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 browsing Storetasker for a web developer who can ‘make it yours’…you’ll still save money going this route versus creating an ecomm site from scratch.
- Fiverr – Fiverr is great for accomplishing low-cost, project-based work, such as graphic design or keyword research for SEO.
- Pickfu – Want consumer feedback in minutes? Pickfu makes it easy to get feedback about your product, logo, packaging and more.
- Upwork – A lot like Fiverr, but a wider range of professional services. Great for tech packs and product photography.
- Packlane – The most beautiful custom shipping boxes! Wow your customers with a branded delivery experience.
- Creative Market – Need a pitch deck? Download a beautiful presentation template. (You’ll also find templates for social media graphics, landing pages and more)
- 99Designs – Let graphic designers compete for your business! Host a design contest for logos, branding guides, product artwork and more.
- Aliexpress– Search for things like hang tags, hardware and other components from international suppliers. Lots of private label products too.
- 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.
- EasyShip – Easyship is another great way to fulfill customer orders. Just send them your inventory and they’ll do the rest!
- Incfile – Incfile will handle your Trademark applications at a reasonable price.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.