There are some fantastic online tools out there to help you balance running your business with caring for a young family. But there are so many tools to choose from and it can be so overwhelming knowing where to start.

So I’ve put together this list of my top tools that have helped me to (almost) effortlessly run my business this year.

1. Zoom

What is it?

Zoom is a video conferencing tool similar to Skype, that actually just works a whole lot better. 

Why do you need it?

I’ve written previously about how much I love Zoom.

I won’t repeat myself too much, needless to say, this tool was a godsend during my time as a preggopreneur and still continues to be today.

I haven’t had to waste time travelling to work with clients in person while battling morning sickness or extreme tiredness, or worry about which of my clothes were bump friendly.

Zoom has meant I can just turn up at my computer, do the work I need to do and get back to my family. And I can do it with a smile on my face!

2. Edgar

What is it?

Edgar is a social media scheduling tool. Well what’s so amazing about that, I hear you say?

The feature that really helps Edgar stand out from the crowd is its ability to recycle your content.

Why do you need it?

I cannot stress enough how helpful Edgar has been for my business this year.

Whether I’ve been creating content or looking after pre-schoolers, it has meant my social media channels were active and unlike almost everything else in my life, IT REQUIRED NO THOUGHT PROCESS WHATSOEVER.

This means if you create a ton of brilliant content and then suddenly stop (to, you know, have a baby), Edgar just keeps putting it out there on your social media channels. No more panic that it’s Wednesday, and you’re supposed to always post about X on your Facebook page.

It just happens. And it’s awesome.

3. Acuity

What is it?

It’s an automated booking system that syncs with your Google calendar.

Why do you need it?

Again, I’ve written about why I love Acuity previously, and it really has been such a huge help to my business this year.

I have been fully booked with clients this year and my work schedule has been packed pretty tight.

Acuity has given me control over the slots that people are able to book in my schedule, which meant I could block off chunks of the week I knew I would need for family time. It also has a custom availability feature, which means I can open up one-off free slots as they arise, without leaving them permanently open in future weeks.

4. Evernote

What is it?

It’s a digital notebook

Why do you need it?

This year more than any other, I’ve felt like my brain is compartmentalised into ‘work’ and ‘home’.

And because I’ve spent a lot of my time looking after my little people, away from my computer and consumed with household matters, it’s been invaluable to have my Evernote app on my phone.

Even while I’m up to my eyes in childcare I’ve been able to note down key ideas for new content, new ventures, the best way to approach certain tasks or projects.

And it has really helped as this year my working hours have been so fragmented across the week. I often find that sitting down and writing unleashes a whole new wave of ideas, so it is really helpful to be able to jot down bullet points for a blog post or other piece of content on the go.

Obviously, the whole idea that we can compartmentalise our brains is pretty ridiculous – and this is why it’s so helpful to have Evernote to hand. The best ideas come at the most inconvenient times, but thankfully I can make sure they get recorded before I forget them. (No one say baby brain!)

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