Tools I'm Using In My Online Business
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I originally started with Wix. Then I switched to Wordpress because I thought that I wasn’t a serious business unless everything was customized. I wasted SO MUCH friggin’ time updating and changing themes.
Switching to Squarespace was by far the best decision I have made to date.
It’s affordable and their costs are transparent. Their customer support is epic! It’s so easy to use. You don’t have to learn to code to get a beautiful end result. It has so many wonderful integrations, really turning it into an all-in-one platform.
It’s got a ton of great integrations like Mailchimp, Acuity, Youtube, Vimeo, etc.
Another reason I love Squarespace is that they have a community for their web designers called Squarespace Circle (which I am a part of). When you hire me to design your website for you, I can get you 20% off your first annual payment of a new plan. I don’t earn anything for you subscribing with them, it’s just a really great content platform that has saved me so many headaches in my business(es).
My newest love. With the rapid growth of my business, I needed a way to keep all my contract, proposals, invoices, calendars and clients IN ONE PLACE. I use Dubsado to streamline my workflow. It’s got wicked automation built in. I can see my projects at a glance. Share files to my clients and keep it all IN ONE PLACE.
It has a client portal where my clients can see all of our files at glance. I love, love, love it.
You can try it for free. Use my affiliate code to save $$ when you sign up.
It’s another all-in-one full of apps that are meant to streamline your business (neah- life). When you sign up for your Squarespace plan they over a wicked deal on getting an onbrand email with your new site.
Kinsta does a pretty great job of detailing why it’s so great. Read it over here.
The virgo in me loves the organizational potential in Asana. I recently started using this system thanks to @mybilliedesigns and it’s been life changing. I have everything from my business admin tasks itemized to my client projects.
It’s also free unless you need more advanced features.
Adobe Photoshop + Illustrator + Indesign
These are definitely an investment of money and time but they make doing the design work so much easier. The quality of my work has improved 10 fold. It used to take me a half day to create my social media posts, blog graphics and pins. Now, I can whip them up in 30 minutes thanks to my templates.
Email marketing can easily feel like a GIANT uphill battle. Especially when you throw in being “GDPR Compliant” , double opt-in’s, etc.
It plays nice with Squarespace’s features and really streamlines email integration.
I have tried Convert Kit and currently I don’t feel like I need to pay for all their extras. For now, I’m dating Mailchimp.
Their free version allows you to have one email list. I’d recommended paying for the next level up to have additional lists for your customers. It makes life easier!!
When I’ve been hired to create social media graphics, I create the template in Canva and then can share it with you. So that you are able to edit it for future graphics. How cool is that?!
I have used the “for work” option and really liked the ability to have transparent backgrounds + to be able to set the brand colors/fonts.
Basic Canva is free.