The Smart Hustle Resource Library
Start Your Side Hustle Right Here: Find Your Brand, Build Your Business.
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BRAND YOUR BUSINESS RESOURCES
The Branding Color Meanings Cheatsheet
Blogging for Business Branding Checklist
The Web Page Layout Style Guide
Free Branding 101 Course:
The Born to Build a Business Workbook
Free InDesign Course
A free course that teaches you how to create your own checklists, PDF printables, & workbooks in my fav design program, InDesign.
Mood Board Templates in InDesign
(take this free course to learn how best to use them)
SIDE HUSTLE RESOURCES
My Tech Tools Integration Roadmap
The 9 Step Side Hustle Quickstart Guide
Side Hustle Tools Comparison Chart
The Create a Biz on the Go Guide
A Resource for Navigating Through Life
The Yearly Quest Workbook
to Help Your Plan a Life's Quest
My Top Business Resources
This is the platform I use to both host and design my website. Their drag and drop what-you-see-is-what-you-get templates are plentiful and beautiful. Plus you can find endless ways to creatively customize it to your heart's content! It's super simple, super powerful, & super affordable. Can't recommend it enough.
Adobe Creative (InDesign + Illustrator)
I'm a designer so these are of course my design programs of choice. There is an initial learning curve, but so worth it for an info product based business. If I had to recommend learning one over the other it would be InDesign (I even have a free course InDesign course), as you can create simple logos, awesome graphics, & interactive PDF's (like the ones down below!)
This is the workhorse behind my business - like fo' real. I use it create my free email courses, to stay in contact with the Inside My Hustle Crew (my monthly newsletter), to deliver via email all of my PDF resources (that you just scrolled through), and to also create 'focus funnels' which allow me to earn passive income in my business *insert 'praise Jesus' emoji here*
Logitech Web Cam*
I originally bought this to host webinars and conduct skype interviews with clients, but soon realized I could use this to record my YouTube videos (for my lifestyle channel) too! You can usually find it for under $80 and the picture quality is clear and crisp. Just try not to move around so much - as it auto focuses well too!
Blue Snowball Mic*
I originally bought this a year before I decided I wanted to start an official podcast. I thought I'd make it easier to access my content on the go. So I began making audio versions for some of my long posts (because I can write for days ya'll - this resource page is case & point). Have not regretted it one bit and it's not only inexpensive but super cute too :)
This tool is how I handle my entire client process - I can't recommend it enough! It sends my contracts, invoices, on-boarding questionnaires, client welcome packet, client feedback & testimonial processes, and so so much more. The best part is you can automate your entire client process! It starts with creating a leadbox capture form on your site where your potential client can choose the package they want. Once they select that, it can prompt an workflow (that you designed and create) where you can automatically generate the correct invoices and contracts to be sent immediately via email.
They even have a large template library (contracts, questionnaires, & the like) to get you started! Four more things before I stop gushing:
- Each month they're constantly adding more and more useful features.
- It's completely affordable, they even have a lifetime plan where you purchase it just once instead of paying monthly.
- They offer a full free trial that is valid until you reach 3 clients.
- You can get 20% off your first month by using my special discount link here.
This is the FREE accounting program I use to help with simple bookkeeping for my business finances as well as create and send client invoices. It does so much - really can't believe it's free!
When I was taking clients this is what I used to send them their contracts so they could easily and digitally sign. I kept their original contracts in a word doc, and then uploaded it into Hello Sign for each client. So easy. And ya'll it's free for sending up to 3 contracts a month!
Sales & Passive Income
I use DPD to deliver and host my digital products. It costs $10 a month and connects to my email platform (Convertkit), so that when someone purchases a product they are automatically added to my email list (because currently Squarespace only connects to Mailchimp). But through clickable links or simple code it's easy to incoroparate into your Squarespace site.
Pinterest is a way to get consistent traffic to your website. I share my blog posts as well as my direct links to my free email opt-in resources there. And, depending on the opt-in, once someone is on my list I create a focus funnel that's geared towards the topic of their interest. And if I have a product that's related I share that through email to - which can lead to passive income :)
Organizing + Storage
G Suite is how I set up my professional email address [firstname.lastname@example.org] and how I store all of my content, resources, and branding elements for my business. I have 8 main folders and within each of those have numerous sub folders. I cannot recommend this enough because I have access when I need it and also have everything in one place (because my laptop storage builds up fast...). I'm currently on the 100 GB plan and here's a referral code to get 20% off your first year [DCMYYJV9NJPEJFN].
Asana is how I organize my thoughts and my life! And best of all I can do this all with the FREE VERSION! You create 'projects' and can view them as list items or as boards (I typically use the boards feature). Within each project I have a board. Within each board I have several tasks. Within most tasks I have subtasks that I can check off when completed (with a due date if needed). Before I used Asana my thoughts were spread through my iPhone Notes app. Now it's all organized in one place :)
*On my quest to earn more & spend less I try to maximize passive income. Some links on this page are affiliate links which means I may receive a small monetary compensation - at no cost to you - if you make a purchase through my link. Don’t worry, all thoughts and experiences on my site are of course my own. Much love & thank you for your support :)