Finding the right tools for the job can be a challenge. As a solopreneur using the tools to help you become more efficient is key. Here are a few of my best tools for creating content for my business.
Google drive allows me to share my work with my editor easily. But one the newest tools added to Google Drive is the research tool. Which allows me to do Google searches right within my document window. Select tools and then research.
When I need a new app to solve a problem I will now choose to do my search at Product Hunt. Product Hunt was a new discovery that is a curation of the best new products, every day. You can discover the latest mobile apps, websites and technology available. It also allows you to create collections. Like my new Twitter Tools Collection.
To keep track of ideas and resources I love Evernote. Easily save content to a project folder for quick access. From short lists to lengthy research, no matter what form your writing takes, Evernote keeps you focused on moving those ideas from inspiration to completion.
Hemingway editor allows you to paste your blog posts or any content and identifies errors in structure and more. Once you have made your corrections you can download the content as html code to paste into your blog.
Canva is the simplest image creating and editing tool I have ever used. It has numerous templates to choose from or you can customize the dimensions to whatever you need.
One more graphics program with templates for any marketing and content creation you could need, from business cards to infographics.
If you’ve ever had to create a PowerPoint or SlideShare presentation in a pinch, you’ll wish you knew about Haiku Deck. This tool helps you quickly find simple layouts, beautiful images, and great fonts. It’s available for the web and for iPad. Easy to download and upload to SlideShare.
When you just want to add something comical to your content generate a meme. This resource is very easy to use.
Want to attract attention to your content in social media? Find a gimph for almost any emotion for an added touch of humor.
Both platforms make it easy to curate content into a list from multiple sources. Then you can embed your creation on your blog. Also, is one more way to get your business in front of another audience.
Top 7 Books Every Solopreneur Should Read
Every solopreneur should fill their book shelves (or digital shelves) with these 7 books.
During our ten-year association, I learned the missing number to my combination for worldwide successful achievement. The Master Mind Principle: two or more persons working together in complete harmony toward a mutual goal or goals...Napoleon Hill's philosophy teaches you what you were never taught.
"Pink's analysis--and new model--of motivation offers tremendous insight into our deepest nature."-Publishers Weekly
Michael Gerber's The E-Myth Revisited should be required listening for anyone thinking about starting a business or for those who have already taken that fateful step. The title refers to the author's belief that entrepreneurs--typically brimming with good but distracting ideas--make poor businesspeople.
Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Third Edition) - Kindle edition by Sam Carpenter. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Work The System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less (Third Edition).
"Paul Boehmer's energetic reading contributes to the author's streetwise vibe. Boehmer's quick pacing and smart-aleck tone are good vehicles for pouring out Kawasaki's potent no-nonsense advice." ---AudioFile
Apple's former chief evangelist leads businessfolk down the path to enchantment. The entrepreneur's entrepreneur is back with his 10th book, this time tackling the tricky art of influence and persuasion. Kawasaki (Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging and Outmarketing Your Competition, 2011, etc.)
Are you really surprised when you hear that people don't trust marketers? After all, who wants to be considered a "target," a "demographic," or just a faceless piece of "market share"? Who wants such a relationship? What's in it for them?Yet even as they resist "marketing," your customers are embracing causes and communities that have meaning for them.
These are the tools I use everyday to create content for myself and clients. Is there a resource I left off that you find helpful? Please share it in the comments.