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Siteground is the web hosting company I use for my WordPress.org blog and it’s my go-to recommendation for hosting. Hosting plans are reasonably priced (you can get hosting for as little as $3.95/month to start) and they have excellent tech support in case you need a little help with starting your blog.
The Genesis framework is required for certain themes, including the one I use from Hello You Designs. It’s super simple to download, install and customize your blog’s look with Genesis, even if you’re not super tech-savvy.
Convertkit is an email service provider and you’ll definitely need one of those if you’re focused on building your email list. I like Convertkit because it’s easy to create customized forms and landing pages and since the Convertkit plugin integrates with WordPress and Genesis, you can easily add new forms to your site as you create them.
Grammarly is a proofreading tool and I literally do not know how I ever ran my freelance writing business or blog without it. This tool can help you catch spelling errors, typos, punctuation errors and grammar mistakes to make your writing clean and polished every time.
I totally love Canva for creating blog graphics and pinnable images, not to mention freebies and downloadable PDFs. The site offers plenty of templates to help you get started and it’s free to use the basic version of Canva. You can upgrade to Canva for Work for $119.40 yearly or $12.95/month.
Trello is the online content management system that I use to keep track of freelance writing assignments and my blogging tasks. It’s a simple way to see what you’re working on for your blog and biz at a glance.
FreshBooks is an invoicing software that you can use to make sure your freelance or business clients are paying on time. It’s a cloud accounting software that’s totally free to try. It’s a huge help for simplifying and automating the invoicing and payments process if you run a service-based biz like I do.
QuickBooks is designed to help you track your expenses and income for your blog and business so you’re not scrambling at tax time. It’s the tool I use to do my taxes every year as a freelancer and I love how easy it is to use, not to mention it’s much cheaper than paying an accountant.
Shortpixel is my absolute favorite bargain find for blog and biz tools!. It’s quite honestly the best money I’ve spent so far to improve my blog. This image compression plugin for WordPress is super cheap and it produces amazing results when it comes to increasing blog speed.
Share a Sale is an sute where you can find affiliate programs to participate in and include on your blog or business website. You just sign up for a free account and search for the brands you want to promote. Then, you apply for their affiliate programs and once you’re approved, you can get links and banner ads to include on your site.