Recommendations - Virtual Bird

Recommendations

Recommended By Me

I’m very often asked what I recommend as must haves for any business. So I thought I’d put it all on one page for easy access! 

Some of these recommendations may be affiliate links indicated by a * – but they are things I genuinely love!

Ecologi

Ecologi is an environmental organisation helping businesses become climate positive. 

It’s a fantastic way to reduce your impact on the world with your business. 

Find out more about Ecologi here

Virtual Bird are climate positive, you can see our profile here

Siteground*

For many small businesses with their first website, I always recommend Siteground* as a website host. I really like how they’re affordable but reliable. They have SSL included in their plan, fast support and fantastic uptimes.

Siteground* is great for all types of businesses, and the user interface is really easy to use as they recently underwent a makeover. 

The Ultimate Diary Planner

I am absolutely obsessed with Sophie’s Ultimate Diary Planner and it’s been my planner of choice every year for the last 5 years. 

It simply works, it’s motivational, has all the right metrics and keeps me organised and focused! 

PensionBee*

Everyone should have a pension. The End. 

Okay but seriously, lots of small businesses don’t realise the importance of having your own pension when you’re the business owner. 

PensionBee* makes it really easy to set up and make contributions to each month. You can even transfer other pensions to the platform so they’re all in one place. 

There’s a variety of plans you can invest into and they make their information really easy to comprehend. 

The EP Investor*

This is less business specific but definitely a life must. I work with Damien but I’m also his biggest fan girl ever. I’ve read, listened and watched everything he’s ever done multiple times and I learn something new each time. 

I used to hide away from my finances as maths isn’t a strong point for me, now I’m EXCITED about numbers and track my net worth like an obsessive little nerd. 

He’s got a book on AmazonMake Money Your B*tch Course and his Masterclass. You can also work with him 1-1

Start with the book, then do ALL THE THINGS with Damien, you won’t regret it. 

ToDoIst*

I’ve used a lot of task management apps and software but the one I come back to time and time again is ToDoIst.

The interface is easy, it’s got projects, flags and comments. It’s a really easy and simple way to manage your tasks without flashy features and distractions.

Franz

Franz is a game changer, I used to be one of those people that had a million tabs open and the constant flashing of notifications distracted me.

Franz keeps it all in one browser window. I have Messenger, Whatsapp, Outlook, Gmail, Linkedin, Slack, Telegram, Teams, Calendar and ToDoIst nested in the window – leaving me with Chrome just having the thing I’m currently working on.

I love it so much, it connects with a bunch of platforms so you can tailor it to what you need!                          

Stay Focused

I’ve been limiting my social media usage and news exposure since 2020 and I use 2 things to make that easier for me. Stay Focused the app lets you set whatever limits you want, goal based, time based, total nuclear etc.
I use Stay Focusd browser extention to do the same on desktop but whitelist pages and groups I need for work.
Doomscrolling and constant news negativity is exhausting and can affect our mental health so I’d recommend this to anyone.
I have it to set to allow me on Facebook and Twitter for 4 minutes an hour after 6pm and to permanently block news. Get out of the Doomscrolling vicious cycle!

Loom

Loom is brilliant for sharing quick screen shares and tutorials. Often I find myself needing to show someone something super quickly and it doesn’t really necessitate a call. 

Loom lets me record my screen with a voiceover and ping the link to the person who needs it, letting them watch in their own time. 

Policy Bee*

For the past 6 years I’ve used Policy Bee for my insurance. They’re reasonably priced, excellent customer service and really lovely to deal with. They cover a variety of niches and are just great overall!

TMetric

I’m a big fan of TMetric as it does everything I need for time tracking. I’ve tried lots of competitors and TMetric is my favourite because of the desktop application – it prompts you to track your time if you’ve not started the timer for a while. 

This is brill for people who bill by time but also great for general business owners who want to analyse their time (everyone should!)