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7 Tools That I Use To Grow My Business

People often ask me what kind of tools I use to build and grow my business and how they can take their business to the next level.

Having the right tools can help you to grow your company while also saving you so much time. When I find a new time-saving tool I always think about how much time I could have saved if I had found this tool earlier.

You don’t have to think that because I will be saving you all the time by listing the best time saving tools that will help you grow your business and take your business to the next level.

Most of the tools I have listed in this article are free while some may have free trial. These are some of the tools I use to grow my business.

Tools I Use To Grow My Business

ThingLink

This is an exceptional and revolutionary tool that helps you make your images interactive. You can add text, links, video or audio overlays to any of your photos or images and it is completely interactive.
Users simply hover over the icon on the image to watch a video, listen to audio or go to a link. There is a free plan on Thinglink but it has the Thinglink branding however if you wanted a pro plan prices start from $10/month, which is pretty cheap for what you’re getting.

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It’s pretty awesome and some pretty big organisations such as Discovery Communications and CBS Interactive are already using it. Currently we are not using it on The Marketing Guy but in future we may do.

Piktochart

Infographics are an amazing way to tell a story or present some statistics. It is way better than a presentation and readers consume the data much easier.

Sometimes creating your own infographics can be hard but Piktochart makes it easy. With its easy drag and drop interface and colourful graphics and icons, it’s a piece of cake to create infographics. You can also easily adjust the text size and colour in an instant.

People love infographics and they love to share them among their friends and colleagues as well. They are a quick way to share alot of information and make hard to understand information digestible.

I use Piktochart to design beautiful graphs and make information more easier to understand and to break it down for my audience. Infographs can easily go viral and if your infograph does go viral, a good percentage of that traffic will go back to your website. I use this tool to help me grow my business

E.ggtimer

A very handy and convenient countdown timer. When you time yourself to do a certain task you are more likely to get it done. It just gives you an extra boost and allows you to work more efficiently.tools to grow your business

You can set your own time and the countdown will begin on e.ggtimer. You can also select the preselected timers.

I use eggTimer to help me to stay on task. It is so helpful and with this tool I use a Pomodoro timer which is 25 minutes of work followed by 5 minutes of a break. This is one of my favorite tools to use and aids me in getting work done. In fact I am using this technique while writing up this article!

Evernote

This is my favourite tool to use for productivity. It helps me keep me on top of my game. I can just write up notes on Evernote and save them straight onto here. I can also use it for a number of other things such as collecting stuff and things from the internet and saving them on Evernote. I can easily organise my notes and all the stuff that is important to me.

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Evernote for Android devices, it allows you organise your thoughts and create notes which include audio, pictures, links and text. Evernote also has a number of cool other features. It works on PC, Laptops, Tablets or Smartphones.

It is compatible with all major platforms such as Windows 8, Android and iOS. It syncs effortlessly on all devices. It is free to download and use and is only £4 a month for the premium version.

Evernote is like my best friend when it comes to organising myself. I write any idea I get on Evernote. If I get a business idea,  mobile app/game or anything else, I just write it down in this app. I also use Evernote to put in write down my morning ritual so that I don’t forget what to do every morning.

I also use the app to improve my productivity by using in for checklists. I write down whatever I have to do during the day and just tick off whatever I have done. So for example, I might have send email to developer and write an article on my list and just tick it off whenever I have done the certain task.

Canva

Canva is a lifesaver. It is a graphic design tool which allows you to quickly design banners, Facebook/Twitter cover images, artwork, presentation slides and anything else. This tool is so easy and simple to use even my 2 year old nephew could use it.

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You can choose from loads of pre-made templates that are free to use. If you want to use a premium template its only $1 which is pretty cheap if you ask me. Canva lets you use any font, colour and style you want.

I use this tool to make featured images, cover photos, social media posts and banners. It is a great tool and allows you to make professional and beautiful images for free. I use Canva to help me grow my business.

Canva also has an iPad app that has full access to its design tools and library of images. It is very simple to use and you can create a beautiful image in minutes. It is also available to download for the Chrome Store.

This is a great tool and helps me to grow my business.

PicMonkey

This is another stunning free online graphic design tool allows you to make professional modifications to your images without the expensive costs. You can easily touch up your images including teeth whitening, red eye reduction, weight loss and much more. The best thing is you do not have to be a professional to do any of this.

You can also easily make Facebook and Twitter cover images using the already set templates. As well as that PicMonkey allows you to easily make photo collages of your images.
PicMonkey is very easy to do and you can perform things like teeth whitening on pictures with the click of a button

Some features do require you to upgrade to the premium plan which includes additional features and PicMonkey being free of advertisements. However most the features are included in the free plan. The paid plan is $4.99 a month or $33 a year.grow my business

PicMonkey opens up in your web-browser so there is no need to install any software at all. I highly praise PicMonkey for its simplicity and ease of use and making graphics design available to everyone.

Many professional web designers, bloggers and entrepreneurs.

Rank Cracker

Rank Cracker is created by SEO expert Matthew Woodward from the eponymous named blog matthewwoodward.co.uk. It is great software that helps your SEO out on your website.

This is downloadable software that is available on your computer and what this software does is find out your competitors keywords, backlinks and what they are ranking high for, so then you can steal (or borrow) their keywords and use them for your own website.

Rank Cracker finds out your competitors backlinks so you can see which sites to target
This is downloadable software that is available on your computer and what this software does is find out your competitors keywords, backlinks and what they are ranking high for, so then you can steal (or borrow) their keywords and use them for your own website.

His blog is  great reference for SEO. I regularly visit his blog to read his articles. Matt’s blog features many awesome tutorials on improving your SEO, you should check it out!

What Tools Do You Use To Grow Your Business?

Those are some of my favorite tools to use and I use these tools to grow my business. I have a book available on Amazon Kindle called Don’t Work Hard, Work Smart. It features loads of tools, app and resources that are completely free and help you to grow your business and take it to the next level.

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What tools or apps do you use to grow your business and take it to the next level? Do you use any of the tools that I listed? Please comment in the comment section.

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11 Reasons You MUST Quit Your Job

Having a job can be extremely mind numbing. You have to do the same monotonous boring tasks, day after day, everyday. You’ve contemplated quitting your job. But your not too sure what you would do after? Where would you even go?

Your kids aren’t going to feed themselves and someone needs to put money on the table. If you don’t work then who is going to provide for your family? Don’t get worried anymore. You just have to make the plunge and quit your job and everything else will fit in place.

Having a job is abit like having AIDS, its something you don’t want but you have to deal with it. In this article we tell you why you should quit your job.

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You HATE the People you work with: Why would you spend any time longer with people that you despise. When working in a normal 9-5 you can also encounter people that have annoying habits, give off awkward/creepy vibes and meet people that you feel like punching in the face.

Statistics show that if you work with people that you hate or don’t like it will affect your mood and you generally won’t be happy. So you can either work the rest of your life with people that you hate or you can quit your job and start your own business and become an entrepreneur.

Another reason is if you have a boss just you just can’t cope with and your relationship with him is just beyond repair. Sometimes your boss can be a back-stabbing, back-biting scum bag. That’s just how some people are.

Your Job is boring: Do you find yourself doing the same thing everyday at work? Is the most exciting part of your job getting a cup of coffee. Then you have a seriously boring job and need to quit your job right now. If you are bored while working it can affect other aspects of your life as well.

You are supposed to be enjoying your job and are meant to be having fun at your job. If you hate going to work and you hate getting up for it in the morning then it is seriously time you start to think about when you quit your job.

There are no progression opportunities: No-one wants to have the same position for 30 years. It would be be dead boring, you would be on the same shit pay for 30 years and have nothing to show for at the end. You want to be leaving a legacy behind but that will never happen working for someone else.

Some companies do not care at all for their employees and treat them like crap. You work like a slave for on average 50 hours a week and have a week off a year for 30 years. Why work for a company that you cannot make a difference to?

If you think you would be able to rely on your pension plan in your old age, think again. Everything is getting more expensive while the average salary is about $40,000. On this kind of salary it would be hard to save up a good amount.

Plus what is the point in spending your youth working all day and everyday and spend your old age enjoying your life. What can you possibly do at 70 years old. I’d be surprised if you could even walk without the support of a zimmer frame.

You  may as well create a business around your lifestyle so you can do what you want, whenever you want without any restrictions.

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You are making someone else rich: It doesn’t matter how much you are currently earning at your current job, your boss is definitely earning a considerable amount more than you. The money you make isn’t actually going to you, it is going to your boss.

Say for instance your a salesman at a electronics store. You use your excellent sales skills to sell a kettle. You get really happy that you made a sale. However there’s only one problem, the money is not going to go to you. It will be going straight to your boss and your boss is going to start getting even richer.

No recognition: How many times have you done something at work and no-one has mentioned anything or at the very least said ‘Well Done’? Or even worse what about when some steals the credit for something that you did? Isn’t that annoying? That you

You’re not fulfilling your potential: There are plenty of people out there that did well in school, went to a decent university and got a good degree and thought they were set in life but then did not end up fulfilling your potential and ended up working in McDonald’s. Then they start to think to themselves, where it all went wrong.

You have to start doing things that you always wanted to do. You have to make sure that you can fulfill your potential. To do this make sure you do what you love in life. Follow your passion so you enjoy your work and enjoy what you do.

Your passion is what will lead you to success. Follow your passion and you will start to fulfill your potential.

There are too many people controlling you: In your job is the cleaner of the building in a higher position than you? That’s a sign that you have to quit your job straight away. But seriously if you have to ask more than 3 people, just to take one days holiday then you have to quit your job.

In a typical business structure there is you (the normal employee, the supervisors, assistant managers, then managers, then vice president, and finally president/founder. So you are pretty far away from actual management of the company and you have so many people controlling you.

You have people that can make or break you within a second. If they felt like it they can tell you to go home. You also depend on these guys to pay you and generally for your survival. If they didn’t pay you or they missed a payment then you would really be struggling.

Wouldn’t you rather be able to rely on you and your business? Something which you have more control over and can make more of the decisions. Something that is yours and you receive more of the profits. Then it is time you quit your job and start your entrepreneurial journey.

Too many rules: Don’t do this, you can’t do this, you can’t do that. At the average workplace there are way too many rules in place. Sometimes you just have to break the rules. And to do that you have to quit your job.

Sometimes if you have to many rules in place it can limit your growth and you cannot grow properly within a company. Sometimes you job actually keeps you back and keeps you from reaching your actual potential (see reason #6).

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Your not SAFE: You can be replaced at any time if you are employed by someone. If they find someone that they think is more skilled than you or even more younger than you, you could be facing the sack.

Moreover as technology is getting increasingly better day by day and is improving everyday, you may just end up getting replaced by technology.

Before you get made redundant it is best to move jobs your self and quit your job straight away and forget about becoming a corporate slave.

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Money: Obviously taking a high monthly wage every month isn’t necessary. Some people do not really care about materialistic things. However you need enough money to support your family, fulfill their wants and needs and anything else.

You need money to survive in the world. Money brings you respect. I think Al Pacino who plays gangster Tony Montana says it the best. In the 1983 movie Scarface he says:

“In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”

To start earning enough money so you can make a change in the world sometimes you just have to quit your job and become an entrepreneur to pursue your dreams and achieve what you want to do.

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Your job chains you down – Does your job feel like a ball and chain that continuously drags you down. Your job takes away your freedom from you. It turns you into a bit of a slave both mentally and physically.

Say your working shift starts at 8 in the morning and finishes at 6 in the evening. In those 10 hours, you cannot do anything else other than what your company and boss wants you to do. You are basically a slave to your job. You probably have about an hour for a lunch break which you have to quickly rush lunch and chuck the rest of it away in the bin. If you lucky you might have one or two more 15 minutes break.

But you are still limited in what you can do during that time. The typical workweek consists of 5 days from Monday to Friday. Usually an average workweek lasts 40 hour but can vary depending on whether you have to put in overtime or not. Sometimes you might even have to miss your wife or kids birthday.

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Conclusion

There are way too many reasons out there to why you should quit your job now. If I wanted to include them all this list would be never ending. Don’t feel like you are stuck anymore and make that leap and quit your job. It will be the best decision you have ever made and you will never look back on it.

You should always be looking to grow and if at your current job you cannot grow or they are restricting your growth, then it is time you quit your job and left it.

I hope you enjoyed reading this article, if you found this article helpful please pass it on to anyone you think would find it useful.