Brand Database

You know that person in school who would make those crazy detailed, organized study guides? And would then willingly share the color-coded notebook with the class? Yup. That kid was me!

Fast forward a decade, and I still love to share my work and equip others with the right tools for success.

The Olive Fox Blog

favorite resources + tips to succeed as a small business owner

brand strategy methods, creative inspiration + design tips

remote working, military spouse life + latest explorations

Must-Have Resources to Manage Your Business

As a small business owner and entrepreneur, your time and money are valuable. I’ve gathered recommended tools for you to efficiently run your business without the overwhelm.

I only suggest the best resources that I have personal experience using—each one is focused on the busy business owner who needs go-to tools to save time, reduce stress, and increase efficiency.  

17Hats

in their words
With 17hats, everything you need to run your business is in one place, at your fingertips. Calendars, contacts, invoices – it’s all integrated.

why i love it
This CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system allows you to have a scheduler, lead management, and project management system all rolled into one. PLUS it syncs everything to my google calendar. As a one-woman show, I am all about streamlining and 17 Hats has been a game-changer!​

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SiteGround

in their words

Our web hosting services are crafted for top speed, unmatched security, 24/7 fast and expert support. Trusted by more than 2000000 domains!

why i love it

I’ve done my fair share of testing different website hosts and I have yet to find one better than SiteGround. From the reliable tech to the top-notch customer service, they have it all.

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The Contract Shop

To make sure my business is protected I used an iron-clad, attorney-prepared contract. The Contract Shop templates has turned one of my most dreaded tasks into one of the easiest parts of my business administration.

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Google Workspace

in their words
An integrated workspace that’s simple to use, Google Workspace lets you spend less time managing your work and more time actually doing it. Google Workspace plans to provide a custom email for your business and includes collaboration tools like Gmail, Calendar, Meet, Chat, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Sites, and more.

why i love it
I ditched the gmail.com email address and opted for my own website name (hello@olivefoxdesign.com), without the hassle of dealing with the tech behind webhosting. I also love having more drive space to back up important files and access to collaboration tools to use with clients!​

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Planoly

in their words
Self-Employed Business Taxes Simplified For Independent Contractors And Freelancers. Manage All Your Finances In One Place With QuickBooks.

why i love it
Yes- I am a CPA. No- I did not reinvent the wheel with tracking my business finances. Quickbooks makes it easy by syncing my bank transactions and automatically calculating estimated quarterly tax payments.

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Canva

in their words
A drag-and-drop editor that features professional layouts to design consistently stunning graphics. Available in both a free and paid version.

why i love it
While I feel like I am cheating on Adobe when I design using Canva, there is no denying it makes creating great graphics accessible! After listening to the How I Build This Podcast on Canva, it gives me an even deeper appreciation for the ease of the program.

One of my favorite features is the ability to resize. This allows you to create one graphic and quickly modify it with perfect formatting to push out to all the platforms!

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Quickbooks Self-Employed

in their words
Self-Employed Business Taxes Simplified For Independent Contractors And Freelancers. Manage All Your Finances In One Place With QuickBooks.

why i love it
Yes- I am a CPA. No- I did not reinvent the wheel with tracking my business finances. Quickbooks makes it easy by syncing my bank transactions and automatically calculating estimated quarterly tax payments.

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Planoly

in their words
Manage, plan, and schedule your Instagram posts from your computer and mobile phones. Create a cohesive Instagram feed and manage multiple Instagram accounts with the mobile and desktop app.

why i love it
You’ve heard it a million times (probably only a thousand times from me…) consistency is key for maintaining a strong brand! I make it easy on myself by batching and scheduling Instagram posts and captions using Planoly.

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TAILWIND

in their words
A Pinterest (and now Instagram!) tool that helps keep your Pinterest queue full of fresh content. It has pin scheduling, content discovery, collaboration, and analytics.

why i love it
If you use Pinterest for your business (and if you aren’t you should), you need to get on Tailwind. The ability to schedule pins is great, but most importantly the access to tribes. These are groups of curated pins from others within your niche. For me, I love that I have access to designers + business owners to share the latest content with my audience.

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WP Tasty Pins

in their words

Tasty Pins allows you to optimize your blog’s images for Pinterest, SEO, and screen readers. It’s a win, win, win!

why i love it
As an enneagram type 1 – I hate breaking the rules. Alt text on your website images is for accessibility purposes, NOT getting a Pinterest caption. I’ve been able to stop using my alt text for Pinterest captions with this lightweight WordPress plugin. WP Tasty makes it easy to optimize images for both SEO and Pinterest, add pin buttons, and restrict pinning on certain images.

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full transparency: The asterisk * indicates an affiliate link. That means that If you click through my referral link, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase- at no additional cost to you. I am very careful in the items I select to share with you and only include items I enjoy using myself.