Business Resources

The companies listed here provide tools and resources that we use in our business.  While we love them all, some of these companies we’ve become affiliates for. What does becoming an affiliate mean?  When you click one of our affiliate links, we may be paid a commission as a result of your business with the company. You’re not obligated to use the links, but if you do, we appreciate the support.

Website

Wix (website building service)
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Wix is a full-feature online website building service. With it, create a free website using over 500 designer templates for all industries – Health and Wellness, Fashion and Beauty, Creative Arts, Events, Photography, Design, and more.  Everything you need is there to get you up and running in no time. No coding is required. Just choose a template, drag and drop your content into an editor and register your website’s domain name. Your website will be mobile optimized, which means that your clients will be able to schedule their appointments with you while they’re on the go.

WordPress (website content management system)
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WordPress provides you everything you need to create a website or blog from your browser.  Choose from dozens of free templates to add your beauty salon updates, your client photos, and videos.   When you need more advanced features, such as a free custom domain name, an online storefront, online payments, or email and chat support, choose from paid Personal, Premium or Business plans.

Bluehost (web hosting)
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If you want more control over your website’s appearance or the ability to customize templates, consider hosting your website on a shared Bluehost server that comes with an automatic WordPress software installation.  With all plans, you’ll get at least one free domain name registration, email service, and free SSL certificates to keep your customers and data secure.

Go Daddy (web hosting)
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As one of the largest domain registrars, Go Daddy lets you search for and purchase the website address for key business’s studio or a special hair event, for example.  Go Daddy also provides a suite of products like website hosting, professional email, and management of your WordPress hosted website. When you choose any one of their four plans — basic, deluxe, ultimate, or bulk, you receive a free website domain, ample storage space, and automatic backups of your website’s content.

Da Button Factory (web button maker)
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Da Button Factory is an online generator of web buttons for use in your blogs and website. This easy-to-use, fast, and free button generator runs from your browser. You can create your own buttons or select from existing ones to modify and download. Best of all, Da Button Factory is free.


Email

ConvertKit (email marketing software)
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ConvertKit is an effective and affordable email marketing system that helps you reach and continue to build relationships with your clients.  When clients sign-up for your next beauty class or workshop using a Convertkit form, for example, you can keep in touch with them using the built-in email function.  ConvertKit offers four plans to choose from that are based on the number of clients (email subscribers) that you have.

Scheduling + Booking

Acuity Scheduling (online scheduling system)
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Acuity Scheduling is more than an online scheduling service.  Use it to sell your products, offer gift certificates, and offer beauty classes and workshops, among other great features.  With a range of prices, reap many of Acuity Scheduling’s benefits on the free plan.  As your business grows and its needs change, upgrade from one of the other plans — Emerging Entrepreneur, Growing Business, or Powerhouse Player.

Zoom (cloud conferencing services)
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Zoom offers the essentials for video meeting and conferencing needs. Whether you are in the office or on-the-go, access Zoom from your desktop or from your mobile device to host a meeting or join one.  Zoom’s free account provides access to features like unlimited 1:1 video meetings, group meetings for up to 100 participants, and an unlimited number of meetings. Upgrade to Pro, Business, or Enterprise when you need to host large webinar and live stream on social media platforms, for example.


Styling Tools

Wrap A Loc Tools (hair styling tools)
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We love the versatility and cost effectiveness of the Wrap A Loc styling tool.  With it, you can create beautiful spiral curls on all hair textures and styles — loc’d or loose hair — and give your clients the curly styles they want.  Best of all, this tool can be worn throughout the day while the curls set or for weeks as part of the style. With proper care and use, the tool holds up well to routine use and provides a great return on your investment.


Advertising

QC Consulting (copywriting service)
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Need help reaching your ideal client?  Allow your ideas to be communicated clearly to your clients and customers so that they know you’re talking to them. Whether you need writing services like email sequences, website copy, or product descriptions written, our goal is to help you communicate with your customers and clients as clearly as possible while maintaining your voice and vision.

Canva  (graphic design tools)
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Create professional looking designs and graphics such as your business card, business logo,  or flyers client using Canva’s free graphic design website.  When you need to add your team members to your account or create graphics using your business’s brand colors, upgrade at anytime to Canva For Work.

Got Print (online printing service)
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If you want to leave a lasting impression with your clients, hand them your printed promotional materials from Got Print.  Got Print provides cost-effective, high-quality materials like business cards, folders, calendars, and flyers that are personalized with your company’s brand colors and logo and are customized to your business need.  And, with their Every Door Direct Mail service, Got Print sends postcard mailers to individuals in your business area to help you reach new clients and increase your revenue.