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Sarah Brumley Marketing

Resource Recommendations

Welcome to the Sarah Brumley Marketing Resources Section. This is a list of the services, software, and online programs we use and recommend for building your business. We have used each of the items on this page and many are critical to running our own business.

Best Website Hosting

These are our 2 favorite hosting services. We personally use both for various websites we manage.
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Bluehost

A great option for a first-time website build and the best place to purchase your domains.

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WPEngine

One of the best service providers. No matter what issues you have, they stand ready to help.

Our Favorite Website Design Tools

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Google Analytics

Google Analytics gives you a comprehensive view of all of your website metrics AND it’s easy to install, too.

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Elementor

When it comes to designing a website, Elementor is our go-to page builder. Easy to use and so many options.

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MonsterInsights

Connect your Google Analytics to WordPress with just a few clicks. No code necessary. (FREE version)

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Coolors

Choose your brand colors using this handy platform. Start from scratch or input a few you already love.

Best Project Management Systems

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Trello

Create boards, checklists, and calendars to help your team stay on track with your business efforts. 

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ClickUp

From checklists to calendars and more, we use ClickUp to manage all of our team tasks and marketing plans. 

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Monday.com

Much like a spreadsheet, Monday.com allows you to keep track of all of your tasks, social media plans, and more.

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Asana

It doesn’t have the bells and whistles of some systems, but it’s forever FREE, and a great option for new businesses.

Best Accounting Software

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Quickbooks

Without a doubt, Quickbooks offers the most comprehensive solution AND makes it easy to add an accountant as you grow.

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Wave

For the entrepreneur that wants to DIY their accounting, the simplicity and ease-of-use Wave provides is a welcome relief.

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Patriot

Want to manage your accounting by yourself AND your payroll, too? Patriot is a great option for growing businesses.

Best File Sharing Programs

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GSuite

We love GSuite for all of our business document and file storage. Share with team members and allow clients to share with you, without losing a thing.

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DropBox

Like GSuite, DropBox is a great tool for managing your documents and images. We found it a little tedious to use for a team, but still use it for our own personal storage.

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Slack

Chat with team members, share documents and record notes from meetings, among other things. Slack is our go-to team communication tool. 

Best Scheduling & Contract Management

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Dubsado

Sending proposals, managing client contracts and invoices, and scheduling consultations has never been easier. And – they even have a client portal for document exchange.

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Acuity Scheduling

If you just need scheduling abilities, Acuity is amazing. Set up custom calendars for different appointment types and allow for purchase upon scheduling. 

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HelloSign

Need to send contracts or other documents online for signatures from one or more people? HelloSign has you covered. (FREE and paid versions.)

Best Email Marketing Platforms

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ActiveCampaign

We’d be lost without the automations, tagging, customizable email templates, and integrations that ActiveCampaign offers. Perfect for service and e-commerce.

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Flodesk

This new player on the block offers beautiful email templates and workflow automations. It’s guaranteed intro price for life makes it a great option for those just getting started.

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MailerLite

The free version of MailerLite is a great place to get started as a new blogger online. We used it for about a year before transitioning to a more powerful provider.

Other Business Tools

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Zoom

For conferencing with clients to webinars and beyond, Zoom makes it easy to connect with those at a distance.

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Zapier

When it seems there’s no way to connect two apps, just use a Zap to keep your business automations working for you,.

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Grammarly

Check for spelling and grammar error, as well as plagiarism, online and on your desktop computer.

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Screenflow

Recording videos for YouTube or online training? Screenflow from Telestream is best for recording and editing.

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Canva

Design everything from social media graphics to extensive freebies and more. (FREE and paid versions available.)

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Shift

Constantly shifting through multiple emails accounts and open browser tabs? Shift streamlines it all!

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Loom

Record short (or long) screen recordings to allow your clients and employees to see exactly what you see. (FREE Version)

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Color Picker

This desktop application allows you to quickly determine the colors of a picture or website so you can design like a pro.