Business Resources for Small Businesses

All My Favorite Resources For
Your Business

FINDING THE RIGHT TOOLS

No matter where you’re at in your biz journey, whether a startup or an established business, the right tools will:

Save you dozens of hours per week and a whole lotta stress (because your time = money and you need to get back to what you love)

Automate key business activities like email, your website marketing, project management, file management, social media, and more. Who knew running a business would require so many things?

Save you time from doing things the hard way.

Jessica Rhoades - Create IT Web Designs - Cincinnati Web Designer

100% Commitment

My commitment to you is that I will always go first. I experiment with what works and what doesn’t and then report back with honest recommendations on what you need (and when you need it) so you can create a profitable business you absolutely love.  Part of being a Web Designer is also being a business strategist and integrating the right tools and processes into a website.  I don’t recommend any tools that I have not used or have set my client’s up to successfully use.

Quick Disclosure:  Several of these links (but not ALL) are affiliate links which means I may receive a small commission if you purchase through my link.  It won’t cost you more to purchase through the link and in many cases I’ve been given discounts to pass along to you.  

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

The Best Tools for your Website

PREMIUM WEBSITE HOSTING

FlyWheel

GET 2 MONTHS FREE

WordPress is the best place to host a website to create content and for SEO.  FlyWheel is an effortless WordPress hosting experience.  The hosting has all the built-in tools you need for a fast website that stays up and running along with outstanding support.

DOMAIN NAMES

Google Domains

STARTING AT $12

Google Domains makes it easy to manage your domain names and share with your web developer.  Inexpensive domain name purchasing and includes privacy protection.  Also, easy to set up with Google Workspace.  Quickly and easily purchase your domain.

WEBSITE BUILDER

Elementor

TRY IT FOR FREE

The World’s Leading WordPress Website Builder makes building a pixel perfect website easy.  Visually design your website without knowing any code.  Create any website you can imagine.

WORDPRESS PLUGIN

WP Rocket

MY FAVORITE TOOL

Speed up your website in a few clicks.  WP Rocket works with most webhost caching tools to even further optimize your website by optimizing and minifying Javascript and CSS.  Sound too technical?  It takes just a few clicks to get everything set up and you can easily see the speed increase.

FOR CREATIVES

The Best Tools for Social Media & Creatives

Plann Social Media Scheduling

SOCIAL MEDIA SCHEDULING

Plann

GET 20% OFF

Plann is your all-in-one auto-scheduler, social strategist, designer, and content calendar. Plann makes it simple to organize, plan, and implement your Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and LinkedIn feed. It gives you ideas of things to post along with strategy guides to keep your audience engaged.

PINTEREST SCHEDULING

Tailwind

TRY TAILWIND FOR FREE

Easily schedule your Pinterest Pins with an automated scheduler. Tailwind is the platform that we use to schedule and automate our Pinterest strategy. Pinterest, an image search engine, is a great way to bring traffic to your website. Automate and save time today!

GRAPHICS

Creative Market

MY FAVORITE SOURCE

Grab tons of beautiful mockups, graphics, and more from the largest marketplace of digital creatives.  Perfect stock images for social media, products, and the web.  Get started today.

Creative Market Stock Photography, Graphics, Icons, and Mockups

VIDEO HOSTING

Vimeo

TRY VIMEO FOR FREE

Vimeo is a video-sharing website that allows you to upload, share and view videos either publically or privately. This tool has several features that make it ideal for collaborating with a team, such as video recording.

Vimeo
Canva Design

IMAGE CREATION

Canva

TRY CANVA FOR FREE

Canva is the ultimate design tool for non-designers and designers alike. It’s user-friendly and the flexibility allows you to create anything you can imagine from social media images to PDFs. In no time, you’ll be on your way to building a memorable online brand.

Styled Stock House - Stock Photography

PHOTO STOCK

Styled Stock House

PURCHASE TODAY

With thousands of THE most gorgeous and versatile styled stock photos that help you stay consistent in your marketing, up-level your branding, and show up + sell more.

STAYING ORGANIZED

FILE ORGANIZATION

Google Drive

START SHARING FILES FOR FREE

Accessible from anywhere with internet, Google Drive is a great collaborative tool for teams & clients to use when sharing content, files, or images. Unlike DropBox, multiple parties can be in a file at a time changing and adding data or text without having to download and re-upload the file.

FILE ORGANIZATION

Sync

SIGN UP FOR FREE FOR SYNC

Keeping your files secure and easily backed up on the cloud is what makes Sync great. Best of all, Sync protects your privacy with end-to-end encryption — ensuring that your data in the cloud is safe, secure and 100% private.

EMAIL MANAGEMENT

Google Workspace

STARTS AT $6 A MONTH

Whether you’re a new business or large enterprise, Google Workspace (formerly known as G-suite) offers some of the best tools for email management, collaboration, and organization. With Google Workspace, a cloud based platform, you can give your business a professional appeal by managing your professional email easily in Gmail.

SCHEDULING

Acuity Scheduling

FREE 7 DAY TRIAL

Never ask “what time works for you?” again. With your customized scheduling page, clients can easily view your real-time availability and self-schedule their own free appointments or billable appointments.

CRM

17hats

TRY 17HATS FOR FREE

Let’s automate your business and save time. Having an automation platform helps manage leads, current customers, contracts, calendar scheduling, and invoicing. Easy to add your branding. Designed for businesses of one, coaches, creatives, photographers, and designers.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

ClickUp

TRY CLICKUP FOR FREE

This is the app that I use to stay organized in my business, with my clients, and in life. Easily track tasks, documents, ideas, conversations, all in one place. View your work as lists, Gantt charts, mind maps, boards, and personalized views. Get organized now.

FOR THE PROS

The Best Tools for Security & Integrations

CONTRACTS

AWB Firm

GET THE LEGAL DOCS

Need hassle-free protection for your business without hiring a lawyer? AWB Law firm offers customizable contracts without the custom price of a lawyer. · Scale your business with the legal strategy and support you need.

PRIVACY POLICY

Bobby Klink

GRAB YOUR FREE PRIVACY POLICY

Does your website have a privacy policy? It’s actually required by law. Snag your FREE privacy policy with step-by-step video instructions.

PASSWORD SECURITY

LastPass

SIGN UP FOR FREE

If you’re still committing passwords to memory (or worse — using the same password for most of your major accounts), it’s time to get a password manager. I love that LastPass allows me to securely store and organize my passwords. It can be accessed from both your desktop and mobile phone.

BUSINESS INTEGRATION

Zapier

GET STARTED FOR FREE

Say goodbye to busy work.
Zapier works with over 3000 different web applications making it easy to connect and automate your systems together No coding needing…just a few clicks for the systems to integrate.

My favorite business and leadership books

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