I put together this list of all of my favorite, go-to resources for helping you live more creatively – and some amazing online business tools for you to create more passive income from your creative businesses. I either use (or used) these products or services myself, so I feel confident in recommending them.
In other words, they rock!
However, you should note that some of the resources below do include my affiliate links. This is part of the reason I can give away so much of the information on this site for free. BUT! Not only is there no additional cost to you (when/if you click through and buy), but I have negotiated with several of these companies to help give you discounts and special offers. YAY! Oh, and my full affiliate disclosure can be found here. (If you want to learn more and/or just don’t understand this whole “affiliate” thing, anyway!)
I’ll definitely be adding more passive income business building resources as time goes on, so I recommend adding this page to your bookmarks so you can refer back to it as you build your passive income streams. (You can go ahead and add it now… I’ll wait right here for you!)
Okay… Let’s get to it!
SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS
There’s a good chance you found me through Pinterest. In fact, well over half of my website traffic comes from Pinterest. I love it! (To say the least!) And my secret to driving traffic from Pinterest to my websites is scheduling all of my pins with Tailwind. I never have to worry if I’ve logged in and pinned my content (and other content my followers love) because they are all scheduled ahead of time, and then posted for me. PRO-TIP: I even use it to pin my Instagram posts. I teamed up with Tailwind to offer you a free trial! Click here to begin using Tailwind today!
I typically use Photoshop to create images, but only because I’ve been using it since the late 90’s. But I recently discovered how FAST and EASY it is to create and enhance images for everything from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, my shop and more with PicMonkey!
CREATIVE / BLOGGING BUSINESS TOOLS
I love SkillShare, because, as a life-long learner I know I can always find creative, insightful, inspiring, and useful classes there. Most of which are quick — like under-an-hour-quick! Which really fits into my busy schedule. It’s also super affordable! Join through this link and get your first 3 months for free! You can learn skills like pattern-making, hand-lettering, social media, and much more. Oh, and P.S. I’m also a teacher there!
If you’re looking for a way to stay in touch with — and sell to — your patrons, I also recommend ConvertKit. ConvertKit offers some powerful and easy to use tools to help segment and sell to your list.
I switched to LeadPages after figuring out that a company I was using for a similar product did 1/3 of what Leadpages does. Yes, they were slightly less expensive, but they were also unreliable and I had to have a separate account for each domain, which made the cost even higher. Leadpages makes me feel like a marketing expert, without actually being a marketing expert! 😉 If you want to convert more of your customers into sales, I definitely recommend Leadpages.
For a time I used BlueHost (because I liked their free domains with hosting purchase) but after too many tech support fails (Oh, you’re having X problem? Sorry! There’s nothing we can do! 💁) I switched back SiteGround to host my WordPress blogs. No, you won’t get a free domain with your hosting purchase — which starts at just $3.95 per month — but you WILL get world class customer/tech support!
If you have set up your own domain and want to sell directly on your site, Shopify provides one of the easiest, most low-cost way to do just that. You can also get a domain while setting up your Shopify shop/site. (You can take my FREE email course, Art Sales on Autopilot, if you’d like to learn more about how to use Shopify as your shop!)
Besides a stand-alone website, Etsy is still the best way to sell art, handmade goods, vintage and supplies. You can get your first 40 listings free by signing up and creating your Etsy shop by clicking here.
Do you want all the benefits of print-on-demand sites with the ability to sell directly from your own website? Printful may be the answer. Printful offers print services (on everything from prints — including posters, canvas and photo papers to clothes, mugs, pillows, totes, hats. leggings, phone cases and more) and they will eve pack and ship them directly to your customer, with your branding. It’s pretty cool. (You can take my FREE email course, Art Sales on Autopilot, if you’d like to learn more about how to use Printful with your shop and/or Etsy!)
If you’re considering creating and selling online courses, I (use and) recommend Thinkific. One of the things I LOVE about them is that you can start for free! (Unlike other teaching platforms I’ve used in the past.)
Ever since art school Blick has definitely been my go-to source for all of my art supplies. I’m so grateful they have a store here in downtown Portland. But actually, more often than not, I end up ordering online. It’s just so easy and affordable! And they have supplies for artists and creatives from beginner to professional.