I thought it would be really helpful to put together a resource page of tools that I use if not daily then weekly. This  post will be added to regularly as I find and use more tools to make running my business easier each day.

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links on this page are affiliate links. I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase using one of my links, with no additional cost to you. Please know that I only recommend tools and services that I use or have used with great satisfaction and I recommend them here because they are helpful and useful and NOT because of the small commissions I make if you buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you are certain they are value for money and will help you.

In no particular order….

1. Pic Monkey.
I use Pic Monkey to create meme’s and edit photos for my website or product images – in fact nearly everything I used to use Photoshop for!  It’s quick and easy to access as it is an online resource and I love it.  It used to be free, but now has a monthly charge.
Alternative:  Canva or Pixlr)

 2 . Mailchimp
Email marketing.  If you don’t already you should.   Mailchimp is a great place to get started with email marketing.  For free Mailchimp will let you send regular emails whilst collecting up to 2000 emails. This is brilliant for sending out newsletters of having an automated sequence to follow up after signing up.

3.Handcrafted Hosting.
If you have your own website you need hosting. The best hosting I have found by far is with Ben of Handcrafted Hosting. The support is second to none.  You can read more about why I think that here https://www.ahandcraftedbusiness.com/do-i-need-a-website-for-my-craft-business/

5. WordPress.org.
This is a free CMS system for self hosted websites – which sounds a mouthful!  No link because Ben can install it, or you can install it yourself with one click normally from your website c-panel.

6. Guidance and mentoring group for support
Some days you don’t need a tool or resource to help you do something, you need good, honest advice, understanding or a place to go and cheer where people understand what you do.  A Handcrafted Business Members Club is that place!

7.  Paypal.
I nearly didn’t include this one, but I couldn’t run my business without it, so here it is.  When you sell online you need a way to complete transactions.  Paypal is an amazing told for this which makes it super easy.

8. Survey Monkey.
If you want to know what your customers are thinking , the best way is to ask them using an online questionnaire.

9. Planner
I use to have to do lists everywhere but now I use my own planner.  I’ll be putting more info out about next years soon!

10. Dropbox/Google Drive.
I love cloud storage – that way it doesn’t matter what computer I am working on from where I can access everything I want.   WOW!!

11. Free Stock Photos.  There are many different sites out there – my current favourites are pexels.com, pixabay and unsplash.

12. Screencast-O-Matic.  I record videos, including screensharing and use it for editing videos too.

13. Wave.Video  This is a fab tool for creating your own promotional videos.  You can use stock videos or upload your own.

14. Google Analytics – you need to know what is working for you, and this tool tracks and reports back on all your traffic!

Also

Spyfu is a great keyword tool
WooCommerce and Yoast are two plugins I don’t want to live without.
Followerwonk is a nice Twitter tool for finding influential tweeters

This is an article which will change regularly – some will be added and if I find better again will be replaced.

 


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