Software I recommend
Overwhelmed by all the software and app options? Check out my list below of software I use, have used, or love.
The best small business accounting system with the most features for scalability and growth. Comes in various tiers based on need and usage. Highly customizable. I can help!
Robust small business accounting package with a easy-to-use interface. Free low cost packages are outgrown quickly. Integrates easily with many software programs.
A free online accounting system sufficient enough for new small businesses looking to save. Most integrations require the use of Zapier and are not click-of-the-button like Xero and QuickBooks.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT & TASK TRACKING
Track your project workflows, share and assign tasks to team members for your event, blog, YouTube, Videos, Projects or more. Checklist & board format, similar to post-its on a digitally organized board with tasks and sub task tracking abilities.
A digital organization board for ideas, workflows, capturing events, and so much more. Picture a post-it board organized for you that you can pin to from your phone. For team projects, I do prefer Asana as it provides more robust task tracking amongst team members.
YouTube: 4 Ways I use Trello and Trello Tutorial
Today's buzz for project management! User interface looks great and reviews are awesome. I have not yet tried this myself.
Our preferred payroll partner, making payroll easy for business owners to manage. They remit and file for you.
EMAIL and EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Business Email and cloud storage (formerly GSuite). I can not say enough about the features you obtain when setting up your business email through G-Suite. Highly recommend.
Email Marketing. Personally, I did not like Mailchimp previously as it lacked many of the basic email marketing features. However it has added tons of features and now is competitive.
Email marketing. Recommended if using Shopify as it no longers connects to MailChimp. You may need some help with setup as I find it is not as user friendly, but very dynamic and competitive in price and features.
LOGO AND GRAPHIC DESIGN
The BEST free graphic design software online. Providing templates for logos, slides, social media graphics, email marketing graphics, and so much more. Perfect for DIY graphic design. Also includes many stock photos at free or $1.
A digital marketplace of editable logos made by independent designers that you can search through by keyword. Affordable and highly recommend.
The go-to marketplace for virtual design, tech, implementation, and help. Price starts at $5 for many efforts, but results can vary. Low-cost logo designs may include clip art and unoriginal components.
Hands-down the best website software for selling physical products. It interfaces with so many platforms and makes your life easy. Easy to use and quick to setup. Adding partner apps can add additional functionality. Shopify includes hosting as part of its platform. Free trial.
WordPress.org is the top website software for blog functionality, SEO, performance, etc. (Not to be confused with wordpress.com) Highly editable themes exist to provide structure to your site and plugins easily provide additional functionality. Hosting and maintenance not included.
Kajabi is one of the leading "Membership" website portal and the software I have been using for the past few years to share my online courses virtually to my customers. Complete with leadpages, email, affiliate marketing and course management.
Branded buttons, stickers, die-cut vinyl stickers, shipping supplies, tape, labels and more for your business.
Looking for professionally printed business cards, marketing material, signs or swag? Quick and reliable online printing.
I have ordered my customized branded packaging wraps through Uprinting and have been very happy with the results.
DIGITAL PASSWORD MANAGER
You are building your business, so why make it easy for hackers to steal your accounts and personal info. Integrate a password manager that stores your passwords for each account.
Preferred password manager. Phone and Chrome Extension makes it easy to create and autofill by Touch ID. Share links and never share your password again. I even have my kids using this!
Integrated password manager to securely store all your personal and business passwords. Phone and browser integrations. I first used this, but prefer LastPass.
SOCIAL MEDIA PLANNING
Save time scheduling your Instagram posts in advance, organizing your hashtags and seeing social media account analytics.
I prefer Planoly over other plans as it also offers a desktop version. Free accounts offer up to 30 uploads per month. Upgrade to add stories, video uploads and more than 30 uploads in a month.
A social media scheduling management software. Comparable to Planoly and Plann. I have used this one as well in the past.
A social media scheduling management software. Comparable to Later and Plann. I have used this one in the past as well.
A must-have planner for Pinterest. Also posts to IG. Join “tribes” of Pinterest users that agree to reshare PINS of others in the tribe to increase reach. Free trial.
Credit card processor that integrates with all platforms. Integrates with other booking systems and point of sale systems, but does not provide its own point of sale.
Credit card processor that integrates with all platforms, also provides smartphone or tablet plugin Point-of-sale toggle for phone or tablet & storefront POS. Integrates with many booking systems.
Business credit card and payment processor that integrates with most platforms. Preferred for low price items. Only transactions under $10k allowed.
SHIPPING PHYSICAL PRODUCTS
Purchase your postage at UPS, USPS and FedEx with corporate volume discount rates. Note: I only use this if not printing shipping labels directly in Shopify.
Shipping and packaging supplies in bulk at wholesale prices. Bags, boxes, polymailers labels, etc. They have it all!
Boxes, shipping and packing supplies in bulk at wholesale prices. Another option if you can't find specific designs or colors at Uline.
Find high quantity / low cost items made in China, customizations possible for high volume purchases. MOQs are high, but selection is limitless. If you don't see what you need, someone can make it for you.
Find low cost items sourced from China. MOQs are smaller, generic and not customized. Faster shipping than Alibaba, but less selection
Purchase printable and unique UPC codes through an authorized seller to sell your physical products in retail stores or on Amazon.
DOMAIN, HOSTING AND INTEGRATION
My go-to domain manager. I purchase and manage all my domains here. Purchase your URLs…. .COM, .TV, .ME, .NET and manage that domain. I do not recommend buying domains through GoDaddy.
I have used Bluehost to host my websites for years and have been happy with their hosting service. The buzz is that SiteGround is better for customer service, but I have not personally used them.
The magic behind-the-scenes linking tool for software programs and automation processes. Link two separate programs to pass data back and forth when an action takes place where integration is not already part of the software tool.
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