My favourite creative business tools!

These are the tools I personally use, or that come highly recommended from trusted sources. I’m a bit of a tool junkie so I’m always on the hunt for a new or better tool to help grow my blog & handmade businesses.

I get access to some special introductory offers as an affiliate with some of these programs, so I’ve included the bonus goods you might be eligible for in parentheses where applicable!

If you’re looking for info on vinyl crafting supplies in Canada, you can find that list here.

Sell your Handmade Goods

Social media

  • Pinterest & Instagram Scheduling: Tailwind (get a $15 account credit, good for one free month of Plus)
  • Facebook & Other Social Media Scheduling: Buffer or Hootsuite
  • Design your own social media graphics: Canva

Productivity

  • To-do lists: Trello (Free! I use their iPhone app every day too)
  • Track your time: RescueTime

E-mail

  • Get a professional e-mail: G Suite (Start today with a free 14-day trial, and e-mail me if you want a promo code for 20% off your first year)
  • E-mail marketing: MailerLite or MailChimp (I’m using a free MailChimp plan currently but contemplating a switch)

Learning

  • Online creative classes: Skillshare (2 month free trial)
  • Digital education to start or grow your creative business: CreativeLive (check the On Air listings for free classes, and you can watch one free lesson each day on their cell phone app)
  • Free tutorials about almost everything: YouTube

Writing

  • Improve your post readability: Hemingway App (Free online)
  • Pick winning headlines: Headline Analyzer (free)
  • Correct your spelling and grammar on the go: Grammarly
  • Character limit counter: Letter Count (Stop getting ‘characters exceeded, now you have to redo your whole pin’ messages from Pinterest!)

Other

  • Hosting: Siteground
  • Commerical use fonts & designs: I made a list of my favs.
  • Shipping to the US: Chit Chats (I love this services; it’s cheaper for me to send stuff to the US than Canada which is ridiculous!)
  • Find the perfect colour palette: Coolors
  • Access your photos & files from anywhere: DropBox (get a bonus 500MB when you sign up!)

My Library

* The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo – I listened to this using a free Audibles trial and it made me want to throw out EVERYTHING. I didn’t, but it’s a slow work in progress. I found a free KonMari Trello board and have dreams of one day being a minimalist. The Netflix show of it is SUPER inspiring (and made me cry a little)
* I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi – This book legit changed my life. I read it when I was in my early 20s, applied it and saved up enough money to try to walk across Canada (which is a long and wild story for another time.) His website has TONS of free info, and I’ve learnt more from his free material (especially the e-mail newsletters) than I have from other folks courses or ebooks that I’ve paid for.
* Wishcraft by Barbara Sher – It seems weird to recommend a 45-year-old, but the outdated examples don’t diminish the value of this book. It is gold. If you’re not a ‘need a hardcopy’ kinda person, you can get a free PDF of this book at Wishcraft.com. Also, if you’re anything like me and want to do ALL THE THINGS (a common trait amongst makers, I’ve found) her book Refuse to Choose totally spoke to my soul. 

 

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