If there is a task that needs to be completed in the business world, you better believe there will be at least 10 SaaS solutions out there for it—all paid, naturally. There are many, many different ways to organize yourself and get shit done, but these are the six app subscriptions I gladly pay every month!
I am not kidding when I say that I use Evernote for everything. I have a notebook stack dating back to my very first job in digital marketing, and I’ve consistently created a stack for each job, client, and personal project since then. I have drafts of books, blog posts, research notes, web clippings—you name it, I’ve got a notebook for it. My favourite part is that the mobile app seamlessly integrates with my computer—I can start a project on my computer, then work on it from my phone. It’s easy, it’s seamless, it’s organization to the max.
You can use it for free, but your storage is limited. I’m on the Premium plan, which is $9.99 USD per month. They have enterprise options available as well.
I could not function without OneDrive. I have a Macbook, which is awesome for design work but terrible for storage. I store 100% of my files on OneDrive, and it only costs me $1.99 USD per month for a terabyte of storage. A TERABYTE. I added this onto my Microsoft Office 365 subscription which is why it’s so cheap, but you can get 1TB of storage and Microsoft 365 for $6.99 USD/month, which is still a killer deal.
I used to save Instagram posts as drafts, but I was forever forgetting to actually post them. I’ve tried Hootsuite, Spredfast, and Sprout for social scheduling, but they’re quite expensive if you’re only scheduling Instagram. I pay $9USD/month for the solo plan on Planoly, which includes unlimited scheduling for one account. It gets a bit more expensive as you scale up, but the interface is very visual and easy to use, so in my mind it’s still worth it. The best part is that it integrates with Instagram to autopost most of your feed posts—stories, galleries, and videos don’t autopost, so you’ll still get a push notification to remind you to post it manually.
I have always been an Adobe fan, so it took me a long time to jump on the Canva bandwagon. It works in layers similar to Photoshop, but without the hard drive-killing program installation. It’s super intuitive and easy to use, and the file quality is on par with Photoshop. Plus the app is so freaking handy for creating social content on the fly! Canva for Work is $9.95 USD/month, and is really useful for anyone without Photoshop skills or people that just want to create awesome assets quickly.
All of my websites are hosted on Squarespace, and most of the client websites I’ve built and manage are on the platform as well. It seems a little pricey at first ($16.99 USD/month for the personal plan), but it includes hosting so you don’t have to worry about setting that up or managing it. The templates available are great starting points, and it’s really easy to fully customize your site beyond the template. If you know CSS, the sky is the limit with the platform. It’s not open source like Wordpress, but honestly for most business websites that don’t require custom modules, it’s the perfect solution.
If I am the queen of making to do lists, I’m the empress of losing them. Asana is the easiest project management software I’ve ever used, whether I’m on a team or using it by myself. It’s just a giant to do list, and then you can categorize based on project or task, but it works just as well as a giant to do list. The plans start at $9.99 USD/month, and it has been a lifesaver for keeping project on time and on budget.
Bonus: Lightroom Mobile
I’ve tried a ton of mobile photo editing apps, VSCO being the most popular. But after falling in love with some of the presets available on Creative Market, I have converted 100% to Lightroom Mobile. It’s free (no pricey Adobe membership required!) and it’s almost as powerful as the desktop application—but about 1000x easier to use.