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.

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).

Website Analytics


For website analytics I use Fathom, a privacy-focused tool that doesn't use cookies or track invasive data. It's a great alternative to Google Analytics, with a clean dashboard and easy goal-setting that doesn't require hours of tutorials to use. (Also their podcast Above Board is worth a listen.)

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.

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