Tools for Entrepreneurs

Building a creative business that I’m in control of has been one of the most challenging and rewarding projects of my life.

Here are the tools that I use to make it all work.

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, which means that if you follow them and make a purchase, I get a commission at no extra cost to you.

Website

The one you’re on right now:

For this website I use Bluehost for hosting because it pairs so well with WordPress (the easy one-click install is their calling card). I’m currently running the theme X.

This is a good option if you want to take advantage of the large marketplace of WordPress plugins in order to customize your site’s functionality to meet your needs.

Back when I hosted and sold my online courses here, I used Easy Digital Downloads and LearnDash to make that happen.

That worked well, but when I realized I wanted more of a community focus to the online learning experience, I decided to shift to the Mighty Networks platform for that branch of my online business.

The course and community platform that I use:

For my online courses and community, I use Mighty Networks.

I used to host and sell my courses from this site, but there came a time when I wanted to focus on higher-quality engagement.

I wanted to interact with students more, and I wanted students to be able to interact with and learn from each other.

Since Mighty Networks comes at the learning experience from a community-first standpoint (with great functionality for stand-alone courses as well), it made the switch easy for me.

A Tour of My Mighty Network

Here’s a tour of Verbal to Visual’s Mighty Network:

Email Newsletter


For my email newsletter, I use ConvertKit. About three years ago I switched from Mailchimp, and I’ve never regretted it. I appreciate the way they support the success of creators through their free publication (Tradecraft) and with built-in selling features coming soon (Commerce).

Business Building



I’m a proud Fizzle alum. I appreciate the way they approach the building of a creative online business. For a few years their “Heart & Hustle” t-shirt was my go-to when recording videos.

Webinars



While I use Zoom for the interactive webinars within my online classroom, I use WebinarNinja for the interview series Sketchnote Breakdown. It’s a tool built by and for online business builders, and has lots of features to support the growth of an audience.

The Online Entrepreneur



If you’d like to weave sketchoting into the building of your own creative career, I think you’ll enjoy The Online Entrepreneur course bundle.

The Online Entrepreneur