My Favourite Tools
NameCheap | for hosting and domains
Self-hosted WordPress | for blogging
Favourite plugins | Column Shortcodes, Contact Form 7, WordPress Editorial Calendar, WP Canvas – Gallery, Yoast SEO
Drip | for newsletters
CreativeMarket | for stock, and blog theme resources
Google Apps for Business* | the ultimate for a small business (or family!) that lets you have your blog or business name as an email domain (like my @cayleegrey.com etc) and all the other typical Google products stuff
Typeform* | for my favourite pretty forms. If you make use of their premium offer, you can get form entrants to upload images which is a favourite of mine and something I use for How She Creates podcast guests
Photoshop* | for blog images, photo editing,
InDesign* | for printables
SELLING AND COURSES
Etsy | the first place I started selling my digital printables. I strongly recommend it if you want to get into online selling.
Gumroad | to sell digital products, such as ecourses. Gives you an online shop front, and sends the product immediately to the buyer upon purchase. Cost: $10 per month plus 3.5% + 30c per sale. Alternative: eJunkie for $5 per month, which is less pretty.
Teachable | really simple, cheap way to start creating courses
Femtrepreneur – Your First 1K | great, practical course on making your first $1000 or getting your first 1000 subscribers
BlueYeti microphone* | I’m in love with how clear this mic makes my voice recordings
Camtasia* | screen capture and recording software for both Mac and PC. At $299 it’s rather expensive, but if you wanted to share a recording of your computer screen this is the software to use.
Adobe Photoshop CC* | my favourite software in the world for editing photos, and creating simple graphics. $10 per month on the Creative Cloud Photography plan.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC* | the best video editing software ever. If you’ve used Photoshop or another Adobe product, you’re going to learn this super quickly and find it intuitive. $20 per month on the Creative Cloud Single App plan, or $60 in the All Apps plan which includes all the other options. Alternative: iMovie for Mac or Windows Movie Maker, which are both free and pretty awesome. I’ve also used Sony Vegas Pro 13, which cost about $600, and I wouldn’t recommend compared to Premiere Pro.
Adobe Audition CC | the best audio recording and editing. It works well with Premiere Pro and has the same pricing structure. Alternative: Audacity, which is awesome and free, but I use Audition since it works so well with Premiere Pro.
WishlistMember* | a WordPress plugin that does the tech side of a private membership site. It has payment, webinar, and autoresponder integration, so you can be paid directly on your side and automatically add members to any email automation you’ve set up. It costs $197 (one site) or $297 (multiple sites) once off. We use it at Get Messy and Level Up, and all Caylee Grey Courses. Alternatives: Teachable, or Teachery. I’ve tried both of those and they were nice but restrictive.
Slack | group communication (alternative: Facebook Groups)
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