Tools I Use

Here's a handy list of tools I use (or have used in the past!) throughout my business - whether it's publishing books under my own brand, helping others in their self-publishing journey, or on my YouTube channel! I recommend everything listed below. But remember! Just because it worked for me doesn't mean it's a perfect fit for you. The best way to know if something is right for you? Try it for yourself!

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. That means, if you click on them and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission. This helps support the blog and my art! Thank you!

Online Marketing & Digital Design

  • Convertkit (Email marketing platform): I have used Convertkit for the last several years and while it's on the more expensive side, it has all the tools a blogger, writer, or someone interested in selling to their growing email list would ever need to engage their audience.
  • Later (Social Media Scheduler): I've used Later (free and paid accounts) to schedule my social media accounts. It also has a decent phone app and a comprehensive desktop version. I really like the ease of scheduling and I can create a "set it and forget it" calendar as I manage everything else on my to-do list.
  • Mailerlite (Email marketing platform): It has a lot of bells and whistles and you can't beat the price (free under 1000 subscribers).  

Productivity, Organization & Planning

  • Amazing Marvin (Productivity planning tool): An unbelievably dense productivity tool that has any feature you'd ever want in an app. Not for someone who just wants the basics. This is for the kind of person who wants to try different kinds of strategies to up-level their task and time management. 
  • Asana (Productivity planning tool): I've used the free and paid versions of Asana and it's a great app for organizing your tasks in multiple views (kanban, calendar, timeline, etc). You can also add members of your team (or just interested parties!) to interact with specific projects.
  • Dropbox (File Management): I've been a paying customer of Dropbox for years and between writing on different devices, backing up important files, organizing my work, and managing my video footage, Dropbox is a core part of my workflow.
  • Harvest (Time tracker): Great for tracking your billable (and non-billable) hours, sending invoices, and managing time-based team projects. 
  • Obsidian (File Management): There's a lot to say about Obsidian. With community plugins, you can turn it into anything you want: task manager, project manager, diary, planner, D&D campaign manager....If you're a person with ideas, this might be the app for you. 
  • Toggl (Time tracker): Versitile free plan (paid plans available). I integrate Toggl with Obsidian to keep track of time spent on creative projects (yes, I am that nerdy...and I enjoy the cool pie charts!). 

Podcasting & Video Creation

  • Artlist (Royalty-free music): I use Artlist in my YouTube storytelling and teaching videos and I'm constantly impressed by the variety of tunes at my fingertips. Really easy, worry-free licensing terms.
  • Blubrry (Podcasting Host): Blubrry integrates with WordPress so you can upload and manage your episodes to your Blubrry account easily. Reasonable monthly fee.

Websites & Domain Names

  • GreenGeeks (Web hosting): I've used GreenGeeks for years and I'm always impressed by their customer support team. They are quick to respond to all of my questions and concerns, their dashboard is easy to use, and they have multiple options for the kind of hosting you need. 
  • KeyCDN (Content delivery network): A CDN that helps you deliver your website content at super fast speeds.
  • Namecheap (Domain registrar): A great place to register your domains. 
  • Thrive Suite (Premium WordPress plugins and themes): A pricey, but versatile option for small businesses (especially if they have multiple websites!) who want conversion-focussed tools designed to work in sync. 
  • WordFence (WordPress security plugin): A fantastic plugin AND resource for anyone who wants to protect their WordPress website. The free version is extremely good and the paid version is worth it for peace of mind!