We are always finding great tools that help us run and manage our business. These include our favorite website hosting companies, software apps, web based SASS products and services, and other tools we might come across that changes the way we work. The following is our updated list of preferred resources.
Some of the links below are affiliates and the others we are sharing with you as ‘easy-access’ links for you to help benefit your business. We’d love to know if you use a different resource, app, or tool that is not listed. Please be sure to let us know what we’re missing, if you’ve tried any of our favorites, and what you think.
SiteGround has become known for reliable and secure website hosting. They provide several options based on a website’s need, including everything from starter shared hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated full-managed hosting.
Stablehost is a great option for flexibility including Reseller hosting options, for those who want to earn more income offering hosting services to clients. There are options ranging from conventional shared hosting up to VPS.
A personal assistant for your Mac Mail. It is filled with all kinds of cool features like marking emails as tasks, snoozing your mailboxes when you aren’t working so you can enjoy your “free time”, tracking emails to make sure they were delivered and even when they were opened, scheduling the send time, and much more!
Remember everything you have with this incredible and portable notes app. You can sync your notes across all your devices so you always have your most important notes with you. You can clip parts of or whole website pages and articles, forward emails and add your own notes, file notes into categorized notebooks, and track projects. There is a free plan, or you can upgrade for more space and features. The uses are limitless!
Freshbooks has become as staple in our bookkeeping. There are many features to help track time, invoices and estimates, inventory items, clients, and recurring billing. Freshbooks can help make your billing as easy as possible. It is truly the ‘accounting tool for the non-accountant’ and if you’re running a freelance or small-sized business, it’s worth it to give it a try today, FREE for 30 days!
The Fancy Deal
The Fancy Deal is a great site regularly offering new useful creative resources for graphic designers including fonts, templates, mockups, and so many more incredible AFFORDABLE deals, you can’t afford NOT to check it out! And if you sign up for their newsletter, you will be notified of their new products as well as special coupons to save even more!
Discounted design bundles with extended licenses! It doesn’t get better than that. Frequently, new bundles are added which include freebies (when you sign up for their newsletter), logo mockups, vector sets, photo bundles, font sets and so much more! It’s great for your designer toolbox.
I discovered Themeisle’s Easy Content Types plugin and discovered how much easier things became to create custom post types, and integrate things into my WordPress themes. There are also themes and other benefits worth checking out so head on over there, today!
Elegant Themes is most recently known for their website builder Divi. With an annual membership, you gain access to many themes (compatible with Divi) but also a few great plugins like Bloom, which helps increase your list building, and Monarch Social Media Sharing. Their membership is a great value no matter how you use it! Head on over and check it out.
One of the most commonly used cloud storage resources, Dropbox is a tool I rely on most. It’s portability has proven to be lifesaving for me as I work remotely and always need to grab certain files on the go (especially if I’m switching devices without leaving my desk). I don’t think I could live without it.
Designmodo is a fantastic source of assets in various categories for designers and web developers. You can find UI tools, coding tutorials, useful articles and plenty of freebies. There is plenty of inspiration found here and possibly the one thing you’ve been looking for to add to your design assets or sharpen your chops.
Social Media Templates
CreativeMarket has become a great resource and go-to site for ideas and useful templates to help work more efficiently to schedule posts. There are so many different types of and styles of templates from which to work, and all are affordable.
Every wanted to know if the documents you are offering for free or for sale are getting downloaded? Or even how often? Now you can! OrangeDox connects to your respective accounts and as long as you use the proper code, you can check in and see the activity in a flash! This is great for folks who are offering free goodies while building a list – all the way up to those of you who have a course and offer downloadable content on demand.
With WPCore, you can create an “all in one place” for the most frequently used plugins on all of your WordPress websites. Track the plugins you use and even bulk upload them to your sites, effortlessly. You can create a free account to tryout how it works and then upgrade to a paid plan for more enhanced features.