Luckily, there are numerous free tools out there that will help you streamline and improve how you interact with people — be them your clients, potential clients, or the public in general.
Below are five free services and tools that I use on a regular basis!
#1 – SignRequest
You have your clients sign a waiver and PAR-Q, right? In the past, I would email them the files, and they would have to digitally sign them themselves or print, scan, and email them back to me. What a hassle!
With the free plan from SignRequest, all I have to do is upload my two blank forms, click where my new client needs to sign and check, and email it to them. They can easily sign digitally and send it right back to my email inbox. Two clicks later and I’ve moved the signed document into their Google Docs folder.
If you want to upgrade your SignRequest, it will let you customize logos and colors, use templates, and store more documents.
#2 – Calendly
We should always be improving. Sometimes I look back at how I used to do things and think, “I can’t believe I did it like that!” but that’s just how progress works.
Calendly is how I now schedule check-ins with athletes and consultations/interviews with potential clients. It integrates with my calendar’s availability hours and detects local time zones, and even the free version is highly versatile. All you have to do is send them your personal Calendly URL, and they’re good to go!
Upgrading your Calendly lets you have more than one event type (mine is simply “Meeting”) and more customization.
#3 – InShot
I post a lot of Youtube videos. Most of these videos are done in one take and require very little editing, if any. In the past, I would film on my iPhone, upload to my computer, and edit it there. For a 1-minute video, I’d film a few takes and cut/paste the best down to a minute. It was time consuming and more stressful with all the takes and editing!
Now that I’ve gotten more comfortable with the videos through practice, I simply do a single take. With InShot, I combine the intro and extro I have saved on my iPhone with the video, add some text, maybe edit a tiny bit, and then upload it straight to Youtube and Facebook from my phone. InShot actually lets you remove their logo in two presses of your thumb.
I don’t know if there’s a paid version because I’ve never needed it!
#4 – IFTTT
If This, Then That is a handy tool that connects services with various applets to make things happen. For example, I have an applet that will post my Instagram photos as native photos to Twitter if I include the #twitter hashtag in my Instagram post. They also post to my Facebook page as native images if I put #runningcoach in the original Instagram post.
There’s an incredible number of applets — from emailing you posts from your favorite Subreddit and alerting you of rain in the forecast, to connecting your IOS Calendar to your Google Calendar.
Just about every service you could think of is included: from the EPA . . . to Chicago Transit Authority . . . to home security services!
#5 – Canva
Canva has been a super handy tool for photo editing. I primarily use it to create my Youtube cover images quickly. However, you can use it to easily select sizes for just about every social media site, make templates for ebooks and marketing materials, and even create event invitations.
You may search for free photos to use; find a great variety of fonts, templates, and shapes; save brand colors, etc. Upgrading offers you more features, but I’ve tried this and found that the free version has plenty of horse power!
What other free tools and services do you find indispensable for your training needs?
Train Anyone, Anywhere in the World.
Kyle Kranz is a running coach who specializes in helping runners learn good training practices so they can run sustainably and injury-free on their own. Kyle works remotely with busy individuals all over the world who are looking to improve at distances ranging from the 5k to ultra-marathon. He has lost 80 pounds, obtained a degree in Dietetics, and earned a certification through the Online Trainer Academy. Since he primarily works online with clients, he and his wife enjoy spending the summer house-sitting in different locations around the world.