Here is a list of some of my favorite resources and creative business tools for Etsy sellers and other makers. I have included blogging tools as well since they are–or will be–relevant to many readers.
Creative Business Tools
MailChimp | Free for your first 2,000 subscribers + 12,000 emails sent per month.
Canva | A user-friendly tool to create graphics for social media, blogging, etc.
GoDaddy Bookkeeping | Imports data from Etsy and PayPal–along with Amazon and eBay–to make small business accounting so much easier. Using this has been such a time and sanity saver for me!
(Get 30% off through the link above! Click “All Products” and then “Online Bookkeeping” on the right. The promo code will be automatically added to your cart. Renewals cost more and coupons cannot be used on them, so it’s worth it to purchase multiple years if you are able. I recommend the middle tier, Essentials.)
The Brilliant Business Planner | Designed specifically for creative business owners and packed with incredibly helpful planning tools. Plus it’s lovely.
Bitly | use it to shorten links for social media, internal links on Etsy, etc.
Pretty Darn Cute Design | Both of my sites are built on the Genesis framework using child themes from PDCD: Fun and Modern Blogger Pro. Their themes are attractive (dare I say pretty darn cute?!) and mobile responsive, some are even e-commerce ready, and their support forum is fantastic. Not only do questions get answered quickly, but you can also search to see if your issue has already been addressed or learn how to tweak something in your theme.
Genesis | This is the framework on which my WordPress sites are built.
Namecheap | I have purchased all of my domain names from here. (I won’t tell you how many that is!)
Site Ground Hosting | I moved to this host several months ago on my other site and also use it for this one. I have experienced no problems, and any questions I had early on were answered very quickly. (24/7 support with immediate phone & chat replies and support ticket responses within 10 minutes.) They’ll even transfer your site from your current host at no extra charge, keeping you updated along the way. Hooray for not having to mess with your files or databases!
Social Warfare Plugin | This plugin is not free, but to me it’s worth the $24 to be able to specify the images and descriptions for each social media channel where my content is being shared. For example, when someone chooses the Pin button to share a post, the Pinterest-optimized image and description I’ve created are automatically populated even if that long image isn’t displayed on the post itself. And there are some pretty great options for customizing the share buttons as well.
Screencast-o-matic | There’s a free version, but for $15/year you get many more features and some great editing tools.
Samson Go Mic | Easy to use and portable, this little USB microphone does a great job at a very affordable price. Check out the reviews.
WPBeginner | Here’s another great–and very comprehensive–resource for learning to do things in WordPress.
Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. I may earn a small bit of money or credits at no extra cost to you if you purchase through those links, and that in turn helps keep this site and its content going. I am an affiliate only for tools and resources that I personally use and can recommend.