Small Business Resources
Here is a list of resources for small businesses, including those I create for FREE. These are books, services, courses and information I have used, read, or had experience with in some way - so if I have reviewed a book, or a service then I will link to that blog post for you. I hope you find them useful, Sara x
My Craft Biz Ezine is a quarterly advice publication for Craft Businesses, brought to you by Sara Millis of My Indie Life Blog.
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Shopify is an eCommerce platform on which you can build your own website with a shop, blog and more!
It's fairly simple to use and they have a great selection of layouts and tools for your to make your website better.
Etsy is an online market place for handmade, artisan products and limited vintage finds. It's super easy to set up and start selling on. So if you are just starting out then I recommend having a closer look.
Open a shop on Etsy, they will give you 40 free listings using the link below!
Services & Tools
Powered by Creative Market
Creative Market* for graphics and branding
Sometimes when you are doing everything yourself you need just a little bit of help with branding and graphic work. Creative Market offers you connection to freelancers who can help you out!
So check out their offerings for;
- website and blog templates
- social media graphics and templates
- product mocks from labels to special packaging
- photography and more
Whatify for Etsy
Whatify uses state-of-the-art analytics to determine which of your existing product photos will bring the most sales.
Asana for daily scheduling
Asana is an online productivity planner, deigned to help business teams create workflow and task lists for larger projects. You can do anything from create tasks for yourself, to manage and delegate work for colleagues.
I can use Asana on my PC, my tablet and my phone, so at any point during the day I can see what needs to be done and stay on point.
Buffer for social media scheduling
This is an easy to use social media scheduling tool, allowing you to post to sites such as; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and more.
MailChimp* for newsletters
I started with the FREE Mailchimp plan, meaning that I could grow my business and my newsletter without adding costs to a new business. The service is clean and simple to use.
Mailchimp are offering you a $30 certificate in MonkeyRewards to your new account if you sign up through my link.
Hootsuite for social media scheduling
This is a slightly more advanced social media scheduling tool, allowing you to post to sites such as; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin and more.
Jay Baer (2013)
This book just MADE SENSE. It has a real no-nonsense approach to what modern marketing should be and it changed the way I approach my marketing forever.
So even if you are just starting out, or if you feel like your business is 'too' small to be taken seriously, get this book. Let Jay show you why Youtility works on any scale.
She Takes On The World*
Natalie MacNeil (2012)
This book totally inspired me!
Natalie takes great care and attention to talk us through the path of finding our true business passion and inspires us to take those very first steps. You feel totally swept along, drafting out your own dream and purpose out on to paper. Along the way the book has a great wealth of resources and tips. I highly recommend this quick and easy read.
I have blogged about many more resources that I have come across but haven't had first hand experience with.