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- Toggl.com – Simple, effective, and free time tracker web (and mobile) app. Basic start / stop functionality along with categorizing and jotting down notes, which is extremely helpful for looking back at where all the time in the day goes. I use this to track (literally) all of my workday activity so that I can identify inefficiencies that can be automated, outsourced, or eliminated. Without Toggl, I’d be crazy to attempt this…
- Gmail – Email, by Google. Enough said…if you’re still using msn or hotmail, you shouldn’t be. Gmail’s capabilities, mobility, and additional features / integration make it a must have in my opinion.
- iPad – I won mine in a business competition, but if it got stolen right now I’d go straight to the Apple store and buy another one. If you take the time to work it into your business lifestyle, it becomes a game changer. It sounds nerdy, but I really believe that.
- Weebly – Simple, professional looking, and free website creation tool. If you’re not a web designer, but need a website, use Weebly to get your concept off the ground in a weekend.
- DropBox.com – Dropbox is my online harddrive. I store all my computer files there so that I can access them from anywhere in the world without having to lug around a laptop. I have not taken the plunge to storing truly secure information there (bank statements, tax returns, etc.), but everything else is there. I also leverage Dropbox to share documents with the agency team.
- Penultimate iPad Note Taking App – I use Penultimate on the iPad, with a stylus, to take notes at events at meetings. I no longer have to use or store paper, which has saved me a ton of hassle losing notes and probably cleaned up the back seat of my car quite a bit, as that seems to be where all of those notes ended up.
- Basecamp Project Manager – Basecamp is a great web-based project management system for tracking projects, collaborating with team members, and more. While it doesn’t have a few features I’d like, it more than makes up for this in it’s simplicity and intuitiveness. A must if you’re a small operation collaborating old school (i.e. meetings when meetings aren’t needed, etc.).