Recently, the order and content of the Praxis bootcamp section was shuffled. This means that I had another chance to work through the tech month! I decided to do it because I’d slacked off when I went through this module the first time and because we now had new content and resources. The new-and-improved month 6 is all about getting comfortable with your stack- you can learn about the types of software your business partner uses, or if you don’t have a business partner yet, you can go through the module and learn about the most commonly used business tools.
I am a freelancer and none of my clients use complicated software, so I opted to work through the common business tools. This was both to find more software that I might use and software that I could recommend to my clients. Here’s what I learned in a do-over month of Praxis!
Tools that made me go “Wow!”
Loom is an amazing video recording service- you can record yourself from your computer, a tab in your browser, or your entire desktop. I signed up (for free) on Tuesday and have already started using it to give quicker, more effective reports to The Yellow Bird on what I’m doing for their content (and I plan to branch out and use it more in the future!).
Okay, this one isn’t free, but it’s genius! (I’ll give you my full review when I finish the 2-week trial.) This is a service that connects all the different apps you use! You can simplify and streamline in so many different ways and that’s what amazes me about this product. For instance, I’m using Zapier to connect my Asana and Trello (I use Trello much more frequently, and using Zapier ensures that I don’t miss anything in Asana). See the rest of their integrations here!
Tools that I now understand and can use
Through Praxis I had access to a wonderful Udemy course that gave different tricks and shortcuts for using spreadsheets (and a basic explanation, which was really helpful for me).
I don’t have any use for SalesForce at this point, but it was interesting seeing how it works and what it’s for!
Again, this is not a service I will utilize right now. However, HubSpot could be an amazing tool in the near future and I do plan to start taking their HubSpot Academy courses in September.
Before I ever started officially learning about business tools, I had to master other technologies for Praxis. These were things other people frequently used, or they recommended them to me, or I needed them for my pitch deck. Things like Trello, Google Calendar, Google Slides, Slack, WordPress.org, Toggl, Facebook Ads, Infogr.am, and Zoom. Understanding how these worked and being able to use them made my life so much simpler and opened up options I never knew existed!
Finally, since this post has been all about tech, here’s a list of my favorite/most used tools as a digital marketing freelancer (yeesh, that’s a mouthful!).
Facebook Business Manager
Google Calendar, Slides, and Docs
A stopwatch (for tracking my hours)
And Spotify (so I stay happy and dancey and inspired)