Secret Web Tools - Liz Theresa
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My (Not so Secret) List of Web and Business Tools!

I use the tools below for both my own business and to support my clients! The Internet can be pretty overwhelming when you’re weighing your options, so this list will save you a lot of headaches and hassle.

I may receive a commission if you purchase something mentioned on this page. Read the disclaimer for more info.

As always, if you have any questions or if I can be of any support, click here to schedule a free fifteen minute call.

PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS

BUSINESS GROWTH

WEBSITE TOOLS

Productivity

Automation

Free, For Anyone!

  • IFTTT literally means If This, Then That
  • Can automate and integrate hundreds of different services with each other
  • Their most handy integrations (for me) have been related to social media

Paid Option, For Experts

  • A business automation platform (not simply there to automate email marketing)
  • Ability to target pretty much every variable you can think of with your subscriber base
  • Built in functionality to create affiliate programs and membership platforms

Paid Option, For Experts

  • Can automate and integrate hundreds of different services with each other
  • Similar to IFTTT – but – paid with way more options
  • Their most handy integrations (for me) have been related to social media

Free Option For Beginners

  • Easy drag and drop builder to send newsletters
  • Intuitive dashboard to see open rates and click rates
  • Free option

Paid Option, For Professionals

  • A smarter platform for targeting prospects who join your list
  • Ability to create simple nurture sequences
  • Single-optin functionality

Bookkeeping

Free Option, For Beginners

  • Create professional invoices in SECONDS
  • Free and extremely easy to use
  • You can send invoices right from their platform or save them as PDFs
  • Accept credit card payments via a pay-link right on the invoice that goes to Stripe or PayPal

Paid Option, For Professionals

  • Beautiful invoices and automated expenses
  • Built-in time tracking (handy for service providers)
  • Customer portal built-in

Get a free month when you sign up with this link!

Scheduling

Paid, For Professionals!

  • Syncs seamlessly with iCalendar or Google Calendar
  • Multiple appointment types with built-in reminders
  • SUPER sleek interface for your clients
  • You can drill down specific appointment rules (so that way, you avoid overwhelm with lots of bookings)

Free, For Anyone!

  • Ideal for finding a time to meet when you have to work with more than two people’s schedules
  • Not a booking system, but simply a time-finder for a group of people
  • Free and easy to use

Free, For Anyone!

  • Don’t love the idea of using your cell number as your business line? Me neither. Use a GoogleVoice number!
  • It’s FREE to get one. If you’re USA based, you get free domestic calling.
  • Works with the Google Hangouts app so you can even text people with your new number.

Free, For Anyone!

  • Free and easy to use (and WAY easier than the other free conference services out there)
  • You get your own number and conference code
  • Slick web interface to make your conference calls more customized and interactive
  • Record with the push of a button and all recordings are stored in your free account

Time-tracking

Paid, For Professionals!

  • Keep track of your hard earned hours in here
  • Extremely intuitive timer (also available on iPhone / Android)
  • Increases transparency between you and your clients
  • Great for managing many clients and working on a team level

Free, For Professionals!

  • Keep track of your hard earned hours in here
  • Great for tracking individual time & freelancers

Project Management

Free Option (CRM), For Beginners

  • The simplest CRM that money can buy (or you can use their free plan)
  • Ability to assign tasks per customer or client
  • Securely secure client data (think of this like a Little Black Book – except it’s a vault)

Free Option, For Beginners who typically work solo

  • A to-do list for your personal and professional tasks
  • You can break up the to do list, set due dates, take notes – lots of things!
  • You can even share tasks with colleagues or even your family

Paid Option, For Professionals who manage teams

  • SO MUCH BETTER THAN ASANA (please don’t use Asana, it sucks so much)
  • Easily create projects and collaborate with others in one place
  • WAY fewer annoying emails and super affordable

Free, For Anyone!

  • Instant messaging platform for teams
  • Cuts back on emailing by about 1,000%
  • Ability to store data (or not store data if you prefer to live off the grid)

Free, For Anyone!

  • Store any files, from Word Docs to Photoshop files to videos all in the same little utopia
  • It’s all cloud storage so you can view them anytime, anywhere
  • Sharing the files takes a click of a button and multiple people can edit a document at one time

Other Productivity Tools

Everything is $5!

  • You’d be surprised what $5.00 gets you
  • Outsource using Fiverr or hire some random person to do something for $5
  • You can even ask someone to sing happy birthday

Business Growth

Recommended Courses

Paid, For Anyone!

Hosted by Kayla Sloan, take this course to learn how to make some serious cash and work from home! Not a scam – Kayla is freakin’ brilliant.

Paid, For Anyone!

An AMAZINGLY intuitive, self-guided Facebook ads course for coaches, experts, and service-based entrepreneurs.

Use coupon code LIZ50 to save $50!

Paid, For Anyone!

PERFECT for anyone who wants to take a class that teaches them how to monetize their blog. The Blog Connection gives you real-time help and support from a colleague I trust. Use coupon code LIZONBIZ to snag $10 off the first month in The Blog Connection.

SEO

Free, For Anyone!

  • Every website should have this set up to monitor the length of time people spend on your site, what they find most interesting, and where they come from
  • Understanding the way your audience behaves on your site is crucial to understanding how effective your website is
  • PS: your website is WAY more important than any marketing you’re doing

Free, For Anyone!

  • A free tool offered by Google that will email you every time an article/link is published on the web that contains your specific search term
  • ie. I set mine up to fire an email to me if someone publishes an article containing my name (ie. “Liz Theresa”)
  • Really great tool to boost your awareness of your own brand

Social Media

Free, For Anyone!

  • Perfect if you do not have time to write your social posts in real-time
  • PSA: Scheduling should be supplemental to posting in real-time
  • Works with multiple channels, but you may need to pay to add more than 1 or 2

Free, For Anyone!

  • Drag and drop graphic design tool that helps you make cool images
  • Several templates depending which social channel you are posting to or how you are using the image
  • Includes all Google Fonts (so you can probably use the same font there that you use on your website)

Free, For Anyone!

  • A free web app that lets you unfollow anyone who is not following you back on Twitter
  • Doing this periodically will improve your follower-following ratio
  • Dashboard is clunky and gross, but it gets the job done

Free, For Anyone!

  • Create custom short links to track clicks
  • Watch real-time analytics in a super clean dashboard
  • Free to sign up!

PAID OPTION, FOR PROFESSIONALS

  • Create custom short links to track clicks that are prettier than bit.ly (because they’re on your domain – think liztheresa.com/awesome) – now, that’s a pretty link!
  • Built-in ability to track, organize, share and test all of your links simply by logging into your WordPress.

PAID OPTION, FOR PROFESSIONALS

Take your Pinterest boards to new heights with BoardBooster!

  • Schedule pins.
  • Clean up your boards.
  • Improve pin quality.
  • Optimize your strategy.

PR

Free, For Anyone!

  • If you can’t hire a PR person, you can be your own with HARO
  • Receive daily emails with pitches and leads to getting featured in blogs, magazines, and TV spots
  • Free to join

Free, For Anyone!

  • Submit your press release for free here
  • Gives you a back link to your site (SEO juice)
  • It releases your information to your local news media outlets

Paid, For Professionals!

  • Social media marketing from our very own Ashley Mason! 🙂

Free, For Anyone!

Free, high-quality, vetted PR inquiries targeted to entrepreneurs sent to your inbox regularly.

Website Tools

Domains + Hosting

Shared Hosting, For Beginners

  • Affordable for startups
  • Amazing USA 24/7 customer support
  • Speedy SSD servers + Complimentary SSL

Domain Registrations

  • Use your Google login to buy a domain (easy!)
  • One less login to remember
  • Complimentary email forwarding

Recommended Software

Free Option, For Professionals

  • The best way to sell with WordPress
  • Excellent support from Automattic (The makers of WordPress!)
  • Integrates with a vast amount of services (including many listed on this page!)

Free, For Everyone!

  • Bring the best of WordPress.com to WordPress.org
  • Block spam comments with a freaky level of accuracy
  • Offers tons of popular tools in a singular plugin

Paid, For Everyone!

Create and sell beautiful online courses — no code knowledge required! 😄

Payment Gateways

Best for On-site, Online Payments

  • Get paid online without sending users off your website to pay
  • Pay a fee per transaction only (no monthly fees)
  • Does not require you get an annoying merchant account
  • Payments are automatically credited to your checking account in 1-2 days

Best for Off-site, Online Payments

  • Get paid online without worrying about security (because they check out at PayPal)
  • Pay a fee per transaction only unless you get PayPal Pro
  • Does not require you get an annoying merchant account
  • Payments are stored in PayPal

Best for In-Person Payments

  • Get paid in person with a handy device that plugs right into your phone
  • Pay a fee per transaction only (no monthly fees)
  • Does not require you get an annoying merchant account
  • Payments are automatically credited to your checking account the next day

Security Tools

Paid, For Everyone!

  • Protect yourself on Public WiFi from snoopers (Hotels, Starbucks, In-Flight WiFi etc.)
  • Add an extra layer of privacy when browsing online
  • Circumvent geographical blocks when traveling

Content Delivery Network

  • Global CDN for Speedy Access
  • Reduces Server Load
  • Provides Basic Firewall Security For Free

Paid, For Everyone!

  • Worth every penny – most secure password locker out there
  • Syncs to all your devices with a handy mobile app, browser integration, and desktop software
  • Also stores your credit card data which makes paying for things online more secure (and a snap!)

Content Tools

FREE, For Everyone!

If you don’t have a Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, and Disclaimer for your website yet, you need to get that done. Learn more in this freebie from my friend Bobby Klinck – “The Ultimate Website Guide: The 3 Key Policies You Need To Protect Your Online Hub.” Grab your copy here →

FREE, For Everyone!

A marketing calendar template from Monica Shah that focuses 100% on fitting revenue-generating activities into your busy schedule.