Top Tools For Working Remotely
Working from your laptop presents an incredible freedom – but along with that freedom comes a learning curve. Adjusting to having to make your own coffee may be one thing, but learning how to do all the things that go into your amazing online business can have it’s fair share of bumps in the road. It’s all part of the adventure, and one day you’ll know all your favorite tools, too! For now, I did all the yucky trial and error and now have a solid list of the top tools for working remotely that I love and use/used for my online business:
Although I’ve used QuickBooks to keep track of my self-employment income for several years, I’m recently discovered an even more versatile and impressive software I couldn’t be without for the type of working I’m doing oh the blog- Intuit’s QuickBooks Invoicing. I can send profesh looking invoices to clients that I do freelance work for with a click! MY FAVORITE PART is that I can tell when they are viewed, so I use this for appropriate follow-up. I’ve seen a drastic increase on the return time of paid invoices since I started utilizing QuickBook’s Invoicing software. I cannot believe I was manually emailing my clients and putting everything through PayPal. I wish I had accessed this gem sooner.
I make my pretty web images (my sidebar ads, my pins, my blog images) fast and consistently with the online editing software PicMonkey. I’ve tried other competing brands and I always come back to PicMonkey. Now that they have an online Hub where I can save images, I am absolutely delighted with them. I feel like I’ve learned the basics of graphic design just my playing around with this software. It’s that simple! And that doesn’t mean it’s basic, either. You can install your own fonts and use them just like the big expensive photo editing software. It covers all that and more than I need for running an online business, so it’s one of my top tools for working remotely.
This is the backbone of my entire website and the host in which I rely on. I use BlueHost to power my blog and website, the same blog and website that makes me money, so I HAVE to trust and LOVE my host. And I do! The down time is one of the lowest of ALL the big host companies, and customer service is either phone or chat – plus it’s responsive. I’ve had to speak with them twice, and it was a mistake I made in my WordPress dashboard that honestly had nothing to do with my hosting, but they helped me out anyway and instructed me on how to fix a coding mistake I had made! Now that I understand the difference between the coding on WordPress and a host, I look back and realize how out of scope that request was and I appreciate them even more. Also, the name of your blog should depend on if the domain is available. So check into the availability of your blog name via Bluehost. BONUS Commissions you get as an affiliate for having someone pick a domain name for you are fantastic, and they have a very organized affiliate program, which makes a lot of bloggers and online business owners HUGE fans of Bluehost.
Of course, I have an extensive list of my top tools for working remotely that I use daily, but these ones I use on the regular and they keep me sane – I ESPECIALLY wish I had had these from the start because they make my life so much easier.
What are your top tools for working remotely? Did I miss one?