EXPLORE MY BUSINESS TOOLKIT
I am always looking for better ways to improve with designing, blogging and running my business. I’m asked about what tools I use all the time, so I’ve put together a list of my favorites here. I’m an affiliate of some of these services, I may receive a fee if you purchase but this is done at no cost to the customer and all of these products are things I use or have used and recommend! Enjoy! – Ciera Holzenthal
Legalize your business in 5 minutes with a tailored contract template. Perfect for graphic designers, creative entrepreneurs, course creators, coaches and wedding professionals.
The ultimate client management system. From capturing leads on your website, to automatically sending them a proposal that will make them eager to select those big ticket packages, Dubsado has you covered. Get 20% off your first month or year through the link below.
Canva – A design tool that makes it possible to design anything and publish anywhere. Get a free trial of Canva Pro.
Repurpose – Make a bigger impact and reach more people, without the extra work. Focus on creating great content and let this platform distribute it everywhere your audience is.
Later – My favorite Instagram scheduler – including web uploading, scheduling for later and supports multiple accounts. Get 10 free posts by using this link
Tailwind – My favorite Pinterest scheduler – Get $15 towards TailwindPro when you sign up using this link
Etsy – Buy and sell handmade or vintage items, art and supplies on the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace – get 40 free listing by using this link
Shopify – Everything you need to sell. Build your online store with ecommerce software and easily sell in person with the iPad POS. Start a free trial today!
Creative Market – Buy and sell design content like vector patterns, icons, photoshop brushes, fonts and more.
STOCK IMAGERY & FONTS
ConvertKit – the best money you can spend to grow your audience (flexible opt-in forms, easy landing pages, email series and more)
Streak -This is a CRM inside of Gmail and is how I keep my emails, leads and projects organized both for Ciera Design and VenturePOP. I can automatically turn emails into projects and track them down a pipeline as I work on them. I’ll never forget to follow up on a proposal again. But I think my favorite feature is snoozing an email. If you are not ready to act on an email yet but don’t want to leave it just sitting as an unread email, you simply snooze it for as long as you’d like and it gets sent back at the date and time you select.
LastPass – remembers your passwords so that you can focus on the more important things in life
Backblaze Online Backups – secure, offsite and unlimited data backup for your Mac or PC
MY FAVORITE BOOKS