these are a few of
my favorite things
these are a few of my favorite things
Design & Business Tools
Below I share the different tools I use to run Luxe Design Co.
Running an online business can be overwhelming, but using the right tools can really help you feel more organized, prepared and professional. That’s why I’ve put together this list to help you manage your business. Enjoy! And feel free to contact me with any tools you recommend, I’m always open to trying something new!
Canva Pro is great for anyone who’s not technically a designer but needs to design some nice looking items. I love using Canva for editable social media templates for myself and my clients. With the pro version you can upload your brand fonts and colors so all of your designs match your overall brand. For about $12/month it’s totally worth it! You can sign up for Canva Pro with my referral link here.
I run my whole life with TickTick and wouldn’t have it any other way! I’ve tried EVERY project management tool out there and TickTick beats every single one of them. It syncs to my Google Calendar, has a fantastic mobile interface, and the web app is always open in my browser while I’m working. It syncs with Toggle for time tracking as well and has reminders and time blocking to keep me on track throughout the day. It’s 100% FREE to use, but premium is only $27/year and has a badass calendar. I’d pay $300/year if I had to! Sign up for free and check it out with my referral link here.
I love G Suite for my business because it keeps me super organized. I use G Suite for email, writing content, sending client homework, organizing my calendar, tracking budgets and analytics with spreadsheets, client/customer surveys and more!
I use Dubsado for all of my design proposals, contracts, and invoicing. It’s an all-in-one solution and it’s very comprehensive.
I love Namecheap because their user experience is so simple and sleek! Plus, they have really good prices on domains.
Pressable is the absolute best web hosting! Their support is top-notch and the tools are incredible. With Jetpack Premium included, it’s a great hosting provider for my clients and myself.
Jetpack Premium offers some pretty amazing tools within WordPress that help me and my clients managed their websites with ease.
Adobe is the lifeblood of every graphic designer’s business! Illustrator, Photoshop, Adobe Fonts, InDesign, and CC Libraries are all essentials tools in my designer toolkit.
Flodesk allows you to create beautiful emails and has suburb metrics tracking features. If you’re on my list, you’ve seen how pretty these emails are! The email editing is so seamless and user friendly and the emails look good on all devices. Now, that I can stand behind! Snag this 50% OFF FOR LIFE deal now before it’s gone! At only $19/month it’s a steal.
I love using Pixlr when I have a quick photo edit and don’t feel the need to open up Photoshop. It’s perfect for resizing or cropping photos quickly. Sometimes you don’t need Photoshop to get the job done and Pixlr is just a bookmark away and loads really quickly. The free version has everything you’ll need so there’s really no need to upgrade.
This is an awesome online tool that I love to use when I want to create a quick recordings of something online. I often use it to record quick tutorials for clients and it can also be used to record how you do something when you’re onboarding a new team member.
I use Tailwind to schedule out all of my Instagram posts and stories as well as my Pinterest pins. It saves time and is super simple to use!
Maria Coz’s course on how to grow your email list to 1,000 subscribers. It goes over everything you need to know to really grow your email list!
Elementor is what I design all of my websites on and IT. IS. AMAZING. Hands down, Elementor is the #1 visual web design tool on the market. It makes updating your website so easy and takes all of the guesswork out of managing a WordPress website.
WordPress (.org, NOT .com!) websites rule the web! I am a WordPress & Woocommerce expert. It’s the tool I prefer to design on and always recommend to all of my clients. With WordPress & Woocommerce literally anything is possible!
Google Analytics tracks all of your website traffic which allows you to see who’s visiting your website, where they’re from, where they came from, what pages they visited, and how long they stayed (plus a lot more!) It’s an essential tool for your website that helps you understand your traffic. This data can be used to benefit your marketing efforts so you know who your visitors are.