Designer-Recommended Tools

Professional-designer-recommended tools for all the small business design DIY-ers out there

Business Building Tools

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Social Media Helpers

Scheduling social media content in advance is a huge time-saver. My personal favorite is Canva Pro is now offering basic social media scheduling as part of their system too.

If you’re struggling with hashtag generation, check out Display Purposes to get a handy list of suggestions created for you.

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E-Mail Helpers

Whether you’re looking to build full-fledged campaigns or simply to get more organized, ConvertKit and Google Workspace have your back.

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Storage Solutions

Our favorite cloud-based storage around here is Dropbox. It’s an oldie, but a goodie. Get an extra 500MB of space for free if you use this link.

If you don’t need paid storage, Google Drive is where it’s at.

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Office Furniture

I love, love, love my Flexispot adjustable standing desk and under-desk exercise bike! Get $30 off your first order by using my link here.

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Podcast and Video Helpers

I’ve got to share Descript, because it is AWESOME. Video/audio recording, automatic transcriptions, easy-editing, and so much more.

Website Tools

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Domain Names

There’s a ton of places on the web to buy a domain name. My top choice: Google Domains. It’s cheap, easy to manage as part of your pre-existing systems, and simple to share with your team.

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Web Hosting

There are also a million places to host your web site – not all are created equal. I highly recommend WPEngine for reliability and security. Get 3 months free on annual plans using this link.

Note: If you’re planning on working with me, it might be best to hold off on hosting until we talk.

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Website Plugins

Some must-haves include Gravity Forms for top-of-the-line forms, Google Site Kit for tracking analytics, Yoast SEO for SEO and readability setup, and Imagify for image compression.

If you’re looking for a great anti-spam plugin, CleanTalk is what I use for all of my professionally managed sites. It does an awesome job at filtering spam comments and messages, as well as providing extra security.

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Web Themes

My #1 theme for WordPress due to its ease-of-use, scalability, and built in visual builder is DIVI from Elegant Themes.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

While I use Google Search Console quite often, a more fun and easier way to get keyword data is using a browser plug-in called Keywords Everywhere. It’s really cheap and oh-so worth it.

Graphic Design Tools

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Design Programs

If you’re looking for user-friendly design tools for social posts or quick projects, check out Canva Pro. I use it with my clients all the time and every single one has a great response!

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Color Palette Explorers

There are a ton of color palette creators out there. My favorite to explore and create in are Adobe Color and the Pantone App for iPhone.

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Typography Explorers

I find free web fonts through Google Fonts quite often, but I also love Creative Market.

If you’re looking to understand the basics of typography, try this free 5-minute tutorial.

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Stock Photos

My favorite sites to snag some awesome free stock photos are Unsplash and Pexels.

If you’re looking for some incredible paid content, check out Adobe Stock.

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Print Companies

If you’re shopping for business cards, post cards or stickers, my favorite place is If you use this link, you can score 25% off your first order!

If you’re looking for more expansive options, my hometown print shop, Center City Print, does an amazing job!

If you’re looking for a finer print quality with super unique options, I am IN LOVE with Smartpress. Use this link for 15% off your first order!

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Inspiration Helpers

Some of my favorite places to search for inspiration are,, and

Please note:

While some of these links are affiliate links, I only support systems and apps that I truly use in my everyday life. By using these links provided, I might get a small kickback. I promise, they will cost nothing extra for you to use. (Some might even give you a little something in return as well!)