We all love FREE STUFF! I’ve put together a resource page that I find helpful when I started working as a Virtual Assistant (VA). Many of these links & resources are (again!) FREE so I really hope you find this list of resource helpful for you!
I can tell you that over the years I have invested a lot of time and money to different apps/software out there, and honestly, not all were worthy purchases. Over time I have found the tools that work best, are simple to use, offer support, grow with your business, and are affordable.
This is a constant work in progress, so be sure to check back, but here are some of my favourite links that I hope will help you find your way, or at least inspire you!
WFH SITES, FREELANCE & EXTRA GIGS
Earn extra income from online or thinking of working from home full-time or side gig? Yes, you can!(*wink)
Appen — work from home as an Independent Contractor from their different projects from being a social media/search engine evaluator, URL curator, transcriptionists, monthly/weekly surveys, etc.! There’s a lot really, check them out now.
Swagbucks — Be sure to check this out lots of ways to earn by watching videos, answering surveys, buying gift cards and shopping and earning coupons & even cash back!
Rakuten — (formerly Ebates) not really WFH stuff but can save you lots and pays you Cash Back every time you shop online including Amazon, Walmart, Nike, Indigo and so much more!
WORK TOOLS & OFFICE ORGANIZATION
Tools that I use every day. Can’t seem to get going without them.
Asana — talking about life & sanity saver I’d probably say the best project management tool out there. I have a pretty organized place where I can keep track of everything from client due dates to marketing due dates. I also love that I can share and assign tasks to my team and my clients. (I even put my personal due dates in here).
Trello — P+R+O+D+U+C+T+I+V+I+T+Y — equips with boards, lists, and cards. A great tool for work collaboration.
G Suite — my one-stop-shop for my business email, calendar, docs, drive, meet, etc.
Grammarly — grammar and spelling checker and can be integrated into your browser.
Evernote — save notes, write up blog post drafts, clip articles from the web, upload photos and syncs up between the web, your desktop and mobile devices so you can get whatever you saved, no matter where you are!
Skype — communication tool
Toggl — free time tracking software
PHOTOS & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Canva — every featured image in my posts I have here is made out from Canva. It is web-based graphic design software that allows you to create beautiful imagery perfect for social media posts, posters, presentations, logos, infographics, etc.
My 3 favourite sites for FREE, royalty-free (use them how you like) photos and graphics are…
WordPress — need I say more? The most reliable, diverse and is definitely the best website creator out there! (*wink)
Namecheap — I’ve been with Namecheap for 4 years now for my web hosting, security and domains. Their technical support is great also which is a plus! They help me set up and go through my cPanel. Affordable and reliable domain registrar ever! (*wink)
Google Analytics — powered by Google this is a free metric/statistics program to monitor the growth of your website/online platform. The moment you create your site, you should install this so you can track the traffic coming to your site. Here is how to install it onto your site.
Google Webmaster — (formerly Google Search Console) a great tool to learn how to track your sites search performance. Set this up at the same time as your analytics!
Sumo — Did you just see that pop-out a while ago? (Oh dear, I hope you subscribed, please don’t give me a heartbreak now!) Anyways, Sumo is an advanced website tool that helps you get email subscriptions through amazing opt-ins PLUS they have website analytics so you will know your website traffic.
ACCOUNTING & TAX SOFTWARE
Quickbooks & Freshbooks — for ALL of the accounting/bookkeeping needs.
TurboTax — option for self-employed which really works great for freelancers during tax time.
MERCHANT SERVICES/PAYMENT PROCESSORS
Paypal — send and receive money from your clients worldwide.
ELECTRONIC DOCUMENT SIGNING TOOLS
Docusign — conveniently sign and receive agreements between you and your clients.
APPOINTMENT SETTING TOOLS
Calendly — help with scheduling appointments coordinates with all of my calendars through calendar integration feature.
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS & EMAIL MARKETING
Hootsuite — my go-to social media marketing and management tool. Schedule and automate your social media postings.
Rebrandly — link shortener and tracking tool.
MailChimp — affordable, easy to use, has great customer care and has plenty of functionality if you need to start building a list and sending out emails.
RiteTag — free hashtag search tool
Days of the Year — a calendar of events and you can draw hashtags for a specific event from here and can help you put up your social media calendar, key marketing dates.
Google Trends — keep up with the latest stories and trends
Keyword Tool — keyword research tools
VA Networking — Virtual Assistant Training Resources
The Penny Hoarder — resources on how to earn, save and manage money.
Publish For Prosperity — does a passive income sounds good to you? Learn and understand Affiliate Marketing the easy way!
As I come across new tools to use, I will surely add them to the list. Feel free to bookmark this page if you find all the resource useful or drop me a message at admin[at]supermominbluejeans[dot]com if you want me to add a link as well.
‘Twenty years ago was the best time to plant a tree, the next best time is now’ – Chinese Proverb