Favorite Tools & Apps
Welcome to my favorite, time-tested apps and tools.
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Get Control of Your Debt
I found Undebt.it after getting abandoned by another debt-tracking software. I've been using it since September 2016.
Undebt helps you keep track of all your debt and creates a payment plan that fits with your budget. Best of all, you're not limited to one kind of payment plan. You can try the snowball and avalanche methods, or customize your own debt pay down plan.
The free version has everything you need to track your debt and get on a repayment program. If you sign up for pro, it's only $12 a year! With the pro plan, you get much more than just debt tracking and repayment.
Save Your Money
I've been using Digit since October 2015. So far Digit has saved me $1500. Whoo Hoo! And it's money I didn't even notice went missing.
Digit uses algorithms to learn the spending habits of the checking account it's linked to. Digit will save around $1.50 a day or up to $30 a week.
Sign up for free, link it to your most used checking account and let it do the saving for you. The best part is that they guarantee no overdrafts. This happened to me once and they quickly reimbursed my overdraft fee and returned the money into the account within one day. And this only happened because of an unusual spending situation that month.
You'll be happy you signed up for Digit. Plus, get $5 free when you use my link!
Thinking about starting your own small business as an online freelance writer?
Are you confused about where to start?
Start with Elna Cain's Write to 1k!
I took Elna's course in December 2015 and it was the best investment I made for my business that year!
You don't need to have a degree to become a successful online freelance writer. Elna's course teaches you everything you need to know to get a great start to freelance writing.
Elna is constantly updating the course so you always have the very best information on Freelance Writing tactics and tools. Read her case studies of people just like you who's lives have changed because of this course.
Track Your Money
Quickbooks Self Employed by Intuit, the makers of Mint, is the BEST money management tool I've purchased for my freelancing business yet!
Quickbooks is online and links to all your business banking accounts to manage all your transactions. It's like having your own personal bookkeeper who tracks your tax stuff! It tells you how much to pay quarterly based off your income.
This tool saved me this tax season! As long as your transactions are up to date and organized properly, Quickbooks will create a Profit & Loss report at the end of the year so you can easily input all needed info for your taxes.
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Just the other day I came across a new mobile app that can help me keep track of my money. Since I've gotten a bunch of value through this app already, I'm sharing it on this page.
Penny is a new mobile app that links to your bank accounts (read-only via Plaid) and shows 4 of your spending categories and gives advice on ways you could save more money.
Penny revealed that my food spending is high and showed me exactly where I've been overspending (even with my stringent budgeting techniques, I did not see it the way Penny showed me). So we set up a goal that where I'll try to spend $100 less next month. Best part, Penny will keep me updated when I'm reaching my limit.
Be In The Know
Have you ever wished you could have all your best resources in one place?
Ever wish someone else could scour the web for you to find the very best information on things like managing a blog, running an online business, or managing a household?
Well, Amy Lynn Andrews has you covered with her Knowtbook. There is so much information packed into this constantly updated online resource, there's no reason to waste time researching yourself.
I've been using her Knowtbook since January 2016.
Amy Lynn Andrews' Tell Your Time Book
Manage your personal time by being intentional on the things you spend your time on.
Amy Lynn Andrews takes the Covey Time Management Grid and adapts it to a matrix in which everyone can use for every-day life.
I read this book in May 2016 and it changed the way I manage my time. The e-book is affordable and the worksheets are free.
This book will change the way you look at scheduling and time management.
In 2015, I was bootstrapping my blog and business so I went with the cheapest hosting I could find. That was my first big mistake.
The other company I went with had terrible service. It once took 4 hours to get someone on chat to help me. It was my first time so I didn't know what to expect but I knew good service didn't mean waiting two weeks for my email to get answered.
Thankfully my friend Grayson hooked me up with SiteGround and made things all better.
SiteGround is amazing in pricing, customer service, and security. I have 2 websites hosted with SiteGround and haven't had any problems. They keep me posted on security issues, automatically update my WordPress, and even switched my websites to https, for FREE. Getting someone on Chat to help is quick and they stay with you until your issue is fully resolved.
If you're looking for a new web hosting site, you can't go wrong with SiteGround. Please use my link to find out more.
SEO & Keyword Analysis
Market Samurai Products
Last year I took an SEO course that taught me how to do keyword analysis and ranking so I could create better optimized content for my blog and my clients. But, all the good SEO/keyword tools are just too expensive for someone who's trying to keep business expenses down.
Enter Market Samurai!
Unlike other SEO and keyword tools that require a monthly/yearly subscription, Market Samurai is a one-time purchase. How awesome is that?!
I use this tool for nearly every blog post and client post I do. Find out if it's all you need for your content, you may not need all the bells and whistles that come with those other expensive tools.
You can also get a free trial of Content Samurai to help create professional high-converting videos.
I recently took Ashley's SEO Success Formula course for beginner SEO and solo website owners.
Ashley was the one to turn me on to Market Samurai and his course has helped me to understand how to write and design my content so it gets noticed on Google.
In his SEO course and subsequent Keyword Tool course (coming soon) you'll learn how to write better copy to attract natural Google traffic. Also known as "organic" traffic, I liken good keyword usage to fishing with the right bait.
This one is NOT AFFILIATE but has been so helpful in the way I create content.