Pro Resources

Resources

DESIGN AND BRANDING

Photo Editing Apps

A Beautiful Mess — Photo app with filters and editing tools to make beautiful photos.

A Color Story — Photo editing app with filters, movable effects, templates, and more.

Afterlight — Photo editing app.

Enlight — Free iPhone photo editing app.

Facetune — Photo and image retouching iPhone app. 

Over — Overlay, add and edit text on photos.

Placeit — Create iPhone, iPad and other device mockup templates.

Snapseed — Photo editing app.

TouchRetouch — App that removes unwanted blemishes & objects from your photos. 

Unfold — Mobile app and toolkit for creating Instagram Stories.

VSCO — Photo editing app. 

Word Swag — Photo app that allows you to overlay, add and edit text and design photos.

Designers & Branding Experts

If you have the resources and want a pro site from the start, invest in one of these design and branding experts or companies.

The Design Prose – Helping badass, coaches shine online using design, content & Automation – Specialising in simple + chic (frustration-free) WordPress websites. (these guys designed all our sites)

Dribbble — Community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process and projects.

Authentik Studio — Design agency offering branding, web design and growth consulting.

Behance — Online platform to showcase and discover creative work.

Design Pickle — Graphic design services for one flat monthly fee.

SixteenJuly — Branding, website design and digital strategy.

Go Live HQ — Website design for Squarespace and Showit.

Rosemark Creative — Website designer who works with purpose-driven entrepreneurs.

Kebo Creative — Website designer for online entrepreneurs, small businesses and mission-driven organisations.

Lightboard — On-demand design for sales and marketing projects.

Minima Designs — Digital Strategist and one of our B-School mentors.

Pixality Design — Graphic and website designer creating Squarespace websites for fitness, wellness and yoga studios.

Somer Design — Design, marketing and communication solutions for lifestyle brands and businesses in the UK.

Zsofi Koller — Brand identity and website design.

Alchemy + Aim — Website design and development firm also offering strategy services.

Graphic design resources and DIY Apps

0to255 — A free tool for finding similar shades to any colour. Great for hover states, border, gradients, etc.

Adobe Color Wheel — Color palette creator.

Adobe Creative Cloud — Industry standard pro apps and services for video, design, photography, and the web.

Adobe Fonts — Subscription font library.

Adobe Lightroom CC — Edit, organise, store, and share your photos across desktop, mobile, and web.

Canva — DIY graphic design site.

Creative Market — Marketplace to buy graphics, photos, templates, themes, fonts and more.

Death To The Stock Photo — Royalty-free stock photos delivered to you every month.

Design Seeds — Color palette and inspiration library.

Dribbble — Community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process and projects.

Easel.Ly — Turn your written content and data into shareable Infographics.

Envato Elements — Subscription service for graphics, photos, slides, videos, themes, audio files and more.

Graphic Springs — Free online logo maker.

Hands-On — Graphic design company creating customisable designs for social media, postcards, business cards

Invision — Digital Product Design platform, workflow and collaboration tool.

MyFonts — Download @font-face web fonts and desktop fonts.

PicMonkey — DIY Graphic Design site.

Realtime Board — Virtual whiteboard and remote collaboration tool.

Sortfolio — Find a web designer. Browse by style, budget and location.

Stocksy — Stock photos and videos.

TinyJPG — JPEG and PNG optimiser. Compresses images by 40-60%.

Unsplash — Free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.

Withoomph — Free logo generator software.

WordPress Designs/Free Themes

These themes are free and make it easy to change things on the fly.

Astra — Stylish, fast and customisable theme perfect for page builders. Free and pro versions available.

Astrid — Quickly create a business website.

Block Lite — Modern and responsive with a block style for blog posts.

Destin Basic — Lightweight and fully responsive theme.

Editorial — An ultimate, responsive, magazine-style free WordPress theme.

Fortunato — Modern and minimal responsive theme with a large column in the center of the screen.

Genesis — Fast, lightweight theme framework focused on speed, security and mobile friendliness. Use with child themes for ultimate customisation.

Hemingway — Responsive two-column theme that features a parallax scrolling effect and custom options for colors, logos and widgets.

Hestia — Multipurpose theme compatible with Elementor page builder.

Highlight — A flexible, multipurpose WordPress theme.

Hitchcock — Minimalist portfolio theme for designers, photographers, and other creatives.

Hueman — Fully responsive, unique theme that’s great for blogs.

MinimalistBlogger — Responsive WordPress blog and news theme made for bloggers and newspapers.

Neve — Fast, easily customisable, multi-purpose theme.

Nisarg — Well suited for travel, photography, recipe, design, art, personal and any other creative websites/blogs.

OceanWP — Fast, lightweight and works with most page builders.

Publishable Mag — Classic news website, online editorial magazine, a personal modern lifestyle blog or an affiliate review website.

Simplify — Minimalist, clean child theme for the Genesis framework.

Spacious — Clean, spacious theme with a great amount of flexibility and customisation options.

Sydney — Business theme compatible with Elementor page builder.

Twenty Nineteen — Default theme that shows up in the Gutenberg editor.

Twenty Seventeen — Default theme that shows up in the Gutenberg editor.

Writers Blogily — SEO friendly, responsive theme made for blogging, newspapers or journalist writing.

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Legal

Iubenda — Privacy and cookie policy generator.

WordPress Designs / Free Themes

You don’t need a degree in computer science to customise your website, but it does help to have some semblance of control. These themes are free and make it easy to change things on the fly.

Destin Basic — Lightweight and fully responsive theme.

Editorial — An ultimate, responsive, magazine-style free WordPress theme.

Fortunato — Modern and minimalist responsive theme with a large column in the center of the screen.

Hemingway — Responsive two-column theme that features a parallax scrolling effect and custom options for colors, logos and widgets.

Hitchcock — Minimal portfolio theme for designers, photographers and other creatives.

Hueman — Fully responsive, unique theme that’s great for blogs.

Free WordPress Plugins

Various free plugins for WordPress to optimise your website.

Akismet — Checks your comments to see whether they look like spam.

Beaver Builder — Page builder plugin for WordPress.

Broken Link Checker — Checks your posts, comments, and other content for broken links and missing images.

Classic Editor — Official plugin maintained by the WordPress team that restores the previous “classic” WordPress editor and the “Edit Post” screen pre-Gutenberg.

Cloudflare — WordPress plugin ensures your WordPress blog is running optimally on the Cloudflare platform.

Coming Soon Page by Seed Prod — Create simple “coming soon” and maintenance mode pages. Free and pro versions available.

Disqus — Blog comment hosting service for websites and online communities.

Duplicate Post — Clone posts of any type or copy them to new drafts for further editing.

Easy Digital Downloads — Easily sell digital downloads through WordPress with this complete digital downloads management plugin.

Feed Them Social — Custom feeds for Facebook pages, groups, album photos, videos, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube on pages and posts.

Google Analytics — Integrates Google Analytics with your WordPress website.

iThemes Security — WordPress site security plugin.

Jetpack — Tools to increase traffic, view stats, speed up site, add a contact form, protect yourself from hackers and more.

Ninja Forms — Free form builder.

Pretty Links — Shrink, cloak, track, organize and share short links using your domain name. Free and pro versions available.

Shortcodes Ultimate — Create tabs, buttons, boxes, different sliders and responsive videos.

TablePress — Create and manage tables. Embed tables into blog posts, pages, and more.

The Events Calendar — Event management system that offers paid add-on tools to sell tickets, integrate with your theme and more.

UpdraftPlus — WordPress backup plugin. Free and paid versions available.

W3 Total Cache — WordPress Plugin that improves site performance and user experience via caching.

WooCommerce — E-commerce toolkit that helps you sell anything beautifully.

WordFence — Firewall and security scanner.

Yoast SEO — Refine and modify your site SEO settings.

WP Limit Login Attempts — Limits rate of login attempts and blocks IP temporarily (up to 10 minutes).

WP-DB Manager — Optimise/repair/backup/restore WordPress site database, delete backup database, drop/empty tables and run selected queries.

WP-PageNavi — Adds advanced paging navigation interface to your WordPress site.

Website Development & Tech Support

Need your complete site built? Just a quick fix? Hosting down? Did you break something? Here you’ll find a variety of website developers or reliable tech support companies to jump in and help!

Alchemy + Aim — Website design and development firm also offering strategy services.

Balsamiq — Rapid wireframing tool that reproduces the experience of sketching on a whiteboard.

BrowserStack — Test your website for cross-browser compatibility on real browsers. Instant access to multiple desktop and mobile browsers.

BugHerd — Bug and issue tracker for technical and website projects.

Chloedigital — London-based tech solutions company for digital style publishers.

Cipher — WordPress-focused web development agency.

Clarity — Curated online network to connect with expert mentors in marketing, sales and business development.

ClickWP — WordPress tech support.

Codeable — Outsourcing service for WordPress.

Google PageSpeed Insights — Get your PageSpeed score and use suggestions to make your website faster.

Maintainn — WordPress support services for small business, enterprise, and blogging websites.

Moqups — Create and collaborate on wireframes, mockups, diagrams and prototypes.

Piktochart — Infographic design app.

SixteenJuly — Branding, website design and digital strategy.

Sixty — Marketplace for web app users to get on-demand tech support and help.

SuperDuper — Quickly create a fully bootable backup or “clone” of your hard drive, whether you’re recovering from a mishap or migrating between machines.

WP Curve — WordPress support service.

WP Site Care — WordPress support company.

Shopify Experts & Tech Support

Need specialised help with your Shopify website? These Shopify experts are here to help!

Carson — Get small tasks and technical help done by experts for your Shopify site.

Shopify Experts — Find a web design and development company to create a customized online store.

TaskHusky — Expert Shopify and BigCommerce developers.

Squarespace Experts & Tech Support

Need specialised help with your Squarespace website? Relax and reach out to these experts to help you build or maintain your Squarespace site.

Squarespace Specialists — Squarespace designers, developers and setup experts for hire.

Membership Sites & Course Delivery Websites

If you’re building a membership site for your digital course, community, or products, these free & paid options are a great place to start.

Kajabi* — Platform to market, sell, and deliver your knowledge online.

Teachable — Create and sell online courses.

Thinkific — Create and sell online courses.

Wishlist Member* — Turn a WordPress site into a membership site.

AccessAlly — WordPress plugin for membership courses and marketing automation.

CustomerHub — Membership site for Keap by Infusionsoft users that helps manage members, billing and content your members are allowed to see.

SendOwl — Ecommerce platform that helps you sell digital products from your blog, social media or anywhere you can paste a link.

Memberful — Create and sell memberships to your audience.

Memberpress — WordPress membership plugin that integrates with WordPress, Stripe, PayPal and Authorize.net.

Teachery — Platform to create and sell online courses.

Memberium — Infusionsoft membership plugin for WordPress.

OpenLearning — Online learning platform focused on community and student engagement.

Podia — Sell online courses, memberships and digital downloads.

Landing & Lead Capture Pages

If you’re hosting a free webinar, need a quick “coming soon” page or simply want to make an opt-in page for your new free e-book, you’ll need to create a landing page. These services have a wide variety of templates (some free, some paid), to get you started.

About.me — Create a free, one-page website quickly.

Leadpages* — Generate leads and increase revenue using the landing page creator with accompanying suite of lead generation and opt-in tools.

Thrive Themes* — Website services including WordPress templates and plugins.

Click Funnels* — Platform that allows you to create and configure a wide range of lead pages. Professionally created themes that you can configure.

Bloom — Email opt-in plugin.

Mailchimp — Email marketing, autoresponder tools and landing pages.

Beaver Builder — Page builder plugin for WordPress.

Megaphone — Create free WordPress landing pages quickly and easily.

Instapage — Customizable landing pages.

Launchrock — Website builder dedicated to “coming soon” and pre-launch pages.

PopUp Domination* — WordPress pop-up opt-in plugin.

OptinMonster* — Drag and drop opt-in form builder.

A/B Testing & Analytics

Once you’ve got your website up and running, it’s time to see what’s working and what’s not. Create your first split test, view your site traffic analytics, and use this software to show you what your visitors are doing on your site.

Monster Insights — Plugin that connects your WordPress website with Google Analytics.

Google Optimize — Free tool to run split tests on your website.

Kissmetrics — Behavioral analytics and engagement platform.

Optimizely — Customer experience optimization software.

Google Analytics By Monster Insights — WordPress plugin that allows you to connect your WordPress website with Google Analytics, so you can see how visitors find and use your website, and keep them coming back.

Simple Page Tester — Split testing plugin for WordPress.

VWO — Conduct visitor research, run A/B tests, build an optimization roadmap and run continuous tests across platforms.

Website Testing

Ever wonder how your website looks from your customer’s point of view? Use these website testing tools to find out.

Loader — Free load-testing service that allows you to stress test your web-apps and apis with thousands of concurrent connections.

Email Marketing

When you’re ready to start building your mailing list or sending your first newsletter, you’ll need an email marketing provider. Choose one of these easy to use options.

ActiveCampaign — Email marketing, marketing automation, sales CRM and messaging. 

AWeber* — Easy-to-use email marketing and autoresponder tools.

Campaign Monitor — Email marketing tool.

ConvertKit* — Automation and email marketing tool.

Drip — Email marketing automation.

Mailchimp — Email marketing, autoresponder tools and landing pages.

Infusionsoft by Keap* — All-in-one marketing automation, email marketing, ecommerce and affiliate management platform.

Iterable — Email marketing, campaign automation, and growth tools for online business owners.

E-Commerce Resources

If you’re running a business, you’ll need a way to accept payments, process payments, and give your customers what they purchased. These resources do all of the above—some are one-stop shops for all your e-commerce needs, while others do one part of the process.

Authorize.Net — Payment gateway for credit card processing.

Big Cartel — Online store and e-commerce solution for artists and makers.

Cart66 — WordPress shopping cart for selling digital and physical products, donations, and memberships.

EJunkie — Simple shopping cart to sell digital downloads.

Easy Digital Downloads — Complete e-commerce solution for WordPress and selling digital downloads.

Etsy — E-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

Gumroad — Sell music, comics, software, books, and films directly to your audience.

Invodo — Visual content creators for retailers and manufacturers.

PayPal — Online payments system.

Samcart* — Simple shopping cart software that offers upsells, payment plans, and more.

SendOwl — E-commerce platform that helps you sell digital products from your blog, social media or anywhere you can paste a link.

Shopify* — E-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.

Square — Credit card processing and mobile payment company.

Stripe — Online payments system: send money, pay online or set up a merchant account.

WooCommerce — E-commerce toolkit that helps you sell anything online.

WP E-Commerce — WordPress plugin for e-commerce.

Conversion Rate Optimisation & Website Personalisation

Tools to help you easily monitor data from tracking visitors, conversions, targeting and more.

Optimizely — Customer experience optimisation software.

Attribution.io — Compiles web analytics and data into one place.

Google Optimize — Free tool to run split tests on your website.

Segment — Customer analytics and data platform. Collect user data, make better marketing decisions.

Picreel — Tracks user web activity and makes unique exit offers based on visitor activity.

Hotjar — Heatmaps and visitor activity recording.

FullStory — Heatmaps and eye tracking software.

OptiMonk — Engage with your website visitors through on-site messages and exit intent pop ups.

Proof — Display real-time customer activity notifications on your website to increase conversions.

VWO — Conduct visitor research, run A/B tests, build an optimization roadmap and run continuous tests across platforms.

Paid WordPress Plugins

Various paid plugins for WordPress that help make your site extra user-friendly.

Beaver Builder — Page builder plugin for WordPress.

Ultimate Add-ons for Beaver Builder — Custom Beaver Builder modules and templates.

Gravity Forms — Web form creator.

OptinMonster* — Drag and drop opt-in form builder.

Pretty Links — Shrink, cloak, track, organize and share short links using your domain name. Free and pro versions available.

Social Warfare — Add social share buttons to your website or blog.

Soliloquy WP — Responsive WordPress sliders.

Site Security

Tools that will keep your site safe and secure.

Let’s Encrypt — Free, automated and open certificate authority providing website SSL encryption.

Sucuri — Company providing website security, malware scanning, and cleaning.

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Email Marketing

When you’re ready to start building your mailing list or sending your first newsletter, you’ll need an email marketing provider. Choose one of these easy to use options.

ActiveCampaign — Email marketing, marketing automation, sales CRM and messaging. 

ConvertKit* — Automation and email marketing tool.

AWeber* — Email marketing and autoresponder tools.

Campaign Monitor — Email marketing tool.

Crowdfire — Social media and content management tool.

Drip — Email marketing automation.

Mailchimp — Email marketing, autoresponder tools and landing pages.

Iterable — Email marketing, campaign automation, and growth tools for online business owners.

Infusionsoft by Keap* — All-in-one marketing automation, email marketing, ecommerce and affiliate management platform.

Pippity — WordPress pop-up and lead capturing plugin.

Popup Domination* — WordPress pop-up opt-in plugin.

IntroBar — Plugin that adds custom introductions and offers to your website visitors.

Sumo — Website security and malware scanning.

ClickFunnels* — Create and configure lead pages.

Bloom — Email opt-in plugin.

OptinMonster* — Drag and drop opt-in form builder.

Email On Acid — Tool to test your emails across the most popular clients, apps and devices, then go further to measure performance and pivot.

Social Media Sharing & Engagement

Spread your content, message, and business online using the wide range of tools and sites to automate sharing, track where people are seeing your content, and schedule sharing in multiple places (and on repeat).

ShareThis — Free share buttons and tools for your website or blog.

AddThis — Adds share buttons, targeting tools and content recommendations to your WordPress site.

ClickToTweet — “Tweet About This” link generator to promote your blog, website and business.

Sprout Social — Social media management software.

Later — Upload, manage and schedule Instagram posts.

MeetEdgar — Social media management and scheduling software.

Hootsuite — Social media management and scheduling software.

PeopleMap — Instagram marketing tool offering profile analysis, list building, campaign tracking and stat reporting.

AgoraPulse — Social media management tool that works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Buffer — Social media management platform.

CoSchedule — Social media management, blogging editorial calendar, workflow management and analytics.

Iconosquare — Instagram and Facebook analytics and management software.

Tailwind — Pinterest and Instagram scheduler, analytics, and marketing tool.

Socedo — Social media lead generation tool.

Sked Social — Plan and schedule Instagram content.

Planoly — Instagram planning, scheduling and posting tool.

Search Engine Optimisation

SEO means you get seen in more places by people searching for the content you create. These tools will help you optimise your content, get advice to make improvements, and monitor your site’s presence.

Yoast SEO — Refine and modify your site SEO settings.

Google Search Console — Monitors & maintain your site’s presence in Google Search results.

Google Keyword Planner — Find the right keywords to target for display ads, search ads, video ads and app ads.

SEO SiteCheckUp — Check the SEO score of any website.

Moz — SEO tools, training and analytics.

Moz Free Toolbar — SEO toolbar for keyword and website research.

Bing Webmaster Tools — Free service to add websites to the Bing search engine.

Yandex.Webmaster — Track statistics for queries that show your site in search results, see changes in impressions, clicks, CTR for snippets, and other statistics. Check how your site will work with mobile devices.

KWFinder — Keyword research and analysis tool.

Keywords Everywhere — Free browser add-on for Chrome & Firefox that shows search volume, CPC and competition on websites.

SEMrush — Competitive intelligence suite for online marketing, including SEO, PPC, social media and video advertising research.

Quiz & Contest Creation

Want a great way to engage your audience and build your list? Create a quiz using one of these tools. Self-awareness is a gift everyone wants to receive. Quizzes do just that! Plus – contests are just plain fun!

LeadQuizzes — Quiz creator.

Poll Maker — Free poll creator.

Gleam — Create contests, prizes, email capture and rewards.

Contest Domination — Viral contest software for generating qualified leads and sales.

Opinion Stage — Create polls, surveys, quizzes, slideshows and forms.

Qzzr — Online quiz creator software.

Woobox — Create contests, giveaways, coupons, polls, quizzes and more.

Advertising

Tools that’ll make it easy to create ads that are engaging and beautiful, monitor their performance and then tweak them to reach more of your right people.

AdEspresso — Optimize and manage your Facebook ads in one simple dashboard.

Zapier — Automation tool to connect apps.

Canva — DIY graphic design site.

Driftrock — Manage your Facebook ads campaigns.

Perfect Audience — Retargeting advertising platform for Facebook, web and mobile.

Facebook Advertising — Facebook internal ads training and support.

Google Ads — Get in front of customers when they’re searching for businesses like yours.

Keyword Research & Content Development

These resources will help you complete keyword research, plan for content, discover your industry’s top content, and learn what your competition is publishing.

Ahrefs — Research your competitors and monitor your niche.

BuzzSumo — Analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor.

SEMrush — Competitive intelligence suite for online marketing, including SEO, PPC, social media and video advertising research.

Keywords Everywhere — Free browser add-on for Chrome & Firefox that shows search volume, CPC and competition on websites.

KeywordTool.io — Google Keyword Planner alternative.

Feedly — Connect all your website content and organize it into one easy-to-read location.

Scoop.it — Tool for researching and posting curated content.

Moz — SEO tools, training and analytics.

Wordtracker — Free keyword research tool.

Guest Post Pitching Resources

Reach new audiences by pitching yourself to sites who serve your audience. These articles will give you the process to pitch your blog post ideas more successfully.

Kissmetrics Guide To Guest Blogging — Guide to the power of guest blogging.

QuickSprout’s Advanced Guide To Link Building — Learn exact sources where you can score backlinks today for your blog.

Problogger On Finding The Best Blogs For Guest Posting — Learn the secrets of finding and getting published on the best blogs.

Podcast Pitching Resources

Reach new audiences by pitching yourself to podcasts your audience listens to. These articles will give you the process to pitch yourself to podcasts more successfully.

The Ultimate Guide To Pitching Podcasts — Guide to finding the right podcasts, how to pitch yourself and get yourself booked.

How To Pitch Yourself to Be A Podcast Guest — Guide to finding the right podcasts, how to pitch yourself and get yourself booked.

CREATE AND DELIVER YOUR CONTENT

Deliver & Distribute Podcasts

Libsyn — Podcast hosting service and publishing platform for managing, distributing and monetising your content.

SoundCloud — Music and podcast streaming platform.

Audio Editing

Anchor — Record a podcast anywhere and distribute it everywhere.

Audacity — Audio editing software.

Garageband — Apple’s audio editing software.

Membership Sites & Course Delivery Websites

If you’re building a membership site for your digital course, community, or products, these free & paid options are a great place to start.

Customer Hub — Membership site for Keap by Infusionsoft users that helps manage members, billing and content your members are allowed to see.

Kajabi* — Platform to market, sell, and deliver your knowledge online.

Memberful — Create and sell memberships to your audience.

Memberium — Infusionsoft membership plugin for WordPress.

Memberpress — WordPress membership plugin that integrates with WordPress, Stripe, PayPal and Authorize.net.

OpenLearning — Online learning platform focused on community and student engagement.

Patreon — Membership platform to create and deliver paid content.

SendOwl — E-commerce platform that helps you sell digital products from your blog, social media or anywhere you can paste a link.

Teachable — Create and sell online courses.

Teachery — Create and sell online courses.

Thinkific — Create and sell online courses.

Wishlist Member* — Membership software solution that can turn any WordPress site into a full-blown membership site.

Zippy Courses — Tool for teaching and selling your online courses.

Software & Services To Create & Deliver Content

Ready to create and deliver content? Whether it’s a free PDF, a new digital course or a new webinar, these tools will have you covered from top to bottom. Create your presentation, edit your videos, and more!

Beacon — Quickly create lead magnet pages.

Blurb — Create, print, and sell professional-quality photo books.

Scribe — Allows independent authors to have full control over publishing and marketing their book

Camtasia — Screen recording software for Windows.

Email On Acid — Test your emails across the most popular clients, apps and devices and measure performance.

Gumroad — Service that allows you to sell music, comics, software, books, courses, and films online.

Keynote — Presentation software by Apple.

Kindle Direct Publishing — Self-publish and distribute your books, DVDs, CDs, and video downloads on-demand on Amazon.com and other channels.

Play.ht — Convert your written articles into audio.

Powerpoint — PC and Mac software to create presentations and slideshows.

Prezi — Web-based presentation software.

Screenflow — Apple software to capture/record your computer screen.

Snagit — Screen capture and share images, video, and audio. Great for team tutorials.

Video Editing

Whether you create video for online courses, weekly blog posts, your YouTube channel or to post on Facebook, you’ll need to edit your video. These tools will help you create professional videos no matter where you publish them.

Adobe Creative Cloud — Industry standard pro apps and services for video, design, photography, and the web.

Adobe Premiere Pro —Audio and video editing software.

Final Cut Pro — Apple’s professional-level audio and video editing software.

iMovie — Video editing software.

Magisto — Create videos optimized for social media.

Quik — Video editor.

Sony Vegas Pro (PC) — Audio and video editing software for Windows.

PDF Creation

Need to make workbooks, ebooks, transcripts, or worksheets? Create professional PDF downloads using these beginner and pro desktop publishing tools.

Camscanner — Mobile app that turns your phone or tablet into a scanner.

Adobe InDesign — Professional desktop publishing software from Adobe.

Pages — Apple word processing software.

Presentations/Software/Media

Tools to help you create a webinar, or material for your next online course or promotional presentation.

Explanation Videos — Service that creates short videos to explain your business.

Keynote — Presentation software by Apple.

Powerpoint — PC and Mac software to create presentations and slideshows.

Prezi — Web-based presentation software.

ScreenFlow — Apple software to capture/record your computer screen.

SlideShare — Easily publish and share your presentations.

Splasheo — Quickly create captions for your videos.

Webinars & Live Webcasting

Tools to help you broadcast and/or share your next live or pre-recorded webinar.

Demio — Webinar platform with robust analytics and automation.

EasyWebinar — Automated and live webinar platform.

EverWebinar — Automated webinar platform.

Facebook Live — Livestreaming platform on Facebook.

GoToMeeting — Screen sharing, online meetings, webinar and web conferencing platform.

Join.Me — Free screen sharing, online meetings and web conferencing platform.

WebinarJam — Screen sharing, online meetings, webinar and web conferencing platform. Live or pre-recorded webinars supported.

WebinarNinja — Automated and live webinar platform.

Wirecast — Live video streaming software for Mac and PC.

YouTube Live — Host livestream videos.

Zoom — Video conferencing, web conferencing, webinars and screen sharing.

Phone & Video Conferencing

Conduct meetings, interviews and training sessions using one of these phone and video conference platforms.

Google Meet — Live video and voice calls between computers and mobile devices.

Skype — Live video and voice calls between computers and mobile devices.

UberConference — Free conference call software.

Zoom — Video conferencing, web conferencing, webinars and screen sharing.

 

Project Management & Online Business Resources

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? These tools make it easy to collaborate with a few people or a larger team. Plus, they are mostly free to get started using.

Asana — Project management tool.

Basecamp — Project management, team communication and project file storage.

Google Drive — Cloud storage and collaboration using Google Apps.

Trello — Project management tool.

Data Management & Collaboration

These tools will help you create, edit, and share files with collaborators, plus keep your projects organised and all files stored in one place.

Invision — Digital Product Design platform, workflow and collaboration tool.

Realtime Board — Virtual whiteboard and remote collaboration tool.

Amazon S3 — Online cloud storage.

Box — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

Diigo — Social bookmarking website that allows users to bookmark and tag web pages.

Dropbox — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

Evernote For Business — Team collaboration, project management and organisation tool.

Google Drive — Cloud storage and collaboration using Google Apps.

Google Keep — A syncing digital notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists.

Hightail — Send large files, preview visual assets, collect precise feedback and keep creative projects moving.

Loom — Video recording software.

Snagit — Screen capture and share images, video, and audio. Great for team tutorials.

WeTransfer — File transfer app. Free up to 2 GB.

Graphic Design Tools & Resources

Whether you’re doing it yourself, working with experts, or have a VA, you’ll likely need to use one of these graphic design solutions.

Dribbble — Community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process and projects.

Canva — DIY graphic design site.

Invision — Digital Product Design platform, workflow and collaboration tool.

PicMonkey — DIY Graphic Design site.

Sortfolio — Find a web designer. Browse by style, budget and location.

The Stocks — Royalty-free stock photos.

Placeit — Create iPhone, iPad and other device mockup templates.

Fiverr — Freelance services at affordable costs.

Transcriptions

Want to give your audience multiple ways to get value from your content? Turn your videos and audios into transcripts using any one of these transcription companies.

Rev — Transcription service for audios and videos.

Upwork — Global and virtual freelancing platform.

Transcript Divas — Transcription service. 

Verbalink — Transcription, translation and editing services.

Trint — Automated transcription service for audios and videos that uses AI technology to generate searchable and editable transcripts.

Music Licensing

If you’re planning to use music in videos, on your podcasts, or in your promotional videos, make sure you’re legally allowed to do so. Search for the right mood, genre, and length using these sites.

Artlist.io — Library of high-quality royalty-free music for video, YouTube, advertising, and film.

Marmoset Music — Music licensing, clearance, search and collaboration for your creative project.

MARKET YOUR BUSINESS

Copywriting Training

Learn how to create insanely persuasive copy in this course created by our in house copywriter Mandy Tinglert

Click here to access The VIP Guide to Creative Copywriting

Copywriters

Most of us could use a little help crafting our website and sales copy. Hire one of our recommended copywriters to give you the professional edge and persuasive copy you need to make more sales.

The Design Prose – Copywriter Mandy Tinglert

CH Agency — Find a copywriter for your next project.

Marketing Automation

Automating your marketing can be as simple as creating email follow up sequences, redirecting people to the right thank you page, or having people sign up for a webinar and get a welcome email. Here’s a list of services that either do it all or connects apps to make them automated.

ClickFunnels* — Create and configure lead pages.

Drip — Email marketing automation.

Feedblitz — Combines email marketing, social media and RSS feed management.

HubSpot — Free CRM for small businesses.

IFTTT — Connects different apps and devices to create automated workflows.

Infusionsoft by Keap* — All-in-one marketing automation, email marketing, e-commerce and affiliate management platform.

Zapier — Automation tool to connect apps.

Books

Continue your marketing and business education by checking out these books from some of our favourite inspiring business authors.

Advertising Secrets Of The Written Word by Joseph Sugarman*

Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy by Martin Lindstrom*

Content Rules by C.C. Chapman*

The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert Bly*

Influence: The Psychology Of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini*

Ogilvy On Advertising by David Ogilvy*

Optimize: How To Attract And Engage More Customers by Lee Odden*

Positioning by Al Ries*

Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely*

Priceless by William Poundstone*

Purple Cow by Seth Godin*

The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk*

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vaynerchuk*

This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin*

Tribes by Seth Godin*

Triggers: 30 Sales Tools by Joseph Sugarman*

The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy*

Word Of Mouth Marketing by Andy Sernovitz*

The Crossroads Of Should And Must: Find And Follow Your Passion by Elle Luna*

Words That Sell by Richard Bayan*

Graphic Design Services

Whether you’re doing it yourself, working with experts, or have a VA, you’ll likely need to use one of these graphic design solutions.

Dribbble — Community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process and projects.

Canva — DIY graphic design site.

Sortfolio — Find a web designer. Browse by style, budget and location.

Invodo — Visual content creators for retailers and manufacturers.

E-Commerce Resources

If you’re running a business, you’ll need a way to accept payments, process payments, and give your customers what they purchased. These resources do all of the above—some are one-stop shops for all your e-commerce needs, while others do one part of the process!

Authorize.Net — Payment gateway for credit card processing.

Big Cartel — Online store and e-commerce solution for artists and makers.

Cart66 — WordPress shopping cart for selling digital and physical products, donations, and memberships.

DirectPay* — Accept credit cards for your products and services.

EJunkie — Simple shopping cart to sell digital downloads.

Etsy — E-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

Gumroad — Sell music, comics, software, books, and films directly to your audience.

PayPal — Online payments system.

Samcart* — Simple shopping cart software that offers upsells, payment plans, and more.

SendOwl — E-commerce platform that helps you sell digital products from your blog, social media or anywhere you can paste a link.

Square — Credit card processing and mobile payment company.

Stripe — Online payments system: send money, pay online or set up a merchant account.

WooCommerce — E-commerce toolkit that helps you sell anything online.

WP E-Commerce — WordPress plugin for e-commerce.

Affiliate Management & Content Monetisation

Looking for more passive streams of income? Consider signing up with one or more of these sites that help you monetise your content using large affiliate networks that link directly from what you’re already publishing!

Affiliate WP — Affiliate management plugin for WordPress.

Amazon Associates — Amazon.com affiliate program for all products on the site.

Ambassador — Referral marketing software.

CJ Affiliate By Conversant — Affiliate marketing network.

ClickBank — Affiliate marketing network.

Friendbuy — Customer referral program software and email opt-ins for e-commerce.

Rakuten Marketing — Affiliate marketing service provider.

Referral Candy — Customer referral program software.

RewardStyle — Influencer affiliate marketing platform.

ShareASale* — Affiliate marketing network.

Shop Style Collective — Affiliate monetization platform for fashion and lifestyle influencers.

VigLink — Content monetisation service for publishers, forums and bloggers.

A/B Testing

Once you’ve got your website up and running, time to see what’s working and what’s not. Create your first split test, view your site traffic analytics, and see what your visitors are doing on your site.

Monster Insights — Plugin that connects your WordPress website with Google Analytics.

Google Optimize — Free tool to run split tests on your website.

Kissmetrics — Behavioural analytics and engagement platform.

Optimizely — Customer experience optimisation software.

VWO — Conduct visitor research, run A/B tests, build an optimisation roadmap and run continuous tests across platforms.

SUPPORT YOUR CUSTOMERS
Gather Feedback & Survey Customers

Gather customers’ feedback through various surveys and forms.

Bucket.io — Survey and quiz creator that integrates with multiple email marketing platforms.

Google Form — Create free surveys and forms with analytics.

Paperform — Create stylised webforms with custom templates.

Pollfish — Surveys delivered directly to a massive network of real consumers.

SurveyMonkey Audience — Create surveys and pay to target specific types of people fill them out. 

SurveyMonkey — Free online survey creation tool.

Customer Relationship Management

Ever forgot to follow up with someone who was ready to purchase your consulting services? What about sent a reminder to someone twice? Did someone ask for tech help and your customer service person didn’t respond? Check out this list of robust and super simple apps to manage all of your business relationships—customers, leads, and partners.

Behance — Online platform to showcase and discover creative work.

Help Scout — Help desk software.

HubSpot — Free CRM for small businesses.

Insightly — CRM and sales tracking software.

Nimble — Customer relationship management tool and app.

Salesforce — Customer relationship management (CRM) platform.

Streak — Customer relationship management (CRM) platform for Gmail.

Customer Messaging & Live Chat

How you communicate with your customers, potential leads, partners, and team matters. These customer messaging & live chat apps make it simple to respond quickly–plus they’re great for small and large teams.

Chatroll — Live event chat software.

FollowUp — Extend your Gmail inbox with follow-up reminders, email tracking, auto follow-up, contacts lookup, send later and email snooze.

Freshdesk — Online cloud-based customer service software providing help desk support.

Intercom — Customer messaging platform for sales, marketing and support.

ManyChat — Visual bot builder and messaging platform for Facebook Messenger.

Olark — Live chat for sales, marketing and customer support on your website. 

SnapEngage — Screencapture and share images, video and audio.

Sparkcentral — Social media based customer service platform.

Voxer — Voice, text and video chat app.

Zendesk Chat — Live chat software.

SUPER CHARGE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media managment

Agorapulse — Social media management tool that works with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.

Buffer — Social media management platform.

Crowdfire — Social media and content management tool.

Hootsuite — Social media management and scheduling software.

Iconosquare — Instagram and Facebook analytics and management software.

Keyhole — Hashtag tracking for Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Later — Upload, manage and schedule Instagram posts.

MeetEdgar — Social media management and scheduling software.

Plann — Visual planner, scheduler and analytics app for Instagram.

Planoly — Instagram planning, scheduling and posting tool.

Sked Social — Plan and schedule your Instagram content. 

Sprout Social — Social analytics platform.

Tailwind — Pinterest and Instagram scheduler, analytics and marketing tool.

Live Video & Live Chat on Social

How you communicate with your customers and prospects directly impacts sales. Try out some of these live video platforms and live chat on social media to boost engagement, get more attention, and to reach people on powerful platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. People are already on these sites – don’t miss out on an opportunity to connect & support them here!

BeLive — Engage with your audience on Facebook Live or Twitch.

Facebook Live — Livestreaming platform on Facebook.

Instagram Live — Livestreaming platform on Instagram.

ManyChat — Visual bot builder and messaging platform for Facebook Messenger.

SnapEngage — Screencapture and share images, video and audio.

Wirecast — Live video streaming software for Mac and PC.

YouTube Live — Host livestream videos.

 

Online Reputation Management

Managing your online reputation means knowing where you stand with your competitors. Use these tools to keep track of how well you’re doing in search engines like Google and on the main social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

Brand Yourself — Manage your online reputation, Google ranking, and personal branding. 

Mention — Monitor your competitors, products, industry, customers and campaigns online.

Sprout Social — Social analytics platform.

Optimise Social Media Sharing

Right message, wrong image? Ensure your content shows up the right way when you share it on social media.

Facebook Debug Tool — Tool that lets you preview how your content will look when it’s shared to Facebook, and debug any issues with your Open Graph tags.

MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS

Legal

Iubenda — Privacy and cookie policy generator.

Co-working Spaces & Event Space Rentals

Breather — Rent office and event/meeting/work spaces.

Copass — A global network of co-working spaces.

Desks Near Me — Search for a space to work around the world.

Industrious — Co-working and shared office space.

Spacious — Co-working space in NYC and San Francisco.

The Farm — Affordable Co-working Space in NYC – with dedicated and shared office spaces.

WeWork — Rent dedicated office space, use their co-working area, or host events. Nationwide locations.

Google Mail Apps

Did you know you can schedule responses to emails, see who people are before you respond to them, and set reminders to follow up with people who email you–right from your inbox? Don’t miss these amazing free apps if you use Google Mail or a Gmail account.

Boomerang — Tool for mobile, Gmail and Outlook that allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date.

FollowUp — Extend your Gmail inbox with follow-up reminders, email tracking, auto follow-up, contacts lookup, send later and email snooze.

Appointment & Meeting Scheduling

Tired of back and forth emails looking for the best time to meet someone? These appointment and meeting scheduling services will help make setting an appointment, interview, or meeting easy with just a click of a button.

Calendly — Online meeting and appointment scheduling software.

Timetrade — Online meeting and appointment scheduling software.

Acuity Scheduling — Online appointment scheduling software.

Time Tracking, Reporting & Invoicing

Whether you’re freelancing, consulting, or coaching/hiring people to do this for you, you’ll need some good systems to keep track of who’s doing what… and how much to pay them. These tools help generate invoices and track your time (or someone else’s), so you’ll invoice with integrity.

Freshbooks — Cloud-based accounting software for small business owners.

Toggl — Time tracking app and employee timesheet software.

Harvest — Web-based time tracking and reporting tool.

Workflow Automation & App Integration

Want to automate your business and marketing systems? Check out these tools that connect your marketing, business, and project management apps and easily create automated systems.

Zapier — Automation tool to connect apps.

IFTTT — Connects different apps and devices to create automated workflows.

Webinars & Live Webcasting

Tools to help you broadcast and/or share your next live or pre-recorded webinar.

BeLive — Engage with your audience on Facebook Live or Twitch.

Demio — Webinar platform with robust analytics and automation.

EasyWebinar — Automated and live webinar platform.

EverWebinar — Automated webinar platform.

Facebook Live — Livestreaming platform on Facebook.

GoToMeeting — Screen sharing, online meetings, webinar and web conferencing platform.

Join.Me — Free screen sharing, online meetings and web conferencing platform.

WebinarJam — Screen sharing, online meetings, webinar and web conferencing platform. Live or pre-recorded webinars supported.

WebinarNinja — Automated and live webinar platform.

Wirecast — Live video streaming software for Mac and PC.

YouTube Live — Host livestream videos.

Zoom — Video conferencing, web conferencing, webinars and screen sharing.

Phone & Video Conferencing

Conduct meetings, interviews and training sessions using one of these phone and video conference platforms.

Join.Me — Free screen sharing, online meetings and web conferencing platform.

Skype — Live video and voice calls between computers and mobile devices.

UberConference — Free conference call software.

Zoom — Video conferencing, web conferencing, webinars and screen sharing.

Data Management & Collaboration

Everything in its place will make your projects organised and more successful. These tools will help you create, edit, and share files with collaborators, plus keep your projects organised and all files stored in one place.

Google Drive — Cloud storage and collaboration using Google Apps.

Dropbox — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

Box — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

WeTransfer — File transfer app. Free up to 2 GB.

Evernote For Business — Team collaboration, project management and organization tool.

Google Keep — A syncing digital notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists.

Hightail — Send large files, preview visual assets, collect precise feedback and keep creative projects moving.

Invision — Digital Product Design platform, workflow and collaboration tool.

Diigo — Social bookmarking website that allows users to bookmark and tag web pages.

Amazon S3 —Online cloud storage.

Graphic Design Resources & DIY Apps

Whether you’re doing it yourself, working with experts, or have a VA, you’ll likely need to use one of these graphic design solutions.

Dribbble — Community of designers sharing screenshots of their work, process and projects.

Canva — DIY graphic design site.

Death To The Stock Photo — Royalty-free stock photos delivered to you every month.

MyFonts — Download @font-face webfonts and desktop fonts.

PicMonkey — DIY Graphic Design site.

Sortfolio — Find a web designer. Browse by style, budget and location.

Stocksy — Stock photos and videos.

The Stocks — Royalty-free stock photos.

Unsplash — Free images and photos you can download and use for any project. No attribution required.

A Beautiful Mess — Photo app with filters and editing tools to make beautiful photos.

Over — Photo app that allows you to overlay, add and edit text, and design photos to boost your social media profile.

Word Swag — Photo app to add and overlay text to your photos.

Fiverr — $5 tasks – everything from graphic design to video editing and more.

Freepik — Free vectors, PSDs, photos and free icons.

E-Commerce Resources

If you’re running a business, you’ll need a way to accept payments, process payments, and give your customers what they purchased. These resources do all of the above—some are one-stop shops for all your e-commerce needs, while others do one part of the process!

Authorize.Net — Payment gateway for credit card processing.

Big Cartel — Online store and e-commerce solution for artists and makers.

Cart66 — WordPress shopping cart for selling digital and physical products, donations, and memberships.

Churn Buster — Recover failed subscription payments, update credit cards with advanced dunning workflows for Stripe, Braintree, Authorize.net, Paypal, and more.

EJunkie — Simple shopping cart to sell digital downloads.

Etsy — E-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

Gumroad — Sell music, comics, software, books, and films directly to your audience.

Invodo — Visual content creators for retailers and manufacturers.

PayPal — Online payments system.

Proof — Display real-time customer activity notifications on your website to increase conversions.

ReferralCandy — Customer referral program software.

Samcart* — Simple shopping cart software that offers upsells, payment plans, and more.

SendOwl — E-commerce platform that helps you sell digital products from your blog, social media or anywhere you can paste a link.

Shopify* — E-commerce platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.

Square — Credit card processing and mobile payment company.

Stripe — Online payments system: send money, pay online or set up a merchant account.

Worldplay — Payment processor and POS solution for businesses of all sizes.

WooCommerce — E-commerce toolkit that helps you sell anything online.

WP E-Commerce — WordPress plugin for e-commerce.

Affiliate Management & Content Monetisation

Looking for more passive streams of income? Consider signing up with one or more of these sites that help you monetise your content using large affiliate networks that link directly from what you’re already publishing!

Amazon Associates — Amazon.com affiliate program for all products on the site.

Ambassador — Referral marketing software.

CJ Affiliate By Conversant — Affiliate marketing network.

ClickBank — Affiliate marketing network.

Rakuten Marketing — Affiliate marketing service provider.

RewardStyle — Influencer affiliate marketing platform.

Share A Sale* — Affiliate marketing network.

Shop Style Collective — Affiliate monetisation platform for fashion and lifestyle influencers.

Viglink — Content monetisation service for publishers, forums and bloggers.

Project Management & Team Collaboration

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? Use one or a combination of these tools to make sure your projects keep moving forward easily. Most are free to use with a small team and easy to set up.

Asana — Project management tool.

Basecamp — Project management, team communication and project file storage.

Google Drive — Cloud storage and collaboration using Google Apps.

Trello — Project management tool.

Invision — Digital Product Design platform, workflow and collaboration tool.

17hats — Software for creating systems and automating business processes.

Box — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

Dropbox — Cloud storage you can expand and share with your team or other collaborators.

FollowUp — Extend your Gmail inbox with follow-up reminders, email tracking, auto follow-up, contacts lookup, send later and email snooze.

Google Keep — A syncing digital notepad that connects to Google Drive. It also supports photo notes, voice notes, and checklists. 

PBWorks — Real-time collaborative editing system. Create a team wiki where all your business information lives.

Process Street — Create and manage your team’s recurring checklists and procedures.

Sweet Process — Create, document and share standard operating procedures (SOPs) for all activities in your business.

Wrike — Project management tool.

Bookkeeping & Accounting

Getting in the habit of caring for your business financial health starts with keeping track of the money coming in and going out. These sites, services, and people will help you get started and know for sure if you’re growing or not.

Bench — Online bookkeeping software for small businesses.

Expensify — Expense report management and receipt tracking app for iPhone.

Fogged In Bookkeeping — Remote bookkeeping and accounting solutions firm.

Freshbooks — Invoice and accounting software for small businesses.

HoneyBook — Platform to manage projects, book clients, send invoices and get paid.

Justine Lackey, Good Cents Bookkeeping — Professional bookkeeping services for artists, creative professionals and small businesses.

Less Accounting — Small business accounting software.

PlanetSoho — Create, track and manage invoices.

Shoeboxed — Receipt scanning and expense tracking app.

Wave — Small business invoicing, accounting, payroll, tracking expenses, and more.

Hiring Virtual Assistance

Business is about collaboration. While you might do it all alone at the beginning, eventually you’ll need to find help. Start here.

Upwork — Global and virtual freelancing platform.

Authentic Jobs — Job board for designers and creative pros.

Fiverr — Freelance services at affordable costs.

Music Licensing

If you’re planning to use music in videos, on your podcasts, or in your promotional videos, make sure you’re legally allowed to do so. Search for the right mood, genre, and length using these sites.

Artlist.io — Library of high-quality royalty-free music for video, YouTube, advertising, and film.

Password Management

If you find yourself constantly resetting your forgotten passwords, look no further. Grab a password management app to keep track of all your sites in one spot. Not only will you take back the hours you spend resetting passwords, but you’ll also be able to share passwords securely with team members.

LastPass — Software that secures and manages your passwords.

1Password — Password protection and management software.

Team Communication

Whether you have 1, 2 or 20 people, finding a way to keep in touch with your team is critical to keeping your business moving forward. These apps do just that – and make it easy to respond quickly when necessary.

Twist — Communication app for teams.

Slack — Message and communication platform for teams.

I Done This — Team progress tracking software.

Monday — Team management, collaboration and tracking web app.