Throughout our work day, Whistler Creative uses a range of tools manage the business and to keep organized and productive as a team. The following is a list of my favouries that we personally recommend and think other small business’ could benefit from.
Productivity + Organization
What is it: Asana is a project management system to help teams track project and tasks while keeping all communications and files for each project together, to help get things done quickly and efficiently. Asana has a free plan which has all the features you need to get started and a premium subscription which adds a little more functionality.
What is it: Evernote is an app designed for note taking, organizing, and archiving. “An online notebook”. You can not only take notes, but collect formatted text, a webpage, a photograph, voice memo and more. Evernote is free to use with a paid upgrade.
What is it: Dropbox is an online file storage and file sharing solution. It is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones and website, so you can access your stuff from anywhere.
What is it: Calendly takes all back and forth out of organizing meetings and calls, set up your schedule and let clients choose the slot they want, easily. Calendly has both a free version and a premium upgrade.
Bookkeeping, Invoicing + Payments
What is it: Freshbooks is an online invoice and billing program, aimed at small businesses that saves you time. There are different subscription levels available depending on your needs. Freshbooks features include; invoicing, expenses, time tracking, invoice reminders and online payments.
What is it: Webnames.ca is a domain registrar and website hosting company based in Vancouver BC.
What is it: Mailchimp is an online email marketing solution to manage subscribers, send emails, and track results, which offers integrations with other programs. Mailchimp is free to a certain number of emails and subscribers.
What is it: Constant Contact is another online email marketing program, with the ability to send campaigns like email newsletters, surveys, events, Facebook promotions, online listings, and more. Constant Contact has different pricing tiers depending on your needs and scale.
What is it: “Software that enables the world’s conversations” Skype allows you to make free video and voice one-to-one and group calls, send instant messages and share files with other people on Skype.
What is it: Skillshare is a learning community with online courses, projects and workshops to develop your skills, they ahve are such as art, business skills, personal developing to cooking and fitness.
What is it: 1Password is a password manager, that securely remembers all your passwords. You can store passwords, PIN codes, documents, credit cards and more, it also helps you fix weak and duplicate passwords to improve your online security and saves time on the web by signing in to accounts with a single click.
What is it: Spotify is a music streaming program that allows you to play your favourites, discover new tracks, and build the perfect collection. There are free and premium subscriptions available.
LIST LAST UPDATED: October 2016
*I am an affiliate to a few of these companies, however I only recommend tools and companies that I personally use on a day to day basis and recommend.