What does The Palette Muse use? I’ll tell you! These are my go-to resources, the tools that I use most often and don’t think I could do without. I’ve divided them into three general categories so you can easily find what you’re looking for: DIY/Home Improvement, Crafting, and Blogging/Biz. These are the topics I get the most questions about, so I’m giving you a crash course right here in one place!
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DIY / Crafting Resources
Blogging / Biz Resources
Tailwind – Someday I’ll tell you the story about my whole blog grew out of my obsession with Pinterest. But for now, let me just say that I love Pinterest, and this blog probably wouldn’t exist without it. Because of that, I am strategic in how I use Pinterest to attract viewers to this blog, and Tailwind plays a key part in that strategy. If you are using either Pinterest or Instagram to drive traffic to your business, you need Tailwind. They have mastered the art of scheduling, and make my biz life so much easier, not to mention more productive. (And if you’re not using Pinterest or Instagram to bring in customers, you probably should be.)
Canva – I use Canva for almost all my Pinterest images and Color Palettes. I love how easy it is to use, and they have a TON of helpful videos to help you learn their system. I learn new tricks all the time, and they continually develop their software, offering more and more capabilities all the time. Canva has a free option which is great, but I happily pay the small annual fee to get the most use out of their system. Want to see what Canva is all about? Sign-up for free today!
QuickBooks – I am NOT a numbers person. The less I have to think about business accounting, the better. QuickBooks keeps me organized, without me having to spend hours trying to make sense of their sytem. You don’t need an accounting background to understand their setup and instructions, and they have videos to help you get started. Plus, they have a help line where you can speak to an actual person if you run into trouble. QuickBooks makes my bookkeeping totally…bearable. Give QuickBooks a try, with a 50% discount!
Big Scoots – These guys are the best at web hosting! I’ve been with a couple of different hosts over the years, and I can say without reservation that Big Scoots is my favorite. They helped my site speed, are so easy to work with, and I’ve never had such great customer service – from real people! If I ever run into these guys at a blogging conference, I plan on giving them a big hug.
Etsy – It’s hard to overestimate how much Etsy has impacted my business. Between running my own shop, and browsing all the other beautiful shops out there, it makes my creative heart happy, and my business more profitable. I love supporting other artists and makers, and it’s a constant source of inspiration for me. While I’m no longer selling through my own shop, it’s worth mentioning here because I also got my website design from a designer on Etsy. Always check here for any creative products you might need, and if you’re interested in starting your own shop, Etsy is the way to go.