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RESOURCES TO HELP YOU SUCCEED AT EVERY LEVEL

Welcome to our JCripps Design on a Dime resource section, a curated list of the tools and websites we highly recommend for business owners choosing to go DIY or who may need services we don’t provide in-house. We have personally used every company on this page, and many of the services listed here are crucial to running our own business (or were responsible for developing JCripps Design to where it is today). 

Before we share the resources we regularly use and trust, we must make an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you! Please understand that we have experience with all of these companies, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. We will never promote companies or products that we haven’t used at some point in our own day-to-day operations. While we appreciate the support you will be showing JCripps Design by placing your order through these links, please do not spend any money on any of these products unless you feel you truly need them, or that they will help you achieve your business goals.

Shopify

There’s a reason we use Shopify for all websites we create, even when our clients aren’t selling physical products online in an ECommerce setting. It’s got a powerful backend that is simple to use, trusted payment processing, dynamic plug-in features like online appointment booking, beautiful themes that are thoroughly vetted for mobile responsiveness and optimal functionality, and the platform offers amazing customer service and support.

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Out of The Sandbox

As one of our favorite theme developers for Shopify, we trust Out of The Sandbox for all of our client’s web design needs. They have robust technical support for all of their themes, and are constantly bringing innovative features to all of their updates. All of their designs are mobile responsive, fast loading, and SEO-friendly.

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Upwork

Upwork is a great platform to hire freelancers to help you with your projects. You can find some amazing talent to help you design new graphics, manage your next project, design technical manuals, help with your website, and so much more. You can even find us on there! We do a lot of virtual work for clients all over the world through platforms like this. It’s a great way to find qualified candidates to help you out, no matter what your project needs are.

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Typeform

Typeform is a handy way to collect information from people. You can design custom surveys, contact forms, and more with their easy to use interface that plugs in just about anywhere you could need it to show up.

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Smartmockups

One of the most tedious tasks in ECommerce is designing product mockups for your online store. Smartmockups is an online mockup generator with 1600+ ready-to-use product images available for you to customize from right inside your browser. You can even pull screenshots and images from a specific URL into your designs, right in the editor. WOW.

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Adobe Creative Suite

Easily considered one of the most widely recognized names on the digital market, Adobe has been a trusted source for creative software for a long time. Your home for popular programs like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign, they have some pretty cool features and online tutorials tailored for all skill levels.

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Canva

We like to think of Canva as a lighter version of Adobe Illustrator. It’s simple to use, even if you have very little design experience, and their collection of pre-designed templates, assets, and stock images helps you get started with your next graphics project quickly and easily.

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Trello

Trello is an online program that helps you organize your tasks in ways you didn’t know you needed in your life. It easily integrates with all kinds of other platforms, and helps you keep track of everything you need to do to launch your next project quickly and easily. You can track deadlines an assign tasks out to others on your board, and so much more.

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Wave

Wave is an online accounting and payroll platform that helps you keep track of all of your business expenses. You can scan receipts, send invoices, track your expenses, and run payroll — all from one convenient place. It’s simple to use and set up, so you can keep your accounting in order no matter how much experience you have.

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Quickbooks Online

Quickbooks is easily one of the most recognizable accounting systems available on the market. They’ve been around for a long time, and they have a solid array of products available for businesses owners, regardless of company size or industry. They even have a lighter online version that is available on a monthly subscription basis that really helps out when you’re first getting started. Their user interface has cleaned up nicely over the years, and the tools you need to operate your company are more powerful than ever.

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RescueTime

RescueTime tracks the time you spend on various applications and websites, giving you a more accurate picture of your day. It can help with billing, time management, and internal accountability for your organization, helping you stay on track no matter what business throws your way.

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Crowdfire

Crowdfire is a dynamic social media content manager that helps you develop, customize, and share content to your favorite social media platforms. It will help you take key actions on each of your social media accounts to help you take advantage of each platform’s complex algorithms, and help you boost your user engagement and organic follower count.

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Hootsuite

Hootsuite is a great platform to help you schedule content to share with your followers on the most popular social media sites. You can manage several accounts at once, and plan your business posts for the month according to your rules. It can help you save time so you can maintain a strong social media presence without spending all day doing it.

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Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the most unique platforms for quickly finding specialized digital content and services, customized to your needs. You can order services from freelancers all over the world, who specialize in creating all manner of videos, advertisements, presentations, animations, voice-overs, promotional content, and so much more. There really are freelancers for just about everything, out there.

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Shake

Shake is a great resource to draft legally binding agreements to help keep your business running smoothly. This service is provided by the popular company, LegalShield, and can help you create all kinds of important documents like a Bill of Sale, Non-Disclosure Agreements, Service Agreements and more.

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LegalShield

Having all of your ducks in a row legally is one of the most crucial aspects of running a company. LegalShield offers individuals and small businesses experienced legal consultation and representation for a low monthly fee. This platform has even been used by several large corporations in the local area, who offer discounted LegalShield membership as an add-on bonus to their employee benefits packages. It’s a seriously handy service that you’d rather have and not need, than to need and not have.

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Slack

Slack is a really cool platform that helps you create an online chat system to help you communicate quickly with your internal organization or with your clients during a project. You can send messages and files instantly so you can spend less time emailing and more time creating awesome stuff.

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