When you're a solopreneur or small biz owner, having the right tools and resources can make a huge difference! These are the business and blogging tools that I personally use and recommend – so yes, some of them are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you decide to make a purchase. I would recommend all of the following tools even if I weren't an affiliate for them!

EMAIL + COMMUNICATION

ConvertKit*

For email marketing, I love using ConvertKit. I switched from MailChimp a couple of years ago and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to segment their email list and/or automate email marketing sequences. It's easier to use than the “fancy” email marketing systems like Infusionsoft but still has a lot of amazing features!

 

SLACK

Speaking of emails – I hate spending a lot of time in my inbox. Slack is my favorite tool for messaging with teams (or my husband) and keeping things organized in various threads. It’s also really easy to search and it’s free!

 

SCHEDULING + PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Acuity Scheduling*

This tool makes it SUPER easy for my consulting clients to schedule appointments, complete questionnaires, and pay for their sessions all at the same time. I use Acuity's “Emerging Entrepreneur” (basic) plan which is just $10/month (there's a 14 day free trial if you want to give it a try)!

 

Asana

I use Asana for project management and could not work without it! It’s perfect for keeping projects organized and on track – plus the version I use is free! It makes planing projects, assigning tasks, setting due dates and managing collaborations so, so easy.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

SmarterQueue*

My BFF SmarterQueue is great for scheduling Twitter + Facebook because it saves so much time. Instead of publishing your social media updates just once or having to reschedule them when you want to share again, SmarterQueue saves them in a library that you can build over time and automatically re-share. Read why I think SmarterQueue is the best social media scheduler for evergreen content in this blog post and get a 30 day free trial via this link! 

 

Tailwind*

For Pinterest scheduling / analytics, Tailwind is amazing. I love that you can schedule pins to multiple boards at the same time and the analytics are so helpful in determining which pins / boards are performing well (or not). I’ve seen a HUGE increase in referral traffic (and email subscribers!) from Pinterest since I started using Tailwind. Highly recommend – you can schedule up to 100 pins for free, plus get a free month when you sign up here!

BoardBooster*

I actually use 2 tools for Pinterest – Tailwind is great for new pins / tribes / pinning to group boards, but I love BoardBooster‘s looping feature for recycling old content. I loop around 15 pins per day which saves a lot of time for just $5/month! Get 100 free pins when you sign up here!

Planoly*

I've tried pretty much every Instagram scheduler, but my favorite is Planoly. I love that it allows you to visually plan your feed, manage multiple accounts, post automatically, and easily see relevant analytics! There is both a web and app version which is great since I share images from both my computer and my phone!

 WEBSITE

Siteground*

I started with a different hosting company and had a ton of issues until I switched to Siteground last year. I've had no complaints since switching to Siteground and their customer service is always super helpful when I have questions!

Bluchic*

For chic WordPress themes, I love Bluchic! I also use their coordinating Social Media Graphics and Landing Page Templates to make setting up marketing and sales funnels a breeze!

Creative Market*

For fonts, graphics, design elements, stock photos + more, Creative Market is my go-to resource. You can also find my stock photos on Creative Market!

PHOTOGRAPHY

Camera Gear

I shoot with a Sony a7riii (I switched from a Canon DSLR and have no regrets!) +  recommend these SD cards (they're super fast). The Sony 55ml f/1.8 Sonnar T Prime Lens is a great option under $1,000 and the Sony FE 24-70 f/2.8 is a more versatile (+ more pricy) option.

LimoStudio Heavy Duty Backdrop Support System + Savage Paper

This is the stand and the heavy duty paper I use for seamless backdrops. Savage paper comes in a ton of different colors and sizes and it doesn't tear easily.