Alright, it’s Friday! Here’s your newsletter, just in time for your last few hours of work before a completely relaxing weekend free from the stresses of the office… OK I’m kidding, if you’re like me the weekend just means “more time to catch up on work stuff” 💻😜
⚙️ Tool of the week
A simple forwarding approach to get email for your project or new company domain forwarded to your Gmail (or wherever) and to send email back using your project’s email address (they give you access to an appropriate SMTP server to “send as” your domain’s address(es)). Free trial, then $2/month for any number of inboxes and up to 2,000 emails per month. Seems like a great, low-cost approach when you’re pursuing lots of business ideas and want to have a professional front on each of them.
🛠 Tools discovered recently
I’ve seen a fair bit of buzz about Storrito so if you’re doing Instagram stories, you should check it out. It lets you upload images or video, prepare them with their built-in story editor, boost it and then post it straight from your desktop on a schedule. Free for up to 10 posts/month.
Bookiza is a tool for creating beautiful web-based books that can be interactive. Could be an interesting choice for your next e-book. Lots of examples of use here.
Nice-looking project management tool for product teams organized around sprints. Free for up to 3 users, then $10/user/month after that.
Landingfolio features the best landing page designs on the web. Get inspiration from more than 461+ landing page design examples, updated weekly.
Suite of online reputation management tools, effectively it’s an all-round solution that makes asking for online reviews from your customers automatic. Looks great for local businesses, and for software businesses that rely on marketplaces. Free 30-day trial then starts at $29/month.
This company’s pitch is that you hook them up to your mailing list provider (they support all the major ones such as MailChimp, HubSpot, AWeber, etc. etc.) and then never worry about email deliverability again, because they will detect and scrub your list of all kinds of problem email addresses. Starts at $4 for 1000 credits on their pay as you go plan, or opt for a subscription.
🤓 Articles of the week
In this guest post on the StartupResources.io blog, Grant Polachek from Squadhelp offers a guide to how you can create a great brand name through brainstorming.
Stripe Atlas has some great guides, and this one is no exception. If you’re about to build a new landing page, or optimize your current pages, it’s a good read.
There are a few really interesting points in here, one being that while people do spend a lot of time on apps in their phone, it’s mostly on the 4 or 5 most popular apps (like Facebook). Your app doesn’t really stand much of a chance, while usage of websites on mobile is more evenly distributed.
Author Jamie Friedlander details 9 things she wishes she’d known before she started being self-employed as a writer. Not just the conventional advice.
Just for fun, results of an interesting survey on what kind of folks build side hustles, with a nice infographic.
😢 That’s it for this issue
Enjoy your weekend, and actually do take time away from work! It won’t go anywhere, I promise!
P.S. Need a great developer fast? I recommend Toptal.