Guest Post from Virtual Assistant, Sarah Garnham
Aren’t we lucky in this day and age to have such wonderful, creative apps at the tips of our fingers? As a Virtual Assistant specialising in supporting authors with their social media management, research and an array of other tasks, I’m so thankful for these resources.
So, where do you start? In a sea of apps and software designed to help you manage your workload and get creative, how do you even begin to decide which ones to use first? Well, it just so happens that I have picked out my absolute favourites that have helped me to drive forward a successful business and podcast, ensuring that I provide the most professional service, while still juggling school runs, homework and maintaining the family home (just about!)
So without further ado, here they are:
We all have so much to do and as writers, you all have your targets to meet, whether that means committing to a dedicated daily word count, a busy social media schedule, or perhaps you’re juggling a job alongside your writing journey. As a self-confessed post-it note Queen, I needed a better way of managing my time and organising my days. Enter free project management tools. I wouldn’t be without them and I highly recommend 2 specific tools that have single-handedly improved my clarity of mind and enabled me to sleep at night without the worry of forgetting something.
If you’re using social media as a promotional tool (which I highly recommend!) then there are plenty of apps available to you that can be used to create visual content. From beginners to those with an eye for graphic design, each of these apps will cater for your needs.
With the number of podcasts in circulation recently topping 1 million, it is no wonder that authors and creatives are turning to podcasting as a way of communicating with their readers and fellow authors. I, myself have a podcast called Virtually Minded and it’s a really effective medium, as well as being extremely fun! So if you’ve been thinking of doing something like this, but you’re worried it will require quite a financial commitment, fear not. There are loads of free apps and software, which make it a very cheap pursuit!
So, there we have it, my absolute favourite collection of apps and software that are fundamental assets to the running of my business. With regular use, you’ll become better and better at creating content and your confidence will grow! If you’d like to find out more about my Virtual Assistant business and how having an VA may help you with time management, then please visit www.vitruallyminded.co.uk – I’d be happy to have an informal chat to answer any questions you might have. You can also listen to my podcast here: https://anchor.fm/sarah-garnham. If you enjoy listening to inspirational stories about people who’ve risen to success (often after overcoming adversity) then this might be for you.