Tech-tools Consciouspreneurs require to go and grow online

Going and growing an online business can feel overwhelming. Especially if you are brand new to this e-world. As a newbie, if you continuously wonder what sort of tools are needed to start a virtual journey, then you are at the right place. The first step always starts with gathering relevant information.

Here’s an essential list of necessary tools you’ll need to play. Explore the following tools and see how you can make them work for you. 

Interestingly, the World-Wide-Web has thousands of alternative tools to the ones I’ve mentioned below. Begin with these basic ones. Each tool can give you an idea of what works work for you, which in turn is going to lead you to more choices available out there. So, buckle up, play and explore.

 

1. Computer with fast & reliable internet connection
2. Google account
3. Password storage and protector
4. Storage & Sharing
5. Canva / Picmonkey
6. Skype/zoom
7. Paypal
8. Organisational/Productivity tool
9. Social site accounts
10.Blog/webpage/website

 

1. Computer with an internet connection

This one is an obvious and necessary tool for the online business. It can be a PC or a laptop of any make either Mac or Windows. A stand-alone machine won’t be of any help if it doesn’t have a strong internet connection. 

 

2. Google account

This one account provides varied necessary applications required to run an online business. Gmail, an emailing account, google drive with 15 GB of the free storage, YouTube, Google+, Google forms, document and spreadsheet application are all included in the suite. Google calendar is brilliant to schedule your classes/sessions.

 

3. Password storage and protector

An online business would require you to have password-protected accounts of different sites. Remembering, storing and organising multiple passwords is not an easy task. Thankfully, an app called LastPass takes care of safely storing, managing and organising them for you. Read more about it here in this blog post- “How to manage multiple passwords”

 

4. Backup storage and sharing

You need a storage facility to save your audios, video files, graphics, photos, documents and spreadsheets. You might also require to share them with your clients or team members. You have 2 options to do that. Cloud storage (e.g. Google Drive, DropBox, Box) or local storage on wired physical drives ( Pendrives or HardDisks). Read more about the storage and sharing choices in this blog post – “Beginner’s Guide to digital files storage & Backup”.

 

5. Canva/Picmonkey

To create class/service graphics, memes, Pdf, social media posts, you need an account with free graphic-design tool websites. E.g. Canva or Picmonkey. You can begin with the free account first and later extend it to the paid options.  

 

6. Skype/Zoom

For attending/conducting Access or any other online classes, sessions, you would need a skype or Zoom account. Online video/audio hangouts to connect with the people world over, You need to have skype(free) or Zoom(free for 45 min). You would also need a pair of earplugs with a built-in microphone or a microphone to keep distractions away.

 

7. Paypal

Paypal money transfer setup allows you to send invoices to your clients and collect money.

 

8. Organisational tool 

A centralised system to put all your business information adds productivity and ease to your work. Trello is an excellent web-based project management tool. If you are a pen and diary person, you can look into bullet Journal method.

 

9. Social sites’ account

I am sure you already have an account with at least one of the social media sites. If not, you would need one for creating connections. You can let people know about your services and products using social media sites like Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

 

10. webpage/website+blog

Unlike social sites’ public spaces, you are the owner of your website space and its content. A website works as a centralised place to house all your digital content and products. You can try building your website by exploring the tools in this blog post – Website Creation Tools – The Basics or you can get it made for you. 

 ( Difference between a blog and a website )

1o Free stock photo websites.)

 

Want to download this post as a free, printable list that you can reference to check each item off the list to get ready for your virtual journey?  Click here to download the PDF