There are a lot of different applications, tools and services that I use in my daily work. If I counted up everything I use at least weekly, across all of my devices, I would probably hit somewhere around 55-60. I’ve talked about some of my favorite mobile apps and productivity tools before, but this post focuses on what I use — and need — every day on my main computer in order to run my business.
Here are what I consider the must-have tools and services as well as applications, in order to run my business efficiently. You may know of and use many of these yourself … or maybe you’ll be inspired to try something new.
I use these tools use to share information in the form of documents, spreadsheets, screenshots, etc.
Google Docs - A free, web-based word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, form, and data storage service offered by Google.
Skitch - A free screen capture, annotation and sharing tool for Mac users.
YouSendIt – A free web-based service that lets users send, receive and track large files on-demand.
These services form the backbone of my communication processes.
BlueTie – Business email hosting with contacts, calendars and file-sharing capability.
HootSuite – Social media dashboard for managing multiple social networks.
Ring Central – A virtual phone and fax system for business communication.
Skype – A free communication service for video and voice calls, instant messages and file sharing.
From designing to coding to creating audio files, here are the media tools that top my list.
Audacity – A free multi-platform audio editor and recorder.
Illustrator – A vector graphics editor by Adobe.
Jing – A screen capture, screencasting and sharing application by TechSmith.
Firefox (plus relevant plugins) – A free, open-source web browser by Mozilla.
Photoshop – A graphics editing program by Adobe.
TextWrangler – A free text editor for Mac OS X from Bare Bones Software.
These tools help me track and manage tasks, complete my standard daily to do’s, manage data and stay up-to-date.
Evernote – A free note-taking application that allows users to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes and other miscellaneous information.
Intervals – A comprehensive project management, task management and time-tracking tool.
iWork/MS Office – Office productivity suites. I lumped these together because I use MS Word and iWork Numbers daily with some of the other apps in the respective suites as needed.
NetNewsWire – A free desktop news aggregator for Mac OS X.
SugarSync – File backup and syncing software.
Of course, this isn’t everything I use, but it does include some of the tools, services and apps I consider most valuable; the ones that really help me to be as productive as possible.
What tools, services or apps could you not live without in your day-to-day work life?
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