My Top Business Tools and Resources for Your Creative Biz

My Top Resources I Use in My Business

 

Business Tools and Resources for your blog can make a HUGE difference. Below is a huge list of my top blogging tools and resources to help you work smarter, not harder.

I only recommend products or services that I genuinely enjoy and have gotten great results with for my own business.

Included are videos and blog posts where I go in depth on my business tools and resources that I HIGHLY recommend to make your business run smoothly without any worries.

 

Business Tools and Resources for Creatives

 

For Your Website

 

Namecheap – (affiliate link) Purchase domains

They are the best in terms of an inexpensive and reliable domain company. They take security seriously and offer a product called WhoisGuard (only a couple of dollars extra). WhoisGuard is protection against spam and identity theft.  See my blog post and video.

Siteground – (affiliate link) Hosting for websites

Siteground is one of the top 4 hosting companies recommended by the WordPress consortium codex.WordPress.org. If you want great up time, security, support and speed then this company is for you. I have seen them grow their base to 14 countries. Siteground constantly upgrades
their hardware, new backup system, FREE SSL’s with Let’s Encrypt for
secure sites and much more. Check them out.  See my blog post and video.

 

Selling

 

Easy Digital Downloads – sell digital products

This is the best download plugin for digital. Free plugin with paid add-ons like recurring payments, sending updates and adding customers to your email list.

BoardBooster – (affiliate link) Pinterest Scheduler

I spend an hour each week to schedule my pins across multiple boards.  This app allows you to have lists of boards which cuts down on Pinterest time to practically nothing. Huge growth in followers with this tool.

 

Business Management

 

Asana – Project Management

Asana allows me to create to-dos, add notes for each project (like links or instructions), upload files, set due dates, track time, include comments and conversations. There are filter options for things you wish to keep an eye on. Save time in scrolling your list!

Calendly – Appointment Management

This is the easiest calendar appointment scheduler I have ever used. You send the link to your client and they choose the time and date. You can also sync it to your Google calendar.

EverNote – Notes Management and more

This app has been my go-to for saving blog post ideas, email inspiration, appointments and my shopping list too. Runs on your desktop, phone or tablet. There is also a Chrome extension called Web Clipper where you can save pages from the web and make notes with the annotate function.

Video Recording

Screencast-o-matic – (affiliate link) Great Screen Recorder

Need to record a screen tutorial? Screencast-O-Matic makes it really easy and it’s only $15 per year. Get 20% off with my affiliate link above.  See my Blog post.

 

Email Assistance

 

Inbox Pause – Gmail Extension

If you find yourself up late at night checking emails, install Inbox Pause in your Gmail account. It pauses your inbox at set times so emails don’t come through until later.

Design

 

Canva – Design & Content Management

Don’t want to learn how to use robust Adobe systems? You can create beautiful graphics, PDFs for your blog, website and social media in Canva. This document was created by this tool.

 

Forms Creation

 

Typeform – Forms and surveys

Create beautiful forms your clients can fill out to provide you with feedback or testimonials. Provides logic branching depending on client response.

 

Security

 

LastPass – Security management

Need a safe place to store and share your user ids and passwords? This tools stores your information so you only need to know 1 password!

Website Backup

 

BackUpBuddy – (affiliate link) Back Up and Restore website

The best paid plugin for backing up your site automatically. You set the schedule. Great for migrations from local site to the web. So reliable. Worth the money and great customer support.

 

 

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