Laura's Recommended Business Tools

 

This is the list of tools I use every week to level up and grow my self and my own business. And to make my life easier! You'll see I use that word a lot. A powerful question I regularly ask myself, and highly recommend you ask your self is

Q: How can I make my life and work easier?! What would that look like?

A: By looking for ways to make things more simple, calming, efficient, straightforward. Finding the right tools for YOU and YOUR business are key to create this feeling of simpler, easier. These are very empowering feelings.

If you are looking for ideas to make your own life and business simpler, easier, check out my favorite tools. Some of these may surprise you!

Disclaimer: I only recommend products I use and love and all opinions expressed here are my own. Some of these - but not all of these - posts contain affiliate links that are no additional cost to you. I may earn a small commission. Read full affiliate disclaimer here.

Kajabi

The all in one solution to build a successful online business

I really love Kajabi. I find it so easy to use and love that all the parts and pieces of running an online business are included in this package...your website, email marketing, shopping cart, blog, digital products, online training course, marketing pipelines. Yes, Kajabi appears, at first, to be more expensive than the competition, but I'm not purchasing several software options that I have to link together, and whose costs add up to surprise me. It is truly an all in one solution. This creates ease and simplicity for me!

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Aaron Ward Online Courses

An online training course to create an online training course!

Have you thought about leveraging what you know and creating an online course? I took Aaron's course to create my online course. (Which is still in development!) His course was great value. Easy to understand, follow, and implement. Confidence building. 

He offers a Free Mini Course on Creating an Online course..

Or, learn more about his actual Online Training course about creating an online training course.

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Calendly

Helps you schedule meetings without the back and forth emails

This tool is so easy to use and setup. It is easy to link to your calendar (I use Google Calendar). Great flexibility to set up rules about when you are available to meet. Love it. The basic option is free. Upgrades are reasonably priced.

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Zoom

Online meetings

A great tool to use to meet online with one or more people. The basic option is free. Upgrades are reasonably priced.

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QuickBooks

Keeping my income and expenses organized

I use QuickBooks Self-Employed to manage my income and expenses, find tax deductions, and avoid IRS problems. It also makes tax season much easier because it links to TurboTax. Click the link to get 50% off for the first 6 months.

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TurboTax

Online preparation and submission of personal and business taxes

I have an accounting degree and a CPA, but could still get overwhelmed with tax prep until I found TurboTax. So affordable. So easy. Helping me be efficient and avoid IRS problems.

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Toastmasters

Practice and improve public speaking and leadership skills

I cannot recommend this highly enough! Toastmasters International (TMI) is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Here are the general benefits of TMI:

  • Improve your public speaking skills via a self-paced program (i.e.Pathways), meeting roles, Table Topics practice (i.e. extemporaneous speaking practice)
  • Build leadership skills via a self-paced program, meeting roles, opportunities to conduct meetings, and becoming a club officer
  • Build networking skills in a small and supportive environment
  • Practice writing speeches, presenting in a supportive group setting, receiving valuable feedback on strengths and areas to improve
  • Practice speaking and interacting in an online environment (i.e. Zoom)
  • Gain a competitive advantage in the workplace
  • Build self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Lots of personal growth opportunities to choose from

You can look for a local group on the TMI website or join the HTM group I'm in! We're all meeting online due to the pandemic. Visitors are always welcome.

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Laura's Recommended Wellness Tools

 

Our personal wellness is incredibly important to manifesting the life and work we dream about, isn't it? I couldn't resist sharing some of my favorite wellness tools. I use these daily to level up my life, my mental health, and my physical health.

Disclaimer: I only recommend products I use and love and all opinions expressed here are my own. Some of these - but not all of these - posts contain affiliate links that are no additional cost to you. I may earn a small commission. Read full affiliate disclaimer here.

Down Dog Yoga App

Practice your yoga anywhere, anytime

Personal wellness is important to our life and work. I love and use this app everyday - to start my day and for a mid afternoon break. I can create a 15 minute mini session tailored to my needs. It is so flexible! Select your time, type of yoga, level, body part that need focus, voice, and music. Then Down Dog creates a unique, personalized yoga practice every time. Save the routines you love to your favorites.

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Binaural Beats Meditation

Binaural beats have helped my sleep, relaxation, and creativity

Have you heard about binaural beats? When you hear two tones, one in each ear, that are slightly different in frequency, your brain processes a beat at the difference of the frequencies. This is called a binaural beat. You wear headphones to create this frequency difference. You don't consciously hear the beat. You hear the gentle music and nature sounds.

Sounds a little woo-woo, doesn't it? Well, I gave it a try with Deep Sleep, a delta wave mp3, right before bed to help me sleep through the night. It worked so well, so quickly, that I decided to try a few others. My favorites are Deep Meditation, Creativity Boost, & Spiritual Awakening, all theta wave mp3s). Wow. These work for me as a 20-30 min afternoon break from work. I'm a fan!

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