work smarter, not harder :: free trade secrets


{part three}


Okay, so they’re not THAT secret – but you still may not have heard about them till now.
Work smarter not harder, right? Well some of these websites below just take the work right out altogether. I don’t like to call myself lazy but sometimes it does have its benefits. I have listed out some top categories that should help you get going this year in the right direction.
All of the websites I am listing are intended to help out the entrepreneur with a very small marketing budget.

Let’s face it, if you are a small business or trying to start one up, it is difficult to find solutions for all your needs without having to take out a second mortgage.

I hope this will remedy that for you and get you off on the right track EVEN if you have no budget at all.

Ahem, If there is a video on the websites listed below…you should take the 60 seconds to improve your knowledge base and watch it. Whether you feel you need it or not, keep yourself up-to-date on what other technologies are out there, and who knows, someone you know may need this very solution. This is me just continuing to encourage you to grow your education and knowledge base and bring the techy side of you that is really in there…OUT! 😉

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  • Evernote.com – My favorite website of all. I could write a whole post just on this one alone. Go and explore yourself. Enjoy. (FREE)
  • Asana.com – Genius. Task. Management. (FREE)
  • BookFresh.com – An awesome online way to get people looking on your website to book an appointment (FREE)
  • Streak.com – CRM that integrates with gmail (FREE)
  • Zapier.com – Make things talk to other things. Streamline your accounts by sending the information from one to the other. (FREE)
  • Google Drive/Dropbox.com – The 11th commandment Moses may have misplaced was to BACK YOUR STUFF UP! (Worth every penny – especially if you’ve ever lost anything before and had to start over. Like NIKE says, just do it.)

  • Design-seeds.com – color inspiration (free)
  • DeathToStockPhoto.com – ‘Better/trendier’ stock photo options (free & paid)
  • Fiverr.com – you name it. It’s like CraigsList but for businesses (starting at $5)
  • Themeforest.com – website & email templates already designed, you just add your content. (price varies)
  • Niice.co – search engine for design inspiration


  • WordPress.com or .org – website platform for small businesses and blogs – very user friendly (kinda free. Lol.)
  • Shopify.com – e-commerce platform for small business – very user friendly (as low as $15 mo.)
  • Godaddy.com – DID YOU KNOW…that they* are releasing a bagillion brand spanking new domain endings like ‘yourdomainname.wedding’ or ‘yourdomainname.events’ Go to  http://flyingsquidstudios.com/files/Noirnt_102.html this link to get yours now or be notified when it’s released. I know. You’re welcome.


  • Helpouts by Google – you name it, someone is ready to help you out. – watch the video. 😉

“everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way”1 Corinthians 14:40

Most of these websites have apps for your phone. Don’t forget to download them if you register for any of the above accounts.

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* The infamous ‘THEY’ -who are ‘THEY’? I have no idea and I just like to assume it’s ‘Google’ but even THAT theory doesn’t work out all the time either. So whenever you read ‘THEY’ I am just talking about all the people in our society that keep pushing us to do and learn new things.    I think.

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4 Comments on work smarter, not harder :: free trade secrets

  1. Whitney Faulkner
    February 2, 2014 at 12:32 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my goodness!!! This is so wonderfully helpful, so many tools at my fingertips I didn’t even know about. Thanks ladies!

  2. Tina Evans
    January 23, 2014 at 11:06 am (5 years ago)

    Thank you for all this! Some of them I knew and even use, but a lot of these I didn’t know about and they would be so helpful! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!


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