There are so many tools out there that make your life so much easier. Whether you’re making a social media post, hunting down an image for a blog post, or keeping track of all your projects, there are free tools out there available.
Sometimes you need a graphic fast and you don’t have time to hire a designer. So what are you left to do? Make something yourself. One of my all time favorite tools is Canva. You can build off one of their free templates or you can create your own design from scratch. They have a regular email that sends out design tips that are fun and helpful.
Free Template Designs
Free Blog Graphic Layouts
ASANA is a great project management tool. It can be used for a variety of things like reminding yourself of things you need to do, to managing a project you’re working on with a small team. The tool was developed by a Facebook developer so it’s is fairly simple to use. There is a calendar view and a list view for different ways to organize your tasks. The tool is free up to 10 users and then it’s pretty affordable after that. This tool is way better than Basecamp because it’s more agile for complicated projects. Another great feature is that you can created subtasks under main tasks which help organizing and assigning out various tasks.
3. Flickr Creative Commons
Not to be confused with the commons, the creative commons has awesome royalty free images for you to use in your blog posts or social media. Take a moment to get familiar with the different types of usage rights.
They are below:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
Noncommercial iconNoncommercial means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works iconNo Derivative Works means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
Share Alike iconShare Alike means:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.
These are just a few of the free tools I use on a regular basis. Other tools I regularly use are Hootsuite, Google Docs, Google Analytics, and Google Webmaster tools to manage SEO campaigns. What are your favorite free tools that you can’t live without?