My favourite tools and resources

Some of the links below are affiliate links, however I only recommend products and services that I actually use and really love!

Setting up your website

Siteground is one of the most reliable and affordable hosting providers. If you're self-hosting your blog or website, this is the hosting software I reccommend.
Squarespace is a user-friendly platform for creating beautifully designed, professional looking websites. Read more about why I love Squarespace.
G Suite
G Suite allows you to create a custom email address to match your domain name, plus you can still use the Google Mail email server with your new email.

Content creation

I honestly don't know how I managed my business before I found Asana, it's the best tool for organising projects and tasks! Asana is also great for planning and scheduling blog content ideas.
Google Docs
I love that I can create, edit and store all my files online with Google Docs. This allows me to access everything I need from any computer or device. It also autosaves your documents as you work to prevent anything getting lost.
Google Analytics
Google Analytics gives you detailed reports for traffic, audience and website content. This allows you to view which website pages and blog posts are most popular so you know what content to produce in the future.

scheduling social media

Agora Pulse is a great tool for scheduling all your social media profiles in one place, plus there's loads of nifty features to help you get the job done quicker!
BoardBooster is key to Pinterest success. It allows you to schedule pre-saved to pins to different boards throughout the day so your pins are seen by a wider audience.
Instagram fanatics will love Planoly because it lets you plan out your Instagram theme in advance! You can upload your photos and arrange them how you want before scheduling.

Images and Graphics

Canva is an amazing, free design tool for beginners. If you want to create your own blog graphics but don't know where to start, Canva has you covered with a wide selection of customisable templates. Read more on creating graphics with Canva.
Adobe Illustrator
If you're looking to take your blog graphics to the next level, I would highly recommend investing in Adobe Illustrator, I use this program to design all the images and graphics used throughout my website, blog and social media.
Creative Market
Creative Market is my go-to place to find stock photos. They also have a massive selection of amazing graphics, fonts, themes and templates. If you're not into design and just want to buy beautiful, pre-made graphics, this is the place for you!

building your Email List

If you're serious about building your list, I highly recommend ConvertKit. They are the best email platform for content upgrades, categorising your subscribers and sending targeted broadcasts.
Interact Quizzes
Interact is a great tool for creating Buzzfeed-like quizzes. It's a fun way to interact with your audience and collect email signups at the end of the quiz. Interact is perfect for growing your email list and your business.
SumoMe is a free plugin with great features to help you build your email list. My favourites are the 'list builder', 'scroll box' and 'smart bar' which provide effective options to help convert your website traffic into email subscribers.