Tired of sifting through Google’s search results to find the right tool for your business? We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to help you get started!
Full disclosure, this page includes affiliate links which means we do make money from spreading the word but we promise to only recommend tools we’ve tried, tested and loved for our own business.
Divi Theme – When it comes to WordPress themes, Divi is our go to theme. There is a learning curve with Divi but there is a lot of support and documentation provided. In the 13 years we’ve been using it, the theme has easily met our needs. Plus the team at Elegant themes is always working on additional features so we’re confident that Divi will continue to be our theme of choice.
Ivory Mix – Looking for some awesome images to use on your blog and social media profiles? IvoryMix has a free library of images, or you can sign up for her photo membership to get access to even more of her collections. Her blog is also full of tips for marketing your business. Overwhelmed? Here’s a good place to start: https://ivorymix.com/start-a-blog-the-beginners-ultimate-guide.
ManageWP – There’s nothing worse than putting a ton of work into your website only to have your all your work disappear. ManageWP can save you a lot of time & trouble by automatically backing up your site on a monthly basis. If you make a lot of changes and want the ability to do manual back ups the cost is only $2 a month per website. ManageWP also has options for website security and uptime monitoring (meaning you’ll get a notification if your website goes down). ManageWP is a great option for managing your site until you can hire a professional to do the ongoing maintenance.
Unsplash – Another great option for photos. With this site you won’t have to opt in or pay for a monthly subscription to use some of the photos. However if you want access to more options you can upgrade to Unsplash+. Not sure what to search for? Check out the collections at the top of the site, Business & Work and People generally have what we’re looking for when we’re looking for client images.
Canva – Need something to edit your new images and aren’t ready to make the leap into Photoshop? With canva.com you can edit your images and even use their pre-made templates to create images for your social media profiles and posts. There’s a free and paid level, but if you’re just getting started you can do plenty before subscribing to their paid plan.
Siteground – In our 13 plus years of working with websites we’ve tried more than our fair share of hosting companies, and we can’t emphasize enough the importance of choosing a good host. One that provides technical support when you need it, and offers you the room to grow your website along with your business. For the last few years we have used Siteground for all of our websites and happily recommend the company to all of our clients as well.
Leonie Dawson’s Biz & Life Academy – We found Leonie Dawson years ago when we were still new-ish to this entrepreneur thing and we loved realizing that we could create success on our terms. If you want to create a business and life that you love (because you don’t have to choose!), Leonie’s courses and workbooks are a great place to start.
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Here’s Some Advice From Two Women Who Have Been There And Done That – Looking for advice from more seasoned business owners? Check out this post!
The Top 10 Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make – After reading this post, I can honestly say that these are mistakes that even experienced entrepreneurs can make. Either way, a must read for a new biz owner.
Why Entrepreneurs Constantly Burnout and How you Can Prevent It – Before you get too deep into your business, read about burnout so that you can see the signs and avoid it before it’s too late.
Lucky Bitch – Mindset has been a huge part in growing our business, but even if that’s not your thing, you’ll still find practical business tips on Denise’s blog. For example, here’s a post on setting business boundaries. Take it from us, it’s never too early to think about how to set boundaries in your business. After all, you’re creating something that’s supposed to serve your life, and not the other way around.