Start your Business

If you want to start your own business, you are in the right place! The Makers’ Co website is full of tips, advice, tutorials, support and encouragement. 

This page details all the resources I currently use or have previously used in the day-to-day running of my business, that I would recommend to family and friends (this includes you!).

Some of the links below help support the running of the Makers’ Co community if you decide to purchase through them, in the form of an affiliate commission (this doesn’t increase the price for you, it just gives The Makers’ Co a percentage of the payment made). So if you purchase through these links, a big thanks and a high five to you! 

Building a Website / Blog

Build Your Own Website free course – it’s FREE, get on it 😉

FlyWheel – dedicated wordpress website hosting with stellar customer support

BlueHost – one-click wordpress installation, VERY affordable

Elegant Themes – I recommend the Divi theme

Wistia – for hosting private videos

YouTube – for hosting public videos

Wishlist Member – to turn your wordpress website into a membership site

Mailing List Management

MailChimp – easy to use and free for up to 2000 subscribers

Mailchimp for WordPress – great plugin for inserting opt-in forms on your website

Chimp Essentials – Mailchimp Lessons

Online Store

WooCommerce – One of the easiest and well supported (and free!) online shopping cart solutions

Stripe – really nice integration with your shop for credit card payments

Paypal – give your customers payment options

Admin & Organisation

Makers’ Collective Wall Planner – organise your year and start smashing some goals

Trello – Great for keeping track of pretty much EVERYTHING

Gsuite – email address using your website domain + use of all the google apps + storage

Google Analytics – track your website traffic

DropBox – Save EVERYTHING you can to the cloud, then when your laptop dies, you won’t cry (as much)

Printing & Packaging

Moo – High quality printing for Cards, Postcards, Flyers etc

Vista Print – Cheap Printing of promotional items and business collateral (I don’t recommend using their templates though, get your work custom designed!)

Print100 – Good quality and super affordable for larger quantities

Simon Stamps – very affordable and VERY fast from the US

PackQueen – great range of boxes for packaging products at competitive prices

Social Media Management

Later – Brilliant for searching, reposting and scheduling for Instagram (does not post for you as per Ig’s terms and conditions), can also schedule Facebook and Pinterest posts

MeetEdgar – A worthwhile investment for managing multiple social media accounts (does not schedule IG posts)

CoSchedule – I loved using coschedule until I upgraded to Meet Edgar

Bitly – great for shortening long urls for use in social media

Creating Graphics & Video Content

Adobe Creative Cloud – Industry standard design software

Canva – simple and free or very cheap ($1 per image)

Shutterstock – extremely high quality stock images with a massive image library

Danvers Creative – professional graphic design services  

ScreenFlow – record your screen & edit videos easily

Online Learning

The Makers’ Academy – Business fundamentals, Photography and Graphic Design classes

SkillShare – Really great creative learning space, LOADS to learn here!

Makers Biz – Online summit with over 25 experts speaking & teaching

Webinars that convert – Amy Porterfield’s step-by-step course on how to run a successful webinar

Craftsy – Online craft lessons

Phone Apps

PicTapGo – for editing images (though now I usually just use the in-phone editor)

PicFrame – For making picture collages

WordSwag – For creating text quotes

Flipagram – For creating slideshows with music to post to social media

Spotify – For tunes to work to

Podcasts

The Mind Your Business Podcast – James Wedmore

Online Marketing Made Easy – Amy Porterfield

Design Matters – Debbie Millman

The Deep End DesignWes McDowell, Mikelle Morrison & Nick Longo

Create and Thrive – Jess Van Den

Boss Lady Chats – Elle Roberts & Katie Wyatt

SMINTY – Stuff Mom Never Told You by How stuff Works