Since starting my business in 2017, I’ve explored tons of business tools. Some rocked, and some flopped.
So in the spirit of making your life easier, I’m sharing my favorite free & paid tools, courses, and templates so you can grow & scale your business – without all the trial and error. Cue confetti cannons!
Oh also: Some links below are affiliate links. This means I may make a small commission if you purchase, at no extra cost to you. But don’t worry, I only share products/services that I truly love. No BS. 🚫💩
Divi is a drag-and-drop theme & page builder for WordPress. I use Divi for all of my client sites, and my own. Highly recommend the Lifetime License (it can be used on unlimited sites)!
Siteground is second-to-none (in my humble opinion) when it comes to WordPress website hosting. Their Customer Support alone is phenomenal and worth their weight in gold.
Google Domains is where I get all domains from. Their checkout process is super easy, and they include the oh-so-important Privacy Protection with all domains at no extra cost.
Working with Clients
Store & share project files all in one place with Google Drive. Files sync automatically, on any device!
Asana helps organize clients projects with to-do lists & tasks, so clients know what needs to get done, and when.
Loom is the best screen-recording tool out there! Great for sending clients a project preview or training tutorials.
Stop the back and forth to book calls. Availability, reminders, Zoom links, timezones – Calendly handles it all!
Share and store client passwords securely and privately with LastPass. No more awkward password sharing.
Send proposals, contracts, & invoices. Track your time, tasks, & expenses. AndCo handles all your paperwork.
Send one-time or recurring invoices, receive payment, and track revenue using Wave. Bonus: It’s free!
Templates & Design
Big Cat Creative is one of THE biggest and best template shops if you’re looking to DIY your website.
Get 875+ templates for graphics, slide decks, guides, worksheets, lead magnets & more from Basil & Bark.
Get custom fonts, graphics, stock photos, textures, patterns, mockups, & more with Creative Market!
For all things Branding my #1 go-to is Kaye Putnam.
She leverages something called “brand archetypes” as a tool help you define, create, and embody your brand in a way that truly makes sense, and feels like YOU.
Brand Archetypes – ‘Brandfluency’
Start by taking Kaye’s Brand Archetype Quiz to find out your archetypes! There are 12 possible archetypes. Then, to help you get fluent in your brand archetype, she created one course for EACH archetype which she calls Brandfluency. I’m an Explorer & Caregiver 🌍💕
Building your Brand – ‘Brand New Brand’
From my own personal experience taking this course, I can assure you that Brand New Brand is LITERALLY LIFE-CHANGING! I struggled for so long to create my own brand… it’s so much harder do your own stuff, amirite?? Well, Brand New Brand blew. me. away!! My brand finally feels like ME!
For streamlining & scaling
Guides, Resources, Templates, & Trainings
When it comes to all things “systems”, Sarah at Rebel Office is my go-to girl. Her brain functions on structure, streamlining, and scaling – and her entire business & education platform is built around sharing that knowledge with you! I’ve worked with Sarah directly when she helped me improve my overall client experience, and indirectly through her UH-MAZ-ING Resource Library (which is chock full of templates, tools, and trainings to help you streamline & scale your business). Oh, and don’t forget to explore her free guides!
For website design business
Workshop: 3 Simple Steps to Start a Profitable Web Design Business
Learn how to build a profitable web design business from fellow web designer (and one of my very first web design friends) Kristen! In this FREE 60-minute workshop you’ll learn the simple 3 step process Kristen used to launch her profitable web design business and kick her 9-5 to the curb in just 8 short months.
For free trainings on #allthethings
Lynda is a free online resource for trainings on basically any topic under the sun, from business to design to web development and more. Free trial available for 30 days.
Pro-tip: Check with your local library to see if you can get a free Lynda membership just by getting a library card!
MailerLite’s intuitive interface makes it easy to send one-time emails or setup automations. Free for up to 1000 subscribers.
Social media Scheduling
To help map out upcoming posts & captions I use Later. Free for up to 30 posts per month, with auto-publishing available on the free plan as well.