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Tools and Resources

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Running a business is hard; these resources make it easier.

We’re letting you in on all our little secrets with this curated collection of our top recommendations. For everything from building a brand and managing a business to designing a life you love, these tools and resources are what we actually use day after day.

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SEO Essentials Kit

A beginner-friendly course on Search Engine Optimization; learn how to rank your website on Google and grow your traffic organically.

Honeybook

All-in-one client management software for service-based small businesses: a must-have tool!

WAIM Unlimited

A fantastic business coaching program – learn everything to know about building a “calm” business (with lots of laughs along the way!)

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Brand and Graphic Design

Adobe Creative Cloud

The gold standard of professional
design software.

Canva

Online design software with easy-to-use templates for all skill levels.

Logo Package Express

Gamechanging Illustrator extension – export logo packages in under 5 minutes.

Typewolf

My go-to resource for curated font inspiration and pairings.

Coolors

A fun and free color palette generator that comes in handy for branding projects.

The Noun Project

An enormous icon library that seamlessly integrates with Adobe.

Myfonts

A popular font store with hundreds of thousands of premium fonts.

Website Design and Development

Siteground

My preferred WordPress hosting platform.
Read my hosting review here.

Bluehost

Affordable shared web hosting for small businesses on a budget.

Divi

My preferred WordPress theme for building intuitive templates and custom websites.

WP Rocket

Speed up your WordPress website in a
few clicks.

yoast seo

My preferred SEO plugin for WordPress.
Click here for a tutorial.

Namecheap

A user-friendly, reliable, and affordable domain registrar.

Squarespace

A beginner-friendly website platform with beautiful templates.

MonsterInsights

A WordPress plugin for tracking and analyzing your website analytics.

SeedProd

The WordPress plugin I use for creating simple and beautiful Coming Soon pages.

Marketing Tools

Flodesk

Create beautiful emails and automated sequences easily.

Tailwind

A must-have tool for Pinterest users. Schedule pins for optimal time slots.

Interact

Easily create interactive quizzes to increase your subscribers and leads.

Project Management

Notion

Intuitive project management software that I use to organize and track all my projects.

Honeybook

All-in-one client management software for service-based small businesses: a must-have tool!

Acuity

A robust and user-friendly scheduling platform that I use to book calls and day rates.

Stock Photos and Graphics

Creative Market

My go-to resource for premium fonts, illustrations, icons, templates, and more.

Unsplash

A huge database of beautiful and free
stock photos.

Moyo Studio

My go-to for premium, minimalist mockup templates and stock photos.

Coaching and Courses

SEO Essentials Kit

A beginner-friendly course on Search Engine Optimization; learn how to rank your website on Google and grow your traffic organically.

Spruce Your Studio

Formerly known as Shareworthy Design, this brand design course helped me seriously elevate my branding process and experience.

WAIM Unlimited

A fantastic business coaching program – learn everything to know about building a “calm” business (with lots of laughs along the way!)

Amplify Shopify

A comprehensive course for web designers on building beautiful Shopify websites that convert.

Flux Academy

Flux offers incredible courses on freelancing, web design, Webflow, and branding. My personal favorite is Web Design Pro.

Financial

Novo

Free online banking for small business owners

Books

Atomic Habits

An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Big Magic

Creative Living
Beyond Fear

Building a Story Brand

Clarify Your Message So Customers
Will Listen

The Brand Gap

How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design

Playing Big

Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead

You Are a Badass

How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Office Supplies

Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse

This ergonomic mouse saved my wrist. Plus, wireless mouse = less cluttered workspace.

Soundance
Laptop Stand

If you experience neck pain like me, a laptop stand is a must.

Health and Wellness

Melissa Wood Health

A low-impact, online workout program that blends pilates, yoga, and mindfulness.

the tapping solution

The app I turn to when I need to
de-stress quickly.

Headspace

A beautiful meditation app that’s perfect
for all levels.

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