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My Top Business Resources and Favorite Things*

Here’s a collection of tried-and-true business tools, content creation apps, and more that I’ve used for my own business or on my clients. Anything that I recommend has actually been used by me, and I know the ins and outs of each product.

A heads up: The links to some of the products listed are affiliate links. I will earn a small commission if you choose to sign up or purchase from these links.

The "Magic 3" Business Tool Combo

I consider these three apps, when used together, to be one of the most powerful tech combinations to run an online business. I am a user and fan of all three and have used them for every purpose imaginable, from email marketing to group coaching, 1:1 client work, course creation, and more.

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ConvertKit*

Email Marketing Platform

Build your email subscriber list with beautiful signup forms and  standalone email signup landing pages. Craft targeted email marketing campaigns. One big plus for me: Almost every digital shopping cart, course platform, and website builder integrates with ConvertKit.

* I truly enjoy using ConverKit on myself and for my clients. Being an official ConvertKit partner and affiliate is a sweet bonus. I may earn a commission if you click the link below. 

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Dubsado

Business Management Platform

With Dubsado, you can effortlessly manage your contact inquiries, send proposals and contracts, and seamlessly collect questionnaires. If you find yourself drowning in repetitive administrative tasks within your creative or service-based business, Dubsado is the solution you’ve been searching for to streamline your workflow and reclaim valuable time.

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ThriveCart

Digital Shopping Cart / Checkout Page Builder

With ThriveCart, you can create customized checkout pages, add order bumps and upsells, and integrate seamlessly with your favorite payment gateways and email marketing platforms. I’ve used ThriveCart to sell courses, 1:1 consulting sessions, workshop replays, and more. I love the fact that ThriveCart has a lifetime fee (pay one time, have ThriveCart for life)!

Tools of the trade

My go-to tools and resources to grow my business.

Otter.ai

AI-Powered Note Taker

Otter transcribes live conversations and meetings in real time while keeping tabs of individual speakers, recording time stamps, subject themes, meeting takeways, and more. Upload and transcribe  pre-recorded audio and video files as well.

Stripe

Accept Payments Online

Stripe is a straightforward payment processor that allows you to accept payments for products, services, subscriptions, and more. Use Stripe’s invoicing and checkout pages or integrate Stripe with your own website for  a seamless checkout process for your customers. Accept ApplePay, Google Wallet, AfterPay, Klarna, Affirm, and more.

Asana

project & Team Management

Streamline project workflows by assigning tasks to team members, freelancers, and others. Create an official project template to deliver your services with ease. Manage your projects on your computer or on the go with Anasa’s intuitive mobile app.

Answer the Public

Trending Topic Search

If you want to find out what people are actively searching for online, Answer the Public is a great online tool. Use keyword insights to develop your next YouTube video, blog post topic, product or service idea.

Shift

Business App Dashboard

Combine the business apps and websites you use everyday into one central dashboard. Include email accounts, Google/Gmail accounts, and more. No more countless tabs open on your computer!

Captions.ai

Video Captions Generator

Create beautiful on-brand captions for your long-form video and reels by using Captions.ai’s wide range of colors and fonts styles. Instantly make your videos more engaging. Add emojis, special motions, and more to your video captions as well.

Spotlightr.com

Video Hosting

Spotlightr is a monthly subsciption that allows you to host videos, put calls-to-action in your videos, embed your videos into the websites of your choosing, and even offer video screenshot protection. Ideal for storing online course videos, recorded tutorials for clients, and more.

Nichesss

AI Content Generator

Pay a one-time $59 USD fee and you’ll have lifetime access to Nichesss (yes it’s spelled with three S’s, an AI-powered content generation tool with over 180 built-in templates (and counting) to create product descriptions, social media captions, and more. My favorite feature: Nichesss keeps each of your new projects organized in their own folders.

VidIQ

YouTube Growth App

VidIQ will be your constant companion as you grow your YouTube Channel. Use it to see what videos are trending in your niche, create search engine-friendly video titles, and keep an eye on your YouTube channel metrics.  Gather real-time information on your YouTube channel’s competitors.

Vllo

IOS/ANDRIOD APP - Video Editor

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Planoly

Social Media Planning & Auto-Posting

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Google Workspace

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Ecwid

Trending Topic Searrch

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MixMax

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TONL

multi-cultural Stock Images

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WebinarJam

high-Powered Webinar Platform

WebinarJam is a pretty impressive live webinar platform that allows you to create registration pages, host up to 5,000 attendees and up to six speakers at a time, and add your attendees to your email list. Broadcast from WebinarJam to YouTube and Facebook live.

Lulu

Self-Publishing Platform

Lulu is a platform that allows you to self-publish and distribute books. You can print your books on demand, eliminating the need to purchase inventory. Sell your books directly from Lulu’s website or integrate Lulu with your website for a seamless  checkout experience (I love this feature the most as a website  consultant an designer).

Elementor

WordPress website page builder

Build WordPress websites with Elementor, a page builder plugin that lets you control the design of every part of your website. My favorite thing about Elementor: It’s compatible with most WordPress themes and plugins.

ScreenFlow

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HiHello

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LastPass

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Tools of the trade

My go-to tools and resources to grow my business.

Site Culture

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Elementor

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Flodesk

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Podia

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Google Domains

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GSuite

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favorite podcasts

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SHOP my Favorites

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The Candle Co.

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Madewell Jeans

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Skin Care

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The Daily Bible

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Business Resources

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McGee + Co.

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Workout Gear

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Kitchen Runners

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ABOUT ME

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I’m Dana James Mwangi, your go-to brand strategist, award-winning entrepreneur, and public speaker.

Plus, after 15 years in the graphic and web design game (Hey WordPress, You da’ MVP!), and coaching over 2,000 entrepreneurs on how to brand themselves with boldness, I teach about branding from a holistic perspective. 

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