It’s totally okay (and absolutely normal) to feel overwhelmed when you’re starting a creative business. Between learning how to market yourself and your products, figuring out finances and inventory, and keeping up with the ever-changing world of social media, it can be overwhelming trying to do all the things at once.
But let’s not worry about doing all the things. Let’s just start with a few things.
Whether you’re just starting out in business or looking to grow, there are a few important tools you absolutely must have.
And through years of researching, testing, budgeting (those subscriptions add up!), and of course, failing, I’ve found my favorite tools to run my business.
So today I’m going to share my favorite tools that I use every day in my creative online business. (And just so you know, some of these links are affiliate links, which means I could earn a small commission should you choose to click!)
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1. FloDesk. This email provider is new on the scene, and technically still in beta mode, but holy moly is it cool! The design elements are amazing, and you don’t have to do a single bit of coding to get gorgeous emails. Their workflow set-up is super easy, and they even have templates of all kinds to get you started! Click here to get 50% off your FloDesk subscription! I promise — it’s worth it!
2. ShowIt. I’ve used just about all of the free do-it-yourself website builders, but literally nothing compares to Showit. I love website design, but I know very little about coding, so ShowIt is the perfect software for me. You create your website by dragging and dropping, plus it comes with tons of built-in tools to help your SEO!
3. Dubsado. The client management system that I use to collect forms, contracts and payments! Plus, I love that I can use Dubsado to automate SO MUCH of my inquiry, booking and project workflows. (P.S. You can use the code EGCREATIVECO to get 20% off your first month or year!)
4. Tailwind. The ultimate tool for maximizing your Pinterest strategy. If you don’t already know, you use Tailwind for scheduling content to Pinterest. You queue up all of your content, it tells you when the best time to post is, and then it magically does the rest. Not to mention their customer service team is amazing, and they’re always looking out for their customers.
I hope these programs help you jumpstart your creative business. If you want more tips on running a business, head over to our blog to read more!
P.S. If you’re looking for one-on-one help with growing your Pinterest and your business, make sure to check out my services page to learn more about the new program!