Tools I Recommend

Everyone benefits from a great set of tools. Here are the ones I like the most. Some of these are affiliate links – ie, if you end up buying from them, I will receive some compensation.

Newest Tool 9.8.17: I’ve been using Republic Wireless for my cellphone for years. I pay $25/mo. for unlimited everything. 

CoachGlue – They help coaches spend less time on paperwork with their done-for-you coaching forms, workshops, and content. Brand their content and use it in your own business!SendOutCardsDirect Mail: Check out Send Out Cards – a great way to keep in touch with friends, family and business relationships!

Website Hosting: This and many of my clients’ sites are being hosted by local wind-powered Canvas Host . I’m excited to have great service and they are really progressively minded! Their tech support is quick and effective.

Canvas Host - Web Hosting

Email Marketing: My various email newsletters wouldn’t look so good and my whole set up wouldn’t be so fantastic without Constant Contact and the incredible support system behind the product. I’ve been able to build lists for my various projects over the years – The Eleven: my monthly email to friends and family – Albertideation newsletterall about email marketing and social media. Then, there’s Song a Day where I share my love of music. Finally, Farm My Yard is a project I’ve had going for a few years to connect urban farmers with nearby homeowners who have yards to farm.  Sign up for one or more list and see what you think.

Annelise Kelly - tools issue

Writing: I turn to my housemate and friend, Annelise Kelly, for her writing expertise. She’s been writing a lot of websites and newsletters in a variety of industries. Annelise specializes in food, travel and hospitality. A lot of my clients rely on her for writing services.

Scheduling: I’ve used vCita in the past as a scheduler. If you need help setting this up, let me know. There’s more to this platform than meets the eye and it’s a great way to offer various packages.

Webinars: For webinars I use Gotowebinar.  I’ve also heard good things about Zoom and I’ve used a couple other platforms, but so far, GotoWebinar has them all beat.

Then, we start getting into some of the more esoteric (but useful and important) stuff.  I use as my publishing platform for social media (Hootsuite is also good, but I find the Buffer interface easier to use).  For an interesting way to reach people who you’re connected to on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn (or all 3), try Greeninbox. I’ve used this platform in the past and had great results. It’s especially useful for fund-raising efforts – which, I’ll admit, I’m a fan of GoFundMe, over all the others.

Headline Analyzer: I couldn’t do it without the AM Institute’s free tool.

WordPress plug-in for Social Sharing: Sumome

WordPress plugin for pop-up boxes to collect email addresses: Privy. This brings you the pop-up sign-up form for my sites.  It’s probably led to more email list sign-ups than all of my social media efforts combined.

I use Wisestamp to create a professional looking signature on my outgoing emails. It makes things look like this

Wisestamp in Action - tools

I use Canva for editing images and creating memes, for instance. I’ll add more to this post as I recall what’s missing.  I hope this is useful to you – I really couldn’t do what I do without the aid of these (mostly free) tools.

For business travel – AirBnB

If you have any questions about a tool that’s not on the list, feel free to run it by me – I may have tried it in the past.  If you’d like to work together, check out my new guide to getting started.


Albert Kaufman

Round 2 – coming soon. Tools for living a happier/healthier life. Like how to get a great night’s sleep..