productivity tools

We are all busy, busy looking after our clients & running our business: but there are lots of brilliant tools out there that can make all this business a bit smoother. From Online image editors & apps, paid stock image libraries, font tools, wordpress to productivity tools, listed here are our favorites as well as those that our clients & colleagues love!

If you have any suggestions, we’d love to hear what helps to keep you from the tedium of admin work & focus on working with your clients, leave as a comment at the bottom of the page & will take a look.






DESIGN RESOURCES  | STOCK IMAGES – the big boys : paid : free | WEBWORDPRESS |




If you’re anything like me you need organising … there are a plethora of to do apps on the market. Here are some of my favorites.

Google Keep

Google Keep is my current favorite. You can add notes, lists, photos & audio notes (it’s transcription is brilliant). You can colour code, tag & archive your notes. Mind you I would love to be able to format my notes – bold  words in particular – perhaps google fill find this article & put my idea on their wants note.

I love it because it’s colourful, fun & I can use it on my desktop or use the app on my iPhone ♥ & iPad ♥. I love it when I can sync all my  devices.

Oh, did I mention it’s FREE? All you need is a google account & you’re well on your way to keeping all your notes in one place.


Daily Notes

Daily notes is not a freeby but it is worth every cent. It’s a simple yet powerful note-taking app that lets you create and organize your notes, add and manage tasks, attach photos, PDFs, sketches and even voice recordings to your notes. All your information is synced between your  iPhone ♥ & the iPad ♥.


OneNote is a great tool for note taking on the run! You can use a stylus or just your fingertip to write down notes and have them converted to text. You can even search the web and take snapshots and draw free form with colour!

OneNote is great for all you napkin scribblers, you can collaborate with friends, it is accessible through all devices and you can even sync with EverNote!


Evernote is a great tool to help you remember things on the run, wherever inspiration strikes!

You have the ability to create projects, to-do lists, create handwritten notes and even snap photos. The system is available anywhere and can be synced to all devices. The best thing is that you can search for anything you have saved, even those hand written notes that may be way back and Evernote will find it for you!


While the internet changed the way we do business for ever, social media & blogs have changed the way we market. It’s put small business in an equal playing field with the high end!

But how on earth do we manage to get all this social & content marketing while trying to run our business? Beside the fact that writing & posting is not our area of expertise?

Here are some tools which might help…

Hemingway App

If you struggle with writing the Hemingway online editor could just end up being your godsend. It’s a FREE browser based editor which allows you to write with power and clarity by highlighting adverbs, passive voice, and dull, complicated words.


It colour codes suggestions to improve your copy


  • yellow means a sentence is hard to read
  • orange is a really hard sentence to read
  • fushia notes a phrase which has a simple alternative
  • blue highlights an adverb which should be removed & green notes the use of a passive voice


If you want a desktop version you can purchase Mac or windows versions

Kickass Headline Generater

Kickass Headline Generator writes engaging titles like a boss! Use their links to select what kind of content you want to generate a headline for and fill in the fields accordingly.

The tool is based on Sumo’s 49 Headline Formulas to Skyrocket Conversions (And Where to Use Them) by Sarah Peterson.

Portent Content Idea Generator

Portent Content Idea Generator is a headline generator.  Just enter the subject of your choice and Portent will generate an  array of titles you can use for your next blog, article or presentation.

One Look is like an intelligent thesaurus. Say you’re looking for words similar to ultimate – but you want a word that starts with g – voila, you don’t have to scratch your brain forever – it does the job for you.

idioms – type in any word and click on the idioms tab – so if you’re looking for another way to say “slow”, it shows you related idioms such as “slow as a snail” or “slow coach”

conversation – if you’ve forgotten you’re a human typing your copy, this resource is PERFECT – it’s for people learning how to speak in english and a good reminder of how we actually talk in real life

answer the public

Sorting out your keywords is the first step you need to consider when creating content. is one of my favorite sites useful for any marketing team, creatives, PR, content or SEO.. Type in your core word & recieve a highly visual, aggregated view of data drawn from user searches, basically giving you an overview of what your customers are searching for.

Watch the entertaining video & give it a shot – you’ll be addicted in not time at all.



Swipe-Worthy is a handy tool for Profitable Marketing Inspiration & Analysis. This is the place for copywriters & marketing minds to dissect & discuss great marketing examples.

Need some inspiration? Check it out!


A classic struggle for new businesses is time-management. The good news is that there are lots of free online apps you can use to help, most of which have advance options you can subscribe to as you grow. The trick is list what you need now & what you think you will need in the future then try them all & see which one works for you.


Trello ♥ is a free, flexible, and visual way to organize anything with anyone. ♥

Drop the lengthy email threads, out-of-date spreadsheets, no-longer-so-sticky notes, and clunky software for managing your projects. Trello ♥ lets you see everything about your project in a single glance.

You can also get apps for the iPad & iPhone which is really handy.


Asana is the easiest way for teams to track their work—and get results.


clickup was created out of frustration with project management software; it promotes itself as a beautifully intuitive way to get more done.

It seamlessly integrates with Slack, harvest & time doctor which is a win & is is free forever with 100mb storage. Upgrade for unlimited storage for the wee sum of $5pm (USD)*

  • as at the time of writing
♥ Milanote

♥ Milanote is a design tool for research, thinking & planning behind creative projects.

  • Collect your thoughts: Milanote is a place to put it all together. See your ideas, notes and research side by side.
  • Explore your options: Milanote’s fast & tactile interface makes it easy to experiment, play, generate ideas and explore possibilities.
  • Figure it out: Gradually add structure as you start to see patterns and connections.

Milanote lets your work evolve naturally.


Bitrix24 is a complete suite of social collaboration, communication and management tools for teams. At Enterprise by Design we use Bitrix24 to keep us on track.

Download it for your iPhone & iPad .

Process Street

Process Street is a simple, free and powerful way to manage your team, create check lists and schedules, making sure teamwork is done right without the use of spreadsheets or excel.


Taskworld packs visual task management, team messaging & project planning into one robust app. Work Smarter Together. is a video collaboration tool that lets you have group video conversations – supporting up to 8 people – for free. No registration and login required. The platform also supports screen sharing.


Online Stop Watch

This is a very simple little on-line stop watch. Your can start & stop it. The only problem is it uses flash which is gradually being phased out of being.

Rescue Time

RescueTime lets you see how you spend your time to help you become more productive. Basic version is free.

Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management technique. It is based on the idea that we should work with time – not against it, manage distractions & create a better work/life balance. Search the ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>iTunes store ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>  for the iPhone app.


Toggl is yet another time tracking app. Free for the basic starter plan.

It promotes itself as the ultimate timer. It’s insanely simple. Toggl’s time tracker is built for speed and ease of use. Time logging with Toggl is so simple that you’ll actually use it. Toggl drives a stake in the heart of timesheets.

My Hours

My Hours is another time tracking app. Free for the basic starter plan.

There are a few time trackers listed here, try them all & see which one works for you.


You Can Book Me

If you need a booking software which integrates seamlessly with your google or iCloud calendar You Can Book Me is a good one to try. Clients can see your availability & book a time to meet you how ever you choose. My clients can choose to meet me at my office, skype or for me to call them back. They will recieve a conformation by email which also has a link if they need to change times or cancel.

The free version has limited ability for customisation but you can add your logo & brand colours. It has a “powered for free link” back to YouCanBookMe. If you want greater functionality they offer pretty cost effective monthly plans.

Check out how it works.



Most pros use the adobe suite packages to do their artwork but if you’re not ready to take the leap & spend that sort of dosh (yep, Adobe products are exy) there are a few free or cost effective options.

Adobe Post

Adobe Post is a new kid on the block! It’s a fun & fast way for anyone to create social graphics. It’s easy to get started with tons of eye-catching templates that you can tweak in simple steps. Pick a photo, add some text and apply design filters to instantly create stunning designs.

Download the iPhone app ♥ for iPhone


Designed in Sydney, Canva has taken the social media image world by storm with it’s easy-to-use drag & drop interface. They offer a library of free templates & images but you can also pay $1 to purchase their premium ones. Although you have to sign-in, it is a free service (unless you use their premium content) or you can pay a monthly subscription to their ‘Work’ environment

Canva is not just for social images, you can also do print files but be sure to save them for print, with printer marks, if you’re sending them off to a print shop.

They have a great design school which is worth looking at & I am one of 3 administrators on the Fans of Canva facebook group where you can ask questions & learn the ropes.

Oh, and they have an app so you can work on ♥ Canva – Graphic Design & Photo Editing – Canva” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>iPad or iPhone

Design Wizard

Design Wizard is a free online design graphic software. With Design Wizard you can create impressive videos and design images easily with the use of the readily-available templates in the site. Every element in your selected template is editable. Change or upload backgrounds, images, videos and colours and add your own branding.


Pablo (by Buffer) is a relatively new kid on the block so it is still in BETA (testing) mode. It specialises in images for social media & has a library of 50,000+ photos & loads of fonts for you to choose from. If you can’t find what you’re looking for you can upload your own images. Don’t have your own image library yet? Use our ultimate list of free image sites to start building your own library of CC0 images.

Unlike many other on-line editors, there’s no need to sign-up or log-in so there’s no excuse not to give it a try & create your own branded social images to make your posts pop.


PicMonkey is an alternate on-line image editing tool. It’s free to use, although you also have the option to sign up for their ‘royale’ package (currently* you can sign up for a 14 day trial for ‘royale’) which removes ads as well as adding many additional filters & tools.

Edit & touch-up your photos, turn them into a collage or design your own images. Don’t have your own images library? No problem … check our our ultimate list of free stock image libraries.

Oh, & did I mention there is an app on its way? The world is your oyster with PicMonkey.

*correct May 5, 2016


Pixlr is a free image editor brought to you by autoDesk. It’s a powerful photo editor that lets you quickly crop, rotate & fine-tune any picture. It’s easy & intuitive to use.

Pixlr online probably has the most comprehensive set of drawing & painting tools I’ve come across. There are apps for both iPhone ♥ & iPad ♥ but you can also download a desktop version for PC or Mac.

Take a look, you’re sure to be impressed!

Get Stencil

Get Stencil is designed to help you create beautiful looking images faster than ever before. Even if you’ve never used an image editing program, you can pick Stencil up and use it in seconds.

The free version allows you to create 10 images per month with limited backgrounds & icons while the pro option lets you create unlimited images with loads & loads of photos, templates & images.


Desygner is a free online image editor. The platform provides graphical ready-made templates that can be easily tweaked and lets you create remarkable images that you can use for social media posts, banner ads, emails, blogs and websites.

Small business owners, bloggers and advertisers will have a feast using Desygner.


Another platform for graphic design, RelayThat allows bloggers, marketers and content creators to make amazing visuals faster. The program provides templates and themes that can be readily used for social media, websites, banners and ads.

RelayThat boasts of the built-in SEO, tagging and scheduling so messages are given the boost on online search.

Another feature that sets this platform apart is the One Click Resize which promises to resize your graphic for every platform with no additional tweaking required.


Easil is an online image maker that offers thousands of professionally-designed templates which can be used in creating graphics for social media, blog posts, or printed materials.

Easil also has the drag-and-drop feature for ease of use.  This is a paid application and only has a 30-day free trial.


Stencil is another great site to help you create simple imagery, especially for social media, bloggers and very handy for small business. Stencil is perfect for creating social media posts, ad graphics, content marketing visuals, email images & more! They also have over 890,000 background photos for you to choose from!


Create stunning personalised quotes and download, share or post using PosterMyWall.

Free – Limited

Premium – $29.95 per quarter
Unlimited image downloads

Premium Plus – $89.95 per quarter
Unlimited video and image downloads


IconsFlow is an online icon generator. It’s a good place to start to a create high quality icon sets without any photoshop or illustrator skills.


iPiccy is an online photo editor, collage maker and graphic designer very much like Canva.

Adjusting and enhancing photos is so easy with iPiccy.  You can add filters, effects, frames, texts, overlays and so much more to your photos. Edit your photos like a pro.


Inkscape is a professional vector graphics editor for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. It’s free and open source.

It is a flexible and sophisticated drawing tool with capabilities comparable to Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Xara Xtreme.


Create device mockups in seconds with Device Shots!

Get high-resolution device mockups with the screenshot of your website or mobile application, for free.


Tools for when you need a bit more that on-line editors can give …

Background Burner


Okay, so you’ve found the perfect image but you want to remove the background, Background Burner is an online tool which allows you to upload your image, mark out the area you want to remove & then download your burned image as a .jpg or .png.

SIgn-up for a limited free trial, then decide whether you need a personal, small biz or professional plan.

Compress PNG/JPG


Compress PNG/JPG is an online free tool which aims to help you compress your image (jpeg or png). Basically, you have a few solutions to reduce the size of an image but most of the time it will decrease the quality too. This tool allows you to keep the quality as is while decreasing the size. It allows you to compress pictures that are up to 50 MB!


LunaPic is an easy way to edit images. This free online photo editor not only allows basic photo editing such as crop, resizing, brightness and contrast, adding texts; it also lets users to create collages, add effects and filters as well as overlays – all with a few clicks of the mouse.


Optimizilla is a free online app for image optimisation and compression. JPG and PNG file format images will be compressed to the smallest file size possible while maintaining its quality.

Optimizilla can compress 20 image at the same time, but you can set the compression level for each photo separately.


Photo Scissors

remove background

If you’re anything like me I prefer to own rather than pay monthly subscriptions to tools I use a lot, & yes I remove a lot of backgrounds from images, both stock & my own. Yes, sure, I can use masks & channels in Photoshop but sometimes I just need to do something quickly this is where my secret tool, Photoscissors, comes in.

It is a tiny but super powerful program in fact I used is on the image on my ultimate list of free stock images.

This a brilliant tool for under $30AUD! It is available for ♥ Mac & ♥ WIndows.


PhotoScape is a fun and easy photo editing software that enables you to fix and enhance photos.

From editing, colour filters, resizing and much more, this FREE app has everything you need to edit and create imagery without the need for a subscription.


Picture Resizer makes it a breeze to crop, resize or edit your images online. Simply upload your image then rotate, crop, reduce size, chosse a special effect then save as png, gif, jpg or bmp & click the big yellow button & wit for the program to work its magic.


Stylify Me

Using the description from the website, Stylify Me helps designers quickly gain an overview of the style guide of a site, including colours, fonts, sizing and spacing. This tool allows the designer to research sites efficiently without the need to inspect each element, in order to be aware of current design trends and inform their own design decisions.

Just type in the URL and Stylify Me will generate everything you need to establish branding.

Logo Maker

This free logo maker certainly doesn’t have me jumping out of my skin but if you are running on a zilch budget it may be jsut the thing you need to get you off the ground.

The outcome options are limited – if you want various formats etc thats where they’ll hit you for a dollar or two.


Your choice of fonts & consistency in their use is a crucial part of your branding. Here we list some of our essential font resources…

Wordmark It positive

Wordmark It is one of my favorite time-savers. Choosing the ideal typeface for what you are trying to communicate can be frustrating with the available font browsing interfaces. helps with your font selection process by quickly displaying previews of any text using the fonts installed on your computer.


You can work in white on black or black on white, change the fonts size, view lowercase, uppercase or sentence case. You can then save your your favorites, print them or share them to get feedback.


This is certainly one worth bookmarking…

my script font

When you want a letter to look like you have written it, why not use your own handwriting? is a FREE service which will turn your handwriting into your very own font which you can use just like any other font on your computer.

Simply download their .png or .pdf template, fill it in (making sure you follow the simple instructions, scan it & upload it then choose a name for your font & an output (ttf or oft) click start & in no time you’ll be writing totally personalised letters.

Fonts That Go Together

Finding perfect font combinations is tough but FontsThatGoTogether has a solution. They have searched the internet to find websites which use fonts beautifully.

Scroll through, find a combo you like & underneath the image you will find the font/s used. How clever is that?

1001 Fonts

Finding the perfect font for your letters, flyers, webpage or logo?  1001 Free Fonts might just have the fonts you need; and just as the name suggests … the fonts are for free.  The site can also give you a preview of the texts, one can just type the texts at the Custom Preview box (plus indicate the size and text colour) and you can scroll down and see how the texts will look with the different fonts.

Downloadable fonts are available for Windows and Mac users.


Fount helps you identify web fonts on any site. It’s as simple as adding a bookmark!

Fount will tell you which web font in your font-stack you are actually seeing – not just what is supposed to be seen. It’ll also tell you the font size, weight, and style.

Fount works in Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and IE8+.


Generate interesting font combinations with Fontjoy.

Fontjoy helps solve the design problem of bad font pairings by simplifying font combinations and viewing it from a graphical perspective.



An understanding of colour & how it affects people is important when you are branding. Once you’ve decided which colours are going to work for you the challenge is to create a set of colours that work perfectly together. Get it right & your brand will zing – get it wrong & it will fall flat!

There are a few great tools on-line to help you to choose a great colour set or palette.

Image Color Picker

There are a number of colour pickers out there but I particularly like Image Color Picker for it’s clean, no nonsense design.

Upload a photos or use a URL & it gives you the dominant colour & 4 supporting colours & codes are RGB, HEX & HSL. 


Colllor is a color palette generator which is a great help when you’re looking for color combinations in creating professionally-looking designs. Just choose a color from the color picker and Colllor will generate color codes, schemes and variations.



There are a number of colour palette generators on-line where you can play with colour combinations such as Adobe Kuler & Paletton but what if you are totally clueless about working with colour & just want to have combinations handed to you?

Enter Coolers. Although you do have the ability to refine the set palettes you can cycle through lots of combinations by hitting the space bar in the generator browser when you find a shade you like click the lock icon & it will generate palettes based on that colour.. What I particularly like is that each colour is displayed in its hex, hsb, rgb, PMS (pantone) & copic (pens) codes,

It also allows you to colour pick from an uploaded image.

Color Lisa

Andy Warhol colours of Flowers

Color Lisa is a curated list of color palettes based on masterpieces of the worlds greatest artists. Palettes have been created by color obsessed designers, artists, museum curators, and masters of color theory. Palettes are constantly being added to help keep your designs colorful & fresh.

CMYK (Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-blacK) Color Codes

Stands for Cyan-Magenta-Yellow-Blacand their percent values in a specific colour, the CYMK Color Codes is a colour representation extremely helpful specially for printing reference.  The CMYK colour model is the combination of the four processed colours used in paper printing, and so printed materials will have better quality if the CYMK colour model is used as compared to RGB.

Color Palette FX

Color Palette FX lets you create a colour palette from an image. Generates hexa, RGB and HSL codes.

You can select a single colour and get its complimentary or triad colours. I love the colour names it generates, too.

Canva Color Palette Generator

Upload an image and the 5 most dominant colours will be selected with their hex codes using Canva Color Palette Generator.


ImageLR is an image color picker tool which lets you instantly get the HEX and HTML color code by simply uploading the image of pasting the URL where the picture is located.



I found Loom ♥ recently and it is absolutely fantastic! A super easy video tool to help you show exactly what you need, when you need it!

Faster than typing, save time every day with quick videos for free. The ultra-flexible communication tool with endless use cases.

Loom ♥ is essentially taking a video screen shot of what you are working on to be able to show your team mates, co workers or staff. This is a super handy tool to help your team visualise the tasks at hand and it is 100% FREE!



With social media videos becoming increasingly important in your social media marketing mix you need a simple, cost-effective, way to edit your fabulous videos.

I recently discover the Filmora video editor made by Wondershare. I must admit I can use the high end programs like Final Cut & Adobes Premier but, let’s face it, they are expensive & complex to use. This is so easy, the interface is yummy & it has titles & templates to die for.

You can download it for PC or Mac but there is also an app for the iPhone although that is probably better for personal use rather than business.

Check out the Intro Video | Guide for Mac | Guide for PC

Icecream Screen Recorder

Icecream Screen Recorder is a tool that enables you to capture any area of your screen either as a screenshot or a video file. The intuitive and easy-to-use software offers a complete suite of tools and options for professional screen capture with audio.

Capture screen, create screencasts, video instructions, website and software video reviews and record games in window- or full-screen modes.

A great tool for handy recording, available in a FREE version and an upgraded version, great for commercial use, for only $29.95.



Your social media posts will never be the same again with Ripl.  This handy app allows you to create animated posts that can easily draw attention.

For $9.99 per month, you will have unlimited access to Ripl‘s premium designs, music library and more.


Vidwiz is a free video platform. Think Canva for videos.

With Vidwiz , creating beautiful videos can be easy as 1-2-3 – drag and drop feature, background music, fonts, colours, animations – all the elements in creating amazing videos right in your fingertips.



Subtle Background Patterns

Need a pattern tile for your website? Off you go to Subtle Patterns. All absolutely free.

Icons Flow

Design outlined, solid, webby and flat icons for free at iconsflow

Free Design Resources (FDR)

Get high-quality freebies from Free Design Resources (or F.D.R.). The site provides mock-ups, fonts, web and logo templates, icons, stock photos all for FREE.

STOCK IMAGES: the big boys

Here we list the big boys in town (read as the ones the pros use) … Many of these guys operate under a number of names like Fotolia who own 3 or 4 image banks so, if you need a lot of high quality images, it’s best to do your due diligence before purchasing a subscription.

The upside of going with the big boys is that their images are not over-saturated in the marketplace!

Which ever image bank you choose, make sure you read their licensing permissions before purchasing.

Adobe Stock

AdobeStock: used to be the dollar club which was brilliant for funky images. Adobe stock is designed especially for adobe software users who can jump-start their next project and make them look amazing. It allows you to purchase, access and manage your images directly from Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, inDesign CC and other Adobe CC desktop apps. Choose single images or subscriptions.


ingImage : provides 4 million edited professional royalty free images, vector graphics and stock videos. Their content is not ‘crowd sourced’  which means you will always be assured technically usable imagery for your creative work produced by some of the best artists in the industry. THey have a number of different subscriptions & credit packs. The prices are in UK pounds to do your conversions before you commit. We have a conversion link in the site footer.


BigStock: also owned by Getty Images, BigStock claims to have images & video for everyone. They offer subscriptions from $69USD per month for 14 images  or credit packs from $35USD for 10 image credits. You also have the option of purchasing videos, great for the recent video craze.


iStock: is owned by Getty Images, promoting itself as “the web’s original resource for crowd sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, offering millions of hand-picked photos, illustrations, videos and audio tracks. A site “by creatives, for creatives.”

You can join iStock to get for free stock files every week to build up your personal image bank.


Fotolia: was the biggest daddy of them all, until Adobe bought them out in 2015.


Depending on what style you require & how many you need & how often, there is a stock image library which will suit everyone. Think about your branding & do your research before buying in.


THE 99club ♥: is a fairly new kid on the block (owned by ingImage )  so at the moment it has a super special deal*. They offer a subscription of $99USD pa which entitles you to download 200 images through out your year. Need more? No problem, further downloads will cost you 99c each. This might be a good option for those whose membership to the Dollar Photo Club has expired.

*correct May 4, 2016



StockUnlimited ♥  has a stock library of 600k+ visuals for Business & professionals. When I first signed up they mainly had vector images but they’ve recently started adding photos so it is much better value for money. Downloads are categorised into Animals/Wildlife | Banners | Beauty/Fashion | Buildings/Landmarks | Business/Finance | Celebration | Environment & Floral. Or of course you can just search all images.

You can sign-up for a months unlimited access, 12 months access or the best option is a lifetime plan @$89USD*. If you use a lot of social media images this is a good way to go.

* correct May 3, 2016

GL Stock images

GraphicLeftOvers: is a marketplace for creative royalty-free stock photos and vector illustrations. GL Stock Images made its debut as Graphic Leftovers in early 2008 with a modest 200 images and has since grown to become one of the best collections of high quality vectors & images on the web.

Make a deposit (min $20USD) so you can download as needed or purchase one-off images by paypal.


ingImage ♥ gives you access a bank of over 3,000,000 high quality images as well as HD video. This is a popular bank with designers but it does have a hefty annual fee.

Your subscription allows you to download X number of images per week or month – use it or loose it so if you do sign up, put a reminder in your diary when your downloads run out.


i23rf ♥: These guys boast over 48M stock images, vectors, video footage & audio clips. They have a couple of different ways you can purchase…

ON DEMAND: no daily limit | standard images | editorial images | vectors | TIFF | footage & audio or
SUBSCRIPTION PLANS: standard images | editorial images  & vectors.
If you only need the occasion images on demand may be the go for you.


Photodune: Part of the Envato Market, a creative eco-system with over 35,000 designers, photographers and developers building all the assets you need for your projects. Every kind of stock photo for all kinds of projects, PhotoDune’s library is huge! Whatever kind of images you need, you’ll find plenty in the collection. Pay as you go, royalty free stock from $2.

Graphic Stock

GRAPHIC STOCK ♥: I’ve had a yearly subscription with these guys for years, in fact it was one of the first libraries I subscribed to. If you use my link you’ll get unlimited downloads $99USD.

*current May 6, 2016


Dreamstime ♥: Online since 2000 as a royalty-free stock photography website, Dreamstime has evolved into a powerful & active community-based site. The gallery you browse today has been uploaded by photographers from all over the world, shot on film or digital & quality approved by in-house editors. Either purchase credits or a subscription.


There are loads of great free stock images on-line but be sure to check their licenses. Remember you get what you pay for. Nothing is free you either pay for the images in hard cash or on time searching for them.

Check out our ultimate list of free stock images




Screenfly is another great tool brought to you by Quick Tools! Helping you with a responsive way to test screens on your monitors, tablets, smart phones and more.


Creating a website or joining social media? Namechk is a super simple, easy way to check if your username or website domain is available! It’s as simple as typing it in and away you go!


Wires is a great tool brought to you by Quick Tools! An easy way to help you build wireframes in your web browser without the use of any plugins.

Have I Been Pwned? (or hacked)

Run by security expert, Troy Hunt, Have I Been Pwned? is a website used solely to check if an internet user has been a victim of data breach – if they were pawned or hacked.

One just have to enter their email address and the site will notify if their account has been breached or compromised in any way.

Course Cats

Course Cats is a platform where you can build & host your own online course.  What makes it different with the other platforms is that it doesn’t require you any design or programming skills so there’s no need to hire a designer and a programmer.  There is a step-by-step guide so you can do it all yourself.

Image Placeholder

This is a nifty little tool. Type into your browser https://placeholdit/sixeXsize for instance×900

now click on may link & see what you get.

A brother site to this one is where you type you image size after their domain & you’ll get the html code to add that size placeholder into your site. Try it, I’m sure you’ll love it.



KWFinder is a paid keyword research tool that can be helpful in SEO affiliate marketing.

The platform contains three search options – Suggestions, Autocomplete, and Questions. You can enter a keyword as well as specify Location and language, and KWFinder will generate related keywords with search volume, CPC and difficulty displayed on the left-hand side of the dashboard. You’ll also see SERP results with some valuable SEO metrics on the right hand-side.



WordPress powers 23% of websites in the world (that’s about 60 million!) It’s a free open source content management system (it’s content is dynamic).

We’ve come across a number of plug-ins & themes we use & love … is a quick service that lets you verify WordPress themes for security and code quality.

Website owners can check the themes you find or buy before installing them on your site, helping check code quality and presence of malware. Are you a developer? helps you verify the themes you create satisfy WordPress standards and common users needs. You can also share your verification score on your site with widget.

This service is free and compatible with Joomla templates.


DIVI theme

DIVI by Elegant Themes is a user friendly drag & drop advanced website builder tool. There are lots of tutorial videos for beginners & the support is brilliant.

It is fully compatible with woo-commerce, great for on-line stores & it interacts beautifully with a number of membership plugins. In fact this site is built with it!

Gallery Plug-in

As its name suggests the Easy Media Gallery Pro   plug-in is a no-brainer when it comes to creating image galleries, in fact I use it in the portfolio sections of my design studio website.


So you’ve been frantically getting your articles written on your wordpress site. You’ve go some brilliant content & now you want to offer them as opt-ins. Great idea, but what a lot of work to transform them into a .pdf file or eBook.

Not with Beacon! Using their wordpress plug-in, choose the posts you want to use, customise the book colours & fonts & save – all in 90 seconds. Well, that’s what they promote, the book I made took several hours to perfect but that’s because I’m perdantic!

There’s a free version which allows you unlimited publishing using the wordpress or hubspot plugins to create pdf or web books. If you want to remove the beacon branding you need to upgrade to a paid plan which start at $9pm USD*.

*correct May 6, 2016


Printable calendars

Vertex 42 Calendars provides free printable calendars and planners. There are a lot of calendar and planner templates to choose from: yearly calendars, calendar with holidays, birthday calendars, personal planner, meal planner to name a few.  Get organised with Vertex 42 Calendars.

Pricing Calculator

If you are unsure how to price your product or service, this is a brilliant tool for you. It’s also useful when you need to review your pricing structure. Brought to you by Flying Solo.


Grab your readers attention with this list of 822 Emoji for your Newsletter Subject Lines



alt codes

Forgotten the keyboard shortcut for a symbol? Here my dear is your reference guide to all things alt.





Turn your handwriting or calligraphy into a font with Calligraphr.

Registration is required. Basic version is for free with limited amount of controls. Pro version is $8 per month with prioritised processing and you can create your own ligatures.



Character Count Online

Character Count Online is a free online word count tool very handy most especially for Twitter and other social media platforms, or if your teacher is requiring you to write a 100-word essay.

Copy and paste your texts or simply type them in the text area provided, and the counter will be updated generating the amount of characters, words, sentences, paragraphs and whitespace in your texts.

Dummy Text

This handy tool helps you create dummy text (lorem Ipsum) for all your layout needs.


I chose Kafka, 200 words in 3 paragraphs & this is what I got …

“One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke from troubled dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a horrible vermin. He lay on his armour-like back, and if he lifted his head a little he could see his brown belly, slightly domed and divided by arches into stiff sections.

The bedding was hardly able to cover it and seemed ready to slide off any moment. His many legs, pitifully thin compared with the size of the rest of him, waved about helplessly as he looked. “What’s happened to me? ” he thought. It wasn’t a dream.

His room, a proper human room although a little too small, lay peacefully between its four familiar walls. A collection of textile samples lay spread out on the table – Samsa was a travelling salesman – and above it there hung a picture that he had recently cut out of an illustrated magazine and housed in a nice, gilded frame. It showed a lady fitted out with a fur hat and fur boa who sat upright, raising a heavy fur muff that covered the whole of her lower arm towards the viewer. Gregor then turned to look out the window at the dull weather. Drops”



PDFescape is a free, online PDF reader, editor, form filler, & form designer.

A new way to open and edit PDF files online, PDFescape frees users from the typical software requirements for using the de facto document file format. Completely online, PDFescape requires no more than a modern internet browser and an active internet connection.

A great online or desktop PDF editor tool, available in a FREE version and an upgraded version, for only $5.99 a month for the full version.


Small Pdf

If you need to make a teeny weeny pdf then make sure you note this one down Small Pdf. It’s a synch to use, simply drag your pdf from your harddrive dropbox or google into the box wait a bit then down load your smaller file.

It also converts pdfs, allows you r to eSign a pdf, merge.What a masterful little tool!


iLovePDF is anything and everything about PDF – merge PDF, compress PDF, converting Powerpoint, Excel, Word, JPG to PDF and vice versa

General Link List

How To Build A Course has a listing of tools & sites you might find handy if you’re starting out in course building. It has links on Lead Generation | Email | Learning Management Systems (LMS) | Social Media | Printing | Content Managment, Themes, and Widgets |  Free Stock Photo Sites | Graphics and Video Software | Video Pros | Royalty Free Music (Free) | Royalty Free Music (Free) | File Sharing | etc etc etc

visual content marketing

This is an oldie but a goodie still.  27+ Handy Tools for Better Visual Content Marketing & they do update is regularly.

PLEASE NOTE: all information & prices were correct at the time of writing. Although we try to ensure all our information is correct, things change quickly on the internet so please do your own due diligence prior to making financial commitments.

Should you find any errors, please let us know so we can correct them. Thanks


  1. I’ve been a published author and blogger for years now. How much easier would my life had been if I had found this AMAZING list of resources then- I can only be grateful I’ve stumbled upon your site now FILLED with stuff I have learned by hit and miss – and I will sing about it from the rooftops to my followers 🙂
    Thank you so much for your time it took to compile this list!

    • Yvonne, I think this has to be my favorite comment ever! I’m so glad the list is helpful, if you know of anything I should add to the list please just let me know.


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