We thought it would be helpful to create a Toolbox of the key resources that we use here in the Suite. Our goal is to be transparent – and as always, EMPOWER you to use the tools yourself, for your business. Everything listed below is something we use here on the website, in our customer communications, marketing processes, or in our content delivery. Our goal is to always refer you to the best tools for your business, that will fit your budget. Bookmark this page for future reference. We will update it as we find more tools and resources that we love, and want to share with you. Pickup the tools, learn them, add them to your own toolbox, and use them to build your own Suite.
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SassySuite Web Services – If you need a domain, hosting, Managed WordPress, we can hook you up! We’ll also build your site and teach you to use it. Setup, design, content strategy and promotional strategy. If you need a site, we have it.
Lead Pages – LeadPages is a fantastically versatile marketing tool, that can be used for many things within or stand-alone from your main website, such as webinar registration pages, opt in pages and lead magnets, mini course hosting, or thank you pages.
PopupAlly – A polite popup WordPress plug-in that will increase your opt-in conversions. Try to leave our site and you’ll see it in action.
Yoast SEO – Simply the best SEO plug-in out there. Super easy to manage your key words and meta descriptions. Get found, sister!
We work with and recommend several WordPress child themes for Genesis Framework. Love a theme but have no idea how to set it up? Hey, hit us up – we do that!
Airtable – This is a database that functions like a spreadsheet application. It is user-friendly and quite handy for organizing contacts, projects, affiliate links, calendar, and more! It also integrates with Zapier, giving you countless ways to automate data capture.
Blue Snowflake – Small and powerful microphone extraordinare. If we sound good, this is why.
Board Booster – BoardBooster is a pin scheduling tool for bloggers. It helps manage Pinterest accounts by automatically spreading new pins over ideal pinning hours.
CinchShare – Pretty much the most awesome social media management tool ever, for scheduling posts into Facebook events, groups, and business pages. Yes, groups and events! After clicking on that link to begin your 7 day free trial, then enter CSSocialFree for your 30 DAYS promo code just for the Sassy Suite!
Tailwind – What Cinchshare is to Facebook, Tailwind is to Pinterest and Instagram! This is a very handy marketing, scheduling, and analytics tool for Pinterest and Instagram.
Video Creation and Editing – If you’re not hooked up with Kari Driskell over at Driskotech, you are missing out on a whole lotta video awesomeness. She walks you through all the steps, plus has free shizz… gurl, get some.
Lighting Kit – I only look good during webinars and training videos because lighting (and mascara) makes me pretty. This is a good option for inexpensive soft box stand lighting.
Ring Light – Great for doing videos, selfies, livestreams… this is the right light that many of our Socialites use and recommend.
HootSuite – This is the program we use for schedule management. Use this link for a 30-day free trial for HootSuite Pro!
Printful – Want to setup your own integrated swag store? Here’s how we do it. They do all the fulfillment and drop-shipping. Easy peasy, send it pleasy!
Screencast-O-Matic – Free and so easy to use. This is a great program for anyone who wishes to make a fast and easy screencast that can be uploaded online. No editing, but awesome for quick jobs. Mac or PC compatible.
ScreenFlow – A Mac-based tool that allows you to record and edit anything happening on your screen, with advanced video and audio. All of our videos are recorded using Screenflow. And if you don’t have a Mac, clearly you should go buy one immediately.
Selz – Want to sell digital assets online? Standalone site or integrated into your site, here’s how we sell our e-books. Set it up in an hour or less. Bam, done.
Snip.ly – This site just rocks. Posting content links to other sites? Add your own little pop-up to bring people back to you!
Vimeo Pro – Where we host all our Socialite-only premium content.
WebinarJam – Hands down the best webinar tool out there. It runs on the Google Hangouts platform, is easy to use, great registration reporting, slick functionality, amazing training and support, and just freakin’ awesome.
WooBox – Want to add nifty tabs to your Facebook fan page? This is the site to do it.
WooCommerce – When you buy something directly off our site, this is our magical payment integration process.
Wufoo – Create a contact form, and link to it from anywhere. Give your peeps and easy and consistent way to reach you.
YouTube – Just a little video hosting site, maybe you’ve heard of it. This is where we host public content.
Zippy Courses – If you’re looking for a membership-based course management tool, this is the one we use. Fully integrated with WordPress, easy to install, use, and manage your course content.
PicMonkey – Super easy to use graphics and photo editor. Many of the graphics on this site and in our training are made in PicMonkey. Buy their Royale version for additional fonts and graphics features and tools.
Creative Market – If you’re looking for amazing creative design assets, from photos to fonts to themes to templates, look no further. Many of the images on this site were manipulated using Creative Market assets.
Pixabay – Free and unrestricted images, for any personal or commercial use. We often use these for our social media images.
Font Bundles – Premium fonts available for free every week. We might have just downloaded $300 in fonts, for free. #DontJudge
Fonts.com – This is a great site for paid font content that will make your designs not look like everyone’s elses. One of our brand fonts came from here.
Fiverr – $5 for a quick outsourced service? Yes please! It was a Fiverr dude who made our training video intro for $5. Yes really.
Luckstock.com – Royalty free music. This is where we got the amazeballs tune that plays in our training video intro.
VideoHive.net – Royalty free video files and images to inspire all kinds of original content.
Zoom – Video chat technology. Free for up to 50 people, for 40 minutes. Perfect for leaders and teams! And reasonable packages if you need more than 40 minute sessions. This is a must-have for anyone who communicates with teams, customers, hostesses, or prospects.
Periscope – We livestream every day. Download the app, come find us (@SuiteBrenda), and say hello!
Acuity Scheduling – This is our online scheduling program. Easy to setup and use, and accept appointments from your customers and team members on your available schedule. Plus it integrates with a whole bunch of tools and apps – payments, invoicing, CRM, email management, and 250 more.
Day Designer – If you’re a paper planner kind of person and are not using Day Designer, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
Udemy – A huge online learning marketplace, where anyone can submit their own courses, and you can find free and paid video courses on nearly any subject.
Lynda.com – lynda.com is a leading online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills. They offer various membership levels.
KhanAcademy.com – Free online training, on nearly any subject.
CreativeLive.com – Free online training on creative topics such as graphics, design, music, crafts, and photography.
17Hats – Amazing web-based app to handle leads, quotes, contracts, and invoicing.
Asana – Cloud-based project management application. Easy to use and manage tasks, schedules, and files across the team.
Bench.Co – Bench is a bookkeeping company that helps small businesses track and manage their financials, to be tax-ready. Sassy Suite referrals get 20% off their first 6 months!
Evernote – Best app ever for notetaking, and just about anything else you want to do on the web. You heard it here first.
Google G Suite – If you actively use Google’s many applications, this professional version is a good resource for your business. Host your emails on Google’s super reliable server and run all of your business applications through Google: email through Gmail, calendar, note-taking in Keep, file storage and sharing in Drive. Use the following promotion codes to get 20% off your first year of G Suite:
PayPal – Accept payments for all your ecommerce you’ll be doing.
Square – Accept credit card payments on your mobile device. Use this link and get $1000 in free processing in your first 180 days.
Zapier – This is a super awesome all-purpose automation tool. Want to automatically import mailing list subscribers to your database? Send new subscribers a personal email or coupon code? Zapier integrates hundreds of apps to save you time.
The Barefoot Executive – Carrie Wilkerson (September 2015 book club)
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert (January 2016 book club)
You are a Badass – Jen Sincero (July 2016 book club)
Year of Yes – How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes (January 2017 book club)
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – Gary Vaynerchuck
Bossy Pants – Tina Fey
Yes, Please – Amy Poehler
#GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg
The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users – Guy Kawasaki
Honey – If you shop online (and of course you do), install this FREE Chrome extension and Honey will automatically search for any discounts or codes. You’ll get the savings on your purchase, and earn points toward gift cards. Then share it with your friends and earn $5 for each referral purchase!
Direct Seller Essentials Kit – This is the ULTIMATE shopping list of everything you will need as a new direct seller or solopreneur. All in one convenient list with easy shopping links.
Amazon Prime – Amazing variety, great prices, free two-day shipping. Pants optional.
VistaPrint – We order lots of marketing materials here. Watch for coupons and discounts!
Etsy – Great place to buy digital assets. And of course buy far too much cute stuff over here too. Another calendar printable? Don’t mind if we do…
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links. In fact, just go ahead and assume that anywhere you see a link, that it’s an affiliate link. There is no additional cost if you decide to make a purchase; We will simply earn a small commission. We will never refer a business that we don’t use or have experience with. But don’t take our word for it – do your own research on any tools or services to be sure they’ll be a fit for your business and goals. If you have questions on any of these, just ask!
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