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Online Entrepeneurs’ Tools of the Trade


If you’re an online entrepreneur, you’ve likely needed to find some tools of the trade that help you streamline your work. Me too. In this post, I’m going to share my favorite tools that I’ve discovered during my five years of running businesses. 

(The links below are to the direct sites for each item, none are affiliate links.)

Grammarly: I love Grammarly for on-the-go editing! From quick updates around word usage (spell check doesn’t ask you if you mean effect or affect) to when a sentence ends with a dangling participle and everything in between, Grammarly’s got your back

Toggl: I use this for time-tracking my projects since many, but not all, need me to keep a keen eye on how much time I’m spending on them. After using this tool for a long time, I’ve now realized how long it takes me to create a blog post or draft up a newsletter to my list. Using this info, I can more accurately schedule my tasks since I know how long each will take me.

Eye Dropper: this is a Chrome extension that I love as a web designer. I’ve had clients who want specific colors but they may not have the hex code necessary for me to use it on their site. This often comes from an old logo that a client needs to be translated into the design of their site, or a color that they’ve noticed from an example site and love.

Loom: I record video tutorials for all of my new web design clients using Loom. They’ll host it in your private files under your account and you can share videos by link or folder. They’re easy to link to from Facebook, in an email, or in a shared document.

Full Page Screen Capture: another Chrome extension that I love to use with my web design clients. Creating a site that matches the design in someone else’s head is a tricky business, so I create drafts for clients to view. Often, I need to send a screenshot of a site or page in progress and this tool helps me create it quickly by scrolling down the whole page.

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