Five Helpful Apps/Websites for Bloggers + Entrepreneurs
If you're a blogger or an entrepreneur, then you know that you are always finding ways to be productive on the go. One of the easiest ways for me to do that is to download the apps for my most used websites. That way, I can update my editorial calendar, respond to blog posts, send newsletters, etc. while on the go. Here are my top five productivity app suggestions for bloggers and entrepreneurs:
My favorite app and website at the moment is Airtable. Airtable helps you organize just about everything! I personally use it as an editorial calendar, launch calendar, budget, and to do list. I also use it for employee on boarding in my 9-5. Airtable allows you to make your own databases (or spreadsheets) to manage projects, plan events, or track inventory. I like Airtable because each database comes with different types of fields, such as attachment for pictures or files, checkboxes, dates, url, or rating. They also offer different views for your database so that you can view it as a spreadsheet, a calendar or a gallery.
I currently use the free Airtable plan that comes with the most important features. When you first sign up you do get a free trial to one of their premium plans, but since downgrading I haven't really noticed a different. Airtable also has a mobile app that is really helpful. You can learn more about Airtable here.
If you are a blogger or business owner, chances are you've needed to create images for your website. I personally prefer to use Canva. Canva is a free graphic-design website that allows you to create posters, invitations, logos, social media graphics, resumes, and more! Canva does offer an upgraded version, Canva for Work, that gives you access to 400,000 free photos and illustrations. You can also organize your uploads and designs in folders and save your brand colors, logos, and fonts. I personally use the free version which still offers tons of images, illustrations, templates, and fonts. You can click here to sign up for Canva and start a free trial of Canva for Work.
The next app that I find super helpful is Planoly. Planoly is designed to help you visually plan out your Instagram Feed. It allows you to schedule posts, drag and drop photos, view your analytics, and manage and reply to your comments. For those who like their IG Feeds to look a certain way Planoly is the perfect app to help you see how it will look before you press post! There's nothing worse than posting a photo and realizing it doesn't really go with the aesthetic of your feed. Planoly can help you to avoid that. I personally use the free plan but they also offer a Solo plan for $9/mo, a Duo plan for $19/mo, and more. I will probably upgrade to the Solo plan eventually so that I can schedule more photos every month. Click here to sign up for Planoly!
When I first started blogging one of the biggest tips out there was to create an email list. I personally use Mailchimp to send out my newsletters. I like Mailchimp because it's free and pretty easy to use. They offer templates and it's really easy to customize your own emails. It did take a little while for me to figure out how to best use the lists and group features, but I think I'm starting to get the hang of it. If you have less than 2,000 email subscribers, you can send up to 12,000 emails per month for free. For small businesses or bloggers, this is perfect! If you have more than 2,000 subscribers then you can sign up for a monthly plan where cost is based on number of subscribers or the Pay As You Go plan where you buy credits as necessary. Mailchimp also offers an app which I have, but don't really use. There are a lot of different email marketing sites, but Mailchimp makes the most sense for where I'm at right now. If you're interested in trying it out yourself, you can get more info here.
5. Blogging App
When I say Blogging App I mean the app for wherever your blog is hosted - Wordpress, Squarespace, etc. I personally think it's important to have these apps because it allows you to write and edit blog posts, respond to comments, or check analytics from wherever you are. I love having an idea for blog and being able to just open the app and begin writing, knowing that when I open Squarespace on my laptop the draft will be right there. The Wordpress app is really nice because it also allows you to see the blogs in your Reader, or search for other blogs in the Wordpress community. If you don't have the app for your blog on your phone, I definitely recommend getting it!
So those are my top five most helpful apps. What are your favorite productivity apps? Let me know in the comments!
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