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CREATIVE STOREFRONTS + ECOMMERCE
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IMAGES + PHOTO EDITING
Sometimes you just can’t do it all yourself. If a VA is not in your budget, then a trip to Fiverr may just do the trick. If you are not familiar, you can hire someone on Fiverr to design or create almost anything that you need for your website, starting at a 5 dollar price tag. From logos to infographics to book covers – they’ve got you covered. Just be sure to read the reviews and do a little due diligence before you hire.
Looking for beautiful fonts, styled photos and beautiful stock images? Creative Market is THE best place to find on trend, beautiful images and graphics to round out your blog or website.
Canva is a great site for designing your own graphics.
Similar to Canva, Stencil is a new graphic creation program that has a number of features Canva doesn’t (include 1,000’s of stunning royalty free photos to choose from). They’re also Canadian, which means if you end up graduating from their free program into their paid programs ($9 – $18/month) it’s in Canadian dollars. Which is a huge plus for those of us in the great white north.
PicMonkey is a helpful photo editing site that I used as my primary photo editing program for years before I learned Photoshop. I primarily use it to adjust lighting in my product photos, resize photos that need to be smaller for market submissions and create collages. It’s quick, easy and free. There are some options that are only available to their Royalty members, but at $30 annually, it’s very affordable if you need to upgrade.
BLOG POST RESEARCH
BuzzSumo. We use the limited but free version of this app to research blog post and title ideas. If you type in a subject or phrase, you can filter results to see the type of posts and articles that are doing well on specific social media channels.
MOZ Content. Another handy tool for researching content ideas.
BOOKS, READING + TRAINING
The Four Hour Work Week
The Anti 9 to 5 Guide
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS
Tailwind is a powerful scheduling tool for Pinterest. Schedule your pins and other people’s pins right without ever leaving the Pinterest interface. In Tailwind you can use the Tribes feature and also follow your favorite pinners. The analytics are really good too. Get a month for free using this link to give it a try!
BoardBooster. BoardBooster is a helpful pin scheduling service that I use to keep my content in front of readers. I use BoardBooster to circulate pins for my new posts because I can set up an exact schedule for the pin to follow over the first several weeks after my post is live
We currently use the free program, and it works like a dream. You can have up to 2000 subscribers on your list, and send up to 12,000 total emails before they require you to upgrade to their paid plan. Perfect for small businesses just starting out!
ACCOUNTING + BOOKKEEPING
If you are looking for a Quickbooks alternative – Xero might just be the thing for you. It has a sleek and fun to use interface that makes the task of bookkeeping a bit more tolerable. 😉 The great news is that they offer a generous free trial period – so you can take it for a spin before you commit.
SHIPPING + SUPPLIES
Staples for Business
Your Best Year
The best productivity planner I’ve ever used – and trust me I’ve tried a lot of them!
BACKUP + ONLINE STORAGE