Resources I'm Loving Right Now - August

Resources I'm Loving Right Now - August
Running a business totally on your own has some major setbacks…
I mean, how on earth am I supposed to work on designing new things, shipping products, marketing, finances, keeping organized, AND have a social life while working a full-time job alongside this “side-hustle”?

Let me tell you, it’s definitely not easy.
And it’s sure going to continue being a “trial-and-error” road for a while now.
BUT, even though it’s tough - not all of it has to be.

With this post I want to share with you a few online tools that have helped me continue to do #allthethings while keeping me a little more sane.
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Asana.
Asana is the FREE resource I use to plan out my work, projects, and launches.
It’s sort of the same as Trello, but a lot sleeker in my opinion.
You can create individual projects and tasks, add due dates, and assign each to a different person in your company (if needed).
One of the main reasons I started choosing Asana over Trello was because of how easy it is to use. Now I still love Trello, but while using it I constantly felt like it was more work adding things onto my trello boards than actually doing the projects that I was planning.
Asana also allows you to create subtask checklists within a task.
Want to try out Asana but need tips?
I learned the basics from Haley at Profit Planner and it was SO helpful!

InDesign
I’m sure you’ve heard of InDesign before.
It’s a product of Adobe that I use mostly to create documents or templates.
Before jumping into InDesign, I’d been using Illustrator to create everything from product designs to mockups, and blog post promos to website graphics.
I just couldn’t work up the courage to spend money on InDesign and Illustrator.
Girl, I wish I made the jump sooner.
InDesign is full of so many more attributes than Illustrator and makes designing 10x faster.
With website graphics or blog promos, all I do is create a template - then I can input different info with each blog post in under 5 minutes!
I still use Illustrator for my product designs though, so no love is lost there. :)

Tailwind
If you haven’t heard of Tailwind… you’re missing out.
Tailwind has been on my radar for about a year now, and I never really understood what the hype was all about - until the last few months.
I never thought scheduling pinterest pins would help my business in any way, but I was SO wrong.
Since using Tailwind, almost 70% of my website sessions come from Pinterest..
Can you believe that? Out of every 10 visits, 7 are most likely from Pinterest.
I don’t know about you, but that’s a huge improvement for me, and I’d be crazy to not recommend you start Tailwind TODAY. Try the free trial if you aren’t sure (but I’m sure you’ll be all-in within the first week).

Wave
I’m just now starting to use Wave, but I’m loving the idea of it so far!
Wave allows me to keep track of all my business finances and create invoices for the freeeee.
I don’t have too much to say about Wave yet, but I thought I’d get the name out there if you want to try it out along with me!

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