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Tools & ResourcesDaniel Futerman
This page is where I share all the essential, productivity, and growth tools that I use (or have used) to grow my freelance business.
If you are a freelancer, entrepreneur or small business owner, these highly recommended tools can help you take things to the next level.
Honest disclaimer – a few of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you purchase one of the tools using my link I will get a small commission (at no extra cost to you).
Tools & Resources
= My Favorite Tools.
1. Essential Tools
Adobe Creative Cloud – The toolkit I use daily to create animated motion graphics videos for clients (After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere, and Audition).
Upwork – Finding high-quality freelance work.
Paypal – Globally trusted way to send & receive money.
Freshbooks – Invoices, receipts, expense tracking.
Dropbox – Backup, share, and collaborate on files.
GSuite – Gmail, Docs, Drive, and Calendar for business.
Communication & Collaboration
Slack – Robust team chat.
Skype – Phone and video calls.
Dropbox Paper – Edit docs with your team.
Inbox by Gmail – My go to email app on mobile.
2. Productivity Tools
Google Chrome Extensions
Grammarly – Makes writing easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
Checker Plus for Gmail – Read and reply to email from any page.
Checker Plus for Google Calendar – Efficient calendar management.
Awesome Screenshot – Capture and annotate screenshots.
Pocket – Save articles for later.
Momentum – A new tab window that helps boost productivity.
Boomerang – Schedule emails to be sent later.
Frame.io – Collaborate & gather feedback on video projects.
Toggl – Time tracking built for speed and ease of use.
Noisli – Ambient sounds that help improve focus and productivity.
Calendly – Scheduling appointments and meetings made easy.
Social Media Management
Buffer – Social media sharing made easy.
Keep – Simple, easy note taking.
Evernote – Extensive note taking.
Paper & sticky notes – Old fashion pen and paper.
f.lux – Saves your eyes from blue light at night time.
Boxifier – Boxifier makes Dropbox sync any folder you want.
3. Business Growth Tools
ConvertKit – Robust email marketing for professional bloggers.
MailerLite – Inexpensive, feature packed marketing tool.
Sellfy – Selling digital products online made easy.
Upwork – Outsourcing work to freelancers.
Social Warfare Pro – Super fast & customizable social sharing.
Pretty Link Pro – Creates branded & shortened URLs.
WP-Optimize – Ensures WordPress runs at maximum efficiency.
Easy Content upgrades – Deliver downloads to email subscribers.
Akismet – Blocks spam comments.
ConvertPlug – Most affordable and powerful email list building tool.
WP Fastest Cache – Reliable caching system that speeds up my site.
Yoast SEO – Helps optimize my website for SEO.
// Theme & Framework
Cedar – Current theme.
StudioPress – Coming soon.
// Performance Tracking
Google Analytics – Track website performance metrics.
Hotjar – Heatmaps, conversion funnels, website speed.
SumoMe – Site growing solutions to help you get more traffic.
Compressor.io, Tinypng – Optimize GIF, PNG and JPG images.
CoScedule – Headline analyzer.
Blue Yeti – Superb sounds quality for calls & voice over work.
Upright – Helps you fix your posture.
Logitech MX Master – My favorite mouse of all times.
Samsung 27″ Monitor – Awesome screen and great value for money.
Bose Soundtrue headphones – Great sound quality for a decent price.
See my full office setup below:
Read What Tools Creative Freelancers Need to see how I decide which tools to purchase.