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“The app world is dark and filled with silly names. BEHOLD, a repertoire of apps that have been tried and tested by REAL business owners, to make your app-living life a little easier…”

Creativity + Productivity Apps for Business Owners

The app world is dark and filled with silly names. BEHOLD, a repertoire of apps that have been tried and tested by REAL business owners, to make your app-living life a little easier.

When in doubt? CROWDSOURCE. 

During our #ohsierraomg 30 Day Challenge, we asked our community what apps they couldn’t live without – and, by popular demand, we kept track of them all so we could do our research and share it with YOU. 

We haven’t tried them all (yet), but we’ve categorized them + added some insight into what they’re all about so you can determine which ones work best for your business and goals. 


TYPE + DESIGN

Over
“Templates, tools, and effects, for brands + personal projects.”

App for Type
“A super-easy way to add text to your photos.”

Canva
“Create designs for stories, logos, and more.” PSA: if you’re considering making your logo in Canva, let’s have a little chat.

WordSwag
“Create amazing type layouts.”

Hype-Type
“Automatically styled + designed motion typography.”

Adobe Spark Post
“Design + Animate graphics, video, and Instagram stories.”

STORIES

Unfold
“Create beautiful stories with templates.”
PSSST. This was one of our submissions! We use it on the daily for all kinds of things.

Made 
“Elevate your story curation with minimal + trendy templates.”

Ash
“Create beautiful stories with photos and videos.”

Template
“More than 500 layouts for story design.”

Storiesedit
“An Instagram stories design tool with templates.”

ILLUSTRATION

Procreate Pocket
“Award-winning Art App.”
(That description doesn’t give it enough credit. If you love freehand illustration, check this out for SURE.)

Adobe Illustrator Draw 
“Go-to app for creating vector files.”

PHOTOGRAPHY

Canon Camera Connect
“Transfer images shot with your Cannon Camera to your phone or tablet.”

Lightroom
“A free, powerful, intuitive photo editor.”

PlayMemories Mobile (Sony)
“Cloud-based photo and video organizer.”

Unsplash
“Over 1 Million beautiful FREE high-resolution images.”

Adobe Capture
“Point your camera at anything, or import an image, to create a rich vector.”

Moment
“Manual control of your phone’s camera.”

Filca
“Turn your phone into an SLR film camera.”

Tezza
“Fresh presets and photo editing tools.”

Snapseed
“Complete and professional photo editor.”

A Color Story
“Photo and video editor + Instagram planner.”

Picsart
“All-in-one photo + video editor and collage-maker.”

CONTENT PLANNING

Planoly
“Plan, edit, and schedule social media content for Instagram and Pinterest.” (Another big-time fave of ours!)

Later 
“Schedule Instagram posts that automatically publish.”

Preview
“Grid planner and scheduler for Instagram.”

Tailwind
“Schedule and publish posts to Instagram and Pinterest at the best times.”

Plann
“All-inclusive Instagram scheduler.”

Buffer
“Manage and publish social media content in one place.”

Unum
“Plan and create content grid and stories.”

LIFESTYLE

Instacart
“Mobile Grocery shopping, delivered to your door.”
(Game. Changer.)

Relax Melodies
“A soothing app that makes sleep easy.”

Flipp
“Flyers and deals from more than 2000 retailers.”

Famcal
“Fertility and ovulation tracker.”

ORGANIZATION

Evernote
“Add to-dos, photos, images, web pages, or audio.” 

Honeybook
“Pocket-sized business management for creatives on the go.”

Slack
“Communication and collaboration for you and your team.”

Dollarbird
“A collaborative smart calendar for your finances.”

Wave
“Easy invoicing on the go for freelancers and small business owners.”

Clockify
“Free time-tracking tool.”

EDUCATION

Creativelive
“Online classes from photo and video, art and design, to money and life.”

VIDEO

Clipomatic
“Video editor that turns everything you say into live captions.”

Videoleap
“Combine clips, add text and effects, and edit videos.”

Screen Record
*Not an app, but a feature on the iPhone that allows you to record your screen, which is fun for showing off new web pages, guiding clients to buttons, and so forth. 

Filmm
“Video effects and filtering.”

RNI Films 
“Filters and edits to create the look of film on your phone.”

Mojo
“Create video stories with templates and effects.”

InShot
“Video editor with music, effects, voiceovers, and text.” (Woah, this sounds like a good one). 

WEB

Squarespace 
“Manage and edit your website from anywhere.”

Squarespace Analytics 
“Track your site’s performance and get insights on the go.”
(This one is a DANGEROUS PATH. We are so addicted to seeing where our website visitors are coming from!). 

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Keep Dreaming,

The Appleyards

February 19, 2020

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