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My Makers Toolkit

Published on January, 2022
Kevin J. Hanna
Building Stacked | Hummus & Tech host

A year ago I wrote about my toolkit as a product manager.

Now it’s time to introduce the apps and products I love using when creating my own side-projects.

Website building

πŸƒ Carrd : for quick & simple landing pages
πŸ‘Ή Jekyll : for blogs or structured data websites
πŸͺŸ Namecheap β€” where I purchase all my domain names (10 and counting!)
🌎 Netlify β€” host your plain HTML or client side apps
πŸ“ MVP CSS β€” minimalist CSS stylesheet
πŸ—„ Bootstrap CSS β€” when I outgrow MVP CSS
🍿 Wisepops β€” exit-intent popups to collect emails or run surveys

Productivity, Ideation & Thinking

🐻 Bear β€” breaking down ideas, taking down notes
πŸ—„ Notion β€” give structure to my tasks
⏲ PomodoroFocus.io β€” timebox my tasks
βœ’οΈ Pen and paper β€” hipster alert: either MUJI or KAWEC
πŸ“… zcal β€” a Calendly alternative, avoid back and forth when scheduling calls

Hiring freelancers

πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Workana β€” for hiring LATAM freelancers
πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Fiverr β€” for highly specific jobs such as logos
πŸ‘©β€πŸ’» Upwork β€” when in need of international freelancers

Podcasting

πŸŽ™ Riverside β€” record your remote podcast or video interviews
πŸ“» Anchor.fm β€” host your podcast

Mailing

πŸ™ Email Octopus β€” mailing list with light automations

Writing

✍️ Google Docs
πŸ“” Hemingway App β€” a reminder of efficient writing
πŸ”€ Word Tunes β€” make your writing more clear
🐦 Chirr app β€” structure twitter threads without hassles

Design

πŸ–Ό Figma β€” for creating logos, or social media assets
🎨 Colopicker β€” the native Mac OS color picker


Is there any other tool you recommend?
I’d love to hear about it. Write me on twitter.

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