These are some of the brands that I’ve been using for years and am always mentioning to colleagues and clients. Now that I'm an affiliate for several of these companies, I’m even prouder to recommend their services. Tap on any of the logos or links below to see for yourself and use the ones that work for you. And if any work out, please let me know here.
I’m newer to the Leadpages platform but have already grown quite fond of it. It’s where this very website is hosted. Leadpages helps small businesses (like me) connect with an audience (like you), collect leads, and close sales. You can easily and quickly build websites, landing pages, pop-ups, alert bars, and more with very few design skills. Check it out yourself and get your first 14 days on me with no pressure. I think you’ll really dig it.
Shopify kicks major ass and I’ve been using their platform for all online retail businesses I’ve built or created for clients. It’s the world’s leading multi-channel commerce platform that’s helped over 400K businesses sell over $34B (billion with a ‘b’!) worth of products. They really care about sellers and have too many benefits for me to list here. Do yourself a favor and test-drive their platform for 14 days. You’ll see.
Canva is a graphic design platform that allows you to create logos, social media graphics, flyers, presentations, posters, and much more by integrating with millions of images, fonts, templates, and illustrations. It's also a thorn in Adobe's hip because it's totally disrupting and democratizing the design game at a fraction of the cost. It's most def one of my very favorite tools and I highly recommend you try out their "free forever" plan ASAP. And if you want more as I did, upgrade to Canva Pro via a monthly or annual plan.
I found Teachable by accident and it's one of the newer kids on the block. On their platform, anyone can create and sell online courses in minutes. It’s what I used to launch The Smart Brand Masterclass. Their knowledge base and helpful content are impeccable. For my money, they’re the best in the biz by a wide margin. If you have some skills to share, consider becoming an online course creator yourself. Oh, and did I mention you'll get a free 14-day trial on me, no credit card required? Get started here.
The more you learn, the more you earn. A key part of growing a business is knowing what your tribe prefers. IMO, Typeform is unquestionably the best surveying platform for learning what people want and need, key insights in my profession. If you want to truly get to know your customers (which will help you serve them better), you must ask them questions. This baby’s got the beauty, and the brains like you’ve never seen. Great tools and integrations with a very people-friendly touch make this an impeccable tool. Get a taste from their “free forever plan” and upgrade when you’re ready to power-up your surveys.
DesignCuts is my go-to resource for licensing graphic assets to use throughout my work. I don’t always have time or energy to create designs from scratch. Instead, I look to the full-time artists who design and sell fonts, icons, patterns, photos, mockups, and more through DesignCuts, freeing up my time to grow my businesses in other ways. They have a slick marketplace, low-priced bundles every two weeks, and their customer service rivals Zappos'. Check out their latest deal here.
MailerLite helps you optimize your email marketing with some of the most affordable pricing in the game. Their platform is super clean and their drag-and-drop builder is a true delight to use. Plus, they’ve got an amazing company culture over there. I have an account with them and it’s great to be able to use most of their features without being constantly nudged to upgrade my account. I encourage you to check them out as a very formidable alternative to MailChimp and ConvertKit. And when you’re ready, get on their Premium Plan for as little as $84/yr, which is insane. Get started for free.
I don't remember where I learned about Grammarly, but now that I have, I can't live without it. As a brand strategist, I write and clean up a lot of copy for different contexts. And while people appreciate my work, I regularly make mistakes. Grammarly helps me reduce those mistakes considerably. My #1 personal AI writing assistant helps me write more clearly to get the points across with less fluff. And what's noteworthy is that you can tell it's continuously being improved and tweaked by humans, not computers. The way it recognizes tone, intent, and fluency in one's writing is superb. (Grammarly even tightened this here paragraph!) Check it out for free for as long as you like, and then upgrade like I have if you want to supercharge your writing.
When it comes to designing merch, I depend on Printful to create my products and fulfill my orders. They do it all: posters, apparel, mugs, bags, and other accessories. I store my layouts on their server and when an order comes in, Printful picks, prints, and packs the item which is then sent to my customer. All of this is done automagically without me having to warehouse any stock or pick up the phone. It’s the scalable business model and they’ve got my endorsement. See for yourself.
Legalizing your business can be tough. Fortunately, the folks at IncFile.com have your back. They helped us form LETELLIER and keep us current with the requirements in our state. Due date reminders? Check. Clean dashboard? Check. From LLCs to trademark searches... from annual reports to filing business taxes and everything in between, they do it all. I highly recommend using them to keep your business incorporated and compliant. Get started here.
Square democratized POS credit card processing. They did it before everyone else and kept innovating with beautiful hardware, marketing tools, and capital to help you run your business. I encourage you to try Square as an alternative to PayPal to see if it’s right for you. You’ll enjoy free processing on up to $1,000 in credit card transactions for the first 180 days. Afterward, it’s just 2.75% per swipe for all major CC’s. Sign up for free here.
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