Must-Have Tools To Grow Your Product-Based Business
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Product Manufacturing - $29.99
Learn how product design and manufacturing actually works. A must-watch for new entrepreneurs who want to understand how physical products are designed, sourced, made and shipped!
Incfile: Need to file an LLC? Register your trademark? Incfile is one of the most affordable ways to get legal help.
RocketLawyer: Get access to customizable legal documents as well as (affordable!) advice from attorneys. This is a great place to secure an NDA for your product idea, start a provisional patent, create a licensing agreement and more.
Graphic Design & Branding
Fiver: Fiverr is great for accomplishing low-cost, project-based work, such as a logo or social media graphics.
99Designs: Let graphic designers compete for your business! Host a design contest for logos, branding guides, product artwork and more.
Design Crowd: Crowdsource your graphic design project, including print design for tee shirts and other apparel items.
Build a Story Brand: 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.
Maker's Row: A great place to find factories in the USA.
Aliexpress: You can use Aliexpress to find easy products to private label, packaging solutions, and other materials that can be ordered in lower quantities.
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).
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: Another great fullfilment provider with accesible minimums. They can handle the shipping portion of your crowdfunding campaign.
Mailchimp: Everyone needs an email list. Mailchimp has a great free option to get you started.
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.
TechPacks.co: Create a tech pack to manage design specifications and provide factories with a blueprint for making your product.
Upwork: You can use Upwork for a range of professional services, such as help with tech packs, photography, and digital marketing.
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.
Square: Want to process payments on the go? Attach Square’s card reading to your phone and take credit card payments at fairs, trade shows and other live events.
Please note, none of these companies have asked us to promote their products. While some pay a commission since we send a lot of people their way, all of these resources are things we would 100% share regardless. We hope this list helps you grow your business!
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