I’m proud to have been customer #99 for ConvertKit (they’re now at almost 22,000!) and I've been a customer for years. I’m now also a ConvertKit Certified Expert! They’re my email marketing platform of choice, and I love their power and flexibility mixed with the simplicity of simply being able to get my emails DONE. You can sign up through my link below and get an extended 30-day free trial!
We drew the short straw when it comes to payment processors in the UK! Most are slow to pay out - but not Square. Square has been my main payment processor for my services ever since they launched here - and they've always paid me in 2 working days or less! Sign up through my link and we’ll both get £1000 free in processing fees! (But let’s face it - Square’s are pretty darn amazing anyway!)
Payhip are an amazing online, UK-based tool that help you to sell any digital, physical or subscription-based products you might be currently dreaming of creating. They make it easy, handle all the VAT MOSS annoyance for you, and have an incredible support team behind them! They're what I run my own online shop with!
The reason I love Acuity is in its simplicity (are you seeing a theme here?!). It’s easy to set up and you can even set up payments for calls and bookings directly in the app. I connect it to my payment processor of choice, Square, and use it for every type of call booking from discovery calls through to paid sessions.
Disclaimer: I get free access to Teachery because I’m a part of the wonderful Wandering Aimfully community, but I love it that much IT DESERVES ITS OWN RIGHTFUL SPOT IN THIS LIST. And all the caps. Teachery is an absolutely fantastic course platform - simple enough to make creating your course easy, but powerful enough to give you the flexibility and customisation that you need. My course students have LOVED using the course set up in this way, more so than any other platform I’ve used!
When it comes to video recording + hosting, I’ve used allll the tools. But there’s one prevailing winner: Loom. With their recent release of Loom Desktop + Loom PRO, all my video hosting + recording dreams have come true! Plus, Loom has some cool new features built in to the new PRO version - trimming, basic editing, and HD+ recording. (Loom are also in the process of making it possible to also upload videos, which will mean you can use Loom as a much cheaper alternative to video hosting companies!)
If there’s a resource I need for myself or a client, Creative Market is the FIRST place I go. Whether you’re looking for some illustrations, fonts, templates or more - you can find it here! And with a huge amount of designers and even more products on this platform, you’re guaranteed to find the graphics + resources you’re after in a style to suit your brand too. You can buy standard or extended licences for most items, and every shop is vetted prior to opening so you know you're buying quality items.
Design Cuts is one of those platforms you buy one thing from...and then another...and then another...and before you know it, you’ve spent £££s with them over the years! Design Cuts are not only another great marketplace for truuuly gorgeous design resources, but every few weeks they run the most INCREDIBLE bundle deals that you’ve ever seen. I own a ridiculous amount of bundles bought from them over the yeras, and they’re just that good! With extended licensing, you can’t go wrong!
I’m off the webinar bandwagon for now, but if you DO run webinars, then Crowdcast is the platform to use. I’ve used quite a few webinar platforms and Crowdcast beats them all hands down for the best combo of price, quality, features + ease of use. Plus, having used it from a customer PoV, it has the best webinar experience by far!
If you use WordPress, and you have any sort of form on your site, you’re you NEED Gravity Forms. You can create simple forms but also incredibly complex forms (that still feel simple to your audience + customers). They also have a lot of integrations + extra functionality so it's seriously extendable and flexible.
If you’d rather use a third-party to power your forms (I sometimes do this, particularly for surveys!) then Paperform is THE way to go. It’s the simplest + easiest tool I’ve used for creating forms (seeing a theme here?!) and they have an incredible support team. Use my link to sign up and get 10% off forever!
I often feel like Zapier is my secret weapon! If you want to connect several tools together that don’t have direct integrations, you need Zapier to plug the gaps in your automations. One great example is that I use Zapier to automatically enroll all of my course customers in the Teachery course platform after taking payment through Paddle on my website!
Guru are my absolute favourite choice when it comes to web hosting. I have been with them for years and have NEVER had any downtime. I’ve had many clients switch their hosting over to them, they have a fantastic support team that never make me feel stupid, and they’re always willing to help you solve any problems you have (even if you caused them! I know that from experience… oops) any time of the day or night.
I originally stumbled across Notion when trying to find an alternative note-taking app to the one I was using - and oh my, within a month I’d signed up to the Pro version! Notion can do ANYTHING you want it to when it comes to data, organisation and note-taking. I use it mostly for note-taking, but you can use it for data organisation, to-do lists, and SO much more! Get $10 in credit by signing up through my link!
I have a love/love relationship with data - and along comes Airtable, making it easy! I originally started using Airtable for task management, but that didn't work for the way my brain does - and now I use it for planning, managing and storing client testimonials, and aaanything at all data related. I even used it recently to help me figure out pricing for a new business idea! It’s beautiful and so, so incredibly powerful.
I’ve used every single project management system you can imagine but NO system allowed me the granular control over each project I wanted. ClickUp has become my PMS, daily task manager, and goal planner + tracker. It’s the most flexible yet structured system I’ve used - exactly what I need when I thrive on structure but rebel against doing things the way that a system tells me it “should” be done!