Hey you guys! I want to share with you some of the tools that I use to run my business. Some of these I use every day and others, not so much, but they are all INTEGRAL in how I run my show!!! (some of these are affiliate links, so thanks in advance if you use me to sign up!)
Design + Business Tools
I'm in the Cloud! I've been using Adobe design product since 2006 and I know all of the ins and outs of all of the programs that we'll need to make you amazing design products. Photoshop, Illustrator, inDesign, PremierePro, and Acrobat.
No brainer, right? But seriously, I started designing websites in design school in about 2008 from a blank page and writing the code myself. Then I moved on to WordPress and designed with that service for years. I've recently switched to Squarespace and I can't imagine ever going anywhere else. They are beautiful to look at and easy to maintain. Another thing to LOVE about Squarespace is their amazeballs customer service. There is an alive person available to help you with any question 24/7. Take that WordPress!! If you want to transfer from WordPress, it couldn't be easier. We can move all of your content in about five minutes.
OMG You guys! If you're running a client-based business, you've got to be using this software. HoneyBook is an all-in-one client booking system that thousands of creative entrepreneurs rely on to book faster, get organized, look more professional and give their clients a high-end experience.
I use this scheduling program for both design consultations and life coaching session. It's super easy to use and you (as the client) can create an account, which makes scheduling next appointments or rescheduling a breeze. If you have a Squarespace account you get an automatic upgrade in type as well.
I LOVE Mailchimp! And it seamlessly integrates into Squarespace. Other email providers do as well, but with the chimp, you're hooked up!
Business Growth Courses
I took Marie Forleo's online business school for entrepreneurs in 2012 and it changed the way I do business. I have found that so many of the things she teaches about business building and marketing are such a part of my DNA now, it's like I've always known them. Much of what I've learned we can use to help you implement a better web product or PDF or in our business strategy sessions. And if you're looking to up your game in the world, it's an awesome class.
I graduated from art school with a degree in graphic design, but I learned more about how to use Adobe Illustrator from Bonnie Forkner of Going Home To Roost than I ever learned in school. She is an amazing teacher. If you want to learn how to make repeating patterns, or just learn how to use Illustrator, this class is perfect for you. (This is an affiliate link. If you sign up for the class, I'd love if you'd use this link.)