The most usable tools for UXers and Consultants.
- Email Tracking: Gmelius
Most feature-rich email tracker. Great for making sure they read that email.
- Time Tracking: Chrometa
Truly automatic time tracking. Great for figuring out where your time is really going.
UX Research Tools
- Surveys: SurveyGizmo
Most functional and slickest survey design tool
- Remote Research: GoToMeeting
For remote usability testing with the least amount of technical difficulties. Runs in Chrome without requiring app installation.
- Participant Recruiting: UserInterviews
Best online recruiting platform. If you need to hire a human recruiter, try these options.
- Online Signatures: HelloSign
Best online signature collection for contracts and research consent forms.
- Research Analysis: Airtable
Excel on steroids… life-changing.
UX Design Tools
- Lucid Chart
Best site mapping/diagramming solution
Best wireframing solution
Best complex prototyping solution
- Adobe Photography Plan
Cheapest Photoshop subscription (+ Lightroom for the photographers out there)
Online Learning for UX and Beyond
- Master of Science in User-Centered Design
From Brandeis University
- Interaction Design Foundation
Online courses & mentoring for a monthly fee
Wide variety of courses for a monthly fee – now owned by LinkedIn
Most cost-effective solution for a variety of courses
Small Business Tools
- Accounting: Quickbooks Self-Employed
Transaction tracking, invoiceing, and help with estimated taxes. I’ve tried most of the competitors, and this one’s the best, hands down.
- Legal Advice: UpCounsel
Cheapest and most efficient contract review and help from real lawyers.
- Office Space/Meeting Rooms: WeWork
Most flexible office and meeting space.
- Business Address: AnytimeMailBox
I had a bad experience with paying a lot for a service that failed to forward mail until I found this. Get a business address with optional mail forwarding for an amazing price.
- Business Collateral Printing: Moo
They are not the cheapest, but design-focused.
- Insurance: Hiscox
Best small business insurance., including online service for requesting certificates etc.
Travel / Lifestyle
- Anti-Theft/Loss: Tile App
Are you traveling around with expensive stuff? Tiles work for computers, bikes, cameras, keys, luggage, or anything that is easily lost or stolen.
- Comfort: Betabrand
Wearable and durable work and travel clothes.
- Pockets: ScotteVEST
If you are a woman, you understand why real pockets can be difficult to come by.
- General Well-Being: ClassPass
Yoga classes and gym access without a membership.
- Style: ModCloth
Fun clothes that can be worn to work.