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What's your tech stack?

Discussion in 'Tech talk' started by LauraFisher, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. LauraFisher

    LauraFisher Member

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    I use:
    Google Business Apps - Email, files, calender
    Square Space - Website
    Trello - To-do
    Unsplash - Stock Photos
    Flying Solo - Advice/Professional development
    Future Learn - Personal development
    Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - Business social
    Highrise - Follow ups/reminders
    Slack - Communication
    Inc/Mashable/Tech Crunch - Information
    Abc - News
    Google Keyword Planner - Blog ideas

    What do you use?
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    I use:
    • Office 365 - email, file storage, calendar
    • Therefore - document management
    • Capsule CRM
    • Wordpress - Websites
    • Google analytics
    • PowerBI - reports
    • YouTube - publishing content and learning
    • IFTTT - automation of some work flows
    • Azure - running scripts from the cloud and also VMs for testing solutions
    • LinkedIn & Facebook - social
    • Excel spreadsheets
    • Spiceworks community, google plus, flying solo - business conversion
    • Paper book for task list
    • Jim2 - ERP & job management
    • Banana tag - email tracking
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  3. Greg_M

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    I use:
    • Fastmail for email etc...sometimes set it up for clients too (they're Australian and close to bullet proof).
    • Squarespace for clients wanting/needing a CMS
    • Ruby/Rack with Puma as the app server for most other sites...currently using Sinatra as a lightweight framework/DSL- looking at Python/Django as a possibility.
    • Git for version control and deployment
    • DNSimple for DNS hosting.
    • Variety of Cloud hosting options-Heroku is winning this one atm.
    • Atom text editor
    • Materialize CSS framework (currently)...sometimes Bootstrap (when a client wants a cheap template site-there's hundreds of them)
    • Unsplash (awesome) for stock images
    • Dropbox
    • Slack (when there's someone to collaborate with)
    • Wave accounting
    • various email newsletters to stay in the loop
    • Twitter for entertainment, news feed and searching.
    • WhatsApp for mucking about, staying in touch
    • Last but not least-good old fashioned notebooks...can't be hacked require no backing up and I can organise them any way I like.
    Nothing Google (call me paranoid) apart from an account to access whatever service I may need for clients, nothing MicroSoft.
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  4. joelwarren

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    Good thread, going to be tough to think of everything:
    • Google apps w/ thunderbird email client
    • Icloud for calendar
    • Harvest for time tracking
    • Asana / Redbooth for projectmanagement
    • Teuxdeux for todo list
    • Float for resource scheduling
    • Trello of tracking all clients in all stages of business + content plan
    • WordPress for websites
    • ManageWp for managing websites
    • Hotjar - user recordings
    • Stripe for payments
    • Xero for accounting
    • Slack for team comms
    • Server pilot for server management
    • Vultr for VPS
    • Proposify for proposals
    • Active Campaign for email marketing/automation
    • Invision for design reviews
    • Ahrefs or my seo guys
    • Semrush for research
    • Helpscout for support
    • Beanstalk for git repos and deployment
    • Dropbox
    • Shutterstock
    • Atom editor
    I think that's it
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  5. gingerbeardhs

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    Quickbooks - Accounting & CRM
    Asana - Scheduling/Task information
    Gmail - Email
    FaceBook/Insta/Twitter/G+: Work Updates
    Atom/Blocs - New Website
    Pexels/Pixabay - Images
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    Funny, I use these tools all the time, but have to actually think about making a list.
    Trello - to do, task allocation
    Slack - inter team coms
    iWork (Mac software for the PC users) - docs, spreadsheets, presentations
    Brackets - web development
    Mail - email
    iCal - scheduling my life
    Evernote - making notes of things
    Adobe Creative Suite - graphics etc
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  7. LauraFisher

    LauraFisher Member

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    :eek:
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  8. LauraFisher

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    Wow, ok all the different platforms are making my head swim! I'm going to compile them into a list so I can compare them. So interesting to see that of everyone who has replied we have an average of 14 apps/platforms we use - probably on a daily basis!
  9. LauraFisher

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    I hadn't heard of a lot of these! Very interesting. Do you use them all on a daily basis?
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    Literally had to google 80% of those! Such interesting tools. Did you do much research when looking for them or did you get referrals from others?
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    Hey Greg, How do you find Wave? Does it do everything you need it to? How intrusive is the advertising? I'm on a 1000 year old version of Quickbooks and really must change one of these days. Not real keen on spending excessive monthly fees.
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    @Chrispro - Wave suits me just fine so far and my accountant likes it (finished the argument for me).

    I haven't found the ads too intrusive, I'm probably a bit "banner blind" though. You get a few emails too, mostly just transaction reports with the occasional offer thrown in the mix...it can't be too bad because I haven't even tried to turn anything off as yet (don't know if you can)...and unsubscribe is usually the first thing I look for in promotional emails.

    I have tried Xero, Saasu and I was quite a serious user of Freshbooks when I had a bigger volume of work on, I think Wave is just as intuitive to use perhaps better.

    Now that I have made a conscious choice to keep my workload and turnover down, cost is a factor, and it's why I chose Wave initially.

    A while back I went off Cloud accounting mainly because of cost relative to how much work I was doing (I'd now rather have a day off than pay a subscription :) ), and I used Easybooks (a desktop Mac app) for a year or two. It worked a treat and I liked it, but I found it too hard to share info, and or let my accountant in, and I really hate printing stuff off for them to interpret.

    The big test was last financial year, I've moved interstate and was a little concerned whether my accountant would be happy to work remotely...moving to Wave I thought I could probably find someone else if necessary.

    Turned out he had quite a few remote clients, and took to Wave like a duck to water. One email letting him in, he downloaded whatever he wanted and my tax was organised before the end of the day...I didn't need to leave my chair.

    One thing you may want to check though, is how it handles GST, again by choice I keep my turnover below the mark so I haven't investigated that area, but I do know of larger businesses that use it, so it must have some capacity somewhere.

    It's worth a serious look, and it costs nothing but time to try it.

    Cheers
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  13. Paul - FS Concierge

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    I use Wave and it handles GST on invoices fine. I do my BAS manually though - 1 hour job 4 x per year.
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    @Chrispro it might be worth investigating Quickbooks Online, I'm paying $12-15 a month for the service and find it great.

    For me especially, I can make phonecalls and text clients directly from the app and it also opens maps and sets the client's place with turn by turn directions (using Google Maps). It also does invoices
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    @Greg_M thanks very much for the info. I'll definitely give it a look when I get a bit of spare time. Might not be for a month or 2 but once I get time it will be well worth a look by the sounds of it.

    Yeah, I hate promo emails and ads too, but for the price (or lack thereof) I reckon I'd find a way to overlook them. ;-)

    @Paul, because my current version of QB is so archaic (and has a couple of anomalies) I already do my BAS manually so that will be nothing new! I've never minded that as it forces me to have a good look at the figures at the end of each Q rather than just hitting a button to process the BAS and not really knowing how the business is going.

    One thing I was wondering - any idea if Wave has Classes Tracking (for diff Departments)? I want to be able to account for stuff separately through different entities (but it is just one BAS I do for the Company which sits over the top of them). Alternatively can you just register for multiple accounts of Wave (then I could consolidate the figures each Q for the BAS)?...

    @gingerbeardhs, thanks. Sounds like QB online works really well for you which is great. I rather despise software subscriptions so am trying to go the alternative route. However if none of the other options will suffice I shall certainly give it a look. Cheers
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    Haha. Interestingly I have already answered my own question. I looked back at some notes I took when I was first looking at the various cloud accounting options a few month back (and it's been on the back-burner ever since). My notes stated: "Can run multiple businesses in one account". So I have just headed over the the Wave FAQ's and confirmed that. It is indeed simple according to them. Now I just need to find some time to have a play.
  17. Paul - FS Concierge

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    Hi Chris,

    The good thing is that it is super easy to skip from business to business from within Wave as it presents a drop-down.
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    • G Suite Email, Calendar, Shared spreadsheets
    • Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint
    • Xero Accounting
    • Workflowmax Job quoting & tracking
    • Dashlane Password management
    • Wordpress 5 websites
    • ManageWP for Wordpress sites
    • Magento 1 website
    • Ana;ytics/ Search Console
    • Grammarly Because I cant spell
    • Screaming frog
    • Photoshop/ Lightroom Photo editing
    • Illustrator/ Coeldraw Illustration
    • AutoCad Cad work
    • Moz SEO
    • Pinnacle Studio Video Editing
    • Aweber Email marketing
    • QNAP Nas drive
    • Elephant Drive, offsite backup
    • 123rf & istockphoto for photos
    • Dropbox & Drive
    • Youtube

    • Notepad++
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2016
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    I've been testing and changing tools for 3+ years. Normally find out about something from the tech community, see if it solves a problem for me test it out and see.
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  20. LauraFisher

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    Awesome list @chaase

    I wonder the history behind the company named Screaming Frog...!

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