Here are a few of my favorite things!
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Tools + Services:
Shopify is gold! Merriweathercouncil.com is powered by Shopify. After using a very non-intuitive system for the first iteration of my site, I was looking for something easy to use, clearly laid out, and with great customer support – Shopify is all of this and more. I am constantly amazed at the quality of their customer service and the back end is so easy to use and manage, I actually enjoy updating my site now. They also have low cost monthly plans, lots of apps you can add to suit your needs and their own payment processor which you can use in addition to PayPal. I give it a TEN. You can try it out for free and get my free video training to get started with a boost.
OH goodness, I am just OBSESSED with Creative Market. I buy so many things here: fonts, graphics, icons, backgrounds… literally any digital thing you need, they have it. But just know this is the beginning of the end… prepare to be obsessed.
Dropbox is AMAZING. Seriously what did we do before we had it? I have lots of things set up to save automatically to Dropbox which is a huge relief because I use many gadgets and my Carbonite plan only covers my main computer. So like to have lots of back ups in place. Dropbox accounts are free! Get yours today and then set up an IFttt recipe to save photos or documents there.
Board Booster is a Pinterest tool that will help you schedule pins (so when you are on a pinning spree, that’s fine, but this tool will spread them out for you into the future) and also has a looping feature! Pretty great if you like having a presence on Pinterest but find it hard to keep up with daily.
I just recently switched my merriweather mailinglists over to Get Response and have been loving it! It’s similar to Mail Chimp but packs a lot more power! I’m also using their landing page building and it’s a gem! If you want to give it a go, use my link to get a $30 credit!
Trello is my new best friend. I use it to organize ALL THE THINGS. It’s sort of hard to explain so just go ahead and check it out. You won’t regret it. I find it is easier to use than Evernote and more reliable with updates and saving.
Of course, I still love Etsy. You can try it free if you are considering it.
Pixelmatr is my number one go to app for photo editing and graphic making. Nearly everything digital that I make is made in Pixelmator. If you are familiar to Photoshop, you’ll love Pixelmator. It’s got a lot of the same layouts, features and tools. Best part? It’s $30! Seriously. It’s great and there’s really not much more to it.
You need a laser printer! Especially if you print shipping labels at home, you DO NOT want to use an ink jet printer for that. I have an HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Wireless Monochrome Printer and it’s perfect.
iPhone desk mount, anyone? Perfect for scopes or overhead video! There are lots of models, but this is the one I have.
Need to get your money in order? Whether you have lots of sales channels or just one, a Paper + Spark spreadsheet can help you get your ducks in a row. These are made specifically for handmade shop owners BY a shop owner who also happens to be an accountant. Can’t really go wrong with these.
I have an accountant BUT if that’s not an option, try FreshBooks I have heard multiple good things about this.
Be Your Own CFO is a course developed by my accountant! Learn to manage, understand and keep better track of your business money and finances.
My Etsy Training Course- a video training for Etsy sellers will elevate your shop. I’ll teach you the exact steps to a more profitable, visible, rewarding Etsy experience. Get started now.