The Epic Guide: Blogging and Business Tools for Growth

I compiled this EPIC Guide to Blogging and Business tools for growth + success. This if for you if you think you can’t afford to be a successful business owner. You always see all this glitter and glamour but yet, instead of encouraging you to move forward and strive towards (enter awesome thing that you think will magically change your business here) it just puts you in a slump. You can’t go on, there is NO way in the world you can be successful because let’s face it, your broke and unless you earn something, you can’t invest anything.

Have you ever thought any of these things? I have. Tons. More than once, probably more than 100 times over the last 8 months. 

I got an email from one of my favorite blog and business owners who talked briefly about all of the free resources you can use to create your online course, from idea to design to implementation. This got me thinking. When I first started my business I could ONLY (only, only, only) afford FREE. I didn’t have money to invest, no secret piggy bank to pull from, and I remember spending hours and days on end searching the net for how to make my business work, for free.

You can read more about how I got started with my biz HERE


What I have learned is that of course, when you have some money to invest you have a ton of options. You can get the premium themes, the magic plugins (because there is one for everything, right?). You can sign up for the premium photo subscriptions and be the first student to enroll in the must have courses for the season.

The GREAT thing about the net, is that there is so many free and middle of the road (enter name of anything here) that you can blog and do business beautifully without having to spend a ton of cash to do it. From design programs, fonts and graphics for branding to courses, themes for a beautiful blog design and workshops and social media tools you can literally find SO much great stuff for not a single PENNY. Some of my favorite creative business owners are so super generous with their time and resources, that it is silly not to invest time into improving your blog or business for free.

You can blog and do business beautifully without having to spend a ton of cash to do it. Click To Tweet

Now, fast forward. You have implemented some of these tips, monetized your blog, got your first coaching client or sold a few copies of your first ebook. Now that you are earning, you can think about investing. This is exactly how I grew my business, from literally the ground up. As I earned more each month, I was able to take a portion to invest it back into making my business even better. It is truly unbelievable ALL of the resources I have used for myself and my clients, and to make blogging and business a no-brainer for you, I am sharing it with you, too (you are so welcome, friend).

**DISCLAIMER: Some of the links are indeed, affiliate links. This list is pretty exclusive to stuff I use an love or have used it for clients. I only recommend stuff that I truly, wholeheartedly believe will help you blog and do business beautifully. So if you love something and try it using my link, I will earn a bit from it, and it doesn’t cost you an extra penny. AND.. because I have to say it, all of my experiences with these resources are my own so I can’t guarantee your success with them. That’s all on you and what works for your blog and business, love!

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The most EPIC Guide to blogging and business tools for growth + success. Even if you don't have a penny to spend, there are TONS of free resources, so get to it. You know, blogging and doing business beautifully.

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    • Yay! Thats so great to hear, Lorie. So many of these resources helped me get started and are now helping me sustain and grow, so I just had to share 🙂

  1. This is an amazing list. I have been looking for ways to improve and grow my blog and business. These are great resources so I don’t have to be searching. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

    • Hey Karen! There is SO much good stuff out there, but sometimes its hard to figure out what works for you. I always start with the free stuff someone offers, and work my way up from there 🙂 Let me know how it all goes, would love to watch you grow!!

    • Hey Tasmin. When I was writing it, I was like Holy Moly!! I never realized how much STUFF I have used in under a year of my business. Hopefully, this can save some creatives a bit of time from having to weed through the massive amounts of info on the net 🙂 Thanks so much for appreciating it!

  2. Hi Vanessa! I love your blog! I think this is an awesome list! You really put a ton of time and energy into it! There are a ton of free stock photos out there as well. is one of my favorite ones. Also
    Also for monetization I would recommend decknetwork,.com for banner ads that you might want to use, to find affiliate opportunities or I also think that is a perfect example of how affiliate links can be added and look classy

    • Hey Aimee!! You are so right, there are SO many awesome and crazy amazing resources out there. It is so hard to keep up with all of them 🙂 Thanks for sharing these, I will surely have a look! I also am an affiliate with shareasale, but haven’t heard of the others! I will be updating the post soon so maybe some of these will make it in 🙂 🙂

  3. Hi Vanessa! Thanks for sharing all the useful information both on this post and on your entire blog. This particular post has been extremely helpful for me as a new lifestyle/travel blogger. I have become a fan of your blog!

    • Hey Arabelis! Can I tell you how super HAPPY I am to hear this? I love that you found some amazing tools and resources for your new blog, and I am excited to see you grow! DO be sure to stop by from time to time to let me know how you are doing, or if you just have questions 🙂

  4. Thank you so much Vanessa for such an awesome post- it is chock full of tips and we are honoured that you recommended us!
    I am a massive fan of Todoist myself- it helps me keep track of everything 🙂

    • Hey Carol!! You guys seriously are AMAZING so of course, I had to include you 🙂 Todoist is perfect for the unorganized soul (me). It has brought me so much sanity! LOVE that you stopped by, always looking forward to what you lovelies come up with next!

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