Business Resources

Just a few tips and things to get you started

Things You’re Going to Need

You’re going to need to make sure you these things covered off as you launch your business and/or website:


1and1 – Great deal if you need domain ($10/yr) and email ($1 a month! cheaper than lots of other providers who do it in a more complex way – great for WildApricot clients who only need domain + 1 email that matches) Go get it >>
Canadian$ -C$.99* .COM Domain! Get going with GoDaddy! GoDaddy is a great and affordable hosting choice Deluxe Unlimited WordPress from $60 CAD per year. They also offer email with Office 360, not bad if you don’t have Office paid for elsewhere. It’s not free though.
affiliate_link Netfirms also great. Choose WordPress-specific hosting if you’re doing WordPress! WordPress-specific hosting has extra features to protect your site and get better performance. Check out hosting prices with Netfirms!


Monica Calderon is our go-to good-value graphic designer. Logos from $700, business cards from $200. See Our Team page. See also examples of Monica’s work here.


Roger Mahler – Union Photographers – Photographers in Vancouver Vancouver wedding, family, and corporate headshot photographer with unique photographic style and careful attention to detail. Photographer for Lara Spence and team. Melissa Skoda – Photographer in Vancouver Great photographer too. I like to give you some choice here. Melissa was in BNI with me.

Email Marketing – MailChimp

Design and send email marketing campaigns with MailChimp. Easy for users to Subscribe to your enewsletters. Easy for you to configure, easy to track your revenue. Free to use, forever. Try it now >> I like this one as much as Constant Contact now that I know how to use it!

Expense and Time Tracking Software

Freshbooks. Hands-down amazing. Track all your time, track your team’s time, have fun (yes! fun!) entering expenses. Send estimates. Send invoices. Track who has paid you, who hasn’t. Get killer reports. All for $23 a month (I use a bigger plan b/c I have more clients, but so worth it!) Try Freshbooks for free for 30 days  (it changed my life!)

Send Out Cards

Because a business needs to say Thank You now and again. With a real card in the mail. Plus, you’ll be so busy working you’ll need Send Out Cards to help send birthday cards to family and friends too – in Canada, US or overseas. Great way to do holiday cards!

Email Marketing – Constant Contact

Constant Contact is very easy to use, $15 USD per month. Affordable, wonderful email marketing tool offering easy to use and good looking templates you can create yourself, with full opt-in/auto unsubscribe mailing lists. Keep top of mind with your clients by sending them email newsletters! FREE trial for 60 days! (can’t go wrong and everyone is using it…)

Stock Images

OK, we love istock photo and shutterstock. But images are about $11 CAD each. You can try GraphicStock – $99 for full year “all you want” downloads but we find the quality and selection not as good as istockphoto. See what they have >>