Design Tools

An Entrepreneur's toolbox for cheap & simple design software

A wide range of design tools for photo and video content are geared towards side hustlers and beginners with their extensive professional-looking templates and intuitive interfaces. Some programs even come with [royalty-free] images, animation, and clips to further help you create stunning visual contents. When choosing design tools, look for intuitive interface with training videos, a wide range of editing functions, adequate audio control, multiple one-click changes, and professional-looking effects and templates. You may also want to consider open-source software. Take note that creating stunning visual content is a great way to attract, entertain, and engage your audience, especially users of social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Pixlr is an online photo editing tool designed for users with low- to-moderate-level photo editing skills. But if you’re already familiar with Photoshop, this free software is a breeze to use because both of their menu options are quite similar, particularly in terms of layout and image editing tools.

While Pixlr demands some basic understanding of image editing tools such as crop, blur, and fill, it nonetheless boasts a wide range of one-click changes (for image size, rotation, effects, hues, saturation, etc.) that are ideal for beginners and anyone who is under time constraint.




This low-cost video editing software is designed for casual users and novices who have little time [and patience] for learning basic video and audio functionalities. While the tools are enough to give you amazing, professional-looking videos, pros may feel that it lacks some advanced features.

In a nutshell, Filmora’s workflow and interface allow its users to add text, include audio, apply effects and styles, and export with ease. On top of these, the software’s navigation takes just a few minutes to master, which is a huge advantage over other video editing tools on the market.




OpenShot is a free video editing app that boasts a user-friendly interface, making this a popular choice among side hustlers and bootstrapping entrepreneurs. Furthermore, it has a customizable interface to suit your needs.

While it is updated regularly, some features remain buggy much to the frustration of some users. On top of this, the videos tend to slow down when you apply certain effects.

In a nutshell, this open-source software may work for your side gig if you only need a very basic set of video editing tools.




Despite being a free, open-source image editing software, GIMP boasts features that rival that of Adobes Photoshop’s functionalities. Even if you’re a novice, the basic tools for color adjustment, gradients, cropping, noise reduction, etc., are enough to give you professional-looking photos.

GIMP also boasts advanced features such as layer masks, animation tools, and filters, making this popular among photographers and illustrators. In a nutshell, the extensive professional-quality tools allow users to create artwork from scratch.

And being an open-source program, it has an active community of developers who churn out plugins regularly to give you more customization options and allow you to improve your productivity.




Paint.NET is a free photo editor that boasts features that rival that of Adobe Photoshop and GIMP. Another plus is the highly intuitive interface that makes this software ideal for complete novices.

If you’re a novice or a “side gig entrepreneur” who is often under time constraint, you may appreciate those one-click effects and adjustments. Fortunately, the photo editor also boasts advanced tools that can help deliver professional-looking images. For instance, it allows you to create an image from a number of different sections.