Small Business Resources

Below are services that I have used and/or still continue to use and would recommend. Some of the below links may be affiliate links and I may receive a small compensation or other credit for referring you. I do not include any products or services here that I do not personally recommend. If you do follow a link, thank you very much!

Productivity

Agency Analytics - SEO tools, monitoring and reporting suite. We used this while we were offering our own SEO plans and it was wonderful.

Yanado - Very simple but useful project/to-do management for Gmail users. The tools are right in your Gmail inbox and are so easy to manage. They have a free plan, too.

 

Hosting & E-Commerce

Shopify - Easy to use with a lot of optional apps to extend functionality. Our number one choice for new client projects!

3dcart Shopping Cart - An affordable fully featured shopping cart, web host and e-commerce system.

Bigcommerce - We have taken notice of Bigcommerce and its ease of use and extensive app store, and have been using it for more and more client projects lately.

WPengine - For WordPress, our #1 choice is WPEngine. All they do is WordPress hosting, and they are the best, fastest, and most secure and they have excellent customer service.

Website Tools

Make your own Homepage Collages with Picmonkey

Google Analytics – Use Google Analytics to analyze where your site’s visitors are coming from, what keywords they used to get there, what parts of your site need help and much much more. This is an absolute must for every website owner.

MailChimp – We recommend MailChimp for sending newsletters to your subscribers. Using a newsletter service is preferred as they have their servers and sending procedures set up so that your mail is least likely to be marked as spam. MailChimp is really easy to use and we can also customize a newsletter template for you. We use MailChimp for our own newsletter.

Olark Live Chat – Olark’s customizable chat box stays on your page so that visitors can easily chat and continue activity on your site (like buying more product!). The chat box is customizable with different themes, colors, and multiple language strings.

Accepting Payments Online

Paypal – Almost all of our clients accept Paypal. They have multiple options for accepting payments online and in person.

Stripe – Probably the easiest gateway to set up to accept credit cards on your site. It is integrated into most shopping cart systems now and is easy to use.

Business Management

Small Business Administration (SBA) helps you start, build and grow your business.

SCORE has a ton of resources, including templates for business plans, profit and loss, business expenses, etc. View their template gallery here.

Commercial Use Graphics

Shutterstock

iStockPhoto

My Grafico – Commercial Use Cliparts, vectors, digital stamps, printables, svg cutting templates. Instant Download!

Misc.

Set up an Affiliate Program – Have other people promote your site for you with an affiliate program. We recommend ShareaSale.com. Users sign up and use your banner ads (hosted by Shareasale.com) to promote your site on theirs for a commission you decide. Helps get your name out there.

RetailMeNot.com – If you’re running a sale or have a coupon for your site, list it at RetailMeNot.com.

Dropbox
Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. There’s no complicated interface to learn. Dropbox works seamlessly with your operating system and automatically makes sure your files are up-to-date. Available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

High Quality Custom Printed Labels
Their custom labels on the roll are high-gloss, scratch-resistant and highly water-resistant. Very professional!

Posh Little
A hip moms guide to posh products and sites. Free baby names, due date calculator, photo contests and more. Sign up to win posh prizes and have cool things for your posh little delivered right to you!

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