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It has literally never been an easier time to start your own online boutique business! Our comprehensive list offers over 180+ resources for you to plan, design, launch and grow your business - for Free! Start your dream business today with our curated list of resources to get your brand up and running in no time

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LEGAL AND BUSINESS RESOURCES

The legal side of your business is just as important as the visual side of your brand. Be sure to get your legal ducks in a row to save you money in the long run. In addition, check out other business resources.

  • Novo - Business Bank Account
  • Free Boutique Business Plan Templates - Boutique and Retail Business Plans
  • Policy Generators - Disclaimer, Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions Generators 
  • Google Voice - Get a local business phone number (great for customer service and trust)
  • Google Trends - Use this to find out how a word or phrase is doing in the search engine. Sort by location, # of clicks per month, age groups, etc. Great for determining a target audience
  • Trello - Online To-Do List
  • Planoly - Free Instagram Scheduler and Feed Curation
  • Linktree - Create multiple links for your social media bios 
  • Trademark Search and/or Apply
  • Tailwind - Schedule social media posts
  • Bitly - URL Shortener and analytics
  • Growth Hackers - Free forum for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to enhance their marketing skills
  • Score - Great business blog and you can find mentors 
  • Any.do - Stay organized on-the-go
  • Grammarly - Free chrome extension offering enhanced spelling and grammar check (great for product descriptions and emails)
  • Upwork - outsource work to freelancers
  • Fiverr - outsource work
  • Typeform - Create online forms/quizzes

 Business Name Generators

 

Domains & Email

  • Zoho - Email Hosting for only $12/year
  • Bluehost - Website Hosting & Domain
  • Google Domains - Get a Google domain for $12/year)
  • Godadddy - Domains as cheap as $.99. Search Google "godaddy promo codes"
  • Mailchimp - Email Marketing. Free up to 2000 subscribers
  • Mailerlite - integrates with Shopify apps. Free version, automations, etc.
  • Benchmark - Email Marketing. Unlimited subscribers, Free up to 250 emails per month

      E-COMMERCE PLATFORMS

      Choosing the right e-commerce platform is critical to the success of your business. Luckily, most of the platforms allow you to try out their services for a trial period. Try out at least two and determine which is a better fit for your business. We recommend the following:

      • Shopify - Starting at $29 per month (Preferred)
      • Wix 
      • Etsy (marketplace) - Handmade, Custom Products
      • Poshmark (marketplace) - resell
      • eBay - great for reselling and selling your products to increase sales

        PAYMENT SOLUTIONS

        There are many payment solutions out there, with most of them averaging around the same cost per transaction of 2.9% + $0.30.

          Alternative Payment Methods

          These methods allow customers to pay for purchases in payments. You will be paid in full at the time of purchase. The companies hanles payments and fees.

            BRANDING AND GRAPHICS

            In order to stand apart from the competition, it is necessary to have great, consistent branding across all surfaces that your business wil be seen. It is also convenient to plan ahead with social media posts by creating content using on-the-go apps. 

                ANALYTICS & KEYWORDS

                Keeping track of your traffic, keywords, most sought after products, etc. are going to be key for running a successful business. See what is working and not working for your business to get the most out of our time and saving the most money. 

                • Ubersuggest - Free keyword ranking tool
                • Google Analytics Tool - Free analytics tool
                • Google Keyword Planner - Great for determine what keywords to use on your website. Boost your CEO.
                • Google Alerts - Get an email every time any variation of your brand is mentioned online (or whatever terms you want to track)
                • Google Search Console - Submit website to Google and track your website traffic/keywords
                • Smylelytics - Fun, visual analytics tool to analyze your website traffic
                • Business Grants for Women and Minorities

                  Funding: Grants and Loans

                  Grants

                    Loans

                      Miscellaneous Resources

                         

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                        Last updated 07/25/2021