To run my business, I make use of various software and other tools. I have built up extensive experience (good and bad) and I only recommend the tools that I currently use myself to manage and grow my business.
Here is a list of resources that I found to be critical to achieving my business goals.
Some tools that I use are open source and free to use. I find the ones that I use equally powerful as the commercial variants. Sometimes you have a steeper learning curve and there is no official support available. That said, usually they have a thriving community of people willing to help out. For certain tasks I do use commercial software tools. These solutions are state-of-the-art and fulfill a specific requirement that I was looking for.
I am a proud affiliate for some of these commercial tools. Affiliate links are used for each tool that I am an affiliate of, which means that if you click that link and subsequently make a purchase, I will earn a commission. You pay nothing extra; any commission I earn comes at no additional cost to you.
I am sharing my resources here with you because they are genuinely helpful and powerful, not because of the small commissions I would receive. I recommend these tools only to you if you really feel you need them. Please feel free to contact me to hear my experiences and to see if that matches with your requirements and wishes.
VidIQ is your best advisor to grow your YouTube channel. SEO, AI descriptions, AI video ideas, analysis of competition... It's a gem of YouTube creators! Free functionality is terrific. Paid one is amazing!
Audacity (Open Source): For me, Audacity is the audio equivalent of Shotcut. It is a great audio editor and has many options to improve your audio quality. I also use it to remove unwanted background noise in my recordings.
Loom : an innovative new way of communicating to people. Instead of just sending an email, I send a short customized video, especially for the recipient. It increases the interaction significantly in comparison with regular emails.
CANVA (FREE version + paid options): great resource. I cannot live without it! It's equivalent to Photoshop. You don't need to be an expert designer. It has exciting AI capabilities that will blow your mind.
Buffer : Buffer I use to schedule my social media postings. I can program certain posts to appear at a specific time in the future.
Calendly : Such a life saver! If you schedule a complimentary one-on-one with me, I don't have to spend time going back and forth to find the right date and time for you and I to meet. Calendly takes care of that!
Stripe : Stripe helps me with the transaction processing of credit card payments.
PayPal : For people that don't have a credit card, PayPal comes to the rescue.
Zoom : Since the Corona crisis, I don't think Zoom needs an introduction anymore. I use it for video conferencing as well as one on one meetings.
Wim Hof method : Boost your immune system with Wim Hof's method: breathing techniques and cold water therapy. Easy to do at home and at the start of every day.
Dr. Berg : my trusted source for nutrition advice.
Tula Yoga: If you live in Amsterdam, I cannot recommend enough the Tula Yoga studio. Blessed people!
Karina Kaminska: How do you like my long hair photos? I love them! My secret weapon is the amazing artist Karina Kaminska. She not only has a magic eye for detail, but it's a delight to work with her.