Resources and Tools for Thriving Brands


 

Please note that all shared links below are recommendations based on my knowledge and/or experience with the below listed resources, and may include some affiliate links. Affiliate links provide a way for companies to know who referred a new customer, and to compensate the referrer. 

 

Business Templates and Checklists

Starting a business can be tedious with all of the legal documents and steps that are needed. These sites provide easy to digest information and steps on getting started with your business, as well as templates and other helpful documents.


IRS.GOV

I admit that it can be a bit scary to think about taxes, insurance, and all of that jazz, but it’s necessary to get all of the behind the scenes legal stuff out of the way so that you can concentrate on running your business. I recommend starting with the Business Checklist first, and then exploring other areas of the site afterwards. I can’t recommend this site enough as an invaluable resource for easy to follow steps and clear information on how to manage the legal aspect of starting a business.

Entrepreneur Magazine

Another vital necessity for any business is having the right documents. This resource provided by Entrepreneur Magazine provides free templates of documents for just about anything. From invoices to contracts, to business plan templates. All templates are able to be downloaded and edited per your specifications. I highly recommend checking out this resource, as it provides an excellent framework for creating most any form or document that you’re in need of.

 

Social Media Scheduling Apps

Tired of posting manually to all of your social media platforms? These apps allow for you to schedule your posts to all of the major social platforms based on the time and date of your choice.


 

 

Later App

What I love about scheduling through the Later app is that they provide a visual editor to upload all of your content, and then to seamlessly add them as scheduled posts to all of the most popular social platforms. Their free plan is also ample enough to schedule 30 – 50 posts at a time (depending on the platform).

Hootsuite App

I prefer the Later App for social media scheduling, due to its beautiful and user friendly interface. However, I do know of several well-known tech companies who use Hootsuite, and love it! The free plan currently offers the ability to connect to 3 social platforms and to schedule up to 30 social posts. 

 

Design Resources and Tools

Whether you are a do-it-yourselfer or someone who wants to download free (or low-cost) design assets, these resources and tools are beyond amazing for beautifully showcasing your brand’s style and tone.


 

 

Canva

I am absolutely in love with Canva, as a top resource for designing everything from social media posts, to brand logos, and everything in between. Canva has a very robust free plan that’s so good, you really don’t need to use the paid plan. However, the paid plan offers many additional features that can take your designs to the next level. 

Creative Market

As a creative, the Creative Market gives me the opportunity to snag amazing free weekly design assets from fonts to snazzy backgrounds and product mockups. The icing on the cake is that I’m also able to support other creatives by purchasing low-cost design assets in the marketplace.