Handmade Business Resources

Resources for of your creative business needs. I’ll edit this page when I find new great tools and services that could help you with your website or marketing and SEO. Enjoy!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I'll earn a referral bonus if you decide to make a purchase. I share and recommend these because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. I have experience with all of these companies. Please only buy these products if you feel they will help you achieve your goals.

Freebies & Guides

9 Must Have Website Elements for your handmade business website
FREE GUIDE: 9 Must Have Website Elements for your handmade business website

Download this quick 3 page guide for an outline of the most important elements to include on your handmade business website. Great for prepping and planning before your DIY your site.

Download the Free Guide Now

Free Website Launch Kit
FREEBIE: Website Launch Kit

This handy download includes a website launch checklist, tech recommendations, AND some great free design tools and resources to get you started on your website. Updated in 2017

Download your Launch Kit Now

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FREE CALCULATOR: ETSY FEES VS. WEBSITE EXPENSES

Wondering if launching your own website could help you save money on Etsy fees and keep more profits in your pocket? Crunch the numbers and find out!

Access the Calculator Here

Website Hosting & Platform

Step 1: Domain

If you don't already own your own .com address (aka "domain name"), Namecheap is a great option. Be sure to check for coupons! New Domains and renewals with Namecheap run about $10/year.

Grab your Domain Now!

Alternative Option:  Godaddy often  has really cheap domains (with coupon codes) for your first purchase. 

Step 2: Hosting

You need web hosting for your site and I highly recommend SiteGround. It's my fave for so many reasons: easy WordPress installation, automatic WordPress updates, fast and secure, automatic daily backups of your website, free SSL included... I could go on. Just do it. FYI I suggest the mid-tier - "GrowBig"

Sign up for SiteGround

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Step 3: Website Platform

WordPress (.ORG) is a Free Content Management System (CMS) and Blogging Platform. It's very robust and there are lots of free and paid themes to customize your design and plugins to add on. Install WordPress through your web hosting control panel.

View a tutorial here | Visit WordPress.org to learn more

My Favorite WordPress Plugins

Drag & Drop Page Builder

Beaver Builder. This plugin will enable you to design and build complex page layouts for your pages. I use it all the time. This page is laid out with BB. You can download the free lite version from your WordPress dashboard or you can upgrade to the full pro version for $99 for so many more modules.

Purchase Beaver Builder here

WooCommerce
Online Shop

Sell your products on your website by adding a shopping cart and payment gateway to your site with WooCommerce. It's free to get started with Woo. Install the plugin through your WordPress dashboard.

Visit WooCommerce to learn more

Branding & Graphics Design

Download Your Brand Workbook
Free Brand Design Workbook

If you're trying to develop a cohesive branding style, grab this free 5-page workbook to help you choose a color palette and fonts that match your brand personality and attract your target customer.

Check out the Workbook

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Canva

Canva is a free web-based tool to help you design beautiful graphics. These are great for your website or social media accounts.

Visit Canva.com to get started

Blog Posts

Create Launch Flourish Together Fall 2022

Fall Group: Create. Launch. & Flourish [Together]

August 7, 2022

I’m ready to pop a bottle of champagne 🍾 and throw some confetti 🎊 (jk confetti is a mess) Enrollment is open to join Create. Launch. & Flourish – TOGETHER! for the Fall 2022 Session! (Aug 4-10) This is my passion-fueled mission, where my love of handmade/craft + teaching +…

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how to get more website traffic

Want More Website Traffic? Content Marketing for handmade sellers

April 27, 2022

Have you heard of “content marketing?” Maybe you’ve heard marketing people say you should be doing content marketing, but you don’t fully understand what they mean and how you can do it for your own handmade business. So we’re all on the same page, let’s define content marketing as:Publishing content…

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Choose the Right Website Builder for your Handmade Business

Best Website Builder for Artists & Handmade Sellers

December 29, 2021

Searching for the best website builder for artists and handmade sellers shouldn’t be so overwhelming. I know there are so many options, it can make your head spin. Let’s dive in to see if we can help you out. What are the Best Online Store Platforms for handmade sellers and…

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