Creating a product from scratch can be a daunting process. But it doesn’t have to be! Technology has taken such huge strides over the past decade that there are resources available online for just about every aspect of your product creation process. In this post I’ve compiled a list of online tools and websites to help you along your product creation journey.
Brainstorming is the first thing you do when you begin working on your product. In fact, it is the spark plug that roars your product engine to life! Here are some tools you can use for brainstorming.
- FreeMind – A mind-mapping software that can help you plan your product creation
- XMind – Another popular mind mapping tool
- MindMap – A Google Chrome extension that enables you to create mind maps online and access it anywhere via cloud
If brainstorming is the spark plug, research is the fuel. You cannot build your product without doing some basic research into what is already available in the market and what you want to create.
- Evernote – Helps you collect and organize all your research and ideas
- ScrapBook – A Mozilla Firefox extension that helps you save webpages and organize them
Any product that is going to be sold online needs a fabulous graphic for effective sales and marketing. Not everybody is good with graphics, but thankfully, there are resources out there that can help us out.
- PicMonkey – A web-based image editing tool to help you create a cover image for your product
- Canva – A multi-speciality online graphic editor that helps you create outstanding graphics for your marketing and sales needs.
A webinar is basically is live video seminar conducted online. Here are some online tools that help you record and replay webinars.
- Google Hangouts – Hangouts on Air are a great way to have a live webinar or keep it private and broadcast later.
- GoToWebinar – Helps you organize and record online webinars
A teleseminar is an audio seminar that can be accessed via a bridge line. Participants are given a number to call, and they will be able to listen to and interact with the speaker. Here are some online resources that help you conduct a teleseminar with ease.
- Instant Teleseminar – Gives your audience a local dial-in number and Skype access as well
- No Cost Conference – Offers conferencing calls over regular telephone lines
If you’re selling an online course that includes audio or video content, you will need to record and playback your audio/video content. The following tools help you do just that.
- Audacity – A free software for creating and editing audio files/podcasts
- Camtasia Studio – A screen recording and video editing software
- Pamela – A Skype video call recorder
- PrettyMay – Another call recorder for Skype
Writing a book or eBook may seem quite simple but it’s also quite difficult to keep your attention on the task at hand and keep track of what you’ve written. Here are some online tools to improve your writing experience.
- Indelible – An online journal that doesn’t let you edit until later
- Write App – A distraction free online notebook
- Word Counter – Keeps track of the number of words you’ve written
Services for Hire
If there is a particular aspect of your product creation that you need help with, there are quite a few sites where people offer their services for hire. Some jobs you can outsource are graphic design, writing, editing, and even review and feedback services.
These are just a sampling of the various tools and resources available online to simplify your product creation process. I hope you find at least a couple of them helpful in creating and selling your first product online.
Have you used any online tools in your product creation process?
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