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10 Awesome online business tools for knowledge entrepreneurs

Starting and running an online course business means taking care of a lot of different things. In this process, everyone wants to save time and money. With the power of online business tools, the tasks at hand can be tackled in a professional manner. Here are the top tools that knowledge entrepreneurs need for their business:


  1. Google Drive / OneDrive

    Both offer great flexibility and whichever you choose will give you the opportunity to store, share and edit documents, with automatic backups to boot. You also have the possibility to synchronize your devices and access your files in offline mode. They both facilitate collaboration by giving users different levels of access to files.


  2. Google Analytics

    Google Analytics is by far the best option, especially if you have a website or blog to promote. This tool gives you an insight into your audience by comparing and contrasting data related to specific campaigns (PPC, email, guest blogging, etc.) and showing which type of content performs best. It also helps you keep track of new visitors and returning visitors.


  3. Ahrefs / Moz / BuzzSumo

    These tools help you with your SEO campaign and give you a glimpse of your competition. When you choose to promote your business, you need to track the content that your audience likes. You can also track what’s being shared often, which is useful for finding curated content.


  4. MailChimp / CampaignMonitor / ActiveCampaign

    Email marketing is one of the best ways to promote your online course business. These tools help you automate your newsletter and find out which are your most engaged contacts. They also help you create automated funnels that send content to your readers based on their interests.


  5. Invoicely / WaveInvoicing / ZohoInvoice

    These are free online invoicing tools with multi-currency support for billing global clients. The customizable invoice templates come in handy as well as the drag-and-drop feature to organize the content of your invoices.


  6. Trello / Asana

    Both are cloud-based project management solutions that can help you manage your workflow. They also integrate with other apps for easy collaboration with your clients and have mobile apps for iOS and Android devices.


  7. CoSchedule / HubSpot

    They help you organize your marketing workflow and allow you to manage and collaborate on emails, landing pages, social media, and blog-related projects. Improve your productivity by visualizing your entire strategy in one calendar and streamline your marketing process.


  8. Canva / PicMonkey

    PicMonkey facilitates photo-editing using filters and overlays, whereas Canva is aimed more at producing social media images, blog images, and infographics. Of course, they both have basic features that you can use to control brightness, contrast, saturation and pre-set filters.


  9. UpWork / Freelancer / Fiverr

    You don't need to do everything alone as there are many people with a variety of skills out there. These sites allow you to outsource one-off jobs to freelancers in a time and cost-efficient way.


  10. INDIE LMS

    As a knowledge entrepreneur, you need a tool with features that make your job easier. With the help of a learning management system, you can build your site, create engaging courses and sell them. In addition, you can market your online course with built-in marketing tools and third-party integrations such as MailChimp.


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