Productivity

My Favourite Tools

BLOGGING

NameCheap | for hosting and domains

Self-hosted WordPress | for blogging

Favourite plugins | Column Shortcodes, Contact Form 7, WordPress Editorial Calendar, WP Canvas – Gallery, Yoast SEO

Drip | for newsletters

 

BUSINESS

CreativeMarket | for stock, and blog theme resources

Google Apps for Business* | the ultimate for a small business (or family!) that lets you have your blog or business name as an email domain (like my @cayleegrey.com etc) and all the other typical Google products stuff

Typeform* | for my favourite pretty forms. If you make use of their premium offer, you can get form entrants to upload images which is a favourite of mine and something I use for How She Creates podcast guests

Photoshop* | for blog images, photo editing,

InDesign* | for printables

 

SELLING AND COURSES

Etsy | the first place I started selling my digital printables. I strongly recommend it if you want to get into online selling.

Gumroad | to sell digital products, such as ecourses. Gives you an online shop front, and sends the product immediately to the buyer upon purchase. Cost: $10 per month plus 3.5% + 30c per sale. AlternativeeJunkie for $5 per month, which is less pretty.

Teachable | really simple, cheap way to start creating courses

Femtrepreneur – Your First 1K | great, practical course on making your first $1000 or getting your first 1000 subscribers

BlueYeti microphone* | I’m in love with how clear this mic makes my voice recordings

Camtasia* | screen capture and recording software for both Mac and PC. At $299 it’s rather expensive, but if you wanted to share a recording of your computer screen this is the software to use.

Adobe Photoshop CC* | my favourite software in the world for editing photos, and creating simple graphics. $10 per month on the Creative Cloud Photography plan.

Adobe Premiere Pro CC* | the best video editing software ever. If you’ve used Photoshop or another Adobe product, you’re going to learn this super quickly and find it intuitive. $20 per month on the Creative Cloud Single App plan, or $60 in the All Apps plan which includes all the other options. Alternative: iMovie for Mac or Windows Movie Maker, which are both free and pretty awesome. I’ve also used Sony Vegas Pro 13, which cost about $600, and I wouldn’t recommend compared to Premiere Pro.

Adobe Audition CC  | the best audio recording and editing. It works well with Premiere Pro and has the same pricing structure. Alternative: Audacity, which is awesome and free, but I use Audition since it works so well with Premiere Pro.

WishlistMember* | a WordPress plugin that does the tech side of a private membership site. It has payment, webinar, and autoresponder integration, so you can be paid directly on your side and automatically add members to any email automation you’ve set up. It costs $197 (one site) or $297 (multiple sites) once off. We use it at Get Messy and Level Up, and all Caylee Grey CoursesAlternatives: Teachable, or Teachery. I’ve tried both of those and they were nice but restrictive.

Slack | group communication (alternative: Facebook Groups)

 

Resources

07.07.2014 – The Start of The Pantsless Entrepreneur

Today is a great day. I have little airplanes flying around in my stomach because I am so excited. Finally I can share everything with you! This is a big post, but so are my dreams. I've been pretty dramatic about 07/07/2014. I've also been a bit obsessive with those...

30 Days to a New Habit (Plus a Freebie)

You can't do everything at once. And that's okay. So what are you doing now? - his royal highness, Sean McCabe I am a completely different person to who I was last year. And she was a different person to the 2012 Caylee. And so on. I like reinventing myself. I like...

Why I’ve Been Waking Up at 04.30

Short answer: I've been making things. Lots of things. Long answer: I've been hearing a lot about the beauty of mornings. The first ba-bam was from Laura Vanderkam who wrote an entire book about how the morning is the most important ingredient in productivity. Second...

My paper blog planner

This little blog has come a long way since I used it as a place to store my Project Life layouts to apply to the Paislee Press creative team. I have met amazing people. Some of which I'd consider my best friends. I've been contacted about creative teams through this...

Implement a new habit in 30 days

Make it so easy that you can't say no. - Leo Babauta Oh, I love day zeros. They show so much promise, they involve so much planning. I mentioned all the successful habits I've made yesterday. This is the first time I'll be doing this with accountability. Because this...

Things I Have Learned After One Month of Self-Employment

Today marks my official one month anniversary of being self-employed. Boy, oh boy, it's been a ride. A good ride. A rollercoaster ride that only goes up (thanks, Augustus Waters [and V]). My ten favourite lessons after one month of self employment 1. It's amazing...