Deciding what tools to use in your business can be an overwhelming task. So it is always great when you stumble upon tools that are so nice to use and so self-evident that you can’t live without them. As my happy-new-year’s gift to you: I am going to share my top 10 favorite online-business tools for 2022.
- Flodesk – I keep raving about this heroic tool everywhere and every chance I get. I used to never send out emails because it was so PAINFUL and at the end of the day, they always looked so unappealing and not aligned with the feel I wanted. Flodesk’s minimalist interface keeps things from being overwhelming, which makes sense, since it’s designed by designers. I can not rave enough about this one – the emails are BEAU-TI-FUL. And what’s more: it’s FUN. I have never before been chomping at the bit to send out emails like I am now.
- Kajabi – I am loving Kajabi. I am working on putting some online courses together and this tool makes it so easy. Best of all, it has an app – so anytime your customers (or you) sign-up to a course with the same email address – Kajabi finds all your courses and puts them into your profile. No more scrambling through emails trying to figure out where the damned login credentials are.
- WordPress + Elementor – I am honestly surprised by how hard I am crushing on Elementor. I started designing websites back in 1999, when the HTML was coded in notepad and uploaded to the server through FTP. I begrudgingly went to WordPress sometime around 2013-2014 and have enjoyed watching it develop through the years. Elementor was not a hard choice – there are some some amazing themes / templates out there and it makes it super easy to get your website up and running in a minimal amount of time (even for someone with absolutely no programming knowledge).
- Calendly – Calendly is fantastic scheduling tool that allows others to find time and book a slot in your calendar. It is another minimalist interface, with plenty of native integrations. It is extremely user friendly with an intuitive interface. Nothing but love for Calendly.
- Monday.com – I will be honest, I was not the biggest monday.com fan when I first was introduced to the tool. I am a recovering project manager, so I think my hang-up had to do with the way it nests sub-tasks. I am still not totally over this one but the tool has grown on me and I use it to manage pretty much my whole life now. I love the fact that you can build your own automations and, now that I am familiar with the interface, I’m pretty thrilled with it. It shines when you have a team but it also is a great task manager for solopreneurs / freelancers.
- Airtable – this is another tool I can’t stop raving about. It’s a whiz-bang, allrounder of a tool and can be counted on for just about anything you would want a database for. You can make online questionnaires / forms, you can use it as a CRM, track your budget, treat it like a Kanban board or make dashboards in it. Which leads me to my only one complaint – I wish the expanded dashboard was the native view, but alas, as my mother reminds me: you can’t have it all.
- Mural – This is another allrounder tool that I can’t imagine being without. It is meant to be a collaborative whiteboard, but I also use it for brainstorming, mind-mapping and presenting learning material when I am teaching others online.
- Canva – Who doesn’t love Canva? This tool has democratized graphic design and made it accessible to the masses. You no longer need to be an Adobe Photoshop Pro to have nice graphics. If you go for Canva Pro – you get access to a tonne of templates and there are a load of third-party designers selling design bundles and packs.
- Zapier – The ultimate matchmaker, Zapier connects everything that doesn’t integrate natively. I don’t think there is anything that Zapier doesn’t connect up.
- Zoom & Slack – I would be remiss if this list didn’t include these two insanely ubiquitous tools. I know I am cheating a bit because this actually makes it 11 on the list, but I have been using these tools for the last 4-5 years and can hardly imagine my life without them. Zoom started out as a work tool but became a lifeline for keeping up with family across the ocean in Covid times. I think we can all relate to living in Zoom over the last few years and even though I miss seeing people in person – I am extremely greatful we don’t have to go back to the 2006 Skype days of no videos, sketchy connections and dropped calls.
So these are my top choices of tools for 2022 and I will be using them both personally and professionally.
What did I miss and what are you using in your business this year?