In this age and era, content creation is the fastest way to make good money. It’s not easy but with determination and discipline, you should be able to scale.
What can you do to improve your content and take it to the next level? Sometimes the right app could be the solution. Let’s examine some together!
This content creation app, is a free graphic design tool for those of you who don’t understand design. Sorry to put it in this way but let’s be honest, not everyone is a graphic designer or a designer in general. A lot of creators need one though, and not always you can afford it. So this app could be a potential solution. Even if you’re a complete newbie to design creation, you can get started on Canva and design social media graphics, blog post graphics, YouTube thumbnails, and a lot more.
Even if you don’t get the upgraded version, the free version of Canva gives you a lot of tools, free photos, and elements that you can use to design your graphics.
The upgraded version, however, allows you to save your designs and also to collaborate with your team (if you have one) which is an option not available for free users. If you just started your path as a content creator you most likely don’t need the paid version though.
Trello is a free project management tool that allows you to create different boards for different categories and have a tab on all of the different things that you need content creation. In easy words, it’s a huge productivity booster!
Trello is especially handy if you’re not a huge fan of excel sheets and you just want to have an overview of all of the different types of content you create or the projects that you manage.
For instance, you could create one board for every different channel that you own.
You could create an Instagram board, YouTube board, Blogging board, and so on.
You can also have specific boards for each one of your team members to track the deliverables of the project they’re working on with you and also to assign them tasks on those particular topics. Besides, you can also add checklists and deadlines which can come in handy as reminders.
A mobile app is also available for Trello which makes it super easy to add your to-do lists anywhere at any time. Plus, it comes with different templates to make your experience even better. You can start by using an existing template and customise the board for your particular situation.
This tool is a lifesaver for bloggers and freelance writers!
So, people here on Medium, this is specifically also for you, pay attention!
Grammarly is a free tool that you can install as a browser extension.
It will highlight everything incorrect or misspelt in your text. Once you download it as a free browser extension, it will automatically highlight the errors on your blog posts, emails, or even on your drafts.
You can use it for your blog posts to check if everything is grammatically correct. You should always make sure to use the best words you can before hitting “publish”.
If you’re looking to find cool royalty free images & videos for your blog posts or social media banners, Pexels is the tool. It is a free stock photo library where artists and creators from all around the world upload their images.
The best part about Pexels is that you don’t need to pay for the license to use the stock photos and also you don’t need a subscription to access this website and to download the images and videos.
Giving credit is optional but it is not necessarily required. Although it is always a good practice to give credit and help the photographers out there.
The reason why I prefer using this tool over other existing stock websites is that the photos are way better in terms of quality. Also, Pexels wins for being much more modern and aesthetically pleasing.
Hootsuite is a social media management and scheduling tool where you can connect multiple accounts, and schedule and plan your posts ahead of time. Perfect for content creation.
The free plan only allows you to connect to three social media platforms and can only be used by one user. However, I think for most beginner content creators that should be more than enough.
With the free plan, you can schedule up to 30 posts in one go which means that if you connect three social media platforms you can schedule content for the next 10 days which I believe is pretty good for a beginner.
If you have a bigger team or have more social platforms that you would like to manage, then you can also check out the paid option.