free tools to simplify your work

November 6, 2017

 

Today I'm going to pull back the curtain to show you a few tools I use in my business that you might want to consider for your nonprofit. They are totally free to use (although some have paid upgrades) and can simplify your work (and therefore, your life)!

 

Without further ado, here you go:

 

Canva

 

If you haven't heard about Canva yet, you're probably living under a rock. This is the most recommended free design tool these days and it's super easy to use. I create blog and social media graphics, proposals (hint - this is great for fundraising proposals), reports (think of your annual report or report to donors) and just about anything else. It's so great and easy to use. You can download in JPEG, PNG (with transparent background) and PDF. You can even create GIFs. 

 

My tip for you if you're using Canva, is to create a few templates that you can adjust as needed. It can be overwhelming with their hundreds (or maybe thousands) of designs. It's up to you to find ones that can create a cohesive brand.

 

Trello

 

I heart Trello! A few months our team adopted Trello for our project management. We use it to organize our to-dos and priorities and it's a central place where we can all see what's going on with all of our projects. We roughly follow a Scrum methodology for project management and have found that, coupled with Trello, has improved our productivity and efficiency.

 

Slack

 

We have a policy on our team - we don't work in our inbox. What that means is that we dedicate time each day to checking, sending and replying to emails, and then the rest of the day is spent doing actual work. To keep our inboxes trim, we use Slack for any internal communications. It's a free messenger type app that allows you to create channels for different topics or projects. Believe it or not, every day I get my inbox down to fewer than 5 messages - thanks in part to Slack!

 

Grammarly

 

Fess up. How many times do you hit "send" on an email and then realize you've made a terrible grammar or spelling mistake. It's definitely happened to me. Well, Grammarly is an extension for Google Chrome that spots your grammar and spelling mistakes in real time! 

 

Hootsuite

 

Social media is important. Right? But to be active on social media can take a lot of time. Hootsuite lets you manage your social media all in one spot and pre-schedule your posts so you don't have to think about it all the time. The free version lets you connect up to 3 social media accounts, which should be plenty.

 

Feedly

 

Feedly is a place that curates content from the internet (blogs, news, etc.) based on your interests. I use it to find articles to share online (through Hootsuite) but you can also use it to find helpful articles that will further your knowledge. 

 

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