A Trello board is simply a folder for your company or a specific
project therein. Once you open the board, you can create several labeled lists of to-dos, reminders, blog post ideas, etc. For
each item on a list, you add cards. Each card can have a due
date, notes, multiple members working on it, attachments,
comments, and more. So not only can an individual use Trello
to stay organized, a team of people can use Trello to stay on
task while communicating what they need to do, what they’re
working on, and what they’ve finished.
For the business that’s just sprouting its
wings, why not use the most affordable version
of QuickBooks: QuickBooks Self-Employed. For
only five dollars a month, you can use this app to keep track of
both profit and expenses. You can add to each category manu-
ally or link the bank accounts you use for your business to the
app, which allows you to easily review purchases and either
exclude or include each in the expenses and profit categories.
You can even create invoices for clients from right within the
app and email them the bill. Plus, you can use the app to keep
track of business spending and deductions for tax season.
Speaking of taxes, for an added seven dollars a month, you
can choose the Tax Bundle subscription, which makes it easy
to file annual taxes, make year-around payments, and general-
ly be and stay prepared for tax season.
When you work for someone else, you
usually have a set schedule you can rely on.
You know what hours you’re going to work
and when your shift is over. But entrepreneurs are known
for overworking themselves to the point that it’s not actually
helping the business. That’s why you need Hours Tracker. Set
your hourly rate and start the clock—track how much you’re
working and the rate you deserve to be making. This will allow
you to see where you need more balance in your life and will
also make it clear how much to pay yourself for the month. It
may seem obvious to some, but a lot of new business own-
ers have to face the fact that profit and income are different.
When you’re paying yourself, it’s important to treat yourself
like an employee, so you’re earning what you deserve while
also not overpaying yourself and hurting the business. Using
HoursTracker is one way to ensure you’re treating your
employees, your clients, and yourself fairly.
The tricky thing about social media is that
(often) we’re accustomed to using it for en-
tertainment. It takes a complete shift in our
perspective to begin using social media as the business and
brand-building tool that it is. Which means, like many other
aspects of business, we need to create a strategy, test it out,
and make improvements all along the way. UNUM is a free
app that makes planning your Instagram feed super easy. Your
Instagram needs to tell the story of your brand using color,
images, and captions. But posting daily without having a plan
is an unsustainable, exhausting way to use social media for
business. Plus, planning out your feed will allow you to get a
feeling for your own brand. Trust me, planning is your friend! �
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Get Your Business Up & Running
Marie Forleo’s B-School
This is an unconventional product to feature, since it’s truly an online
course. However, for any service-based or online business, B-School
is a priceless investment. Marie Forleo and her team host the course
once a year; but if you’ve paid once, you’ve paid for a lifetime. Which
means that as the course is updated over the years, you’ll have access
to the resources it offers forever. I took this course three years ago;
what I learned was so thoroughly absorbed by my brain that it feels like
a second language. With six modules, B-School covers your Profit Plan,
Website, Communication, List Building, Offerings, and Marketing, plus
incredible bonuses. Is it way out of your budget? Forleo also offers free
scholarships to the program each year, so it’s worth subscribing to her
mailing list if you want to know when and how to submit your application.