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!

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

Creative Market

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

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)

The Hungry JPEG

  • Massive resource for discounted stock photos, fonts, graphics, and more
  • Many bundles for great prices
  • Lots of free goods!

 

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

My Theme Shop

  • Over 100 free and premium themes for WordPress

HauteChocolate

  • 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!

 


Graphic & Design Tools

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!

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

 


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