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

Sell on Etsy or your own website?

Sell on Etsy vs Own Website? – Etsy Fees vs Website Calculator

November 10, 2021

Should you Sell on Etsy or Own Website? Which is better: Etsy vs own website? Seems like so many sellers have a love/hate relationship with Etsy. One minute your shop is running smoothly: orders are flowing in, customers are leaving you 5-star reviews, and all is good in the world.…

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5 Reasons website visitors are not buying. Traffic but no sales? Let's fix that.

5 Reasons website visitors aren’t buying – Fix: traffic but no sales

October 26, 2021

When you have decent website TRAFFIC but no SALES rolling in…. what gives!?  Driving traffic to your site is hard work – don’t let it go to waste! I can help you!  Here are some very common reasons why website visitors don’t convert and some potential root causes for traffic to…

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Craftcation Registration is now open

October 11, 2021

Who else need a craft retreat in California? A little fun injected into business? Some time to step away from the hum drum day-to-day and get hands-on when it comes to building and growing your business? YEP. ME TOO. I’m excited to share about an event I’m attending in Spring…

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