What keeps my biz chugging along smoothly

From website hosting to scheduling, here are all of the biz tools I live by!

Please note: some of the links below are affiliate links. I’ll receive a small commission if you end up making a purchase.

Website Tools

Website Hosting

Dreamhost DreamPress and VPS Hosting
I’ve trusted these guys to host my personal sites for eight years and counting. They are my absolute favs!

WP Engine WordPress Hosting
These guys are the bees knees for hosting robust WordPress sites. A lot of the big names I work with trust WP Engine to keep their online businesses chugging along!

Domain Registration

Namecheap
I exclusively use Namecheap to buy the allllll of the domains (I buy way too many each year). They make domain name registration an easy, intuitive process.

WordPress Themes/Frameworks

Genesis Framework
Over the years, I have completely fallen in love with the Genesis Framework for WordPress. It’s a super lightweight solution with responsive HTML5 design, airtight security, and it’s super fast and customizable. Here are some of my fav premium themes from Genesis: Foodie Pro | Simply Pro | Glam Pro

Themeforest
For simple website projects with small budgets or quick turnarounds, I’ll often select a WordPress theme from Themeforest and help clients customize to get their site up and running quickly. They have SO many options! Here are some of my tried and true favorite themes: Avada | Bridge | Salient

WordPress Plugins

Gravity Forms
I absolutely love Gravity Forms for a top-notch WordPress contact form solution and will keep buying their developer license until they won’t take my money anymore.

Slider Revolution
THE best WordPress slider plugin of all time (in my opinion, and only after you learn how to properly use it ;)).

Jetpack
Jetpack is a handy plugin that gives your self-hosted WordPress site the features previously only available to WordPress.com users. It’s basic version is free, so you might as well use it!

Admin Tools

Organization

Evernote
I’ve been storing all of my blog posts, client notes, business ideas, you name it, in Evernote for at least five years now. So easy to use, and it makes finding stuff SO simple.

Accounting

Freshbooks
I live and breathe by my Freshbooks account. I use it for project time tracking, invoicing, sending out quotes, and much more.

Project Management

Asana
Asana is my brain. I live in Asana daily to make sure I’m staying on top of my tasks, that my projects are staying on track, and sometimes just to push my due dates around in case I’m getting behind!

File Storage and Sharing, Email, and Calendar

Office 365
Move over, Google. There’s a new favorite tool in town! I’ve been using Office 365 for a couple of years now and I LOVE IT. I know Google seems to be the standard for most online businesses, but I love having all of the Office apps readily available and I really dig using Outlook for my email.

Video Conferencing

Zoom
I’m a new-ish Zoom user, but lemme tell ya! I’m coming from using Google Hangouts and Zoom is like a dream: an always working, easy to use dream.

Scheduling

Calendly
Scheduling calls with clients has never been so darn easy. Easy to use on my end, easy for clients to pick an appointment time: it’s really win, win.