I get asked all the time about the tools I use/used to start my business. When I was starting out, I could have really used this list! It took me weeks of research to find the resources below.
In the spirit of full disclosure, there are a few affiliate links below (some, but not all).
Legal, Bookkeeping & Payment Processing
LegalZoom– Choosing and setting up a legal structure can be pretty intimidating. I didn’t have a go-to lawyer at the time I set up my LLC, so I let the folks over at LegalZoom.com do the heavy lifting for me.
Honeybook– If you own a creative business, Honeybook is a lifesaver! They’ve streamlined the process from inquiry to booking and signing contacts online. I can’t even begin to say enough about how much time, energy, and frustration Honeybook has saved me. Use this link to visit honeybook.com and save $50 off your membership!
Square– You’ve worked hard for that money, and you need to be able to accept credit card payments! I stumbled upon Square, and found it really easy to get started.
Quickbooks for Self-Employed- I wanted to be able to track my expenses and easily pay my quarterly estimated taxes. Quickbooks has been a lifesaver! I just linked it to my bank account and can quickly track my income and expenses. Sign up with this link, and you’ll get 50% off your first six months.
Website Template & Hosting
BluChic– I knew less than nothing about creating a website. After all my research, I decided a WordPress website would suit my needs well. I found the Bluchic website and fell for their clean, elegant themes. Their setup guides walked me through the whole process of getting started.
Bluehost– Websites need domain names and web hosting, and Bluehost offers both at an affordable price. What is web hosting? It is essentially what stores your website and allows/enables it to be found online. Use this link to get your domain and hosting today!
Social Media & Design
Hootsuite– As a new business, I needed to get my message out there and, of course, social media was/is a vital part of that. There’s so much to keep up with, a platform like Hootsuite simplifies things by allowing me track multiple accounts from one place. *cue sigh of relief*
Canva– Obviously, I would need pictures/graphics for my website. A friend recommended Canva to me and I was hooked. It was so easy to create quality graphics!
Over– This is Another great resource for pictures/graphics for your website. I’m not entirely certain how I found the Over app, but I use it so often, I’m not sure how I ever lived without it?!
IZEA– IZEA’s tag line says it all, they “connect influential content Creators with the world’s biggest brands.” The best part about IZEA is that you don’t actually have to have a blog, just a strong social media following. Interested? You can sign up here.
Linqia– Linqia also matches influencers with brands. I’ve had a wonderful experience so far! If you have at least 2,500 visitors to your blog or that many followers on Facebook or Twitter, are based in North America, focus on parenting or home & garden, then you should absolutely sign up now!