The business tools you use don't have to burn a hole in your pocket. In fact, some of the best ones can be FREE. Yup, I said free.
While some tools are good to splurge on (social media scheduling platforms, website domains, Adobe Cloud, etc.), there are plenty of options available that are budget-friendly.
Here are the three free business tools I use every single day:
Sick of posting boring social media content? Need to put together a professional-looking document but don't know how to use Photoshop? Not ready to splurge on a designer and need a logo ASAP?
You've probably heard of it, but if you haven't, Canva is about to be your new best friend.
Canva is a graphic design platform made for the everyday, non-designer person. But even designers use it — it's just that good! I use Canva day in and day out to level up my social media posts (the reel I made on Instagram to go along with this post was created in Canva)! It doesn't take long to feel like a professional graphic designer once you're acquainted with this tool.
Don't want to spend time creating your own design? Canva has sizing and template options for EVERYTHING you could imagine. Seriously, if they don't have what you're looking for, I would be shocked.
Upgrade your Canva design game by investing in Canva Pro (only $12.99 a month)!
I just recently discovered Milanote and now I can't go a day without it. Milanote is the organization tool of every creative's dreams. To-do lists, site layouts, mood boards, creative briefs and weekly plans just got a whole lot more functional and beautiful!
On Milanote, you can add clients to boards, upload files and images, collaborate with team members and design a work flow that works for you.
Trello is an oldy but a goody!
Trello is another organizational, list-making tool that allows you to keep track of your to-dos in an easy drag-and-drop format. You can customize Trello boards to fit your needs and invite team members to collaborate.
I first used Trello as a freelance writer for a local magazine. The editor-in-chief would make the board for the new issue and add stories that were up for grabs. The writers would claim a story and keep track of their work via the Trello Board for their story. Then, writers would submit the final draft and all images in the Trello Board! So much easier than emailing back and forth.
I also use Trello for social media planning with my Instagram clients. We have a section for ideas, posts in progress, posts ready for approval, approved posts, scheduled posts and posted posts! Trello has been the easiest way for me to keep social media clients organized and responsive — especially with my international clients!
And there you have it — my top three free tools! Now I want to know, what tools (free or paid) do you use on a daily basis?