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
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 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 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.
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
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.
Favorite Painting, Shipping and Cutting Supplies
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)