I have been running my blog for just about 6 years and my own shop for close to 2. I’ve used many products, services, and tools over the years and have since grown to love just a handful. I’m sharing my favorite business tools and products with you because they’re amazing and I simply can’t live without them.
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Envato has become my number one go-to website for so many things such as mockups, templates, graphics, stock photos, and even YouTube music that aren’t found anywhere else. Their resources are endless! I pay $33 dollars a month which is kind of a steep price Considering everything I have access to, it is well worth the money.
I’ve tried a few different scheduling tools over the years. I used Buffer, but eventually found that it was just not good enough. Sometimes, my scheduled posts wouldn’t be posted. It didn’t offer the ability to schedule Pinterest with their free version either. Because of this, I paid the $10 per month fee to use their Pinterest scheduler. Every time I did, my Pinterest stats dropped!
I was quick to cancel that service and have since found Hootsuite. I use their free option and have the ability to schedule up to 30 posts across Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest at any given time. While I could upgrade to a paid plan, 30 posts work well for me. I come out with new content often and post manually every day.
I started out my shop on Etsy and after a year of selling there, I realized that I could do better elsewhere. Because my shop products aren’t priced very high, I simply wasn’t making a profit. That’s when I started to look into Shopify and came across their Lite option.
Why did I choose Shopify Lite over the basic Shopify option? I wanted to integrate my shop into my blog so that everything was in one place. Shopify Lite allows me to integrate my shop into my website professionally while still utilizing all of what Shopify has to offer. I pay just $10 a month! All I had to do was create specific pages for my shop and add a little bit of code to each one. Boom! It was that easy!
I use the Elementor plugin on WordPress to create customized pages. Elementor allows me to create a page for my blog categories so they’re listed in a neat and appealing way. I did the same for my shop’s homepage, setting up featured boxes for each collection so everything is easy to find.
Photoshop is more than just a way for me to make my printables and digital shop products. I use Photoshop to easily make images for social media and website pages. There are a lot of image creators online such as Canva and PicMonkey and have used them both, but I simply can’t live without Photoshop!
Business tools and products for bloggers and small shop owners you simply can’t live without!Tweet
There are a lot of resources for bloggers and small business owners. Like I said before, I’ve used a lot of them over the years, but these are my go-to’s for running my business. Feel free to share with me anything that you use or anything I may like. Who knows, maybe there’s something out there that I would love more!