Running an online business from all over the world is made much easier with the right online tools and resources. I’ve put together an ever-growing list of the resources I use on a weekly basis but below are the top 5 sites I currently can’t work without.
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Freeagent has been a life saver from the first day I started freelancing. This online resource allows you to store client’s contact details, issue snazzy-looking invoices and keep track of who has (and hasn’t!) paid. It’s a Godsend when it comes to end of year tax returns as it allows you to pull off account reports and is very useful for people who work in multiple currencies as it helps with the conversions.
The price for sole traders starts from just $20 USD per month and if you sign up via this referral link you’ll receive a 10% discount. (You’re welcome!)
Canva is a new addition to my online resource list but boy is it a good one. Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone (including non-creatives like me), by bringing together a drag-and-drop design tool with a library of more than 1 million stock images, graphic elements and fonts. From Facebook page covers to pinterest graphics, presentations, business cards and even Kindle e-book covers; Canva have a library of templates and design tutorials to help you put together amazing, professional-looking images. It’s free to sign up, with just some premium images charged at $1 a pop.
TransferWise became very important to me after our move to Sydney as it’s a cheap and easy way to move money across international accounts. Particularly handy for travel bloggers who may be spending long periods overseas, you simply make a payment in one currency via bank transfer or credit card and it turns up in your nominated currency and bank account in approximately 2 days.
They use real mid-market exchange rates and charge a small flat fee for each transaction, so there are no surprises when the money hits your account the other end.
If you’re still not sure you might like to know that TransferWise is from the people who bought us Skype and Paypal and Richard Branson is a fan (which is a pretty decent endorsement if you ask me!).
Buffer is what I rely on to schedule my Tweets as I like the way it makes it easy to add images and you can quickly reschedule popular content to go out at peak times. (Remember to tweak the text now that Twitter is cranking down on duplicate content.)
If you like to schedule in bulk you can get an ‘Awesome’ account, which costs just $10 USD a month and allows you to queue up to 100 posts across 10 social accounts. (Buffer also has Facebook and LinkedIn integration – find out more about the features here).
I’ve been ordering my business cards from Moo since I first started blogging. They offer a range of pre-filled themes and designs as well as the ability to upload your own image or logo. The quality and finish of the items is always impressive. The service is fast, reliable but, best of all, totally affordable.
What online tools and resources could you not manage without?
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