When we’re faced with crazy adversity and challenges, it’s important to use the resources around us.
Now, I’m not going to speak about tap ramen as if it’s the best meal on earth, but it always reminds me of the humble beginnings of my career. I’m not eating tap ramen on a regular basis anymore, but I still love the reminder of where I came from. It’s important to remember where you came from and to stay humble.
So today, while I eat my ramen, I’m going to share the 20 best apps that are free or cheap, like tap ramen. It’s basically like eating for free. So without further ado, let’s roll into it.
1. Google My Business
The first app I’m going to share with you, Google My Business, is one of my favorites. I can upload photos and videos. I can see my reviews and share my profile. I can put in offers and events. There’s all kinds of great stuff I can do with this app.
Currently, I see that I have 10 reviews at 5 stars, and one review that I haven’t responded to. This is a great part of this app: it will show your traffic. I can see that I’m down right now, probably due to what’s going on.
In the ‘customers’ section, I can see all of my reviews and messages. I can see my followers and edit my profile — I have a URL to get to my website, my address, my hours and services, my mission, etc. I can manage my users and add people all through this platform.
This is a great tool to grow your business. It’s one of the most effective ways that I’ve been able to drive traffic to my business locations, because people can see them on Google Maps. They can also read your positive reviews right there.
LinkedIn is another great app that everybody should be using. I use LinkedIn to grow my business every day.
You can see your friend requests and notifications on this app, similar to Facebook. You can also view jobs. And if you have the premium LinkedIn account, you have even more features — you can post, share photos, or celebrate a teammate. I can also share that I’m hiring on LinkedIn, which is great.
On my LinkedIn business page, I have a strong call to action. I have other projects that I’m working on posted. You can also see my dashboard and activity: I’ve had 500 people view my page, 30 post views, and so on. You can also see my job experience, volunteer experience, licenses, and everything else.
There are so many great features — LinkedIn is definitely an app you want to take advantage of!
Bitly is where I create custom links. So, if I have a book coming out or I’m trying to schedule a call with somebody, I can use this tool to create a short URL.
Instead of a complicated Amazon link, for example, I can create a short, simple Bitly link. This is a great tool to use if I want to get reviews from my clients. All you have to do is enter the URL, hit ‘create,’ and then you can customize it.
These are trackable links that are simple, memorable, and really easy to use. Bitly is a tool that will really help you out.
LastPass keeps track of all of the websites I have. Every single website has a unique password, but LastPass allows me to use one password for all of my accounts.
So, when I open the app, I can use either my fingerprint or my master password, and that will let me into my vault. That vault gives me access to all of my websites, usernames, and passwords. That way, I don’t have to remember all of them. It’s a great tool for efficiency that every business owner should use.
5. Google Analytics
Google Analytics is great for the back end of your business. You can see how much time people are spending on your website, what the traffic is, how many conversions you’ve had, what the time of day they’re visiting, and all kinds of information.
All of this information is in real time. First time visitors, organic search, direct search, social referrals, demographics, etc. You’ll be able to see if a lot of new users are visiting your website, which is really helpful.
Google Analytics will give you an idea of where those visitors landed, how you acquired them, and what their behavior is. If you’re already using this tool to get insights into your business, you should consider it. This will help you create some amazing changes over time.
TikTok is used for businesses a lot these days. It’s a really good way to get your message out. You post short little videos, 15-60 seconds, to connect your audience and get exposure.
There are tons of people on this platform. It is dominated with more young people, so if you have a young audience, I would definitely recommend using TikTok.
This isn’t free, but it’s one of my favorite apps ever. You’re going to need a membership — so be prepared to invest a little money.
Here’s how it works: if I want to create a new social media posts, I can set up a template, hit ‘duplicate,’ and easily create new posts. The drag-and-drop tools are super easy to use. You can scale images, translate words into images, and add animations and custom texts in just a matter of seconds.
I use SparkPost to customize all of my social posts. I include my Adrian Graphics logo, use animations, and customize everything. And you can easily save and export all your designs and customizations. You can see why this is one of my favorite apps!
I love to learn. I love to consume content. I love to continue to get better. That’s something every business owner needs, and there’s no better way to do that than by using Audible.
Audible is an app where you can listen to audiobooks. I have tons of audiobooks saved on the app, and I use it all the time. You can go through books a lot faster with Audible, especially while you’re working and busy.
If you have a pair of headphones, you can continue to learn and improve your skills throughout your day. You can also take notes to remember what you’re learning. This is a great app to use. It isn’t free — this is a paid app, but it’s pretty cheap. You can subscribe for around $15 a month.
At that low price, it’s basically a no-brainer!
You might not have heard of CamScanner, but this is an app that allows you to take and scan pictures.
All you have to do is click on the camera icon and take a picture. The app will find the edges and let you crop the image to the size you want, edit it, or change it to black and white. Then you can send it to yourself or to other people.
CamScanner basically allows you to bypass a scanner when you want to send and receive photos or documents.This is what I use for all my scanning, and I highly recommend it.
Meetup.com is where you can create networking groups.
You can use this app to create your own group or get involved in other groups. I have my digital marketing group training group here, and I’m a part of a couple other ones as well. This is a great tool to become a part of collaborative environments.
You can do Zoom groups right now, because nobody’s meeting in person. Meetup is a really effective tool. It’s a great way to get your name out there and build relationships. Relationships are key!
You’ve got to get the Masterclass app. This is where you can watch training and other content from some of the greatest minds in the world. Ron Howard, Gordon Ramsey, David Lynch, Timbaland, Aaron Franklin… There are all kinds of great people that you can learn from.
All these people have training and classes. This is an easy way to keep learning, which is so important. For me, I divide my time up in thirds: I spend 30% of my time learning, 30% of my time consuming or creating, and 30% of my time communicating and building relationships.
That’s what works best for me. And when it comes to learning, Masterclass is the best resource to use.
Medium is another great app. If you’re a blogger or an article writer, you should use Medium to boost your online presence.
You don’t have to be a professional writer to post on Medium. I’ve written a few articles myself. It allows me to link back to my website and bring in more traffic. So, if you aren’t using Medium already, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my favorite tools, and something I should be using more often.
13. Adobe Clip
The next one is a nice tool to use if you have a tablet or iPad. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud membership, which I’m guessing you do, you can just log into Adobe Clip from there.
You can use this app to create new projects straight from your device, or you can pull projects from your Creative Cloud or your DropBox. It allows you to edit automatically or free-form. Crop, add filters, change colors, and more. It’s a super easy way to make an image or video look different.
DropBox is another free app that everyone should be using.This is where I store all my files for my company. It gives me easy access to send them all to my clients.
I have all my clients separated into folders on this platform. I can go to each folder and organize my work into sub-folders for each project I’m working on. This is a killer tool that you should be using if you’re a graphic designer. It’s perfect for storing your photos, gift cards, brands, and everything else.
15. YT Studio
YT Studio, or YouTube Studio, is an app that gives you a background snapshot of your YouTube channel to see how your videos are performing. You can see the most recent stats, your analytics, how many views you’ve had, your comments, and more.
This app allows you to see detailed analytics for each video at a glance. For example, I can see how long each person watches a video and where I lose their attention. I can see traffic, revenue, and impressions. All this information is so helpful to growing my YouTube channel.
16. Google Authenticator
This authenticator app allows you to create custom codes and keep your accounts safe. I use it to protect my Zoho, Facebook, and BitGrail accounts.
When you open up this app, you can drop in your codes and it will automatically authenticate your accounts. I use Google Authenticator every day, especially for my Zoho account. It’s so important to keep your information safe!
Like I’ve said before, I listen to a ton of content. And for that, I use Spotify.
Spotify has a free version, but I think the paid version is worth it. I use it to listen to podcasts and music every day. You can even find my podcast, Project Grow, on Spotify! Check it out if you want to learn a little more about my journey. So Spotify is a great app, and definitely a must-have.
18. Mr. Number
No one wants to waste their time answering phone calls from telemarketers and scammers. Mr. Number will help you do that.
Mr. Number is an app that will show you who the person calling you is. If they’re connected to social media, it will give you information about them. It also makes it easy to add people to your ‘blocked’ list. I have certain numbers reported as telemarketers in the app, so I never have to deal with talking to them.
You may never have heard of Discord, but this is an up-and-coming app that is getting a ton of traffic. It’s a great tool to add to your business and connect with people. Invite your friends, communicate, and build some relationships.
Discord is an app that I believe has huge potential. I see a lot of other YouTubers using it — I’ve done some research, and I think it’s only going to grow in the future.
Zoom is where you can hold meetings and conferences with multiple people. It allows you to connect with up to 100 people on the paid version, and 10 people on the free version.
I use Zoom for video conferences and meetings with clients and team members. In fact, when I do my podcasts, I do them on Zoom. I have to password protect my Zoom calls because other people can see them. So, if you’re sharing private company information, make sure you lock that stuff down with a password. That’s an important factor to consider — but Zoom is still a great tool.
Go All In For Your Business!
So, those are the 20 best apps for 2020. These are tools you can use to make money online, increase your wealth, and build the business of your dreams.
No matter what economy you’re in, you should be in growth mode. Don’t retreat. Don’t cut back. This is the time to go all in, because your competitors are running away scared.
So, that’s what I’ve got for you guys today. I hope you all have a blessed day. As always, keep looking up!