Here’s my top pick of resources that I use to run my online business. Most of them offer either a non-paid version (which usually gives you basic tools) or a free trial of the full version so you can put it through its paces before deciding if it’s going to be beneficial to you or not.
I never recommend anything which I don’t use myself. All of these resources and apps I have personally used, tested out and loved. I have tried out tons of apps, so I can fully vouch that the ones in this list are the bee’s knees.
Although I’m a Photoshop girl, I do love Canva. Especially keeping on top of my social media – the magic resize button saves having to create a new design.
Canva is great for anyone new to graphic design as it has an easy drag-and-drop interface with tons of templates ready to use.
You can read my full review of why I’m obcessed with the Pro version Canva here.
Sign up to the free version of Canva here.
Try Canva Pro free for 30 days
I was introduced to Photoshop back in my Uni days, and I’ve been hooked ever since. It’s one of the most powerful graphic design tools out there and an industry standard.
Even though I’ve been using it for years, I’m always finding new tools and features. It’s a pretty impressive package.
I use the Photography bundle, which also includes Lightroom (great for quick photo editing) and a ton of other apps.
Sign up for a free trial here.
If you want a powerful piece of design software similar to Photoshop, then it’s worth checking out GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Programme).
It has most of the features that Photoshop offers so if you have the time to learn how to use it (there are a ton of tutorials on their website), then you can produce some pretty stunning visuals. The great thing about GIMP is that it’s an open software programme, so it’s free to sign up and use. This could be a great alternative if you don’t want to pay for the Adobe suite.
Sign up to GIMP here.
I’ve been a fan of Elementor since I first started blogging. Back then, with zero coding experience twinned with being a visual person, a drag-and-drop builder was perfect.
Even though now, I’ve got a few coding basics under my belt, enough to get by with, if I’m honest to myself, I just don’t enjoy it.
This site you are reading now (along with my travel blog) is built on Elementor. It allows you to create amazing looking websites with pretty much zero technical know-how.
Sign up to the free version here with access to basic tools
Check out the pro version here.
Using premade templates is a great way to save time. And Envato offers tons of them. The templates that come with Elementor are pretty decent, but I wanted something a little bit different for this site. This site uses a theme from Envato.
I was like a kid in a candy store with Envato. Not only do they offer templates for websites, but for graphics, logos, presentations, music, videos and more.
Take a look here.
Pinning to Pinterest manually takes ages. No one wants to spend an hour (or more a day) doing this. If you’re looking to supercharge this process, and save a ton of time then Tailwind should be your first choice.
Tru, there are loads of other schedulers out there that you can Pin from, however, I found I wasn’t able to add enough information (those vital SEO elements) or the options available for Pinning my content wasn’t that great. Believe me, I’ve tried so many and I keep coming back to Tailwind.
With Tailwind, you also have access to Tribes (they are changing this name soon!). Essentially, these are groups of people in your niche who share your content to their audience, in return you share their content. It’s a win-win and can get your content on the radar of more potential customers.
You can sign up for a trial here.
If you’re balancing multiple projects at the same time, Monday is a great way to keep track of this. It’s a perfect solution to organising your team with a visual interface of what tasks are being worked on when deadlines are and communicating between team members.
It also features things like progress and budget trackers in an easy to read visual format (if you hadn’t noticed I’m all about the visuals). I tried this as a trail and was impressed at how easy it was to navigate and track work.
Sign up here for a 14 day free trial
If you’re ready to take the plunge and get serious about making a passive income from your blog/ website/ business then this course delves into the nitty-gritty of it.
There is so much value for whatever stage of the affiliate marketing journey you are in. Once you sign up, you’ll have lifetime access to the course, so there is no time pressure, this allows you to really get to grips with implementing all the strategies involved with affiliate marketing.
It’s one of the most comprehensive courses I’ve ever done and provided incredible value. The course offers a 14-day money-back guarantee too, so it’s a no brainer to at least go take a look.
Find out more here.
If you’re not quite sure how affiliate marketing can help you, or don’t know where to begin, this free 5-day introduction to it will tell you everything you need to know to get started.
Essentially, affiliate marketing can be a great way to earn a commission through the products and services that you use anyway and would recommend to others. It doesn’t cost the buyer anything more. The commission you earn is the companies way of saying ‘thank you’ for recommending them.
Get the FREE 5-day affiliate marketing introduction here.
This is one of the affiliate networks I use (there are loads, but this is my favourite one). Rather than signing up to lots of individual companies, AWIN is a hub of hundreds of different affiliate programmes offered by companies in every niche possible.
There is a $5 sign up fee, essentially it’s too keep the spammers out, but this is refunded when you start to generate sales. AWIN can be a great way to start implementing affiliate sales to your site.
Sign up to AWIN here.
Do you always take our photos in automatic mode because the idea of so many buttons terrifies the heck out of you?
Then this no-frills approach to learning how to take stunning photos on a DSLR camera is for you.
A great online course for anyone looking to up their photography game in easy to follow, step-by-step modules.
Find out more here.
Yes, I know I’ve already talked about Canva earlier as one of the most versitle graphic apps out there, BUT it’s also one of the best sources for stock photos.
You do get access to a decent selection on the free version but if you sign up to Canva Pro, you get access to over 60million images!
Canva Pro is also much cheaper than any other image subscription I’ve found. So if you need access to beautiful stock images at an affordable price, then it’s worth considering this.
Try Canva Pro Free for 30 days here.