It’s funny how I rarely shop for myself, and when I do I hem and haw over every purchase, but when I’m shopping for my business, I’m pretty quick about making decisions and feeling a-okay about dropping a few hundred dollars. Gotta spend money to make money, right?
That doesn’t mean I spend frivolously. I do my research, get recommendations, and ask myself, “is this really something I need for my business?” If the answer is, “yes”, out comes my
credit card Paypal account.
Here are a few things I’ve bought recently for my business (some affiliate links used):
Pancake App – I love love love Pancake for invoicing. It’s so much easier than what I was doing (Excel/PDFs). I love that clients can log in and see past invoices, that it looks really professional, that I can turn estimates into invoices without retyping everything, and I love that there’s project management built right in.
I haven’t actually used the project management much yet, but I just got Pancake 4.0 (playing with the beta) and think I’ll be using project management more once I make the switch over to the upgrade. I’m really excited about it and have it installed as a demo so I can get used to the new version before officially switching over.
Samsung Chromebook – Okay, I don’t have this yet, but it’s en route and I may have it by the time this post is published. I have a really old laptop (2007) that runs super-hot, weighs about 12 pounds, and is incredibly frustrating to use or take anywhere. I have a pretty decent desktop which I use when I’m actually working, but I needed something that was actually portable to take on vacation or even just down to the local coffee shop.
Since I intend to start storing more documents on Google Drive anyhow (so I can access them from anywhere) and was about to shell out $120 for two years of extra drive space, I figured that for $130 more I may as well get a cute little Chromebook too. I did a bunch of research first and looked at the apps/add-ons and found some web-based FTP options, so I should be able to function for everything except graphic design on a Chromebook (and I can do some really limited design stuff if I HAVE to).
I know some of you are wondering why I don’t just replace my old laptop AND my desktop with a real, new, fancy laptop, and the reason is because I don’t really like using laptops, and my desktop is still pretty up-to-date. In the future I may consider getting a nicer laptop if I find myself traveling more (or working outside my house more), but don’t see that happening for 2-3 years, at least.
Logitech C920 Webcam – This webcam is awesome! I was looking at the C525 but Kelly recommend the C920 instead. So glad she did! I’m planning on doing more videos/vlogs, client calls, and possibly some consulting in the near future, so I needed a decent webcam. The quality of the video is great, even in low-light, and I’m really excited to put it to use!
Small Business Bodyguard – Hiring lawyers is expensive, and I’d like to avoid getting sued. Ash and Rachel have put together a pretty damn awesome resource with some copy+paste disclaimers and policies you can stick on your site and in your contracts. I still need to finish making my way through it all, but I’ve gotten started. I love that it’s not boring, and everything is broken down for those of us who only read English and not Legalese.
Also, holy cow, I didn’t know “Legalese” was a real word until now when WordPress didn’t mark it as spelled incorrectly. Just Googled it. It’s real.
Anyhow, I figure getting my business covered legally is pretty tip-top as far as priorities, so consider Small Business Bodyguard to be a great investment if it even just deters people from trying to screw with me.
What recent purchases have you made for your business (or yourself)?