I attended a business conference in Sydney recently. One of the speakers was Dale Beaumont from Business Blueprint and he shared some fantastic online tools. As a tech geek, I lapped it up!  Here are some of the free tools:


A free mockup tool for framing photos in ‘technology’ settings. Like placing an image in a picture of a hand holding a phone, or a laptop on a desk. Here’s one I made for The Healthy VA to showcase the Toolbox feature (an online education portal for Virtual Assistants & Freelancers).




A searchable database of Facebook Adverts. Search for your product or service to compare or get inspiration from similar adverts.


This tool grades your websites performance, SEO, security and mobile-responsiveness.
I entered The Healthy VA website and it came back with fairly good results, I just needed to improve my SEO. So, I sent the results to one of my VAs and she fixed it up to improve it’s performance. My SEO now rates 30/30!

Adobe Voice   

I love this tool! You can turn your story or promo into an animated video. Download the phone app, add images or use the icons they provide, choose your setting and music and record your story.  Here’s what I made for The Healthy Virtual Community lead page:



Create free music tracks for your videos. Choose the sound, vibe and length of track, then download. Free for 5 tracks per month.


Free stock photography without copyright restrictions. Who doesn’t love free photos!


Similar to Bit.ly where you can shorten your webpage urls, however this also provides you with a call to action pop-up on the website to drive traffic to another page (preferably you own!). Check this out this page as a demo: http://snip.ly/v9gz0


Your own personal homepage which you can use to showcase who you are and your social media handles. This is a really good idea if you don’t have a website yet. Start by creating an About.me page and share on your Facebook and LinkedIn profiles etc.
Check out my profile: https://about.me/joanna.mitchell