Here are resources that Afromiga Web Design Strategy highly recommends to run your business either entirely or partially online efficiently (also if you like doing things DIY).
Afromiga Web Design Strategy is affiliated with some of the brands below (marked with an *), meaning that a small percentage is given to us whenever you buy from them. It's at no extra cost to you, and in return, I get pocket money for coffee (yay!). It also helps with keeping products and services at the prices they're at as expenses increase.
But please know, I wouldn't recommend anything that I don't use myself and love.
Workspace Materials & Equipment
This monitor stand was a lifesaver for me. My desk was super cluttered with my work, sticky notes, and all the office supplies I needed within a hand's reach; there was barely any place to put my laptop and monitor hookup. So I purchased this as a birthday present to myself. Now, my once messy desk is a bit more organized.
I use this printer mainly for printing reference materials and to do a print test of any workbooks I create to user test for my clients. If you're buying it brand new, it comes with ink (obvi), but you can also buy ink as well.
For any photographers or upcoming models and influencers who like to DIY their shoots, here's a backdrop holder that comes with a carry bag and some accessories.
Starting a podcast and need a microphone, but can't exactly afford one at a premium price? Start recording off your phone with this noise cancelling microphone.
If you do video client calls like I do and have a built-in webcam, you probably have noticed that the camera quality is really sh*tty. This webcam is HD and you'll look crystal clear in it. I'm absolutely in love with it.
This comes in heady for professional-looking self portraits and for filming at any angle, plus it comes with a carry case for portability.
I highly recommend having a sketch (or dotted or grid, whichever you prefer) journal with you on the go. I use mine to write any impromptu ideas I may have whether on the train, on a ride, at the cafe, or before I fall asleep.
I highly recommend investing in a decent ergonomic desk chair. You don't need to spend a fortune, but it's imperative that you have a good seat for your tush, especially if you're going to be sitting for long periods of time.
This desk is perfect for getting your work done on, while not taking too much space.
Website & Design Assets
is a robust and thriving design asset marketplace for everything you could possibly need for DIY web design. Find fonts, icons, graphics, illustrations, templates for beautiful and professional-looking marketing collateral, and themes. Download from 6 free goodies each week, start with these ones below!
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is your go-to all-in-one source for everything eCommerce. There are many ways to monetize on Shopify as a designer, content creator, serial entrepreneur, or a novice or advanced eCommerce expert. You can buy a preexisting store from the marketplace*, sell on Amazon with Shopify*, use portable POS (point-of-sale) tools* to sell in-person alongside your online store, the list goes on.
is an affordable domain name server and hosting provider. Get a domain for your business, plus connect G-suite to your account to get a domain email.
is an affordable business software that offers cloud-based drive and document-processing with apps that mimic Microsoft (but your work saves automatically!) and dozens of other business tools that you can use to run, manage, and promote your business all from Google. You can also get a domain from G-suite and connect third-party apps to your G-suite account. Use for yourself or your whole team. Get 20% off your first year of G-suite for the Basic (D4H7AAFU6FK9CL4) or Business plan (D3EF7D4R4FQHMGP) today.
is an online appointment scheduling tool that you can use as a simple link in your social media bio or embed onto your website. You can accept payments (by connecting your online payment processor) either a full price upfront. Connect your calendar from either Google, iCloud, or Outlook. Acuity allows you to integrate to a number of other business softwares to help you run a service-based business completely online.
Marketing & Design Software
is a freemium (meaning, there's a free and paid version available) online graphic design software that allows you to design graphics for print and digital marketing collateral, including, but not limited to, social media graphics, posters, ads, banner, etc. You can even print directly from inside Canva and have your design delivered to you within 7-10 days (or less with express). I swear by Canva it's something I use religiously in my business.
is a also a free graphic design software, but it's a little more advanced. Almost like Adobe Illustrator. You design anything from a font, an icon or illustration, to a digital art masterpiece. I personally use this for creating wireframes and proofs.