Tools + Resources

FINDING THE RIGHT TOOL, APP OR RESOURCE CAN MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UNBRIDLED CHAOS AND UNLOCKED POTENTIAL

Following are tools I've used in the past, use now, explored, or partnered with.  Every tool below has been checked by the Suite to ensure we're bringing you the best recommendations for your business.  Some of the links on this page are affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small commission if you click on a link and purchase something I have recommended. Please read my site policies for more details.

Customer Relationship Management

17Hats – 17Hats is a great web-based application that will help manage leads, contracts, invoicing and financial tracking.  If you've ever received an invoice or service contract from me, this is the system that did it.  It's also the system I use for all financial tracking and reporting!

Airtable – This is a database that functions like a spreadsheet application.  It is user-friendly and quite handy for organizing contacts, projects, affiliate links, calendar and more!  It also integrates beautifully with Zapier, giving you countless ways to automate data capture for your team, customers, or prospects.

** AWeber – Delivering eye catching, engaging emails for your small business has never been easier! With AWeber's easy to use Smart Designer tool – you can create beautiful email templates, customized to your business and branding in seconds! Get up to 500 subscribers for FREE, and then save 10% on the PRO plan with our exclusive Suite partnership. Use our link and code SS10OFF for our exclusive pricing!

ConvertKit – Great for building your email list and nurturing customers through your sales funnels.  Create professional looking emails, organize subscribers by tags and segments, create auto-sequences, triggers and more. ConvertKit is a great program for those looking to build an intermediate to advanced email marketing system.

** GenieChat - The all-in-one CRM solution and conversational marketing tool for social sellers.  Get started with a 7-day free trial!

** Project Broadcast - Get started with text marketing and communication with the tool designed by and for direct sellers.  Get 10% off your first year or 50% off your first month with our exclusive link.

Sticker Mule - I send a lot of happy mail.  This is where I get my stickers.

 

Graphic Design

Canva – One of the premier graphic design programs for beginners and experts alike. Sign up for their free plan or invest in their Pro plan for even more features.

Creative Fabrica - This is my favorite design assets site, and I have a premium membership.  You'll find fonts, graphics, templates and more - many with commercial rights to use.

Creative Market – Another great site for design assets, including fonts, graphics, and templates.

Design Wizard – Upload your fonts, logos and photos to create professional looking design assets. This design software offers both free and paid versions allowing you to create custom graphics quickly and with ease.

Doodly – This is super fun software if you're interested in making your own videos of doodling on a whiteboard (or chalkboard or glassboard).

Fiverr – $5 for a quick outsourced service? Yes please! It was a Fiverr dude who made my very first training video intro for $5. Yes really.

FontsBundles.com – This is a great site for free and paid fonts that will make your designs look authentic to you. This link goes to the FREE fonts you can download for commercial use.

Luckstock.com – Royalty free music. This is where I got the very first audio clip that was used in all my training videos.

Pixabay – Free and unrestricted images, for any personal or commercial use. I sometimes use these for social media images.

PixTeller – Easy to use design and animation tool where you can create graphics, GIFs, videos and more for all of your social marketing needs.

 

Administration

Acuity Scheduling – This is our online scheduling program.  Easy to set up, use, and accept appointments from your customers and team members on your available schedule.  Plus, it integrates with a whole bunch of tools and apps – payments, invoicing, CRM, email management, and 250 more.

AppSumo – Want deals on administration, tools for your website, graphics, and more? Check out the perpetual deal site that Team Suite knows and loves. Highly recommend if you are into lifetime offers and deals.

** Direct Sidekick - Looking for a great financial management program and CRM? Look no further. Get 10% off any plan with our exclusive Suite link!

Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) – If you actively use Google's many applications, this professional version is a good resource for your business. Host your emails on Google's super reliable server and run all of your business applications through Google: email through Gmail, calendar, note-taking in Keep, file storage and sharing in Drive. 

Nifty – Want another project management tool to be able to use to help keep track of your tasks, projects, parties, and more? Try Nifty! We think it's pretty nifty ourselves. 😉

PayPal – Accept payments for all your ecommerce you'll be doing.

Rakuten (formerly eBates) - Get cashback when you shop online.  Make $30 in qualifying purchases within 90 days, and get $30 cashback!  (I've gotten over $1000 lifetime cashback - so worth it!)

Ship.com (Formerly Zensales) – Dedicated to simplifying shipping for direct sales consultants and independent business owners, allows their users to compare and buy shipping labels easily and offers the lowest industry rates. Ship.com integration with PayPal, Square and multiple direct sales companies allows the user to automatically import orders, easily access customer information, and quickly create shipping labels.

Square – Accept credit card payments on your mobile device.  Use this link and get $1000 in free processing in your first 180 days.

Zapier – This is a super awesome all-purpose automation tool. Want to automatically import mailing list subscribers to your database? Send new subscribers a personal email or coupon code? Zapier integrates hundreds of apps to save you time.

Zoom – Video chat technology. Free for up to 50 people, for 40 minutes. Perfect for leaders and teams! And reasonable packages if you need more than 40 minute sessions. This is a must-have for anyone who communicates with teams, customers, hostesses, or prospects.

 

Social Content Management

Cinchshare –  Simply the easiest and fastest social media scheduling app allowing you to manage all of your social media and facebook parties in one place.  

Scribe – Don’t have time to create step-by-step instructions for your team or customers? Let Scribe do it for you! This tool is great for demonstrating how to navigate your website or back office. Just walk through the steps and Scribe documents them for you.

Scribie – Automate the process of transcribing your audio or video files – on the cheap!  We use this service to convert our podcasts into blog posts. Hello time saver!

Tailwind – What Cinchshare is to Facebook, Tailwind is to Pinterest and Instagram! This is a very handy marketing, scheduling, and analytics tool for Pinterest and Instagram. 

Taplink – A fantastic way to manage your Instagram Links and take #LINKINBIO to another level. Embed videos, link out to blog posts, take orders and online payments, and more with this easy to use, easy to customize micro-landing page for Instagram. Talk about an easy way to sell in IG. 

Tap.Bio – A great way to build a series of cards, each one with a unique focus, to help guide your audience where you want them to go. Use our link to save 10% on the Gold package!

 

Live Streaming

AirPods – We use these for impromptu live videos.

Blue Yeti USB Mic – Powerful microphone extraordinaire.  If we sound good, this is why.

Lighting Kit – We only look good during webinars and training videos because lighting (and mascara) makes me pretty. This is a good option for inexpensive soft box stand lighting.

Power DeWise Lavalier MIc – We use this mic for all of our formal videos. Great for high quality audio.

Ring Light – Great for when you're recording videos, taking selfies, livestreaming… this is the right light that many of our Socialites use and recommend.

StreamYard – Another livestream (or record to post later) application we use in the Suite. Up your livestreaming game with this service. 

Wave.Video – Create branded video content that will build your audience and drive your business forward.  Super easy to use and complete with a broad selection of free video clips, images, audio files and more.  Get started for FREE and then save 10% when you upgrade to any paid plan.

 

Website Management

SassySuite Web Services – If you need a domain, hosting, Managed WordPress, etc., we can hook you up! If you need a site, we have it. Looking to create a basic domain redirect? Check out this blog post for step-by-step instructions.

** Shopify – Looking for an easy e-commerce solution?  This is what I use (and this site runs on!)  Sell your products, build a blog, and build your email marketing - all on Shopify.  Get a 3-day free trial, then your first month for only $1.

WordPress – One of the most common website frameworks out there with plenty of documentation to help even the beginningest beginner get set up with their own website, store, and blog.

 

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

Bossy Pants – Tina Fey

Building a Story Brand: Clarify your Message so Customers will Listen – Donald Miller

Developing the Leaders Around You: How to Help Others Reach their Full Potential – John C. Maxwell

#GirlBoss – Sophia Amoruso

Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook:  How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World – Gary Vaynerchuck

Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek

Lean In:  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Success Unwrapped – Direct Sellers A-Z Event Guide – Shannon Ferraby

The 5-Second Rule – Mel Robbins

The Art of Social Media:  Power Tips for Power Users – Guy Kawasaki

The Barefoot Executive – Carrie Wilkerson

The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level – Gay Hendricks

The Power of 5 for Network Marketing – John Maxwell

The Secret– Rhonda Byrne

Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Filling Your Websites and Funnels with Your Dream Customers - Russell Brunson

Year of Yes – How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun, and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes

Yes, Please – Amy Poehler

You are a Badass – Jen Sincero

You are a Badass at Making Money - Jen Sincero