I find it so helpful learning what tools others use to run their businesses. You never know what tips you can pick up to implement within your own business. So in the spirit of sharing, I’m taking you behind the scenes of my business and letting you see what’s in this girl boss business toolbox.
Her Tech Tool$: A Look Inside This Girl Boss Business Toolbox
Tech Tool #1 // Apple Laptop
I do everything from my 15” MacBook Pro Laptop. Although I am an Apple Fan Girl, I am not one to push expensive tools on anyone. Just because I’m using a Mac doesn’t mean you have to. Before I was using a 14” iBook G4 Laptop. The only reason why I upgrade was because I could no longer use my Internet browsers (Safari and Firefox).
The model I had came out before Apple started adding the Intel Chip to their computers. At some point they release a new OS (operating system) and I couldn’t perform that upgrade. This meant that I couldn’t upgrade the browsers as well. Whenever I tried to use things like Gmail it would look hideous. I use that computer for seven years and my current one about to hit that same 7 year mark.
At the moment I don’t plan on upgrading. What I like about my computer is the apps that it comes preloaded with. Like Quicktime that I use to record my screen which I can then turn into a video. To edit that video or to create one I use iMovie. If I’m recording audio only, I use GarageBand.
Recently, I switch to using Apple Pages to create my eBooks. There’s a time I tried to find ways to remove these apps because I didn’t want them. Luckily for me, I never did and now I use them.
Tech Tool #2 // Adobe Creative Suite
I create graphics using Adobe Creative Suite Programs such as Photoshop. Photoshop was among the many programs that I learn how to use during my undergraduate studies. I purchase my collection of design software over 10 years ago and it cost me around $2000. I got a copy of Dreamweaver, Flash, and a bundle that gave my InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Acrobat Professional (which is the PDF creator/reader) – all apart of Adobe Creative Suite 3.
Adobe use to sell their programs on discs but have since switched to a subscription model. Today, I pay a monthly fee around $23 for Photoshop only because it’s the app I use the most. I’ve been able to replace InDesign with Apple Pages. They are similar but InDesign is on a whole ‘nother level (I do miss it though). I’m also trying to see if Canva can really replace Photoshop? I’m not convinced yet.
Tech Tool #3 // G Suite
I’ve been using Gmail forever it feels like but only for personal use. When I started freelancing I wanted a professional email address. Luckily for me the place where I was using my website at the time included free unlimited email address as part of the package.
When I move this site (artiatesiadeal.com) to a different host, I didn’t do my homework. They don’t provide emails at all. Now I could have just created a free Gmail account but again I wanted a professional email address for my business, so I signed up for G Suite (referral link). It been wonderful using business version of all of the Google apps and it’s only $6 a month. You can’t bet that.
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But wait this girl boss has more in her toolbox.
This blog post will go on forever, if I would to list all that’s apart of my girl boss business toolbox. So to make it super easy for you and myself, I’ve created this cute eGuide called – HER TECH TOOL$. And guess what, I’m giving it away for $Free.99. Just click the image and enter your email in the form and it will get sent to your inbox.
Now that I’ve shared what in my toolbox, it’s your turn.