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5 Free Must Have Digital Tools

January 18, 2021
Free Tools

As founders, we're constantly jumping from marketing to product/project management to ui/ux and so forth.

So we decided to share with you our 5 must have digital tools to help you in various aspects of your typical day.

1. Last Pass

Last Pass is a password manager that allows you to save and automatically fill in your passwords when you are on a website for which you have saved the password. 

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If you are someone who has multiple online accounts to track, when you are using Last Pass, you can enter all of this in your Last Pass vault.

It will automatically detect what passwords you need when you are on any type of website whose last pass was recorded.

So, for example, if you log into your Google account and see a Lastpass icon next to your password, you will automatically be told which different accounts are connected to that page, and when you click on the account, it will automatically fill in the password for you, so you never really need it to remember your passwords. 

It's been a lifesaver in my business, especially as I deal with password protection, so LastPass was a big change for us, especially as we use many different platforms.

2. Canva

The world is a visual place. With the increasing use of social media platforms and the transition to more online engagement, this has come true.

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Canva is the design equivalent of online shopping.

You don't have to have design experience.

It has ready-made templates and layouts to create almost any type of document from social media graphics, resumes, presentations, infographics, and more.

Whether you need a social media quote, a unique resume, or a full presentation for your pitch, Canva has ready-to-use templates.

You get instant access to hundreds of templates, stock photos, icons, and other elements.

Best of all - they have a free version.

That being said, there are a lot of limitations. But it's a great platform to get started, and if you like it, it's affordable to upgrade..

3. One Tab

Reduce browser clutter and increase productivity with OneTab

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Imagine writing the last page of your thesis or project with ten different important tabs open on Google Chrome.

And you accidentally close the browser window or your computer freezes because you have so many tabs open. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Enter the solution - OneTab.

If you have too many tabs, click the OneTab icon to convert all tabs to a list. If you need to re-access the tabs, you can either restore them individually or all at once.

If your tabs are in the OneTab list, you can save up to 95% of memory by reducing the number of tabs open in Google Chrome.

The best way to learn OneTab? 

Try it and let us know what you think!

4. Loom

Communicating with classmates, colleagues, clients or customers online can sometimes be challenging.

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People can misunderstand the tone, not fully understand what you are explaining, and it is difficult to show people what you are talking about via email.

Loom is a video recording tool that you can use to share your screen, record yourself or make a combination of the two.

It is a convenient way to communicate more effectively with the people you work with or for whom you work, so you don't waste time texting back and forth.

 Once you have recorded your Loom video, you will immediately receive a link to the video for instant sharing.

 Videos capture not only what's happening on your screen, but also your tone of voice, so there's less misunderstanding, which saves time because you don't go back and forth to clarify what you meant or comment on screenshots.

 Best part again?

 They have a free tier!

5. Trello or Asana

At the time of creating this Instagram post, we were actively using Trello for our entire product and project management.

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Until we discovered Asana, which we absolutely love and highly recommend.

You can track your classwork, client deals, project and product management, and generally organize your life.

Asana is a web-based project management platform that helps you stay up-to-date with all moving parts involved in a project.

It has a super friendly interface with movable cards that allow you to list your projects and tasks. We recommend that you upload a profile photo and assign yourself a card for each task for which you are responsible. 

It is a psychological trick when you see your face and know that this task is yours and helps you to stay productive and organized.

You may not feel that your work or your life necessarily falls within the realm of project management, but chances are that you do so in some way.

If you are a student: Asana can help you track the deadlines of your projects or study schedules. If you’re studying for a test, such as the MCAT, Asana can help you plan deadlines for when you need to finish studying each section, and how much time you need to spend on the review, etc.

If you are an entrepreneur: your business will have many moving parts that you need to manage.

If you are leading a team or a distributed company: you need a platform where everyone can easily communicate and work together and whose tasks are clearly assigned to specific people.

Complicated projects and lives become much more manageable if you have a good organizational and project management tool that helps you.

As always, best part? It's free!

That's it!

Our 5 free must have - digital tools!

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