I’m often asked what products and resources I use to run my mompreneur business. The truth is that there are a lot of awesome tools out there that we could be using to boost our businesses and productivity. The question is: WHERE THE HECK DO YOU START? Because you have to start somewhere, right?
Below, I’m sharing the list of business tools that I use to run TeachandFlourish.co + some educational resources that I have personally utilized to learn from other awesome female entrepreneurs!
A little disclaimer–a few of these links are affiliate links which means I will receive a commission if you pay to sign up. I only recommend products and services that I have faith in and believe will be of service to my readers.
SiteGround – A leading provider of web hosting with great pricing and great customer service. I recently migrated my website from another hosting company because bad customer service and decided on SiteGround because of its reputation for great customer service and low website downtime. Here’s my post on How to Start a Blog You Can Monetize.
Genesis Framework – Allows you to quickly and easily build beautiful websites with WordPress. My website runs on Genesis Framework and a Genesis Child Theme from Restored 316 Designs.
Restored 316 Designs – I love the beautiful, feminine WordPress themes offered by Restored 316 Designs. They run on Genesis Framework and make your blog look professional and amazing for a fraction of the cost of paying a web designer!
Email Marketing and List Building
ConvertKit – An incredible email platform that allows you to create email campaigns and landing pages all in one to turn readers into subscribers. (I use this platform to create email courses and give away my freebies like workbooks and free courses.)
Writing and Productivity Tools
NovlR – Novlr is a writing program I use to lay out blog post ideas, course ideas, and the chapters and sections for my non-fiction books. I’ve found that it’s a great alternative to using Microsoft word because it allows me to better organize all my ideas with it’s drag and drop capabilities.
Evernote – I currently use Evernote for all my note-taking and random idea capturing. I have the app on my iPhone and use it whenever I come up with an idea for a new book, video course, blog post, etc.
Publish a Book in 90 Days – If you have been contemplating writing your first non-fiction book–whether it’s self-help, business, an autobiography, finance, health, etc.–then you should check out this free video training that will get you started on your journey to self-publishing your book.
Fiverr – A global online marketplace offering tasks and services beginning at a cost of $5. I use Fiverr to outsource various tasks including the creation of 3D book covers, CreateSpace book covers, video intros, etc.
Non-Techie Graphic Design + Premium Feminine Blog Graphics
Canva – A free online-based graphic design software that makes design easy for anyone. I’m infatuated with Canva!!! This is what I use to make my website headers, Pinterest images, Kindle book covers, etc.
Creative Market – I use this site to purchase fonts for my book covers, find background patterns, and even images for my website and books.
Ivory Mix – I recently invested in a $10 monthly membership to Ivory Mix. This affordable monthly cost is well worth it for access to hundreds of beautiful images that I can use on blog posts, Pinterest pins, Facebook promotions and more!
Pretty Link – This tool allows you to create short (and pretty) link for any affiliate product you sell online. Instead of long, forgettable afiiliate links this tool simplifies any link.
ShareASale – If you are looking for one place to look for a variety of affiliate marketing products to promote on your blog, ShareASale is a great place to start. Along with great products, most of the companies also provide amazing graphics that you can place directly on your website making product promotion fairly hassle free.
Blogger Training Programs
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This course is the primary reason I’ve been able to grow my affiliate marketing income by several hundred dollars per month. Michelle, the course creator, is an affiliate income queen and I don’t know of any course better than hers and as affordable as hers to helpo you learn the ropes of affiliate marketing!
Pinterest to Profits – If you are looking for a method of growing your website traffic and profits as a mompreneur, you absolutely should be building your Pinterest presence. Pinterest to Profits has helped me to now make Pinterest my #1 traffic source to my blog! McKinzie’s course is simply amazing especially if you have NO CLUE how to use Pinterest to your advantage.
Elite Blog Academy – After 2 years of running my blog by the seat of my pants, I decided to make an investment in myself by enrolling in Elite Blog Academy. If you are serious about turning your blog into a business, this is a course you should consider and at least get on the waitlist (it only opens once per year)!
Feeling a little better about where to start?
These are the tools that keep my business running. I know that there are plenty of awesome tools for bloggers out there, but like I said at the beginning…you have to start somewhere. This list is a good start, especially for any newbies.