These are a few of my favorite things...
I really do love The Sound of Music!
(JUST AS A QUICK DISCLAIMER SOME OF THESE ARE AFFILIATE LINKS, BUT I ONLY SHARE MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITES THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE WRINGER & THAT I CURRENTLY USE IN MY BUSINESS...AND THESE ALL PASSED WITH FLYING COLORS!)
This is the best platform for building e-commerce sites. Easily manage orders, returns & inventory (from your desktop or phone), all while getting discounts on postage!
The gorgeous photos you see across the site just simply wouldn't be possible without Lightroom. It helps me achieve that pure white look while adding pops of color to my photos!
I love working in Illustrator not only for logo & brand board work, but also for creating graphics for websites. It lets me vectorize my drawings, truly bringing them to life!
I absolutely have to have organization in my biz and this is the heart of my business! It keeps all my contracts, proposals, invoices, questionnaires, and client information in one place! It also helps me automate some steps allowing me more time to focus on my clients & design work!
MailChimp is the perfect program if you're just starting out with newsletters lists. They have a wonderful free plan! And that is definitely what every small business owner needs especially when you have a limited budget in the beginning!
Social media can get crazy stressful, right? Later helps take out so much of that stress for me. It allows me to preview what my feed will look like, create different categories of hashtags, and plan out all of my content on a free 30 posts a month plan!
On my Desk
I absolutely LOVE my Sony a600 and cannot possibly recommend it more! This has been my BFF, my number one piece of equipment, and a camera that anyone can pick up and start using immediately! This is the one and only camera I recommend for product based business owners looking to take high quality product photos.
This was a major game changer in my business! I never knew I was looking at a low quality screen until I got this and WOW, a million times better and so much easier on my eyes to design with its large screen! It's incredibly fast, never slows down, and was wayyy easier to navigate than I expected. Don't be afraid of switching to a Mac!
I was so terrified when my first backup just suddenly stopped working in the midst of a client project. I had just started my business and lost so much crucial information. Never, ever again. I did tons of research, found this awesome backup that can be formatted for both PC and Mac and now have two of them, making sure I always have two copies of everything!
I love my cute little pencil sharpener that's shaped like a camera! It not only looks so cute on my desk and is totally apropos, but it seriously makes the sharpest pencils ever which makes my heart so happy!
This is the best scent in the world! I am not exaggerating, it's amazing. It keeps me calm, reduces my anxiety & overwhelm (the smell of basil always does for me!), and burns so beautifully on my desk. It keeps me productive and happy and is a serious must have!
Life honestly gets crazy busy sometimes! I hate eating out too much, it just feels so unhealthy, but I also hate having the same boring meals every week. We love treating ourselves with a Hello Fresh box every once in a while to bring back the joy of cooking and to help us out when we know we'll be having a busy week!
I simply cannot live without my coffee! I literally have one every single day. The warmth calms me, helps me focus, and the Verismo rates number one in my book. I have a Nespresso too, but I always find myself picking the Verismo. I use two shots of the Kenya pods with the milk frother listed next, and of course, sugar!
I love having froth in my coffee, it just makes it so fancy! This one is my favorite (I've had a few die on me in the past) and it's worked perfectly for years! Oh and you can totally use it to just heat up your milk too if you're not that into froth ;)
Honesty time here - my eyes are incredibly dry. And while it's probably due to the increased amount of time I've spent on my computer & phone (something I can't change due to the biz!), I've found the only solution that works for me, HydroEye. It's a pill packed full of vitamins that works sooo much better than drops (at least for me!). I take them every single day and can actually do a full day of work on the computer without noticing any dryness!
With our crazy busy lives, this one was a no brainer for us! We decided a long time ago to stop running out for one-off errands and to start using Prime for absolutely everything. We downloaded the app to our phones and any time we say we need something we instantly order it on the app with free two-day shipping and we don't have to think about it again! This link lets you try Prime for free for 30 days :) Enjoy!