Here to help you find right the tools to attack your digital problems….or piñatas.
All the these resources have been tested, tried and found true. We welcome questions as well if you’re looking for the perspective of an experienced user of any of these.
Business Cards / Internet Printer
I’ve tried a half dozen internet printers. MOO Cards gets the order and the color right every time with precise cuts. Everyone else has been hit and miss.
Moo Printing Products Discount: Get $15 off your first order
Time Keeping and Invoicing
Harvest is the fastest way to invoice clients and let them pay with credit cards via Stripe or PayPal. On a Mac the Harvest for Mac app makes time keeping and expense tracking super simple.
Harvest Discount: Start a FREE 30-day trial and receive a $10 credit towards your first month
Lot of people excited about this one. I’ve only tried it once so far.
WPEngine is the mac daddy of shared WordPress hosting. Fastest speeds, integrated caching, staging version of sites, free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates with auto-renew, world-class support,automated backups and the list goes on.
SiteGround is gaining a devoted following with a similar level of service to WPEngine but without the premium pricing. CPanel fans, this is the hosting provider for you.
MT’s shared GridServer is still fast if you install your caching plugin. Simple interface. No support for auto-renew SSL certs. Strong support and certainly still a level above HostGator and/or Dreamhost but you’ll to need to run a cron job to effectively backup your sites.
With a focus on beautiful design and an ever improving interface for fast easy edits.
Way beyond just contact forms. Gravity forms gives WordPress a whole new set of muscles via add-ons.
Dropbox helps keep clients organized, deliverables accessible and is a great way to show clients work for review.
WeTransfer is the free way to go to send massive (2GB) files to someone via email.
The best prices on domain registrations and SSL certificates. They offer free email forwarding as well.
For checking SSL certificates.
Hassle free ecommerce with the easiest, most user-intuitive interface.
Free Stock Images
The deal with “free stock” images is that you should read their license and terms of service to be sure but usually the photographer has given up their rights to the image. This doesn’t mean there’s not other rights that could come into play though. For instance, on UnSplash they say the following:
Note that the Unsplash License does not include the right to use:
- Trademarks, logos, or brands that appear in Photos
- People’s images if they are recognizable in the Photos
- Works of art or authorship that appear in Photos
I’m not a lawyer (obviously) but lawyers are searching for mis-use of stock photography. In general what I’ve seen is that they don’t send a cease and desist order but instead send a bill to settle right off the bat.
Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos.
Beautiful Royalty-Free Photos Sorted By AI.
Free stock photos for entrepreneurs from Shopify
Vintage Photos from public archives. Free of known copyright restrictions.
Professional Email Using Your Custom Domain Name
Mass Email Service
MailChimp is free up to your first 2,000 subscribers. Plus it has a fun monkey to take the sting out of sending mass email and contributing to the decline of interpersonal communcation. Who doesn’t like monkeys?