💙 Fave Tools & Tech

💙 Fave Tools & Tech


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I love apps. My business partner says I have an app "problem." Guilty as charged! I tested and helped develop apps at the corporate level. I guess I've never stopped testing (and buying!) cool stuff. Now you get to explore my fave tools and tech.

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✨ Fave Apps

I use these almost daily

  • Book Like a Boss*: my go-to appointment scheduler
  • Pocket: here's where I save links to articles I don't have time to read
  • Canva Pro / Adobe Creative Cloud: I use both (for different things)
  • Grammarly: it's starting to get a bit invasive; and, it saves me (and my grammar) all.the.time.
  • TubeBuddy: YouTube channel optimization tool
  • Peppertype.ai: I use this as a starting place for YouTube and podcast descriptions. I always refine AI copy to my voice
  • Brain.fm: binaural beats to help me focus
  • Calm: a little meditation never hurt anyone

📬 Email Marketing

ActiveCampaign* (right now) is the best email marketing platform for Women Conquer Business and Epiphany Courses. I am also a fan of MailChimp (great integrations), Revue (capturing subscribers from Twitter), and Ghost.

🏫 Courses

If you're a solopreneur or small business Podia* is an excellent platform to get you started with creating and selling courses.

And... I also 💙 MemberVault!! The gamification and binge & buy features are amazing. I've never seen a company care so much about its customers. I love it so much that I'm a Certified Partner.

If you're looking for a "free" course platform, I recommend Gumroad. The downside of Gumroad is it takes transaction fees (instead of a monthly fee). However, it's budget-friendly, a stable product, and you can create and sell just about anything using it.

We're using Ghost and Heartbeat for Epiphany Courses. These platforms allow us to have subscription courses and cohort-based, community courses.

Epiphany Courses | Online Business Course Membership
Epiphany Courses provides short online business courses, strategies, and trusted resources to provide clear outcomes for building a service-based business.
We're using Ghost and Heartbeat for our online course membership.

🎧 Podcast Tools

Hosting

I 💯 recommend Captivate*. They're constantly adding new functionality like show notes templates, podcast episode planning, and dynamic ad insertion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Customer service.

Other podcast hosts for business include Transistor and Buzzsprout.

Editing

Mics

Ultimate Podcast Planning Checklist
Podcasting is a hot trend. How do you get started? This is THE solution for the bootstrapping podcaster.
Join Epiphany Courses and get access to this course, along with support and accountability with Jen.

🎥 Videos

Cameras

Editing

  • Camtasia: editing + pulling video clips together
  • Descript: editing + removing filler words + transcript

💎 Social Media

Lately.ai uses artificial intelligence to help you not only write and post content, it's a dream for content creators (podcasters, YouTubers, etc.) who want to share clips of their work. Lately.ai will edit and generate video or audio clips to accompany your posts. 🤯🤯 CoFounder Kate Bradley Chernis shared startup and writing secrets on the Women Conquer Business podcast.

Kate Bradley Chernis: Defying the Odds & Raising Millions
From DJ to Wal-Mart to raising millions to fund her startup, Lately.ai, you don’t want to miss this interview with Kate.
Kate Bradley Chernis, CoFounder of Lately.ai, on the Women Conquer Business podcast.

MissingLettr*: I've used it for years to quickly generate social media campaigns for blog posts. I absolutely LOVE the Curate feature, which allows other creators to share my content with their audience. I interviewed the founder, Benjamin Dell, on my podcast.

Launch Great Business Ideas In 6 Weeks or Less
Fabulous insights from Benjamin Dell, Founder, MissingLettr. How to launch ideas quickly, and promote your blog posts.
Benjamin Dell, Founder of MissingLettr, on the Women Conquer Business podcast.

🌐 Web Tools

Platforms

  • Women Conquer Business: Ghost I 💙 its incredible publication features
  • Epiphany Courses: Ghost because it is a content-rich membership platform

Plugins, Hosting & Security

Shopping Carts:

  • Studiocart* Studiocart creates sales funnels in WordPress. It's also founded and operated by Nicole Evans, a woman of color, which is awesome! 👏
  • Thrivecart I use Thrivecart to create sales funnels for Women Conquer Business

Search Engine Optimization:
RankMath its free version is full-featured and easy for the layperson to understand

Hosting:
Siteground* I've used Siteground for years. Wordpress.org recommends Siteground

Security:
If you're on WordPress you need some form of security. Sucuri is a great platform and service I've used in the past (and with clients). Most small businesses only need firewall protection. If you've been hacked, or want heightened protection get the website security plan

🗄️ Ultimate Space-Saving Desk Setup

ultimate space-saving desk setup
The "before picture" was too terrifying to share (for reals!) Here's my current desk setup. 

If you're curious about the entire space-saving desk setup I'm currently using, I've included it below.

Why? Because I suspect many of you don't have my patience — nay, stubbornness, curiosity, budget — to try numerous configurations for 3 years. I know, I know...

Here's what I'm working with:

  • Room size: 8' x 10'
  • Desk size: 48" x 24"
  • Computer: 16" MacBook Pro, laptop stand, Trackpad, Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
  • Misc: Podcast mic, webcam, lighting for video calls and streaming

I wanted space to work at my desk WITHOUT giving up access to my whiteboard, closet, or office windows.

Here's how I did it: