tool: noun – a handheld device that aids in accomplishing a task
Blegh! I understand the need to differentiate between tools and equipment, but Mr. Webster, this is the digital age and not all tools can be held. Let’s try something a little broader on for size:
tool: noun – a means to an end
Yessssssss! Tools are everywhere – even suspended among lines of code – and everyone uses them. They are the things (and non-things) that let crafters, well, craft.
Amongst ourselves, we craft a million different things in a million different ways. Some tools are all but universal – that is, used in every type of craft (coffee, anyone?). Others are trade specific (I use a seam ripper daily, but have yet to find use for a Dremel) . Some tools are intended for one thing and used for something entirely different (I believe we call this “hacking“).
tools = growth
growth = a need for new tools
It isn’t a hard and fast rule, but, for the most part, tools and growth go hand in hand. To a new indieprenuer that idea is both exciting and daunting. I’m a bonafide shopoholic, so imagine my surprise when the idea of buying something left me completely paralyzed. The thing is, my funds are very very limited and I want to make sure I invest in tools that will help propel me forward.
Join me as I discover what tools I really need, which ones I want, and everything I never knew existed.
I’d love your insights. What tools can you not live without? What’s on your wish list? Your own tool reviews are more than welcome, too!