Adobe Creative Cloud
As a content creator, I spend a lot of time not only writing but creating graphics, editing photos, and assembling videos. My go-to for this is the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools – especially Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
While I manage projects through Asana, my favourite business tool is Dubsado. It’s a client management system which combines lead management, client portals, emails, forms, and accounting. Dubsado keeps me organised and focused on delivering a high quality service to my clients and partners.
If you sign up using the code “nicolascoon” you’ll receive 20% off your first month.
My favourite place to order business cards from is Moo. I love the choice, the fact you can order square cards or mini cards, and the service is always great. For the best price make sure you order in advance and take advantage of special offers.
If you’re a student, you can receive 15% off your first order by visiting this page.
To help me stay on track with projects, and to collaborate with clients, I use Asana. This project management tool is amazing for staying organised and acts as a helpful reminder of this week’s actions, instead of keeping all that information in my mind or on a sticky note.
For my business I run all my emails and document management through G Suite. This is Google’s business-level service and includes email (like Gmail), Google Drive, and tons more features too. I mostly use this for email management but I’m also a longtime user of Google Docs, so it’s handy to have everything in one place. It’s super affordable too, at only £3.30/mo.
If you’ve seen my post on how to use Airtable as a blogger you’ll know that I’m a big fan of this online spreadsheet/database hybrid tool. I use Airtable to help me plan and manage my blog content, determine pricing for collaborations, and track features like gift guides.
You can sign up for Airtable here for free.
If you’re looking for graphics, fonts, illustrations or other creative elements for your blog I really recommend Creative Market. It’s a marketplace featuring design elements from hundreds of different designers and there’s everything from stock photos to WordPress themes.
I love recommending Pinterest as a way to drive traffic to your blog (read my guide here!), and the tool I use to help me achieve this is Tailwind. It’s a scheduling and groups tool for Pinterest which allows you to schedule pins and join ‘tribes’ to help your content reach more people.
Although I use Photoshop to create a lot of my graphics for my business, nothing beats Canva for easy, quick content creation. It’s a free online tool where you can create graphics in minutes – from blog post feature images to social media graphics. You can also use it to create things like eBooks and downloadable templates to offer on your blog.
The heart of your blog is your content, and it’s so important to make sure everything’s safe, secure and easy for your readers to access. That’s why I always recommend Lyrical Host for web hosting. I moved to Lyrical Host in early 2018 and the service has been amazing. They migrated my blog free of charge and are always on hand to help with technical issues.
Use the code ‘NICOLA10‘ to claim a 10% discount on your web hosting.
One of my favourite things about being a blogger is the photography.
Whether you’re a blogger, business owner, or just want to take beautiful photos to document your family life, it’s always lovely to have something on hand to capture moments and memories.