To be successful in this digital world, at some point or another you’ll need to embrace technology. No matter how far along you are on your business journey, having a couple of stellar DIY tools can help ease you into looking like a pro.
I’m going to share my 5 favorite tech tools that you don’t have to be a techie to use. I have them bookmarked and utilize them every day!
Are you ready?
There is nothing that screams novice more than typos and misspelled words. You can eliminate both with Grammarly. Grammarly is an app that goes beyond a standard spellchecker. It also provides suggestions for grammar and “enhanced vocabulary” for your copy. What’s even better is their basic level is free. To take advantage of premium features like plagiarism detection and advanced grammar guidelines, they have a paid level as well.
Ever wonder how other business owners post drool-worthy graphics? Some look like they have a professional graphic designer on call! Well, you can rest assured that with Canva, you can look like a pro without a hefty price tag. Canva is the source to create beautiful graphics simply. They have inspiring templates for everything from blog post headers to eBook layouts. Their basic plan is free, which is great if you are just getting started. However, the upgrade is worth it. Canva for Work allows you to upload your brand’s colors, fonts, and more. Plus, it has a magic resize option that takes one design and changes the size based on the application chosen with the click. This alone keeps your brand and message consistent.
The Webbys say Canva is “the easiest to use design program in the world!”
Okay, we are moving right along!
Now that you have some snazzy social graphics created, it’s time to post them! However, who remembers to post multiple times per day, let alone across several platforms? Hootsuite is a social media management tool. It allows you to schedule posts across several networks, manage profiles, gain insights so you can enhance your strategy and more.
I especially love that I can schedule my Instagram posts from desktop (maybe it’s an over 40 thing! LOL).
Presentations are used for everything from webinars to online courses to in-person lectures.
PowerPoint is so yesterday.
In order to keep up, you need to check out Prezi. Prezi is a presentation software that has a unique way of engaging your audience. Through animations, zoom, and graphic shapes Prezi allows you to create jaw-dropping slideshows with very minimal expertise. HuffPost says, “Harvard researchers find Prezi more engaging, persuasive, and effective than PowerPoint.” Why not try your hand at your own creation today?
You made it to Tech Tip #5. And this one is a good one!
Zoom is hands down one of the simplest online video and web conference tools that I’ve used. It offers a powerful free level that allows you to have up to 3 people on the call, a recording option, and screen sharing features. You can uplevel to their paid version if you need to host an online webinar with no attendee minimums or time limits. Easily impress on your next online consultation or webinar.
Pick one tip and implement it — then move down the list. Before you know it, you’ll be creating like the best of them!
I’d love to hear what you implement. Let me know in the comments below which of the above tool caught your eye that you took action on.
Until next time…breathe joy,
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