These are a few of my favorite things
Yes, I'm really ranting and raving about these products and services in real life — and trust me, once you try them, you probably will too.
From initial inquiries to final invoices, 17Hats is my favorite software for recurring administrative processes and internal workflows. Not only can you customize documents with your own branding, but the platform streamlines the entire client management process.
Between Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, I use Adobe Creative Cloud every single day. A subscription gives you the entire collection of Adobe desktop and mobile apps so you can access and manage projects from any device.
Asana is my go-to for managing projects and keeping everything on track. It's super easy to invite clients as collaborators and their interface is well-designed. There's also nothing quite like a celebratory unicorn or narwhal when you complete a task.
I'm a self-proclaimed workaholic and when I just can't seem to pull myself away from work after business hours, Boomerang is my best friend. You can schedule emails to be sent at a specific date and time, so you can maintain boundaries (and sanity).
Because my greatest fear in life is probably my computer crashing and losing everything. Backblaze will automatically back up all your files (unlimited files and unlimited size) including documents, photos, music and movies for an affordable price.
Because of their consistent quality, Moo.com is my go-to for all of my own business needs (such as business cards and stationery), as well as what I recommend to my clients. Ordering online is simple and in my experience, they have great turn-around time.
Whether you're taking the DIY route, or investing in a custom design (*cough, cough, hint, hint*), Squarespace is the perfect tool for creating a beautiful, functional and, most importantly, easy to manage website.
With capabilities for invoicing, accounting, receipt scanning and more, Wave is a steal because it's totally free. My accountant recommended this software to me after my first year in business (when my records were a mess) and I haven't looked back.
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