Hey there, Lucky Bee!
Having a successful business is all about serving your clients, changing the world AND making great money at the same time.
And I advocate doing it the chillpreneur way, i.e. as easily and stress-free as possible.
We’re so lucky to live in the internet age, with so many awesome tech tools available. It means we can streamline our businesses like never before, and reach a global audience from our homes. (Thanks for that, Universe!)
You might be curious about the tools I use to run my seven-figure business. You might also be surprised that the most invaluable ones are also the simplest.
In today’s video I’ll share my ultimate top three business tools – and give you FREE access to some awesome money tracking tools as well.
Let’s get techy!
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Tech tool #1: my iPhone
Yep, no doubts about my top tech tool whatsoever: it’s my iPhone 6, hands down.
In fact, if I were stranded on a desert island with only ONE possession to keep my business running, I’d choose my phone. (Okay, okay, so the island would have to magically have internet and power for the phone to be useful. Which means I wouldn’t actually be stranded there… but could we just ignore that, and run with the metaphor???)
Seriously though. I can pretty much run my ENTIRE business from my phone – and some days I do, especially since I’ve had kids. I use it to:
- Check my bank account (several times a day in fact – I find it motivating to watch sales come in) and pay invoices.
- Post to social media, host live stream videos, and take photos for my blog.
- Take notes for my book whenever I think of a good idea.
- Read and reply to posts in my Lucky Bitch Money Bootcamp Facebook group.
- Do podcast and blog interviews using my Apple headphones as the microphone (I actually rarely do this from my desktop, as Australia has dodgy internet).
- Listen to business podcasts (I love Conversion Cast by Lead Pages).
- Network in Facebook groups and other business forums.
- Stay in touch with my team via email or our weekly Skype meeting.
- Track my income using my Lucky Bitch Money Tracking app.
- Stay awake during 3am breast-feedings by playing Farm Saga or reading baby forums (and sometimes writing posts during that time).
- Read my Kindle books (both business and personal ones). For some reason, I always seem to lose my actual Kindle, but my phone syncs all the books in my Kindle account.
- Do nightly meditations, like my subliminal money meditation and Yoga Nidra as I go to sleep.
Funnily enough – I rarely use my phone to make calls! In fact, my voicemail message says “I never check this message box, please send me an email.”
I can’t tell you how long I resisted getting a good phone (way TOO long) because I didn’t think I deserved it when I worked from home. Now that I have one, though, it’s transformed my business.
So I strongly recommend getting a good quality smart phone, and not skimping on your data plan. Then, once you have one, upgrade it regularly. You – and your business – are totally worth it.
Bonus tip – I have one phone charger in virtually every room in the house, plus in my car. I never want to run out of juice!
Tech tool #2: a PayPal merchant account
OMG, I can’t believe how often I see people trying to avoid using PayPal because they don’t want to pay the transaction fees. I regularly see situations where people spend HOURS on researching cheaper alternatives for accepting payments.
Look, gorgeous, I’m all for reducing your unnecessary expenses and being a good steward of your money. But paying merchant transaction fees is simply a cost of doing business.
You NEED a way for people to pay you easily. Your business just can’t grow to a huge level without it. Make it easy for people to give you money!
Most customers either have their own PayPal account or a credit/debit card already. That’s why my PayPal merchant account (which allows people to pay me by credit/debit card too) is my second top tech tool. I know that requiring clients to pay me through any other method would lose me a significant chunk of sales.
That said, make sure your prices take the cost of doing business, including transaction fees, into account. That way you won’t resent being paid that way, and you can focus on other things.
In short: a little Denise-style tough talk? If you’re resisting getting a PayPal merchant account, just bite the freaking bullet and set it up already! Stop looking for ways to save a few dollars in fees, and focus on ways to bring in a few hundred (or thousand) more dollars of client work.
Bonus tip – you can negotiate your PayPal fees down. Just call them to set it up, and look in your account. Once you’ve reached a certain volume, you qualify for the reduced rate (but they don’t apply it automatically, so you have to ask).
Tech tool #3: Google docs
I’m not usually a fan of free tools because in many cases, free WILL only take you so far.
But if you can find something free that genuinely does everything you need it to… don’t just spend money for the sake of it. Remember: the important point about an upgrade is not that it costs more – it’s that it actually makes your life better!
I’ve tried a few different project management tools, but the truth is that I’m just not organized enough to benefit from them. That’s why I’ve never looked around for a paid alternative to Google docs. Right now, I use it for my:
- Spreadsheets: for planning and project management.
- Income tracking: I usually update my spreadsheet daily to see whether I’m on track with my monthly and yearly goals.
- Business stat tracking: e.g. social media numbers, or how many pitches we’ve sent out.
- Collaborations with joint venture partners: for sales copy, task assignment and plan sharing.
- Team communication: we have shared documents, e.g. where I write newsletter introductions that my assistant pulls out when she prepares the weekly newsletter.
- Blog planning: we also have an editorial calendar showing all the blog posts for the year.
- Book writing: I’m actually writing my latest book on Google docs, so I can access it from any computer. Bonus: it automatically saves the document so I’ll never lose any of it.
If you’re not already using Google docs, I totally suggest checking it out!
So, those are the three tools that I use the most in my business
Of course, I have other systems, for example, Infusionsoft, Lead Pages, etc. However, you can pretty much run a business using very simple, low-cost tools to do the job.
So, stop procrastinating on trying to find THE ONE TOOL that will make your business run magically, and just get on with the thing you do best – serving your clients!
Now, you might have heard me say before that tracking income is one of the best money manifesting tricks out there, because “what gets measured, gets improved”
So – I want to give you my personal money tracking tools.
I’ve created a very simple, non-scary daily habit that can completely change your relationship with money, and there’s three different ways you can track it.
Download your free resources at www.LuckyBitch.com/Tracking
- The paper money tracker that my Money Bootcampers use
- The Google spreadsheet that I personally use, and
- The link to my money tracking iPhone app
And here’s my challenge for you: track your income over the next 30 days, and tell me what happens.
If you’ve been wanting to manifest more money this year, then this could be the tool that changes EVERYTHING in your life and business.
Get all my tracking tools now at: www.LuckyBitch.com/Tracking
It’s your time, and you’re ready for the next step!