Barb Recommends

Barb Recommends

These are tools and resources I personally use or have used to build my brand and business.  Enjoy!

Canva, PicMonkey and Crello are free and/or inexpensive online applications for making or editing your own graphics and designs.

Sprout Social has a great guide for determining the correct image sizes to use for each social media platform. 

If you don't have a graphic designer to design your logo and brand visuals, you can buy a branding kit on Etsy.

When choosing your brand colors, I recommend considering your preferences and color psychology.

There are some amazing apps for your phone to make images, such as Word SwagPicLabInstaQuote, and Photofy.

I purchase my stock photos, but most people ask me where to find free ones. Find free stock images at the following websites:






All The Free Stock


New Old Stock (Vintage Photography)



Check out Pixelo for beautiful fonts and design elements that will help to set your marketing apart. Visit their website often, as their offers change frequently.

Marketing, Email and Social Media Management Tools

My Lead System Pro – Professional (click for a $10 ten day trial) is the marketing platform I use. The training included with this system is responsible for helping me to grow my social media network and followers to over 100k people in less than 2 years. Learn professional marketing strategies and have access to tools such as a hosted WordPress site, funnels, membership site platform, online course platform and more!

My Lead System Pro – Basic (click for a $10 ten day trial) is a beginner version of the marketing system I use, with access to fewer marketing tools. Your ten day trial gives you access to 40+ incredible training courses about various marketing and branding topics. You can review the difference between the different levels HERE.

Aweber (click for free 30 day trial) is the email marketing autoresponder I use.

Acuity is the appointment and group class scheduling and payment processing app that I use. I love it!

Kajabi is an all-in-one platform that makes it easy to create online courses, launch marketing campaigns, build landing pages, and design the perfect website.

Zoom is the meeting and webinar app that I use.

800Link is the toll free number service I use.

Square (click to process $1000 in credit card sales for free) is the Point of Sale app I use to process payments from clients. It's inexpensive and easy to use.

If you need simple administrative, graphic design or other techy projects done fast, you can get quality work done inexpensively by freelancers on Fiverr or Upwork.


More coming soon! Watch this page for regular updates.

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