, the amount earned, and overall satisfaction rating from other people who've hired them.

Click here to check out UpWork.


Way of Life

Why I Love This App:

Habits are the systems that make accomplishing our goals much easier. Way of Life is the easiest way I've found to track basic habits around your diet, exercise, health, morning routine, business building activities...the list goes on.

I've used this app to help me stop drinking alcohol (going on 6+ months!), stop smoking cigarettes (going on 18+ months!), eat a healthier diet, and to make exercise a routine part of my week.

You can download the app here: iPhone version | Android version

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