Resources for Your Creative Business
*This list contains affiliate links, and I may get a commission if you click on them. As a rule, I don’t recommend products or services that I don’t use or haven’t tried myself.
Managing Your Money
Keeping track of the cash that goes in and out of your business is one of the most important things you can do as a creative business owner, and the faster you get started, the faster you can start meeting more of your money goals.
Paper + Spark’s spreadsheets and tools keep your money management simple and are hands-down the best financial resources for running your Etsy business.
MailerLite is my favorite email service, and I use it for all of my shops and for this website. It is the simplest email service I’ve tried, but it has incredible functionality.
- Email design that’s easy and pretty? Check.
- Simple sorting of subscribers? Of course.
- Automations. Yep.
- Cool stuff like handdrawn signatures and embedded surveys? Uh, yeah.
Plus, you’re getting all of that for free until you reach 1,000 subscribers. (And even after that, it’s half the price of other providers.)
Print On Demand
Opening an Etsy shop using a print-on-demand service is a fantastic (almost) passive way to build a creative business.
Printful has a user-friendly interface and integration with Etsy.
I also like Printful because:
- They consistently provide a high-quality print.
- If for some reason there’s a problem, they take care of it right away.
- You have the option of using different shipping speeds.
- They provide clear communication as to where your orders are in processing.
Graphics for Your Business
Canva is a favorite of creative business owners! You can use Canva to design social media graphics, Etsy banners, pins, and anything else you may possibly need to run your shop.
The best part is that Canva is free to use and the paid features are very affordable.
Adobe Creative Cloud
Getting a monthly subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud is probably the best way to go pro with your creative business.
You can edit your product photos, design graphics for social media, create banners for your Etsy store, and organize all of your photos with Adobe products.
I love my Creative Cloud plan because I use Adobe Illustrator to design products. If you want to save money though, consider the Creative Cloud for Photographers plan. It’s only $9.99 a month, and it will provide you with access to Lightroom and Photoshop.
Starting Your Own Website
Option 1: WordPress & WooCommerce
Starting your shop with a self-hosted WordPress website and WooCommerce will gives you full creative control over your website, and it’s not as difficult as you might think.
I use SiteGround to host my own websites and shops, and I highly recommend it!
Option 2: Shopify
Setting up a Shopify Store is really simple. It’s also virtually maintenance free, and I would recommend it if you aren’t technically inclined or don’t have the time to worry about your website.
Go to Shopify’s website, create an account, and you can have your own store up and running in a few hours.