If you’re starting a small business in 2021 and worried about your digital media needs, here’s my new year gift for you

If you’re a small business owner, struggling to market your services and products online, and you don’t have the budget for video editors and graphic designers, i understand the struggle. I have been there and the road can be rough.

As we begin a new year, I’ll like to share a list of a few useful android apps I use and have found to be helpful.

To design animated intros to your promotional videos or make animated text videos, use SPARK POST

Download here πŸ‘‰πŸΎ https://t.co/5gfSJFSkT6

To watermark your pictures and videos, use this WATERMARK app. It allows you to either create your watermark on the app or import your logo and use.

Download here πŸ‘‰πŸΎ https://t.co/mMa4VdYBNY

The CANVA APP is a must have. Logos, Flyers, Proposals, T Shirt designs, Letter heads, and so many other things i have done and you can do with Canva. If you get a hang of it, believe me your design needs are met.

Personally, it has saved me from paying for most of my graphic design needs. It has mobile and web versions. Totally awesome

Download mobile version here πŸ‘‰πŸΎ https://t.co/3VLHOBjvJh

To create unique designs on Canva (because i can’t stand the idea of using the same template everyone else uses), I use additional apps.

Use Drop Shadow for effect on your photos. πŸ‘‡πŸΎDownload

Mock ups are great for showcasing your brand products. There are several free online mockup generators.

I use πŸ‘‰πŸΎ www.smartmockups.com or www.placeit.net (note, you’ll have to open accounts and pay for subscriptions to get the best from these sites but after a while, you’ll figure out the hack for them)

For video editing, there are a myriad of great apps. I’ll share the top ones I use. (Depending on the intensity of what I want to do)

The ADOBE ACTION DIRECTOR is great for simple slide shows. It has great transition options and is very easy to use

It also renders in HD 4k depending on your camera phone.

Download here: πŸ‘‰πŸΎ https://t.co/A5sTuLENNA

If you are editing multiple clips with voice overs and different transitions,  the ADOBE RUSH is perfect for you.  If you’re making video ads or Vox Pop videos or event reports, this is the app you need.  With a great camera phone, you’ll be in content creator heaven

Download here πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.premiererush.videoeditor

INSHOT is another simple but great video editor. It allows you to add clips, your own logo and background music. Download here πŸ‘‡πŸΎ

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.camerasideas.instashot

If your camera phone is not that great, the SNAPSEED photo editing  app will help you retouch your photos. It’s easy to use and perfect for make up artists.

Download here πŸ‘‰πŸΎ https://t.co/qb7ACAw58r

Do you have a podcast or a voice testimonial you’ll like to promote on Instagram? To add voice to your image, use WAVVE APP

Now, for some quick business needs.

To design receipts and invoices from the comfort of your mobile phone, sign up to https://invoicehome.com/ (import your logo on the web app and you can customise as you wish.) It’s free too!

So yeah! those are some DIY digital media tools i use and they have been serving me well. I hope you find them useful.

NOTE: Subscribe for the premium version of those apps. That way, you can use all the features and create better. Trust me, they will cost you way less than if you were paying someone to do it for you.

I’m self taught. I kept practicing until I was confident with my work, so stay on it. When you’re running on a limited budget, you have to learn how to do a lot of things yourself. I taught myself how to do websites including this one you’re reading from. πŸ˜€

May the new year bring you all the success you desire.

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