Top Freedompreneur Apps
I often get asked what apps I use to sustain a nimble, profitable and systematized business that allows my clients and I to live fierce and free. Here is a list of top tools I use, with alternatives that I would use. Enjoy!
Simplero • Simple all-in-one solution: website + mailing list + shopping cart + e-course + membership site + CRM + landing pages + more, for $125/month. Read Ellany's blog on Preventing Multi-system Chaos.
Alternative: Kajabi. If I wasn't using Simplero.com for the last 5 years, I'd use Kajabi. It has all the features of Simplero.com, plus a stronger functionality to emulate "Facebook groups", for $199/month.
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Third Alternative: Multi-system Chaos. Combine: Aweber ($69) + 1shoppingcart ($59) for e-commerce + SendOwl for membership site ($24) + Aweber Pro for CRM tagging ($49) + LeadPages ($25) for landing pages + Zapier (to integrate chunkily above 5 completely seperate platforms)... $240/month!!
Zoom • No more dropped calls, like Skype. Cleanest audio line I've experienced, in 90+ countries! I used it for coaching calls, webinars, screen-sharing, video conferencing, and even watching a movie with an overseas bestie. It also has international dial-in numbers, automatic recording, live chat and break out rooms.
Alternative: Skype (free). Popular, but call quality not as high, calls drop regularly and doesn't work in some of the 60+ countries I've been to.
Warning: DO NOT use WebinarJam. It has a 2 min delay between your speaking and your audience seeing/hearing you. Two ENTIRE minutes! So if you ask a question and have your audience answer in the chat window, the answers come in two ENTIRE minutes later when you have already moved on. If you stay silent and wait for 2 min for them to catch up, then after they've typed their answer, they'll be waiting for 2 min of silence, wondering "are you still there?". And you'll only see that question when you're already 2 min ahead, talking about something else. Total lameness and madness!
Interact Quiz • Interact is an elegantly simple way to turn strangers into friends, to play together and build the foundations of a relationship. Friendship fosters the best clients and/or referrals.
Skillshare • Online education platform of millions of students who have a love of learning. An excellent channel for community building, wisdom sharing and influencer "becoming."
Acuity Scheduling • No more time wasting back-and-forth e-mails. No more double-booking with auto-synch. No more missed appointments with auto timezone. Multiple types of bookings. $15/month
Alternative: Calendly (free). Pretty, but client-side user interface requires one too many back-and-forth clicks
World Time Buddy • Never miss another international call! Pro tip: Always schedule the call in client/customer's timezone, and then convert to timezone that you'll be in. That way, the client/customer calls at their scheduled time and don't have to deal with timezone, just because you are a digital nomad.
Asana • Multiple projects (to-do list, shopping list, reading list, ideas list, in progress list). Tasks and subtasks within each project. Swipe right to check off tasks (shot of dopamine), swipe left to delete a non-essential task ( wisdom)
Alternative: Trello. It's free. it can do neat tricks, but I prefer simplicity and minimalism, over gadgety.
SkedSocial • As a master freedompreneur, there's no way I do things manually on the fly. I bulk tasks and schedule/automate everything. SkedSocial is the best social media planner and scheduler for Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. For $25/month, it has every function I could possibly need, from IG carousel to hashtag manager.
Alternative: The only app that comes close is Buffer Premium ($65/month).
Planoly • Simple social media planner for Instagram and Pinterest. The free version allows 30 uploads per month, but you have to manually post what you planned. In the paid plans they have unlimited uploads, video features and a scheduler feature that will auto-post for you.
Google Apps • Gmail customized to firstname.lastname@example.org, integrated with Gcal and Google Drive (gdocs, gxls) for file storage and transfer. Automatic back up of my entire computer on the cloud. Document syncing between laptop and mobile devices. $8/month
Alternative: Gmail email@example.com + Evernote for notes + Dropbox for file storage and transfer (free)... which eventually leads to multi-system chaos
LastPass • Save your sanity with one master password to access all other passwords. This allows other passwords to be randomized and more secure. I feel 1.5 tons lighter. Free for 1 device, $12/month for multiple-devices.
Upwork • Hire freelancers with five star ratings + proven project history + portfolio only.
Alternative: Mia Arzamendía, my Online Business Manager (OBM). Mia is full of joy, very thorough, asks all the right questions, is trustworthy and a wonderful thought partner, quick to learn any new e-system I teach her, and efficient with her work.
Alternative: Angeline Ambatali, my virtual assistant (VA), she's trustworthy and dependable, quick to learn any new e-system I teach her, and efficient with her work.
No more hidden exchange fees! Exchange between currencies instantaneously at the best foreign exchange rate. Smart cards and smart banking that knows to charge my GBP account when I'm in the UK, USD account when I'm in the US, EUR account when I'm in Europe. Otherwise, it default's to my primary EUR currency account.
Transferwise • Sends foreign exchange from bank to bank. Debit Mastercard free (but never works for day-to-day purchases while abroad). Top up Transferwise account in 4 ways: direct debit via online banking (2 min wait), credit card (7 min wait), debit card (2 min wait, with fee) or bank transfer (1-3 days wait). Customer service by phone (under 5 min wait). Has personal or business accounts in USD, EUR, GBP, CAD, etc.
Alternative: Revolut • Sends foreign exchange from bank to almost anywhere (like paypal.me). Debit Mastercard 10€ (works for transit, restaurant and day-to-day purchases while abroad). Top up via credit card (instant), debit card (instant, free) or bank transfer (1-3 days wait), but no online banking option. No customer service by phone (4 hour wait for each chat reply via Revolut app!). Has personal or business accounts in USD, EUR, GBP, etc, but no CAD.
Zoho Books • Is multi-currency. Automatically aggregates statements from worldwide banks into one single place. When categorizing expenses, it saves rules for future automatic categorization. By now, I only spend 6 hours / year on accounting tasks. Generates end of year tax reports for accountant. Separate login for accountant. If you speak accounting, it has double-entry system and manual journal entries, woot-woot!!
Alternative: N/A. Quickbooks is the bulky and glitchy monster equivalent of Infusionsoft, and I wouldn't touch it with a 20-foot pole, plus it only fetches feeds from 30 days ago. So if you travel or have a busy season, and forget to refresh your feed manually, you'll have Swiss cheese gaps in your auto-imported statements. Xero is built for accountants, not the business owner/founder, so its not meant to be light, simple and automated, its meant to make the latter "give up" and hire bookkeepers and accountants. Freshbooks is an invoicing app at heart and not an expert in accounting even though it built a few functionalities to be a contender.
Canva.com • Simple and beautiful digital graphic editing app. I love browsing their infographics and tables of content for design inspiration. Only downside is it only works if you're online. Free, some stock images or shapes paid. When I'm offline, my VA does what I need done. As of Feb 1, 2019, the Canva app on iPHone won't allow editing of Canva 2.0 projects, bummer. But sooo pretty! Warning: You may get sucked into design vortex and never come out ;)
Alternative: Photoshop, $10/month, worth every penny if you love graphics design, need layering and transparent PNGs
Creativemarket.com • Join forces with talented designers around the world. Get original and modern graphics, fonts & icons at affordable prices.
You can browse around from the thousands of options they have until you find one that suits your brand ;)
Alternative: Pay hundreds of dollars to have back and forth discussions with a single graphic designer that may or may not wow you.
ICDSoft • Web hosting, reliably used since 2003 (until I merged my website into all-in-one solution Simplero.com), super quick support ticket response time + my longest response time was 11 min (Business Plan $10/month)
Alternative: N/A (I wouldn't recommend GoDaddy or BlueHost as hosting sites, my colleagues have run into soooooo many problems with no customer support, problems that I've never even heard of and can't even replicate with ICDSoft, who have always gotten back to me under 15min.)
Mark 'O Travel • Keep track of countries visited with photo reminders and color-coded map.
Alternative: Look up co-living spaces in your city. So far, I still found Airbnb less expensive, with much more amenities and facilities included than co-living spaces.
Lime Scooter • Lime is revolutionizing micro mobility and empowering a new urban lifestyle. The mobile app lets riders easily find and unlock shared smart bikes and scooters. It's a fun, efficient and sustainable way to move around the city.
Skyroam • Travel the world with super fast mobile WiFi connectivity and power for all your gadgets. Hassle-free - unlimited, fast, secure internet at one low, flat rate worldwide.
TripAdvisor • Worldwide reviews of things to do, places to eat, experiences to have and hotels with great facilities to borrow for the day
Alternative: N/A. I'm open to your suggestions
VisaHQ • VisaHQ.com, Inc. has provided online visa services and U.S. passport solutions enabling travelers to apply online for visas to virtually any country in the world.