WEBSITES – HOSTING
As a website designer, I get asked all the time who the best hosting company is. I highly recommend BlueHost.
This is my go-to hosting provider for websites.
Unlimited sites can be hosted under one account. They have super-sweet customer service too.
They are really pleasant and knowledgeable. Love them.
Don’t forget to add SiteLock and the plugin Bulletproof to protect your website.
I recommend ThemeForest for beautiful, responsive WordPress Themes. The Breeze EcommerceTheme is perfect for setting up your online shop. Simple, minimal, and beautiful. A great choice for selling your handmade creations and designs.
BIZ MAILING LISTS/NEWSLETTERS
I recommend MailChimp for your business enewsletter service. They have a well-designed interface.
It’s easy to find everything, and the help docs and videos are great for learning all the cool features.
Mailchimp is perfect for creatives with it’s quirky monkey mascot, and fun vibe. Made by creatives for creatives.
Oh, and the accounts are FREE for up to 2,000 emails, which is awesome for creative entrepreneurs looking to save money.
With this nifty little account you only pay as you go along and can cancel anytime, you aren’t in a month-to-month payment contract — which is a great deal.
Plus, you get to use all of the Premium features like Autoreponders and great tools to grow your list, reach more people, and do what you love.
CREATIVE ENTREPRENEUR BOOKS
Taking Flight: Inspiration And Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings by Kelly Rae Roberts
This amazing book was a catalyst for helping me focus on my art, and believing in myself and my dreams. Kelly Rae is a soul-sista. I am hugely encouraged by her blog, art, and books. A must-have for your creative library.
The Boss of You: Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business by Lauren Bacon & Emira Mears
This book was one of the first books I read when starting my business in 2006. Lots of great details about: getting started, defining your vision, finances, networking, marketing, and growing and maintaining your business. Really quirky writing style makes it a fun read.
This book is full of inspiration and paradigm-shifting information that will be highlighted and underlined and dogeared from all of your a-ha moments. (My copy sure is! ) Definately a must-read for any creative entrepreneur, artist, or creative person!
FINANCIAL PLANNING BOOKS + RESOURCES
Huge fan of Dave Ramsey. This book is full of amazing scriptural advice for everyone. A must-read!
If you haven’t done Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, you’re missing out! This class was a LIFE-CHANGER for me. Learned so many incredible things. I tell people about FPU all the time! You need this!
Thriving Family – Love this magazine! Click to request your FREE subscription! A must-have for every Christian family.
CHRISTIAN SITES + BLOGS
CHRISTIAN SINGLE PARENTING
CHRISTIAN SINGLE PARENTING BOOKS
Like to cook? Meeeeee too. I loooove cooking. Organic Gardening. New recipes. Healthy eating. Sloooooow food and savoring food + family-time. 🙂
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