Below are some of the people, resources and things that I eeove and recommend – all that I have used personally myself or have heard good reviews from clients about. I will continue to update this page over time as I build new contacts and resources – or as I remember those that I’ve forgotten to include (sorry!). I hope you find this page helpful.
BUSINESS & COACHING
- I used Win Trademarks to trademark Dream For Others(R) – the process was so simple and easy. Highly recommended.
- I used Legal123* for my coaching services agreement, as well as my website/email terms and conditions. I personally purchased the Legal Package for Coaches and Mentors and haven’t looked back.
- I engaged Heather Pearce Campbell from Legal Website Warrior to review a partnership contract recently and she was incredible. If I ever need legal advice in the future, I’ll be flicking her an email and requesting a quote immediately.
Mailing list providers:
- I used and loved Mailchimp for a long time – it did everything I wanted for free for under 2000 subscribers. If you’re with Mailchimp, and need some help, Anne Clark is the person to contact – she even runs Mailchimp virtual workshops.
- I now use and love Ontraport* which is a CRM, not just a mailing list provider. It has made business so much easier and I know there is still so much I can do with it!
- I briefly used ConvertKit and although it wasn’t for me, the wonderful Elizabeth Goddard who helped me get it all up and running was incredible. If you’re looking for help withe ConvertKit, check her out.
- I use and love Satori* as my client booking system. It not only allows clients to book their sessions via my website, but to sign my contract, respond to questionnaires, automatically send invoices, receive payments, get testimonials, and more. Many friends tell me that Acuity is best, but I’ve been a Satori fan since Day 1 of my business.
Social Media scheduler:
- I’ve used a few social media schedulers and my favourites so far have been: MeetEdgar, eClincher and SmarterQueue* (which I’m currently playing with). They are all different price points and have different features, so it really does depend on what you want exactly. I like them best because they have a library feature, so that when I’m super organised, I can enter all of my blog posts and they automatically release and recycle content from the library.
- If I want to schedule Instagram posts, I use Later. Since I don’t do this often, I can get away with using their free account – where you can do 30 posts for free each month. I see they do other social media platforms too now, but haven’t had a chance to play with these features yet.
Online courses and programs:
- The first online course I ever did, that started me on this online business journey was Marie Forleo’s B-School* – an online business and marketing course. You can read about my experience with B-School here.
- I got my life coaching certificate through the Beautiful You Coaching Academy* and am proud ambassador of the course. You can read about my experience and affiliate offer here.
- To get a better grasp on blogging (as I had never blogged before starting my business!), I enrolled in Rachel’s Bright Eyed Blog Hearted*. It is incredible. Read more about my experience here.
- I also did Kathryn Hocking’s E-Course Launch Formula* to assist with creating an e-course (coming soon!).
Graphic designers and websites:
- There are so many fabulous website designers that I know out there – so I’m only going to list those who I’ve directly worked with or who my clients have worked with and loved: Jelly Design Studio, Boutiki Design, and Bliss Inventive. Sombras Blancas Art & Design did my fancy email signature block, Raspberry Stripes has done e-resources for me, and Lee Simmons did the beautiful Dream For Others notebook range.
- I am lucky that I’ve never had to hire a website builder, as my husband has those gifts – he lives at The Web Drifter.
- I use Canva to create social media graphics and other design elements that I can do myself.
- I use Name Cheap* for domain names, Station Seven* for WP themes, SEO Yoast for SEO, and Securi for security.
- Check out the portfolio of certified Beautiful You life coaches here – I have worked in different capacities with a number of these coaches and they are wonderful.
- In terms of non-Beautiful You coaches, I have also personally been coached by Megan Dalla-Camina (check out her The Career Toolkit too!) and Claire Baker, both AMAZING. Plus Cassie Mendoza-Jones is fabulous too – she’s actually a kinesiologist, but I feel like she’s my coach too (HA!).
Copywriting + proofreading:
- I have enjoyed working with Leah from Freethinker Co for copywriting and have also heard that Kate from Word Love is great.
- Ellen Ronalds Keene offers proofreading services through Fiverr here.
- I am a huge fan of Natalie MacNeil’s books The Conquer Kit and Conquer Your Year for all things business planning – so much so that I send my business coaching clients copies of these books. Her The Conquer Club is amazing too.
- I use Asana to organise my To Do lists and to delegate tasks to my team. I’m now obsessed and Asana makes my life run with so much more ease. The Asana For Bloggers video course* is fantastic and affordable for learning how to use Asana.
- My VA is Natasha Gray at Well Organised Virtual Assistant. She is incredible and I don’t know what I ever did without her. Check her out here.
- A previous client of mine, Melanie Wheatley, is also a VA, but I haven’t had the pleasure of working with her. Check her out here.
- Jade at The Event Head has been my guru for all things events. I’ve engaged her one-on-one services, used her The Event Toolkit, and done her Workshop Wonderful online program. She’s a genius in all things events.
Photographers, Videographers + Photography:
- Photographers who I have personally worked with or have had clients work and recommend include: Renee Bell (Newcastle, but travels), DMK Photography (Rockhampton), Some Wild Darling (Brisbane), Fi Mimms (Melbourne), Sol & Co (Sydney) and Anthony Symes Photography (Canberra). My fave videographers are Missing Bits Productions (Canberra).
- For free stock photos, I love Unsplash and Death To The Stock Photo. I also love searching for and buying photos off Etsy.
- I turn to Laura at Templer Productions for podcast editing and show notes.. Ellen Ronalds Keene also does show notes, transcripts and podcast covers.
- I use Libsyn for podcast hosting.
- I learned how to podcast thanks to this blog post and the Radcasters course.
- This free Facebook group is a great one for those starting a podcast.
Values-based and ethical business resources:
- Check out B-Corp to learn about using business as a force for good and/or to apply to become B-Corp certified.
- Check out our Dream For Others podcast and the associated Facebook group here. We also have our Patreon community where we are joining forces to make a difference.
- Check out these platforms that write about topics relevant to running a socially conscious business: Freethinker Co, Conscious Magazine, Dumbo Feather magazine and podcast, Laura Trotta, and Kelly Diels.
Book keeping and accounting:
- I use and love Xero* for book keeping.
- Simply Xero is a great online training program for learning how to use Xero. Ramai, who created Simply Xero, also does book keeping at Division Co.
- I used the eco-friendly social enterprise stationery label Inspirationery to print my notebook range. Not only was the process super easy, but the notebooks are environmentally friendly and 50% of the printing costs were provided to girls’ education initiatives. YES!
- I used the Big Hearted Book Plan* to write my proposal for Hay House and it was fantastic!
- I use Patreon to as a crowdsourcing platform for the Podcast Philanthropy Project – but have heard good things about Pozible too. They are both very different, so it really depends on your needs.
LIFE & GIFTS
Creativity and play:
- Nicola Newman inspires me deeply when it comes to creativity, play, adventure and following the whispers of your soul. I’ve done and loved her Flourish with Painting & Creativity*, her gardening courses*, and have become dear friends with this special human.
- Check out Claire Baker’s Wild, Well & Creative too – loads of fun.
- If you are looking for meditation tracks, I personally love Sonesence*, Cassie Mendoza Jones, and Claire Obeid’s* guided meditations in particular.
- I have found Dr Terri Cole’s website, Youtube channel and Real Love Revolution online program incredibly insightful in becoming more aware and changing my patterns in relationships. She particularly focuses on helping high functioning, high achieving, and empathetic women – all things that I identify with!
- The gifted Amanda Rootsey is my go-to contact for all things teen girls. You can find her at Shine From Within. If you’re interested in working with teens, check out her Youth Mentor Course* here too. She is one multi-gifted lady, who I’m honoured to now call a friend.
- Lemon Canary* for all things candles, oils, chocolates, cards, perfumes, crystals and more.
- Beautiful Because* for all natural beauty, make up and skincare needs.
- The Vegan Box for those who want vegan treats delivered each month.
- Sacred Self for intentional oils, cards and other products.
- Top Five Movement for award-winning and psychologist endorsed gratitude cards.
- OXFAM for socially and environmentally friendly gifts and products.
- Kiva for gifting micro-loan vouchers and making a difference.
Please note that due to my love for these resources, I have become an affiliate for some (but not all) of them. This means that when you use my links, I may receive a commission. However, I would never EVER directly or indirectly promote something that I wasn’t genuinely a huge fan of.