Handmade Business Resources

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always check out for all of your creative business needs. I’ll always add and 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.

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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

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The Handmade Website Jumpstart
FREE COURSE: The Handmade Website Jumpstart

Join my free mini course to figure out exactly *how* to get started with your website project. If you need help deciding which platform will be best for your business or how to get web hosting and your domain set up, this is exactly what you need.

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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.

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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 & Design

Download Your Brand Workbook

My 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

3 phase approach to starting a website for your handmade business

How to Create a Website for your Etsy Shop – Easy 3-Phase Approach

July 29, 2018

Are you considering expanding beyond your etsy shop? It can be an overwhelming project to create a website for your Etsy shop, especially when adding on the e-commerce aspect. Today I published a YouTube video about how to get started on a website for your etsy shop with an easy…

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Ultimate Website Toolkit Giveaway for Handmade Sellers

Giveaway! Win everything you need to create your own website!

July 20, 2018

Giveaway Time! I’ve created an amazing prize bundle so you can create your very own website! Everything you need – hosting, tools, plus an online course to teach you everything you need to know. It’s time to create and launch your handmade business website! You can win this awesome Handmade Business Website Toolkit plus you get 10 extra entries for every referral who enters too! So share it out to increase your chances of winning!

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6 Reasons you need a Website for your Handmade Business

July 18, 2018

I could easily write about 1600+ words on all the important reasons for a business to have a website. Today, however, I’ve distilled down my thoughts to a quick list of my top 6 reasons!   6. You want to be taken seriously A website is a great way to legitimize…

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