Tools & Resources

Sometimes people ask me about tools I use. I decided that it would be best if I listed them down on one page, which is this one.

These are either tools I have used and found useful or tools people I trust have recommended. For your convenience, I have gathered them into this list. I have included a short description of the tool as well as what I like and do not like about it.

I will keep adding to this page as I come across more tools that I find useful. You can jump to any category:

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Web Hosting

A web host is where you put all the files for your website online. All websites

Site 5

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What I like about it

24/7 Chat Support. The chat support is my favorite feature as I avoid phone conversations when I can.

Short downtime. I have used Site5 for more than three years now but I have experienced only 2 downtime periods. When my website is hacked, it usually takes them a few hours to get my site back up.

Singapore hosting. Site5 offers servers based in Singapore. Since most of my audience is based in Southeast Asia, I decided to go for the Singapore based server. By doing so, my readers can load TEC faster.

What I don’t like about it

Slightly pricey. It is a bit more than I would normally pay for web hosting.

Check out Site5 here.

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Project Management

These are tools I use to manage

Trello

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What I like about it

Simple card management system. It is simple to organize projects based on their urgency or category using Trello’s card system.

What I don’t like about it

Inflexible as project size gets bigger. Though project management is simple for small projects, Trello can become inflexible as your project size expands and team members increase.

Check out Trello here.

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Email Marketing Tools

I use or have used these email marketing tools to manage subscribers to The Entrepreneur Campfire.

Aweber

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What I like about it

Easy to use. The interface for Aweber is easy to use. Even people with little or no experience with email marketing will find it easy to start with.

Affordable. The basic plan of up to 500 subscribers is going for $19 a month, which is affordable compared to more advanced email marketing software. It is great for people who have just started collecting emails for their business.

What I don’t like about it

Not many sign-up form design options. There are limited form design options in Aweber. It is also hard to customize forms in Aweber.

Hard to set up Auto-responders. More advanced users may find it hard to set up auto-responders.

No landing pages. Unlike some other email marketing services, Aweber does not offer landing pages.

Overall verdict: This is a good email marketing tool for beginners but not too suitable for those who want more customization with their sign-up forms and control over their autoresponders. I have used Aweber for 3 years and recently switched to GetResponse. Though so, I would recommend it for people who do not need landing pages and auto-responders.

Check out Aweber here.

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Writing Tools

These are tools I use on a daily basis to make my writing process easier and faster.

Hemingwayapp

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What I like about it

Helps make my sentences simpler. It is easier to get your message through using simple sentences. Hemingwayapp helps to detect hard to read sentences so you can make them simpler.

Free web version. Anyone can go to Hemingwayapp.com and use the service for free. I use the web version for all my editing.

What I don’t like about it

There isn’t anything I don’t like about the Hemingwayapp. It serves its purpose (making sentences simple and clear) well.

Check out Hemingwayapp here.

Grammarly.com

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What I like about it

Checks my grammar. English is not my first language so I make mistakes all the time.

Chrome extension. For Chrome users, you can install the Grammarly chrome extension. This means Grammarly will check your writing everywhere you type in Chrome (except for Google Apps).

What I don’t like about it

Like the Hemingwayapp, there isn’t anything I dislike about Grammarly. It serves its purpose of checking grammar well.

Check out Grammarly here.

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Design Tools

99Designs

What I like about it

Choice. You get multiple designs and you get to pick the level of expertise you want your designers to be at.

What I don’t like about it

Price. Logo designs start at US$299, 99Designs can be expensive. However, if you are someone who likes to have a choice of designs to choose from, this could be worth it.

Check out 99 Designs here.

Stencil

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What I like about it

Easy to design social media graphics. The drag and drop interface makes it easy to design visually appealing graphics. You do not need to be a designer to create graphics that attract your audience.

Free stock photography. Even if you do not have any photos of your own, you can use the thousands of free images available in Stencil.

What I don’t like about it

Limited design tools. Stencil is a basic design tool. You will not be able to go beyond simple designs.

Overall verdict: Stencil is great for people who want to save time designing simple social media graphics. It is enough for simple designs, but if you want to design something complex, you may need a more advanced tool.

Check out Stencil here.

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Other Resources

BookDepository.com

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What I like about it

No shipping fee. While it typically costs me around US$5-20 to ship a book to my home from a local bookstore, I don’t have to worry about that with BookDepository. The sticker price is what I pay for.

What I don’t like about it

Long shipping duration. I can’t find anything I don’t like about BookDepository except for its 1-2 month delivery. But for the price I am paying and the convenience I get, this is only a small annoyance. Most of the time I am surprised and happy when I get the book.

Check out BookDepository here.