What Software I Use To Run My Business

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I got a great question in the Society forum. 

What software do I use to run my business What does it take to keep everything you have on the go afloat?? It's kind of boggling my mind to think of what all you must use. 

I use a lot of different software to run my business. Keep in my mind, that my business is probably not like yours so when you see these numbers, please don't shit your pants. Or get your Depends on.

Yearly Fees

Squarespace - Advanced plan ($480/year) My alyciawicker.com website

Canva ($120/year) For quick graphics needs, I use this on the daily

Adobe ($600/year) For Illustrator and Photoshop

Vimeo ($199/year) Hosting Society + my client call recordings

SumoMe ($468/year) For list building and advanced website analytics like Heat Maps and Click Maps

Bluehost Society Domain + Privacy ($31/year)

Bluehost Virtual Server ($325/year) Where the Society website is hosted so it's faster (and because Squarespace doesn't have membership website capabilities)

Microsoft ($70/year) For Word and Excel, primarily

Forum Software ($25/year)

Recurring Monthly Fees

Stripe and Paypal for Payment (2.9% + $0.30 per sale)

ConvertKit ($99/month) For email list.

Basecamp ($49/month) [To replace Trello @ $5/month] Project Management because Trello is making handling all the backend tasks difficult.

Board Booster ($10/month) To schedule Pinterest.

Buffer ($10/month) To schedule Facebook + Instagram. 

Google Storage ($1.99/month) For Google Docs extra storage.

Amazon S3 Storage (1.50/month) To store Society files.

Zoom ($60/month) For video conferencing.

Quickbooks ($35/month) For bookkeeping.

Membership Software ($20/month) For the Society website to manage the membership functionality.

Now, if you haven't crapped your pants, good. 

If you're starting your own business, you obviously won't need most of the stuff that I use. You can run on less. 

I also hire cool people who support my business like my brilliant copywriter, my bookkeeper, my executive assistant, my CPA, and my tech girl for when things go wonky on the back end of the Society. 

I have also run my business as lean as possible and have resisted investing more unless my business dictates the need for an upgrade in the services that I need. 

I've learned the hard way that you do get what you pay for. And when you grow your business strategically, you'll have the money to be able to continually reinvest in your business so you don't have to jimmy rig so much shit. But at the end of the day, know that there isn't one software that will do everything you want. You have to invest in good software, but only after you know exactly what you're trying to achieve. 

If you just buy software thinking it will automagically grow your business you'll end up broke and no further along. 

And yes, those most of those links are affililate links, so help a sister out ;)