These are the resources and tools* that I have found the most helpful in running my business. Don't miss my book recommendations below, especially those on the social justice (make a difference) side of things.
BUSINESS TOOLS
Evernote: This is how I keep track of everything! Business + personal. I save resources and things I want to remember (much easier to search/find here than web browser bookmarks OR Pinterest) plus I keep track of a lot of my business management details here.
Namecheap: When you're registering domain names, this is my go-to recommendation. I've got all my domains registered here and recommend them to all my clients (and for domain transfers). Plus, their site is so nice to look at!
MailerLite: for email lists and newsletters, this is the better option to go with if you've been considering MailChimp. ALL the features are available on the free plan when you're starting out and the pricing is lower overall once your list is large enough you need to pay for email services. PLUS, if you're already paying for email services and want to check it out for a comparison of features/pricing...you WILL receive a $20 credit when signing up from my link.
Dropbox: I use this for transferring large project-related files. It's also a great tool for housing downloadable graphic files and PDFs. Sign up for your own account to gain file storage accessible from all your devices. Dropbox is fantastic.
Hightail: this is the most reliable tool I've found for delivering client's final files when their project is wrapped up.
Asana: this is the tool I use for managing client projects—communication, due dates, deadlines, feedback. It's a great way to keep from losing track of things in an overflowing email inbox!
Skype: I find Skype to be the most globally accepted tool for making calls (audio AND video) from your computer and mobile devices.
Wave: this is my favorite free financial/accounting tool. It's an easy-to-use tool that is great for online businesses to use for invoicing as well as tracking receipts and expenses.
Canva: this is where I'll tell you go to if you are in the DIY season of creating graphics for your business or organization. Got questions on how to use it? Let me know!
MyFonts: when you're looking for typefaces this is always the top resource I mention…their explanation of font license is THE best! 
Creative Market: AND, if you want to find great design elements to use in your DIY season of creating graphics, I highly recommend signing up with Creative Market. You'll gain access to their weekly freebies, great package bundles of art/illustrations...even templates, and the individual pieces (or bundles) by makers who create stuff to sell via Creative Market are very affordably priced.
Biz Book Recommendations:
These are a few highlights from my list of 100+ business books.
+ The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
+ Make It Happen by Lara Casey
+ Pricing & Ethical Guidelines Handbook by the Graphic Artists Guild
The Handmade Marketplace (2nd Edition) by Kari Chapin
+ Grow Your Handmade Business by Kari Chapin
+ Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
+ Creative, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy D. Cho
Books on Making a Difference + Life Inspiration:
These are a few books that have had a big impact on my life...I highly recommend them all! Grab yourself a copy and cozy up in your favorite reading spot.
+ Love, Skip, Jump by Shelene Bryan
+ No Longer A Slumdog by K.P. Yohannan
+ The Green Book by Elizabeth Rogers & Thomas M. Kostigen
+ Cupid Is A Procrastinator by Kate Hurley (soooo good for anyone, single OR married)
+ Wrecked by Jeff Goins
+ The Gate Seldom Found by Raymond Reid
+ The Power of Uniqueness by Arthur F. Miller
+ Scary Close by Donald Miller
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