A list of some of my favorite resources for business owners and designers.
P.s.: There are several affiliate links in the list below, noted with an asterisk*. I may receive commission from your click or purchase on these links, but they don't cost you anything extra!
Domains + Hosting
Where I purchase all of my domain names; super affordable and easy to use
Where I currently host my website, and my number one recommendation for web hosting. Quick and helpful support team, and they'll migrate your site for free.
Managed WordPress hosting. Awesome support team, automated backups, and free migrations.
The platform I currently use. Great for business owners who regularly offer content upgrades, need advanced automations, and may have a list of subscribers with a variety of interests.
The only other platform I've used, and I still love it. Perfect for those just getting started with email marketing and on a budget. Customizable drag-and-drop templates, and easy to get setup.
Social Media Marketing
My favorite scheduling tool for Twitter + Facebook. Super easy to organize different types of content to share and setup a queue of posts that will keep recycling.
My current scheduling tool for Pinterest. Incredibly easy to setup and visualize your scheduled queue so you can spread out how often you're resharing your own content. Get a free month by using my link to sign up!
Absolute favorite Instagram scheduler. Most reliable + easiest to use of all the different schedulers I've tried. I currently manage mine, the Coded Creative, and Get Back to Design accounts all in one place with ease thanks to this app.
Absolutely gorgeous stock photos. Get a whole branded set for much cheaper than getting custom branded photography. Variety of colors.
New favorite place to get stock photos for Instagram. From the same lovely lady that runs the SC Stockshop.
Beautiful lifestyle stock photos; currently have a membership and loving it. Variety of photos but under one similar style. I frequently use these on my Instagram feed and in Coded Creative themes.
Audio + Video
Blue Yeti Microphone*
The microphone I use in the Get Back to Design podcast. Affordable and perfect for anyone recording audio or video.
The filter I use on my microphone.
I use this when live streaming on Facebook (sometimes)
Get Back to Design
Podcast for designers from myself and Krista Rae. We focus on creating content to help you with your business and work with a developer. Short episodes with actionable steps at the end.
Thinking with Type*
Great book for anyone who is looking to learn more about typography. Required reading in one of my college classes, and I still have this book to this day. Very informative!
How to Style Your Brand*
Awesome book to help you with your brand and those for your clients. Really great design inspiration on every single page.
Another great book to help you with your brand and those for your clients. Gets you to really think deeply about your brand, and there's gorgeous design inspiration throughout.
One of my favorite courses that I've ever taken; super informative course on running your business as a designer. Perfect for those just starting their business or those who are looking to refine the way they do things. Jamie covers a variety of great topics through direct looks at how she does things in her own business.
Stress Less & Impress*
Great course to help you streamline your process from inquiry to wrap up with clients. I was able to majorly streamline my process after taking this course, and you can read more about my takeaways here.
Client Branding 101
Quick and fun ebook to help you work through the branding process with your clients. Great for a designer who's just starting to offer branding or one interested in tweaking their process.
Client management software that I'm currently using and love. Great way to automate things like inquiry responses and onboarding. Highly recommend to anyone who feels like they spend too much time in their inbox.
My number one choice for printing; I've used them for business cards and stickers, and I always love the quality. Get 10% off your first order by using my link!
My second option when it comes to printing. I've used them for printing thank you notecards to send to clients. Quality of printing and selection is great.
My all-time favorite tool for goal setting in my business and personal life. Have been purchasing since 2014 and will continue to buy for the foreseeable future. 2018 PowerSheets are currently on sale!
Get to Work Book
My favorite planner out of the tons that I've tried. Weekly + monthly view. Great for those who need to track their to do list and just a few appointments per day.