Running a business can be hard when you don’t have the right tools. Here is my master list of resources. I only put products and services on this list that I trust and am constantly updating it as I find new tools that I love. Bookmark this post to always refer to it, or get the pdf version. This post contains affiliate links (indicated by the asterisk). You will never have to pay more for a product because you use my link, but I will get a small commission. Thank you for supporting my business!
Website Hosting and Platforms
Bluehost* – I use Bluehost to host my website and I think it’s great. When you host with them you get a free domain name and email. Every once and a while I have to call support and they’re always able to fix my problem. Not to mention my site has never gone down. Blue host is great if you want to manage your own website with WordPress, they even have an easy WordPress setup.
FlyWheel* – Flywheel is hosting dedicated WordPress hosting. I don’t personally use Flywheel, but I spoke to one of their customer support reps on the phone for a while to make sure this is top notch hosting (I don’t put things on this list that I wouldn’t use). Flywheel will make WordPress as easy as possible for you and they have free installation. If you’re not very tech savvy, I definitely recommend FlyWheel for you.
WordPress – I recommend wordpress.org, not .com. WordPress.org requires a self-hosted website, I recommend one of the hosts above. WordPress is what I use to run my website. It’s a free platform, all you need is hosting!
Shopify* – If e-commerce is the primary function of your website, you need Shopify. I always recommend Shopify to my e-commerce clients.
Squarespace – Squarespace is another great website platform. It features drag and drop functionality making it easy to design your website.
Name Cheap* – You can buy domains here for super cheap. If you need to buy a domain name, you might want to try name cheap.
Themes, Templates, and Kits
You can check out some of my favorite themes in my store, or browse my favorite brands by going to their website.
Station 7* – Station 7 provides minimalist WordPress themes, Squarespace Kits, and matching social media packages. They have a help center to help you set up the theme on your own or they can provide setup for you for an additional cost. I’m using the Analogue theme on my website!
Hello You Designs* – Hello You Designs offers gorgeous feminine WordPress themes, a 12-hour installation package, and a theme mixer which means you can basically create your own theme!
Bluchic* – Bluchic is another great place to find gorgeous feminine WordPress themes, installation services, and theme bundles so you can purchase ALL of their themes for a STEAL.
Restored 316* – Restored 316 has beautiful feminine WordPress themes built specifically for female entrepreneurs.
Theme Forest* – Theme Forest has a very broad array of themes. You can find a theme for anything!
Creative Market* – Creative Market is the best places to find graphics and fonts if you’re going to DIY your logo. You can sign up on their website to receive 6 free goods every Monday.
Asana – Asana is the free project management tool that I use. You can create lists, visual boards, and work with team members. I love it because I can invite clients in. I manage my client projects with Asana.
Trello* – Trello is a free project management tool that has some paid features. It’s great for collaboration and content calendars.
MailChimp* – Mailchimp is the email marketing platform that I use. It’s free for your first 2,000 subscribers and has a lot of integrations and email templates.
ConvertKit* – ConvertKit is a no-nonsense email marketing platform. It focuses on content instead of pretty email templates.
MailerLite* – MailerLite is an email marketing platform that provides more than just email. It’s free for your first 1,000 subscribers and has great templates. You can also create landing pages and popups for your website.
Gmail and G-Suite – I will always recommend Gmail for emailing. There are two options for this. One, you can setup an email account with your hosting provider and set it up so you can receive mail with an existing Gmail account, or you can get g-suite. Both are good! G-Suite will provide you a dedicated inbox for your business email. PLUS you’ll get all the benefits of Gmail, like google drive. G-Suite is $5 a month per user and you can use my promotion code for 20% off your first year: G3YVR7UAJ7VDETC
I take my own stock photos, here is the equipment that I use:
Me! – I have free stock photos that you can use for personal or commercial use.
Styled Stock Society – Provides packages of styled stock as well as a styled stock membership
Haute Chocolate – At Haute Chocolate you can sign up for a styled stock membership and also get free stock images.
IvoryMix – Lots and lots of free styled stock photos. They send out a new collection every month.
Unsplash – Unsplash has lots of free stock photos that you can use on your website.
Pixabay – Pixabay has a lot of free stock photos that you can use on your site, check each photo for licensing and attribution requirements before using though!
Social Media Management
Tailwind and Tailwind Tribes* – Tailwind is great for scheduling pins. They have a free trial and if you use my affiliate link you can get one more month free!
BoardBooster* – Board Booster is another great scheduling app for Pinterest. It’s easy to use because you can use it with the Pinterest interface.
HootSuite – With hootsuite, you can schedule social media posts and also look at analytics to see how your posts are doing.
PreviewApp – Preview App is a free tool that helps you schedule Instagram posts and plan your Instagram feed.
Buffer – Buffer can help you schedule social media posts on several platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and linkedIn.
Bookkeeping + Payments
Paypal – Paypal makes it really easy to send and receive money as well as send out invoices. I always prefer sending invoices from PayPal.
Wave – I use wave as my bookkeeping software. It’s free with paid upgrades and you can send invoices. If you have employees, you can manage their payroll with Wave. I send invoices from Wave when my client prefers to pay with a credit card.
Stripe – Stripe is a great way to accept payments and can be integrated with Shopify.
DropBox – Dropbox is great for files you intend to share with others. You can start out free and upgrade when you need more space.
Google Drive – Google Drive comes with a Gmail account. You get a certain amount of storage, but you can upgrade.
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