My Creative Business Toolkit: Websites, Online Sales & Graphic Design
If you're like me, you'll take great pride in having a website that mirrors the art you create. I enjoy having the tools to create a beautiful website so that I can express myself, whether that's with the website template itself or in the graphics for my social media accounts.
Without further ado, here are the best of the bunch:
I’ve been using them for ten years for my blog and website and I still just LOVE Squarespace; it's the easiest and most intuitive platform I have experience with. They have many templates for all different styles of website, whether you want something clean and minimalistic, or colorful and exciting, and all of them leave you with a stunning and professional looking site.
And, because I love the tech, I like getting in and tinkering with the code in Squarespace so I can be even more creative. I am so excited that my fellow artist and friend, Kristin Peterson trusted me to design her website!
Having probably tested close to a dozen platforms to find one that can host my workshops, Teachable is the best by far. It's easy to use, hosts all your videos and files and has great support with continued updates in case anything goes wrong. It look great too! The biggest selling feature for me is that you have your "own" school and your students have one login. There is no need for students to bookmark multiple urls or remember a string of passwords. *affiliate link
Etsy is the classic, creative marketplace that comes straight to mind, right? Well I started out with Etsy, and while yes it is a good option for selling online, I prefer Shopify. It allows me far more control over design and customer data collection and I'm also able to install apps that do a zillion different things to take my store to the next level.
I do love Photoshop, but Canva really is a game changer. It's super easy to create amazing graphics for anything you need, whether that is your blog or social media or advertising. It's made design even easier because it has a ton of pre-made templates with drag-and-drop tools to help even the biggest technophobe become a designer.
With the help of each of these tools, I've seen my website and blog become more efficient, more user friendly and more beautiful - I hope you have fun doing the same!
Have a blessed day!