This page is for you! It's a collection of all the 'tools', or apps & systems I've found to be incredibly helpful along my journey as an online business owner and marketer. Enjoy:-)

Also: Some of the links happen to be affiliate links, disclaimer here. This means when you shop through my page I get a small  commission, but it will not cost you anything extra. I only recommend products I have used myself and nothing on this page has been sponsored. I'm sharing my favorite things because I actually DO love them and have found them to be incredibly helpful towards the success of my business.

Happy browsing and clicking! And if you make it far enough down the page, you'll see a suite of free goodies, to help you grow your brand and strengthen your website. Cheers to your success!
 

Alexis here, I'm peeking from behind the computer for a minute to share a gang of gifts with you! This page is my one stop shop for all of my go-to freebies, tools, and resources for running a small business in these modern times.

aka, this is the page full of stuff you probably need

Design Biz Mastery is a group coaching program led by design expert and one of my mentors, Morgan Rapp. Morgan has transformed Lex Creative Studios and in my first month of coaching, helped me land my first five-figure client project!

CoSchedule

I love the mockups and stock photos from Moyo Studio. Our portfolio is full of their work! They take a unique approach towards stock imagery and have helped me craft a sophisticated look for my work and agency as a whole.

Moyo Studio

Calendly is the tool I use to make appointments with clients. If you're a service provider, you likely take appointments as well.Whether that's consultations, follow-ups, or even if you allow people to book you with a calendar, Calendly can do that for you, and MORE.

Calendly

If you've taken any of the quizzes on this website, you've experienced the awesomeness of Interact! It's the software I used to create my Website Platform Quiz, and others, to grow my email list subscribers. Interact is SO easy to use and worth it if in the end, if growing your email list is important to you!

Interact Quizzes

I purchase domains through Namecheap, and have for YEARS! Their customer support is really great and I love their interface. If you want a go to resource to buy domains consistently, they are a fantastic option.

Namecheap

ClickUp is the workhorse behind Lex Creative Studios.  I've tried all the project management softwares, Trello, Asana, you name it! But ClickUp won me over. If you're working alone or with a team, ClickUp keeps you organized. Sometimes organization is the key to getting where you wanna be! Give ClickUp a try today :-).

ClickUp App

If you don't have a professional email address with your domain name, you're missing out on the opportunity to make a STRONG first impression. If you're serious about running a business, you need this! Potential clients may not SAY this to you, but skimping out on this is a huge red flag, when you're wanting to charge for your services. Look legit and make this small investment towards your brand!

Google Suite

A super simple platform to help you create gorgeous, high converting email campaigns. It makes sending beautiful emails as simple as posting to social media. If you're on The Tuesday Drip, my newsletter fam, this is the platform that sends you those pretty emails :-).

Flodesk

Dubsado is my customer relationship management software, and I absolutely LOVE it! It helps me send proposals, questionnaires, and get paid quickly. If you provide a service in your business, at least try it out with my discount below! Did I mention it's free for your first 3 free clients!

Dubsado

Tools I Use to Run Lex Creative

THE ABSOLUTE MUST HAVE

Rework

Company of One

by Greg McKeown

Essentialism:
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

by Dr. Nicole LePera

How to Do the Work

by  Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

The One Thing

I'm not exaggerating when I say this book set me free, ya'll! I ran my studio like an agency for a whole year and HATED it! This book gave me permission to run my business from a very personal approach, and not feel pressure to "look big." It shares how Paul Jarvis, the author, stayed a "company of one", and STILL booked HUGE clients!

Rework challenges the way of doing business. It appeals to the minimalist, modern, and simple approach for the modern age's entrepreneur. Can you tell why I like it, just by that sentence alone, lol? It's written by one of the creators of Basecamp, a project management system. He lays it ALL out there, from marketing to getting clients.

Essentialism spoke straight to my little minimalist heart and wouldn't let go! If you know you have a lot of tasks to complete but have a hard time knowing WHAT the heck to do first (because you think they're all equally important) get this book!

I know what you're thinking.
This is supposed to be a set of books all about business. Yea...I know. But can I tell you a secret? My biggest breakthroughs in business came when I had breakthroughs in my personal development. Few people talk about how important mental health is for the entrepreneur, but I promise you it's the real sauce. Tap into this and watch the growth happen!

The One Thing helped me cut through the mental clutter that's involved on the daily with running a small business!
Here's a short clip from its' page on Amazon, a message I 100% approve.
"In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to: achieve better results in less time, build momentum toward your goal, dial down the stress, overcome that overwhelmed feeling, revive your energy
stay on track, master what matters to you." 

Atomic Habits

This book is the most helpful resource I've ever found about setting goals and achieving them. 
It focusing on habits as the gateway towards hitting goals, instead of the goals  themselves. A MUST read if you have difficulty setting a goal and sticking with it.

by James Clear

by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson 

by Paul Jarvis

click each book to grab your own copy

Entrepreneur's Must Have Reading List