3 (Free) Online Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier

Running a business is challenging, rewarding, fun, and- well, hard. Besides actually running your business, there are a ton of things going on behind the scenes to keep everything going smoothly. Managing everything as a small business owner or solopreneur can become a little overwhelming. While there isn’t one solution for everyone, here are three free tools I use regularly that might just make your workflow (and life) a little easier.

Milanote

Great for: teamwork, organization, creative projects, writing, and planning.

What is it: Milanote is a platform designed to make project organization easier whether you’re working alone or collaborating with others. The free version allows for up to 100 notes across multiple idea boards.

How it will make your life better: The interface is drag and drop which makes including notes from different sources simple, and distilling them into a workable project much more manageable. Each project board allows you to add paragraphs, to-do lists, images, comments, and web pages to your notes- I especially love this for team-wide blog creation and editing! Its versatility makes this a fabulous tool to integrate into pretty much any business process that requires collaboration and organization.

Screenshot of workspace on Milanote

MarkUp

Great for: feedback and collaboration.

What is it: MarkUp a is free, browser-based app that allows users to add, respond to, and resolve comments directly on uploaded images or on any website by simply adding the URL. You can upload just one page or several and share each set with a different set of team collaborators.

How it will make your life better: MarkUp was the first really game-changing tool for me as a designer. It has a gorgeous, simple interface, and it has honestly been a dream to use. If you are a visual person or need to share visuals for approval, it is a must-have tool for clear collaboration and feedback.

Screenshot of MarkUp platform with comments

Later

Great for: social media planning across multiple platforms. 

What is it: Later is a social media scheduling tool that offers both free and paid plans. The free plan allows you to connect multiple social media accounts and up to 30 scheduled posts per connected network.

How it will make your life better: As a social media planning tool, Later has stiff competition both free and paid. What wins it a spot on this list? It features an easy-to-use interface, visual calendar, image storage with filtering, and drag and drop scheduling. It makes setting up social media schedules a breeze!

Screenshot of Later social media planning calendar

 

Have you tried any of these tools or have another platform that made a huge difference in your workflow? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Disclaimer: Milanote did reach out and offered my team and I increased space to try out their software, but opinions and feedback are my own!

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Written By Kelly Gleason

Kelly has worked as a web designer and business consultant for the past several years. She specializes in helping small to medium-sized business businesses use technology to succeed.

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