Ah… Labor Day. Back when I was growing up, Labor Day was all about “getting back to work” – going back to school. Now, that the school start date seems to have crept back further each year (this year was August 8 for us) – the meaning isn’t quite there any more.
Labor Day was created by the labor unions in the late 1800’s to celebrate the contributions of American workers. So… in honor of you and your hard work (whether you are an American worker or hail from somewhere else), I would like to share my top labor saving online apps.
1. Lead Pages Most people think of Lead Pages as an easy way of creating nice enough but not terribly customizable web pages. That’s true but that is not why it make the “labor saving” list. One of LeadPages most powerful features (that nobody talks about) is the ability to set up lead magnet delivery within LeadPages itself. You can deliver the lead magnet on as many pages as you want. So, this makes it easy to set up quick opt-ins on your page. You can even direct everyone to one master list in your autoresponder rather than making a new list for each opt-in page.
2. Active Campaign Active Campaign is an e-mail autoresponder service like Aweber or Infusionsoft. Unlike Aweber, it offers automation (if someone performs an action, or meets a criteria, they get moved from one list to another list. It also includes a CRM that allows you to track people as they move through stages in your sales process. Moving someone from one state to another can also set off a particular sequence. Huge time saver. Plans start for as little as $9 a month.
3. Schedule Once Since my business is 100% virtual, I spend a lot of time talking with people on the phone. Scheduling meetings virtually can be very time consuming. I have saved a lot of time and headache since I started using ScheduleOnce. Instead of e-mailing back and forth (and forgetting to put something in my calendar), I send a link. The person chooses two times – I pick the best of those two. Really easy – and has saved my bacon on more than one occasion.
4. Zapier Zapier is the C3PO of the online world. It helps all of your various apps talk to each other. For example, if somebody buys a product, we have a routine set up in zapier to add them to our Active Campaign list. No programming is necessary – if you can do Word – you can do this. No more copying data by hand between apps. HUGE time saver 🙂
5. Web Mission Control Until recently, one of the biggest time sucks in my business was troubleshooting when something went wrong with my website. Now, I have a back up and my online life is so much less stressful. Web Mission Control has two plans – they can host your site, or they can manage it for you – both plans are only $20 a month (less if you pay annually). I consider myself fairly technical – but Web Mission Control has been a big time saver for me.
6. Webinar Jam Have you ever tried to set up a google hangout. It is supposed to be easy – but there are steps… Webinar Jam makes the whole process – from setting up your pages, to sending out reminder e-mails, to tracking who attended and who didn’t really easy.
7. Buffer Buffer helps you manage your social media – you can easily slot things in your Buffer to be delivered via Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I only use the basic features, but have been impressed with how the service keeps developing and adding features.
and of course – Time Traders Club. Why spend any time doing work outside your zone of brilliance. Instead of spending hours figuring out how to do tasks that aren’t your main business – why not trade with someone who loves that task. Give what you can – get what you need – everybody wins!