retailers resources from retail coach Wendy Batten

I’m often asked to share my business tools and resources with others. It’s a pleasure to help other creative brick-and-mortar business owners grow their businesses. Owning my own retail business, franchising it, teaching thousands of workshops, coaching hundreds of retailers, and working in group coaching and one on one with so many retailers I have a few tools in my bag I would love to share with fellow business owners. I will continue to add to this list over time. This list does contain some affiliate links (but just a few) these are all products I personally use, or my retailer clients use and recommend.

They have all helped me run my business more efficiently so that I can spend my time doing other things like growing my retail business. Trying to save you time and energy from searching – you are busy enough right?

xo Wendy

BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

I LOVE zoom for recording how-to videos and having guests on my FB page live, it’s easy for the non tech peeps like me

You NEED a website and you will need to have it hosted someplace, I have used Bluehost since I started my first website

Planner Pad – MY hands down favourite planner for those creative squirrel brains. Ever.  It helps those of us juggling multiple things coming at us, including home life. I love and use the executive spiral.
MacBook Pro – I could not work without a powerful computer.
Americal Express for business expenses – great points rewards YOU can use!
For voice memos and text-based communications with your team.

The best task management tool for projects and team assignments

To keep all your schedules in order

We use Eventbrite for all workshop scheduling and payments

My team and I LOVE Convert Kit and it’s ease of use.

My favourite bag for business travel

A great payment option for setting up eCommerce products.

iPad / iPhone Holder

Light Box for a Photo Shoot

JOBY GorillaPod

ARKON Camera Stand

Light Ring – For great lighting for your FB lives and demos I love this light

SOCIAL MEDIA

For EASY scheduling all my Pinterest Posts – a must

IG scheduling, takes some getting used to but makes planning easy

Use FB’s own scheduling tool for all your FB post scheduling

for graphics, I mostly use Canva now as I love it’s vast library of templates (done for you)

 Linktree for Instagram linking – direct to your website or workshops or a product for sale, I have used the pro version for 6$ a month, but the free version is just fine.

Streamyard – for professional-looking FB lives and the ability to stream live to more than one platform

PRODUCTS FOR SHIPPING

ROLLO Label Printer

Digital Shipping Scale

Thermal Label Printer

WHOLESALE SUPPLIERS FOR DIY RETAILERS

Paint lines/suppliers can be found here

Looking for wood cutouts for workshops Jill is US based and fabulous

Great wood cutouts and more Ron is a fabulous supplier in Canada (ships worldwide)

Muddarittaville Stencils

Great quality stencils everytime from Joanne

Funky Junk Old sign Stencils

I just love the quality and style of Donna’s stencils

Cling On! Brushes

I love these so much I personally wholesale Cling On Brushes in NA. Email,  [email protected] if you would like to become a retailer

FAVORITE COURSES

I love my friend Rachel’s FB course, if you are looking for FB growth this is the course.
If you want to start a recurring revenue stream, a subscription box or membership site for your store you HAVE to take my coach Stu’s course. Only open once a year in Spring.
Grab his free guide to membership sites here

FAVORITE BIZ BOOKS

Lingo – Jeff Shaw
This is Marketing – Seth Godin
Building a Story Brand – Donald Miller
Profit First – Mike Michalowicz
Essentialism – Greg Mckeown
The ONE Thing – Gary Keller
Fix This Next  – Mike Michalowicz
The E-Myth Revisited – Michael E. Gerber
Superfans

Superfans – Pat Flynn

Jeff Shaw's Self Employed Life

Self Employed Life – Jeffrey Shaw

Who Not How – Benjamin Hardy

Nordstrom Way

The Nordstrom Way – Robert Spector & Patrick McCarthy

Superfans

A Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

Jeff Shaw's Self Employed Life

Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert

FAVORITE PODCASTS

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