Tools

As a Life Mechanic, I help clients implement and maximize the role that software, online tools, and other systems can play in making their businesses efficient and profitable.

If your systems are in need of a tune-up, check out a few of the tools I use and those I often recommend for my clients:

My Top 5 Tools

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I'm always curious about what software programs other business professionals are using.  It's fun to play around and see which one I feel makes me most efficient.  So here are the top 5 tools I use for my multiple businesses.

1. MailChimp

2. Quickbooks

3. Calendly

4. Rev Transcriptions

I produce a lot of video for my business, but to make full use of it I always get a transcript and captions. Want to try Rev out for yourself? Click here for a $10 credit on your first order.

5. Typeform

Website Management Tools

NameCheap

If you need your own domain, or if you need hosting, I recommend NamecheaiPage to my clients. I have been using their services since 2010, and find their start up prices very affordable, as well as maintaining domains and hosting after the initial discount for less than $80. Plus, each domain you purchase comes with credits for Google and Facebook ads, and so much more!

WordPress

There are so many benefits of using a WordPress website to list here, but luckily I wrote an awesome blog post about it. 🙂

Genesis WP Themes

You could go look for a theme and get lost in the ThemeForest, or you could simplify the process and go to StudioPress.com to get a Genesis-based theme. It’s by far my favorite theme for creating beautiful websites, with simple maintenance and set up.

Marketing Management Tools

MailChimp

If you’re just starting your business, or have less than 1,000 email subscribers, I highly recommend using MailChimp as your email service. They are simple, super affordable ($10/mo. for 500 subscribers), and their emails are super customizable to highlight your brand.

Ontraport

If your business is growing rapidly, or you’re just ready to go to the Pro level, I recommend Ontraport. Much less bulky and confusing then it’s top-level counterpart, Infusion-suck, Ontraport is sleek, intuitive, and comes with the additional benefits of managing more than just your emails, but you can create sales pages, custom forms, and collect payments.

Hootsuite

Hootsuite allows you to schedule your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ posts in one spot. For less than 5 social media accounts, Hootsuite is free. But upgrading to the Pro level also gives you additional analytics benefits. You can also add on applications to schedule Pinterest pins and Instagram pics.

Proof

If you’re looking to boost sales, the best way is to show social proof. And Proof is the tool to use, that shows a tiny pop up in the bottom left of who is opting in to your free trainings, and recent sales purchases. When people see others buying, they’ll want to buy too!

Deadline Funnel for making offers that expire.

Time Management

Calendly

Use Calendly to accept client consultations, weekly meetings, and more. It instantly syncs with your Google Calendar.

ScheduleOnce

If you don’t use Google Calendar to keep you appointments, ScheduleOnce is a great tool to use instead, and syncs with Outlook, iCal, and more.

To see some of my favorite tools in action, and for a detailed description of how I use them in my business, check out my Semi-Secret Marketing Tools.

*This page contains affiliate links.

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#Samcart for eCommerce.

#Active Campaign for email.

#Thinkific for giving online courses.

#WebinarJam for webinars.

#Lead Pages for opt-in pages and sales pages.

#Asana for project management.

#Chargebee for recurring subscriptions.

#Freshbooks for invoicing.

#Mind Meister for brainstorming.

#Zapier for connecting different apps and sending data back and forth.

#Greetabl for cute client gifts.

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