I spend a lot of time thinking about delivering useful content to you.
My wheels, truly, never stop turning around what shortcuts and hacks I can share with you to make your life easier and your biz thrive.
But the truth is, I know how hard it can be to just put on pants some mornings!
In today's email, I wanted to share a few of my most favorite tools to help you take your business and brand to the next level (i.e. more time + ease guaranteed).
My top 10 tools for creating an Empowered Empire:
Real talk: I've built a $400K business in less than 3 years with a Squarespace website.
I've had lots of comments and questions about why I've chosen this platform over the others and the short answer is...I use Squarespace because it works.
I can drive it myself, it's easy to use and beautiful).
Squarespace has been an incredible platform for me to speak to the clients I can serve best and it's one of the least challenging content management systems out there for my non-techie tribe to adopt and get in to action in short order.
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2. Zoom Meeting:
If you are not using Zoom, you're missing out, my friend.
Podcast recordings, client meetings, webinars, pop-up biz bestie chats...you name it...Zoom can do it and I am using it for all of these things.
Record your meetings and at the end, receive an audio and video file of your recording on your desktop. Click here to check it out.
When your face is your brand, you better believe you want to be putting your best foot forward.
Nutrition, makeup, skin care...shopping for and choosing the right versions of these things used to overwhelm me with a capital O.
Did you know that everything we put on our skin absorbs in to our bloodstream in less than 30 seconds?
I had no clue...and when I learned this...I was horrified as I toggled back over my years of questionable makeup choices, self-tanners and beyond.
I knew I needed to pay attention to this, but the options were astounding.
One year ago, I discovered Arbonne, a vegan-certified health and wellness company and it has transformed my body in the best way possible.
Now I've got a rock solid system for taking care of myself and my family that not only has helped me drop 10 lbs, but get my glow (further feeding my lip gloss obsession) on every day when I switch on those FB Lives. Check out the goods right here.
Simplero is an all-in-one solution to help you manage email lists, course spaces, landing pages, program/product sales, an affiliate system for said programs/products and so much more.
I found myself in the quandary of trying to figure out what made the most financial sense when I was looking to add a course space tool to my arsenal.
Once I realized I was using 5 different tools to accomplish all of what Simplero offers, I made the leap and have not looked back.
They offer a 30-day free trial, learn more about how to get started here.
5. G Suite for Business (Thanks Google!):
This one's a no-brainer, but I had to include it. If you're already hooked up and in, keep scrolling to #6.
Google Calendar, Drive, Sheets, Docs, Gmail, etc...Communicate with clients and your team with ease. Keep your stuff in one central digi-location that interfaces with all of your devices.
If you're not using this, climb out from under that rock and get your stuff connected, girlfriend.
6. DIY Legal Docs:
My sweet friend Lisa Fraley is a legal coach and attorney.
She has been practicing law for 20 years and sister friend knows her stuff.
Lisa is my go-to gal for all things legal and I am so excited to share her DIY Legal Templates with you. They have been a game-changer for me and my clients. Affordable, massively useful and quick to implement to not only protect yourself but your business, loved ones and clients all at once.
7. The Walkie Talkie App: Voxer
Voxer is a life-changer. If you don't have it on your phone yet, I encourage you to RUN to the app store to download it (it's free).
I use Voxer to communicate with my team, my husband and my gal pals.
My bestie and I attribute much of our growth in public speaking and processing to the use of this app and the ability to communicate streams of consciousness, uninterrupted, as we work through the our life experiences together.
It has been an incredible tool that has absolutely impacted my businesses in a huge way and it doesn't require you to hold the button down while you talk!
8. A Rock Solid Productivity Plan:
Block scheduling FTW!
This mamapreneur life is no joke and nap time is sacred territory (and also shaky ground these days with our three-nager).
Once I figured out how to sync up my scheduling tool (I use Calendly) with Google Calendar (aka life map), my business began to thrive on a whole new level.
I cannot stress the importance enough of having a rock solid productivity plan in place that feels like your favorite pair of sneakers: comfortable, practical and easy to navigate in.
I speak to one too many entrepreneurs who are confused about what sort of income-generating activities they could be spending their time on and because of the resulting overwhelm, they get lost in their news feeds.
The more you scramble your brain with your newsfeed, the less you connect with your truth and your own sacred words.
I put together a training called How to Become a Productivity Powerhouse. In it, I share with you exactly how I manage my schedule as a full-time work from home mamapreneur and maintain astounding levels of content creation and output (hello, programs, full client load, podcast + more).
There are two bonuses that come with it: (1) Soul Fuel Your Inbox: How to be the Boss of Your Email and (2) Soul Fuel Your Day: 5 Steps for Consciously Creating a Life You Adore. You can grab it all right here for just $27.
9. Roomba (yes, the vacuum robot):
My mom got this little guy for us when I was pregnant with our little one.
I think I have manually vacuumed our upstairs 2 times since we moved in to our house.
Instead of schlepping the big guy up the stairs, I bring pop Roomba on and Voilá...in a few minutes our bedroom is sparkling.
Simplicity, friends. Dust and dirt happen...Click here to check it out.
I've been using Calendly from the get-go. It's a fantastic scheduling tool that allows me to create various event types that clients and podcast interviewees can use to sign-up for a window on my calendar. It interfaces with Google Cal and I don't have to spend any time worrying about people booking in and having conflicts.
I've paired my block scheduling strategy with this tool and I know exactly when I am coaching and when I am off the clock with my family.
I also like Acuity also (it accepts payments, while Calendly does not), but started with Calendly and haven't had a reason to make the switch. Check it out here.
*Bonus*: Giving Myself Permission to Book In Days Off
I took my first week off from my business approximately 2 1/2 years after I launched it. I've always been a workaholic and adding the FT work from home mama status to the mix meant that every and any open window meant I needed to be, you guessed it, working.
I took a week off before Christmas and I have been booking out days each month when I know I am going to be needing more time to recharge and rest and it has already made a drastic difference in how I am showing up for my people and my clients.
Most of all, it has given me the space and bandwidth to grow my team, work with a coach and plan my very first large-scale EPIC live event for later this spring.
Give yourself the gift of your own space and grace...it's a game-changer.
Now it's your turn:
What techie tools have been a total game changer in your life and biz?
Head on over to my free Facebook group to share.
PS - I am currently welcoming applications for 2 openings in my Empowered Empire coaching experience. This is for women who are ready to build the infrastructure beneath their businesses and brands that supports their greater well-being from all angles...one that creates spaciousness, greater alignment and focus...and of course, new levels of abundance. A Soul Fueled Strategy + A Rock Solid Support = New levels of expansion to not only increase your bottomline, but your fulfillment factor in this one precious life of yours.
Check out this email I received this note from our newest Empower Empire Soul Sister:
"I started with 490 followers, yesterday. I now have 975. Holy cow! I didn't even post yesterday...Mind blow. Woohoo!" xo M.S. Click here to apply now.