The ULTIMATE list of resources for your online business. I want YOU and other creatives just like you to have the best experience with running an online business or blog. So I’ve put together a list of the tools and resources I use and highly recommend in my business and blog.
This isn’t a list of EVERY single resources out there you could get, BELIEVE ME THERE ARE SO MANY, but rather a list of products I have tried, tested and think you would LOVE too!
Disclosure: This page contains affiliate links, meaning I may earn a small percentage if you use those links, at not extra cost to you. I will always only recommend brands I trust and ones I think you’ll love.
Running a business can be expensive and trying to find products that keep your costs low are a rare find! Many of these products are FREE or offer a free trial. As with any business the more you’re able to invest the more options you have.
I hope you love these products as much as i do!
WordPress + Hosting
Design Software + graphics + Stock photos
Creative Market is one of the most popular and biggest design resources websites out there! You can find anything from their massive 4 million + products of digital brushes, mockups to digital paper, clipart, svg cut files and many more. Creative Market is a selling platform so you can shop from 30 thousand different designers.
Much like Creative Market, Design Bundles is also a platform where designers sell their digital products. Design Bundles may not be as big but I’ve found them a bit easier to use when making a purchase as you can buy as little or as much as you want, where as with Creative market you have to load store credit first to buy. I’m also a seller on Design Bundles!
I thought I would never use Canva because I use the Adobe suite. Oh man was I wrong and I wish I started with Canva much sooner! It is MUCH more simplistic compared to Adobe, but it’s very user friendly. I use it to make Templates to sell. Anyone with a computer or smart phone can make designs and make a cohesive brand. PLUS you can get started with Canva for free! Win Win!
Adobe CC Illustartor & Photoshop I use on a day to day basis. From making very simple clip art graphics to digital drawings and logos. If you’re looking for an ALL-IN-ONE solution Adobe CC is the best, with high-end design programs! If you’re completely new to the digital world Adobe can be a big learning curb and may take you a couple of months to learn.
I LOVE Pixistock‘s stock photography! They’re beautiful, high quality and perfect for female entrepreneurs. Every background or header image on my website is from Pixistock, and it fits perfectly with my brand style. Pixistock is a premium stock photography site where you can do a membership or purchase stock bundles separately, you won’t regret it!
If you’re looking to pinch those pennies, but still want some good stock images for your website, Pinterest or whatever, then Unsplash is one of my favorite places to look for stock images. It’s complete free and no attribution is requited. BUT, keep in mind that because it’s free, many other people will use the same images as you, compared to when using Premium stock!
I tried MailerLite and immediately left MailChimp and started using them. Building a Newsletter is so easy and setting up automated emails is even easier! You can start with a free account with up-to a 1000 subscribers and upgrade your plan as your blog grows. MailerLite is a must for all bloggers or businesses that send out newsletters!
I use Google Drive on a daily bases for my design work wich auto-syncs from my PC to my Drive. Google Drive is completely free when you have a Gmail account and you have 15GB storage. Even though the 15GB is shared between all Google apps like Gmail, Docs, Photos etc. You can at a later stage purchase more storage when you have used up your 15GB.
A nother alternative to Google Drive is Dropbox. I also use Dropbox but to share links to clients to download products, this is just my personal preference as you only get 2.5GB storage for free. You can also sync your Dropbox to your PC and upgrade for more storage.
Ahh, where would I be without Grammarly, nose deep in a dictionary! Haha, but seriously, Grammarly is a must, it’s not your usual spell checker. The thing that’s really cool about Grammarly is that it works online, so every place you type on your browser Grammarly is there. Not only do they have your back with spelling, but also sentence construction and punctuation. They recently added little emoticons to see how your “message” comes across as, chilled, nerdy, serious, etc.
If you love planning or making notes and want to do it online use Evernote. Not only is it FREE to use, but you can also have multiple notebooks “categories” and notes all neatly organized. I use Evernote to type out rough drafts of my blog posts and have notebooks for my Etsy shop, website, blog etc. and have notes of info in each for easy access and sorting.
Looking for a multi link solution for your Instagram profile? Then Linktree is for you! You can create multiple link “buttons” that all display neatly on a “landing page”. For the FREE version you’re limited to what colors you can choose for your “buttons” and background. But if you want to add more customization you can always go for their Pro plan at only $6 per month.
I use Later to schedule my Instagram posts! It’s super easy, you get a visual view of your post layout, search Hashtags, auto-publish with an Instagram business account and plan up to 30 posts on their Free plan. You can use Later in a browser or on your phone with their mobile app.
If you have WordPress website you can install the WooCommers plugin to enable you to have an online store. WooCommerce is completely free and the most popular e-commerce out there. You can purchase add-ons for additional features like subscriptions, memberships, shipment tracking and loads more.
Design Bundles like mentioned earlier is a digital product selling platform. You can sell kinds of design elements like templates, brushes, presets, clipart and so on. Design Bundles handles the commercial licencing and you can request payouts pretty much whenever. You also get 75% of sales and 50% if an affiliate link was used. I also LOVE their Black Friday $1 sale. This brings in a crazy amount of buyers which is good for profit and exposure!
This might seem like a no brainer but if you want to start selling online the easiest most straight forward way to get your money is to have a PayPal account setup. You can also request payments from clients and send invoices if you wanted to.