When running your business as a DIY marketer, time is of the essence in everything we do! That’s why I’ve pulled together these low-cost productivity tools.

Here, at South Street & Co., we like to run our business well and efficiently. We don’t waste time and have scoured the app globe for apps that help us help our business grow and thrive.  We’re focused on getting the most out of our time and money and these are the low-cost tools that we count on daily.

Google Photo to Save Valuable Space on Your Phone

This app is such a lifesaver.

Do you ever run out of space on your phone and you look to see what’s eating up all the juice only to find it’s your prized possessions, your photos. Yep, same here. Well, worry no longer. Google photo is our favorite app! Why? It allows you to backup ALL (yes all) of your photos to their app.

What makes it better is that you can search by a keyword and it will find your photos quickly and efficiently. Not only that, but you can delete the photos off of your device once it has download them to your phone. Here’s what the app looks like:

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We were trying to post an Instagram story (if you haven’t done this yet, you need to!) and we couldn’t record because my phone didn’t have enough memory. So, we downloaded this app, waited a couple minutes and it worked like charm and deleted the photos from my phone. Here’s what the app looks like with your photos with the search bar at the top:

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Real life uses

When we’re reposting on Instagram we like to keep tabs on who posted the photo and sometimes we’ll find it in the ?weeks ago? photos. We remembered that the photo had a coffee in it and type in coffee? in the Google photo search. Voila! It pops up along with the other photos that have coffee in it. It’s as simple as that.

 

Manage Your Team and Projects With Microsoft To Do

To Do is Microsoft’s official replacement for Wunderlist, and while many dedicated supporters of the latter app will be sad to see it go, To Do is a worthy successor in many ways.

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Microsoft To Do’s interface is very basic compared to competing apps, which makes it a good option for novices.  Additionally, To Do’s cross-platform support and quick syncing rival those of any task management app on the market.

Best of all, it’s free. That’s about as low-cost productivity tool you’re going to get!

Microsoft ToDo touts a streamlined interface, automated reminders and due dates.  But it lacks many of the features that Wunderlist had.   (Source: Best Wunderlist Alternatives)

Calendly

If you haven’t heard of Calendly, your scheduling world is about to be rocked!

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This is the scheduling tool I use personally for scheduling coffee meetings or networking meetings. I even have this on the website for people to book directly with my calendar for their free 30-minute consultation. The one thing it helps with is the back and forth for dates. You know, Can you meet this time? No, how about this time? No, I’m booked then, how about this time? This can go on and on and on! Not with Calendly. These are all of the meetings I’ve created:

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Calendly integrates seamlessly into whatever calendar you use for your business. We use Google Calendar and it works like a charm! Calendly enables you to set buffer times,? between meetings so you’re not booked back to back, you can create different events such as networking meeting, marketing meeting, planning meeting, etc. Here’s what it looks like when someone clicks on the one of the links above. They can choose their day and time too:

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They have a pro-version that is $10 per month or you can use the free version.

I tried the free trial of Calendly and it was a no-brainer for me. When you pay for the year, you get it at $8 per month. I can’t tell you how many times people would go back and forth with me for a time for a meeting. I simply send them an email now with this link and they book when it’s convenient for them. Problem and time solved and saved!

These low-cost productivity tools are going to help you immensely in your day-to-day life. They’ll help save you time and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that everything is in line and nothing is forgotten!