As a product-entrepreneur, you’ll need various partners and platforms to launch and grow your business. The right tools and relationships translate to efficiency and success! (And the wrong ones = wasted time/money.)
When choosing any new partner, it’s best to opt for a low-cost sign-up option, such as a trial month at a reasonable rate, or even a free or refundable trial period. When doing project-based work, start small. If you need graphic design help for example, start on a logo, and if the partner you’ve selected does a great job, then have them do other items on your wish list.
Here are some of the most popular partners used by the Learn To Make A Product community:
- Shopify– The benefit of Shopify is that you get a super-professional, functional website, that’s easy to manage on the backend, and that connects with a bunch of helpful shipping and promo apps. They have great DIY templates, although we recommend hiring a web developer to “make them yours” (you’ll still save money going this route versus creating a site from scratch).
- Fiverr – Fiverr is great for accomplishing low-cost, project-based work, such as graphic design or keyword research for SEO.
- Upwork – A lot like Fiverr, but a wider range of professional services, such as help with tech packs, photography, and digital marketing.
- 99Designs – Let graphic designers compete for your business! Host a design contest for logos, branding guides, product artwork and more.
- Quickbooks Online – It’s VERY important to track your expenses, even when you’re just starting out. Plus, if you’re an LLC, you’ll need to submit a P&L and Balance Sheet to your accountant when it’s time to do taxes. Quickbooks automatically connects to your bank account as well as selling platforms like Shopify and Paypal.
- Shipmonk – Want to make money while you sleep? Use a site like Shipmonk to handle all your fulfillment. Just ship finished product to their warehouse and they’ll do the rest.
- Convertkit – Another email service provider, but with expanded functionality. For example, when someone checks out with a product on your website, you can assign them a certain tag, and then trigger a series of automated emails (i.e suggest more products, collect feedback etc) over days, weeks or months.
- RocketLawyer – Customize important legal docs like Non-Disclosure Agreements, Provisional Patent Applications, and a host of incorporation materials. You can also use their ‘Ask A Lawyer’ program to get affordable legal guidance.
- Build a StoryBrand – If you do nothing else from this list, read this book! It will help you clarify your brand message so that people buy your product. Enough said.
- Square – Want to accept credit card payments on the go? Square’s card reader is a sleek, easy (and free!) option for trade shows, pop up shops and other events.