Simplero • Simplest solution for mailing list + e-commerce + e-course delivery + membership site + basic CRM + subscription forms + student worksheets... all-in-one! Fully integrated, super simple to use ($125/month)! Read my review
Alternative: Aweber ($69) + 1shoppingcart ($59) + Udemy (commission) + SendOwl ($24) + Aweber Pro ($49) + LeadPages ($25) + Wufoo ($14) + Zapier (free API to integrate these 6 different platforms)... $240/month!!
Acuity Scheduling • Automatic synchronization with Google calendars, automatic timezone conversion, multiple types of bookings. Best part: it integrates seamlessly with Simplero and all the other business apps that I use!
Alternative: Calendly (free)
Zoom • Clearest audio teleconference line I've experienced so far! Also has video conferencing, automatic recording, international dial-in numbers, live chat and break out rooms
Alternative: RingCentral • VoIP phone + teleconference line + dedicated phone number + international dial-in numbers for clients + voicemail + after hours call re-routing + PDF-to-email faxing + video conferencing. People call your number --> the app on your phone or laptop rings --> you start the call.
Google Apps • Gmail customized to email@example.com + Gcal + Google Drive for file storage and transfer + automatic full system back up and document syncing between laptop and mobile devices + security + customer support (Business Plan $8/month)
Alternative: Gmail on firstname.lastname@example.org (free) + Evernote for notes + Dropbox for file storage and transfer
Clickmeeting • Webinar attendees don't need to download any software to access webinar + free international dial-in numbers + screen sharing + auto-recording + live user polls + super simple to use
Alternative: Webinar Jam
Upwork • Hire freelancers with five star ratings + proven project history + portfolio or client reviews
Alternative: my virtual assistant Angeline
Wave Accounting • Automatic aggregation of bank statements + simple tags for expense categories + financial statements for year end taxes + login access to accountant or bookkeeper
Alternative: Freshbooks, lacks financial statements for year end taxes
TransferWise • Simple, low-fee international currency transfers, great for running a business (and life) in multiple countries
ICDSoft • Web hosting + used since 2003 + crashed only once during 14 years!! + super quick support ticket response time + my longest response time was 11 min (Business Plan $10/month)
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Buffer • Simple + pre-schedule posts on multiple social media platforms
Alternative: Hootsuite, bulkier, more complicated, overkill for most businesses
Asana • Multiple projects (to-do list, shopping list, reading list, ideas list, in progress list) + tasks and subtasks within each project + swipe right to check off tasks (= shot of dopamine)
TripAdvisor • Worldwide reviews of things to do, places to eat, experiences to have and hotels to stay at (read my reviews)