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Business Resources

shh… we are sharing our secrets!

Whether you are just starting out or are looking to grow your online business this resources page is going to be invaluable! This is a complete list of all the tools we use in our own personal businesses as well as our Creative Business Builders membership. Some of the categories have more than one option and that is just because we use both and we couldn’t decide which one we like better!

We have spent hours researching each tool we use and feel like these tools are the best value for the best price. We always look at free options first and then evaluate whether or not this is a tool we feel like would grow our business before we make the investment.  We encourage you to do the same. 

Before sharing the resources I use, I need to share an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. This is, of course, at no cost to you, and we only share products that we use and love in our own business.  Please read our disclaimer for more information.

Website and Blog Resources

Web Hosting

Siteground

Siteground is hands-down the fastest and safest web hosting platform we have found. Their customer service is the very best and it is available 24/7, so they are there when you need them to be.  There is nothing worse than your website going down and having to wait until their customer service team returns to get help.  It is so easy… you just click the “chat now” option and get help immediately.  Did I mention how affordable they are too??  And safe?? 

Bluehost

Bluehost is another really good web hosting platform that is not just very affordable, but is user friendly as well.  A perk that you get with Bluehost that you do not get with Siteground is a free domain name.  This will save you a little money and when you are just starting out, every penny counts!

Wishlist Member

Wishlist Member is an amazing plugin allow you the ability to put a membership portal on your website. Keep those page safe from outside eyes allowing you the peace of mind that your content is protected. 

iDevAffiliate

One of the best ways to gain new business is by word of mouth. iDevAffiliate is going to allow you to pay for those referrals we love to get! 

Automate your Social Media Postings

Tailwind

Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler and analytics tool. It was one of the first investments we made when we started Creative Business Builders.  The ability to use tribes to leverage social sharing has expanded our reach more than we ever could without paid ads.

RecurPost

RecurPost is a social media management platform that lets you recycle and repurpose your best updates on social media, instead of just sharing it once and then forgetting about it.

Hiring Help

Fiverr

Get more done!!  Is blog writing overwhelming?  Using time asking people to like your Facebook page when you could be creating content? Why not hire some of the tasks that you dread out to someone who likes doing them?  

Email Marketing

Constant Contact

Constant Contact email marketing for ecommerce tools are built to help your online store grow. Find new customers, keep them engaged, and keep them coming back for more with segmented and automated emails. They offer everything you need to turn leads into contacts into loyal customers.

Mailchimp

MailChimp is a great email marketing tool for small business owners. They allow you to have up to 2000 subscribers for FREE. You are not limited to how many emails or automations that you can have. We love setting up automation campaigns and then just letting them nurture our audience without us having to lift a finger.

Creating Graphics

Relay That

RelayThat is better than standard DIY design platforms with it’s first and only “I’ll know it when I see it!” approach. It takes the guesswork out of all the boring parts of layout design and empowers anyone to create on-brand, professional marketing campaigns in a fraction of the time.

Favorite Painting, Shipping and Cutting Supplies

Amazon Storefront

Amazon has allowed me to share all of my favorite painting, shipping and cutting supplies with you.  When I opened my door hanger painting business I had lots of product questions and no one to answer them.  To make it easier for you, I have created a shop with all of my favorite products that I use in my business so you don’t have to guess!  -Kara (Kinsley’s Creative Palette)

Creating Graphics

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