Bonjour my fancy, fangled freelancing friend! If you’re looking for tools and products to help you build your business and be more productive than you’re going to love my resources page. I’ve compiled and vetted this list with so much amazing stuff. (P.S. There may even be special discounts just for you!)
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
Best Affordable WordPress Hosting Around
If you want a great web host that offers amazing support, daily backups, and fast page speed at a low price, then I highly recommend SiteGround. I’ve tested BlueHost, DreamHost, and HostGator, and Siteground is the only shared hosting platform I’m willing to recommend. Start or move your blog over to them today!
Divi Theme by Elegant Themes
As a web designer, I’ve tested and reviewed a lot of WordPress themes and frameworks. As far as an all-in-one theme builder goes, Divi has risen to be one of the best — and a personal favorite! So much so that I even designed this blog with it.
With Divi, you can build and design your perfectly branded site for your business right in the front screen, no coding needed!
You can also A/B test pages which makes it perfect for landing pages.
ThriveLeads for Email Popups and Landing Pages
While I’ve always loved the features that LeadPages offers, the truth it that it’s just too much; too much money and too many features for what I need.
To create a great online experience, get sign up to my email list and to create a functional marketing funnel on my blogs, I use ThriveLeads and Thrive Landing Pages.
I’ve used them for years and love the designs that comes with it. Some people have seen a 230%+ increase in conversion after switching to ThriveLeads! I’m not an affiliate of these guys, but I don’t care. They’re awesome and I highly recommend it!
I’m a bit old-school when it comes to keeping track of tasks and life.
I’ve tried a lot of calendars but as an entrepreneur, business owner, and busy mom to two active boys nothing flowed right with my lifestyle until I found the PandaPlanner.
I love the large weekly view planner to help me see my workload for the week and the month layout at the front of the book to help me keep track of stuff for the year. The PandaPlanner changed the way I work and get stuff done. I don’t know what I would do without it!
If you want to try something new to help you keep track and stay on track, then I highly recommend this planner.
Other Go-To Productivity Tools
GetPlan.co ~ While I love my PandaPlanner, I still like to turn into a digital calendar to track things at times. When I do, I use this free calendar app. Best one I’ve ever used and I love the simplicity of it!
Brain.FM ~ Listening to music when I work tends to distract me more than anything else so I slap on a pair of headphones and tune to this instead. The sounds are made to mimic brain frequencies for when you’re mind is in high productivity mode and help get you in work mode faster.
Evernote Premium ~ While I love the free version of Evernote, the next step up is my favorite version. I do a lot of jotting down on my iPad Pro with Evernote and do a lot of brainstorming here. The other thing I love is saving emails to Evernote. I’m on the email list of a lot of entrepreneurs and copywriters so I save the emails to study their style and email funnels. Seriously
Trello ~ Mapping out email funnels and content calendars is a must for me. I do a lot of topic braindumps in Trello and the reorganize as needed. If you need help keeping life in order, this is a great free option.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones ~ I work from home with two rowdy boys, and let’s face it… it’s very distracting. When they get too noisy playing with Dad or Nana while I’m in the office, I put these on and tune them out for a bit. Helps sooooo much!
Social Media and Writing Tools
Grum.co ~ What few of you may know is that I run a few Instagram channels. With Grum, I can upload and plan Instagram posts ahead of time, then set them to post without my needing to approve it.
Buffer ~ Yup. I’m a Buffer buff. When it comes to keeping up with social media content on Twitter and Facebook, I love using this tool and keeping it topped. If you’re looking for an inexpensive social media tool with a ton of integrations, then snag this guy. The iPhone app is an added bonus for on-the-go social sharing.
Quuu ~ This is my secret weapon for keeping Buffer full of really interesting posts and content. With Quuu, you simply choose topics in your niche that you want to share and Quuu collects content in said niche and adds it to your Buffer feed. It’s a set and forget type of thing which means I don’t have to spend hours finding content to share.
Quuu Promote ~ This is part of Quuu, but the other side of the coin. With this tool, I add my blogs content to their dashboard and pay a low price to have them promote my content. This tool is AMAZING for content promotion. Seriously, if you don’t use anything else in this list, try this
Grammarly ~ This tool is a MUST. If you’re not using it already, then start today! It might not as good as having an Editor, but it’s the next best thing.