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

Change Your Life with Morning Pages

Morning pages are something incredible that I took from a meh book. A short while back I listened to the Julia Cameron audiobook The Artist's Way. While the book was not my cup of spiritual tea, I did take something from it. Something really great. Morning pages. The...

My favourite creativity and productivity podcasts

Again with the dramatic title, but podcasts really do have the ability to be life changing, creativity inducing, and at the very least company keeping. I've seen favourite podcast lists popping up all over the blogs and after commenting with my favourites so many...

A Perfect Day in the Life

While watching the live broadcast of Start a Handmade Business, Kari asked us to write down what our perfect day would consist of. I decided to jot down what a perfect typical day would be like. I mean, obviously my perfect day would include something elaborate like...

The Night Owl’s Guide to Being a Morning Person

Mornings. Those few hours of my day that called themselves morning were the bane of my existence, but ever since I made the change to be deliberate, and put a lot of energy into improving myself, I could not get away hearing about how fantastic they were. For a long...

How to be a goal master Step 1 – Evaluating past goals

When a new year / month / week / day comes along, the first thing I do when planning my goals is to look how I did in the previous period of time. I need to know where I'm coming from in order to decide where I'm going to go. I think it's important to look on what...

Planned Happiness 2014

I am not a big goals person. They seem too big, and too vague, and there is too much disappointment in not meeting them. I'm also not very into New Years resolutions. But I do like their ideas. The older I get the more intentional I try to be. I like Ali Edwards' One...