People and Stuff I loveHere are links to some of my favorite business people resources and tools
Laura Elkaslassy is soooo #notjustabookkeeper.
Laura takes the time to understand your business, where you want it to go and gives you practical, non-judgemental recommendations on how to get there.
Focussing on making you a profitable business, Laura will be honest with you about your numbers and make sure you can sustain your business and yourself in it. She helped me work out what turnover I need to sustain my income goal and how I can make that happen.
Christina Cabrera is determined to improve as many women’s money stories as she possibly can, no matter how bad it was, to begin with.
The Money Smart Women Master Class brings women from different backgrounds, with different money stories together with a common goal.
Not to be part of a get rich quick scheme but to take an honest, transparent look at how they view money, what their current status is, how they got that way and what they want to change and the tools they can use to do that.
Christina continues to gracefully challenge my and others knowledge, language and beliefs around money and I would recommend the Money Smart Master Class and Christina to any woman trying to change their money story.
Shalini helped shape how I fit me, the business owner, into my business.
Shalini helped me shape how I could work with non-profits, get the warm and fuzzies while still getting recognised for my work.
I now have a great pro-bono agreement that allows me to be of service and have a sustainable, profitable business. I also have a crisp client agreement that outlines the expectations between my business and the client over an iterative process.
Jay Crisp Crow is my Copywriting Fairy Godmother.
I’ve worked with Jay in multiple ways, group coaching, 1:1 coaching, copywriting & editing, poring through her eBooks as I write and I love it all.
Jay doesn’t pull any punches but is also equally lavish with praise when she sees something she loves. Everything is said with love, humor and a huge amount of experience behind it.
The thing I love most about Jay is that she explains the “why” of the changes she’s recommending, so you can stop making the same mistakes and become a better copywriter.
Gail O’Keefe mentors entrepreneurial women using the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT aka tapping) so they can cultivate an unstoppable mindset.
I call Gail the #emotionaltweezer because every time (and I mean every time) I tapped with her, she pulled another splinter of hurt or fear out of me. “Funny things” started to happen, money would show up in my bank account while we were on a call, I would attract new high paying clients after working on my money blocks, I had more energy after working on my lack of motivation and fatigue.
I’m a fairly logical person and can only cope with a bit of “woo” at a time, but since consistently tapping with Gail, those “funny things” happened more and more and my life has got better and better. I really don’t care how it works but it is working and I have made the techniques Gail has taught me, part of my daily ritual.
Melanie is my go-to tech person when the tech is over my head. She saved 90% of my data when my hard drive died and set me up with a new back-up process.
Honest and hard working, with a background in business analysis, Melanie will not talk you into hardware or software that you do not need.
Robyn helped me navigate the world of SEO and optimising my online presence.
Coming into my life at the perfect time of redoing my website, Robyn asked me so many questions that I hadn’t even considered, let alone answered.
I feel confident that my online content is built with purpose, strategy and working as hard for me as I worked to put it together.
I have worked with Shannon in so many capacities, it’s difficult to cut this recommendation.
Here are some of the ways Shannon has helped me;
- Developing goals for the whole of my life, not just my business – through her “Effortless Year” program
- Creative business planning through her “Effortless Success Plan”
- Extracting my Benefit Statements for my services
- Gathering wisdom (hers and her guests) on her “Law of Effortless” podcast
But the thing that has made the biggest difference in my business and life is Shannon’s “Personal Leadership Style” profiling.
Shannon’s profiling tool has helped me harness my strengths and put that into my business long term strategy and my daily task list.
I don’t get distracted by what everyone else is doing because I know what works for and what doesn’t.
Jo Bendle turned my days from unproductive meanderings interspersed with distractions to a focused task driven to do list.
Jo introduced me to Virtual Co-working which has been an absolute game changer for this extrovert who sits in an office on her own most of the time.
Between her Facebook group, group coaching and 1:1 intensives, Jo gets her clients to be more productive then they’ve been before.
When I first started my biz, I was talked into using a platform that I hadn’t heard of and that is a lot more complex than I need.
It took me months to get my first iteration up and in 2+ years I’ve hardly posted any blogs because it was more difficult than it should be to share my content and quite frankly I wasn’t proud of how it looked.
Over the last month I’ve been working on my new WordPress site with a Divi theme from Neta at No Hassle Websites and I luuuuuuurve it.
Neta provides plenty of training videos, great setup instructions and is on hand to answer any questions you have.
Zoom is my go to video conferencing software.
It uses much less bandwidth than Skype and allows multiple options for viewing and recording conversations.
Snagit is my Screenshot tool for documenting business procedures.
If anyone ever tells you that the Snipping tool is the same, send them my way. Snagit is so much more powerful, allowing you to set capture settings, annotate your images and edit in the tool rather than having to take repeated shots to get the right image.
Entrepreneurial goodness for bold, creative, daring entrepreneurial women all over the world.
Acuity is my choice for calendar scheduling tools.
My clients can book appts at a time convenient to them and reschedule without multiple back and forth emails.
I can block out times for different appointment types and charge directly from Acuity without needing to issue an invoice.
I edit all of my videos in Camtasia.
I can add intro and outro slides, annotate my video, add animations and change audio levels in specific sections.
Create simple unique and short urls with Bit.ly. It also tracks your clicks so works great as a simple analytics tool.
If you have multiple online tools, then integration is key. Some tools have built in integrations for common partner tools, but Zapier takes care of the rest.
Zapier saves me so much time.
I install Fences on any new PC I get.
It organises all of my desktop shortcuts into “Fences” and keeps it tidy.
Track My Subs is an awesome app that helps you keep track of all your subscriptions. You can track when they’re due for renewal, make notes about why you signed up in the first place and set your own email reminders (for yourself, your partner, your bookkeeper) at a date of your choosing.
Save money by finding subscriptions you no longer need and keep track of your outgoings.