I have used many, many resources to start, build, and grow my business. I have made a giant list of my favorite, most used resources that I would recommend to anyone looking to start, build, grow, blog, business, etc.

Some of the resources may be affiliate links, but each affiliate is a resource that I use and love! Enjoy!

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Wordpress Tools & Themes

 

StudioPress

  • Genesis Framework and child themes

  • Beautiful Genesis themes for any kind of website

  • Great customer service

Hello You Designs

  • Super cute feminine Wordpress Themes

  • Comes with great freebies and great customer service

My Theme Shop

  • Over 100 free and premium themes for WordPress

 

Genesis Framework

  • A SEO optimized Wordpress structure

  • High security, unlimited support

  • Custom widgets and layouts

  • I always build websites with Genesis

Pretty Darn Cute Design

  • The name says it all!

  • Beautiful feminine Wordpress themes

  • 24-hour set up

  • Great freebies!

Restored 316

  • Gorgeous feminine Wordpress themes

  • Great customer service

  • Easy to install


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Stock Photos

 

HauteStock

  • Amazing stock photo membership program

  • About $30/month for access to all stock photos

  • New photos added every 2 weeks!

  • Photo used as header of this page is from HC!

IvoryMix

  • FREE membership - over 300 styled stock photos!

  • Sign up for free photos emailed to you monthly!

Her Creative Studio

  • Beautiful styled stock photos

  • Great for bloggers and business owners

  • Buy photos individually or access all photos for $22/month

Twigy Posts

  • Gorgeous styled stock photography

  • Buy photos individually

  • Join membership program for access to all photos ($225/yr - less than $20/month)


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Graphic Design & Tools

 

The Hungry JPEG

  • Massive resource for discounted stock photos, fonts, graphics, and more

  • Many bundles for great prices

  • Lots of free goods!

Canva

  • Great online tool for creating graphics

  • Premade social media tempaltes

  • Free and paid stock photos

  • Easily create beautiful graphics for your brand

  • Store all of your designs in one place

Grammarly

  • A tool that checks your text for grammar mistakes as you write

  • Makes sure you don't make embarrassing typos!

Creative Market

  • The greatest resource for themes, stock photos, mock ups, graphics, fonts, templates, and more

  • Weekly freebies -

Coolors

  • Free color palette generator

  • Create, save, share palettes

Adobe Creative Cloud

  • Access to all of the adobe programs

  • I mainly use Illustrator and InDesign

  • The cloud plan is affordable and easy to set up


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Client Management

 

LastPass

  • LastPass is like a super password vault

  • Store your passwords and your clients passwords

  • Never get locked out of an account again

  • Free or upgrade to premium for $2/month

QuickBooks

  • Accounting software for small businesses

  • Easy to use, helps keep you organized

  • Connect bank account and PayPal

  • Create and send custom invoices

Dubsado

  • Client management system

  • Amazing customer service

  • Send contracts, forms, questionnaires and invoices

  • Accept payments

  • Capture leads

  • Client portals

  • Sync with your calendar

  • Start your free trial

Dropbox

  • Store all of your files

  • Access your files anywhere

  • Share folders with clients


Email Marketing

ConvertKit

  • Good for bloggers

  • Good for larger email lists

  • Easy to use

  • Good for building landing pages

MailChimp

 

Namecheap

  • Search and purchase a domain name

  • Web hosting for less than $10/year

  • Easy to use/navigate

Bluehost


Pinterest Tools

BoardBooster

Pinterest Keyword Tool

  • Research keywords that will best fit your pins

  • Find the best keywords to optimize your pins and profile

  • Search and save your keywords

Tailwind

  • Amazing Pinterest scheduling tool

  • Boost Pinterest presence with tribes

  • View pin analytics

  • Tribes allow you to share your pins with people with similar interests

  • Join my tailwind tribe!

CrowdFire

  • Like a little social media robot assistant

  • Gives you “prescriptions” every day that will help improve your social media accounts

  • Available for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram

  • Free, with an option to upgrade


Instagram Tools 

Link in Profile

  • A tool for adding multiple links to your Instagram bio

  • Add links to your posts to drive traffic to your site

Planoly

  • Schedule your Instagrams in advance

  • Visually plan and manage instagrams

  • Provides great analytics

  • Autopost! Read my tutorial here


Twitter Tools

Buffer

  • Schedule posts

  • Track content performance

  • Automatic posting - set and forget

  • Manage all social media platforms on one dashboard

Pretty Link

  • Manage and track links, make them "pretty"!

  • Use your own domain

  • Great Wordpress plugin

Hootsuite

  • Manage all social media accounts in one place

  • Measure social ROI

  • Track messages and mentions

  • Automate your schedule

  • Content curation made easy

  • Create contests and campaigns

Bitly

  • Link management

  • Shorten and track links for social media posts