Welcome to the Vault
I’ve created this space to share all the free resources that I’ve created in the past (note that the past means, the past, and although I try to keep them updates, some resources may be a little… dated), and all the resources that I’ll create in the future.
Because free stuff is awesome and I want them to be easily accessible!
Resources made with love by Jamie Leigh
Brand Consistency Checklist – A tool to support you and your branding consistency
Colour Matters – A brief history of colour and how it can impact conversion rates and user experience on your website
Documentation + Systems
WordPress Maintenance Checklist – give this checklist to your VA or website admin so that they can keep your website safe, secure, and performing well!
Business + Marketing Strategy
Is this Necessary or a Distraction – Having a lack of focus is one thing that may be costing your business money without you even realizing it. This fun flowchart will help you get clear when making decisions in your business.
No Thank You – A friendly script to help you say no
Stop the Leaks – Turn passive likes into active subscribes; create a MailChimp opt-in form for your Facebook page.
Just for fun
Other helpful third-party resources
Some of the links below are affiliate links. That means that I might get paid if you click on that link and purchase something. I only recommend products and services that I use or trust to be of high quality, whether an affiliate relationship is in place or not. And the reason why I’m telling you this is because I want to be upfront with you, and because it’s illegal not to. That said, I promise to use any affiliate commissions earned for good causes: like investing in organic seeds for my garden, yummy craft beer, and quite possibly at least one road trip. Because…road trips.
Education To Make Your Business Better
Boundaries: Healthy Boundaries for Business also changed my life dramatically. Learning how I can be kind, and create a strong foundation of respect for both my business and my clients. Dramatically freeing work here folks.
Empathy, Congruence, Listening, and Unconditional Positive Regard: 4 Skills of Relationship Competency. Ever been in a conversation and all of the sudden felt your heart rate increase, the tips of your fingers go all wooshy and your face flush a couple shades warmer? That’s an indicator that something is happening that you’re not OK with. How do you respond? The 4 Skills are tools you can use in those kinds of situations so that you can respond with integrity, get what you want, and maintain your kindness. Holy mind blown batman.
Tools To Make Your Business Better
Scheduling: Acuity. Save HOURS with Acuity’s brilliant online scheduler. Clients can make an appointments (paying for it, if necessary), and a Zoom meeting is automatically created and sent to both of your calendars. Before the meeting, the client is sent email reminders that include links to reschedule if they need to. Both of your time? Optimized. That means more dollars in your sexy grown-ass woman wallet.
Project Management: Asana. It’s the best project management tool ever. It’s both pretty and linear so right- and left-brained humans can enjoy their experience. Plus, you can cut down on the amount of emails you hold on to because everything is neatly organized by project and due date. With reminders. Ahem.
Automation: Zapier. Did you ever find yourself taking something in app #1 and putting it in app #2 and just wishing that they’d communicate so that you didn’t have to for them? There’s a Zap for that. Zapier is the mediator of Internet programs, and connects your software together in “Zaps” that you can completely customize. A total timesaver.
Video Conferencing & Webinars: Are you still using Skype or Google Hangouts for your business calls? Let me whisper some good advice loudly into your ear: use Zoom. It is secure, STABLE, and you can chat, record, mute, and more. Plus integrates with most other programs, and if not, there’s a ZAP for that!
WP Engine gave me a custom code so that YOU can WPE20OFF to save 20% off your first payment. Bonus.
Email + Marketing
MailChimp is a simple, user friendly, and pretty email marketing program. You can create a free account so it’s perfect if you are just starting to create a list of loyal followers!
Ontraport is a badass email marketing, CRM, membership, shopping cart, and all-around crazy solution for a grown-up online business. Not for the faint of heart, Ontraport can do it all, if you have the patience to configure it!
WordPress Themes & Plugins
Sucuri covers your butt. I know, it sucks, but the bad dudes exist and they love to attack poor, unsuspecting sites for no reason other than to inflate their basement-lurking egos. So protect yourself. For reals you need malware monitoring, removal, and prevention!
I also recommend BackupBuddy by iThemes. Always keep regular backups of your website. Accidents happen, and you don’t want to be caught with your panties down. Backup your WordPress database as regularly as you write new content, and run a full backup weekly.
Akismet: One of the best plugins around for combating comment and contact form spam. Plus they have a really nice sliding scale!!
Open external links in a new window: because you want to give folks valuable links to resources outside of your website, right? Sharing is caring but not at the expense of loosing fans.
SeedProd Coming Soon Pro: Simply and beautifully put your site into maintenance mode while applying updates, etc, without loosing site conversions! Create custom branded and designed splash pages that connect to AWebber, MailChimp, etc while you work. Also plays nice with search engines (read: Google). Love it.
Contextly: Keep your blog readers happily reading down the bunny trails of your site with this related content plugin. Oh, and it’s really pretty & clean, too.
Form Builder Extraordinaire: Gravity Forms. Gone are the days of boring form plugins that act as a digital notepad. Name, email, message, send, snooze. Welcome to the age of forms that do evvvverything for you. Quizzes, payments, updates, check-ins, registrations, you name it, Gravity Forms does it. And if it can’t? There’s a Zap for that (see above).