Business Tools I USE (For Etsy, Design, and KDP)

Starting a brand new online side hustle is extremely fun.

However, the process can also be very tough and costly.

Here are some of my favorite resources and tools that I’m using almost every single day for my online side hustles.

Some of them are completely free, some have premium options, and others cost a small amount per month or a lump sum payment.

Below is a list of tools I use for my print-on-demand, Etsy, and Amazon KDP business.

Graphic Design

Kittl – A fantastic place with highly professional templates, that can be edited and used for print-on-demand. In my opinion, it is a go-to place for any person, who wants to make money with print-on-demand on Etsy. Try Kittl for free.

Creative Fabrica – Another of my favorites is Creative Fabrica. They have millions of cheap graphics that can elevate your t-shirt design. They also introduced a Studio tool for simple designing and a Spark AI image generator to test the power of AI. They have incredibly affordable commercial license plans.

Canva – An awesome platform that makes designing so simple. You can create t-shirt graphics, logos, social media posts, and much more. The free account is enough for what you need.

Leonardo AI – This is my go-to AI image generator. Every time I design something for my AI Etsy shop or create graphics for this website, I rely on this tool. It is easy to use, generates images quickly, and offers a wide range of features that designers can dream of. Try the free version.

Vectorizer – When selling graphic designs, it is important to create vector versions of these designs. Instead of doing it manually, why not use AI to streamline the process? I use a paid tool that helps me save a ton of time. Give it a try yourself.

Simplified – I use this AI toolkit for creating stunning posts for social media. It’s all done in a few simple clicks thanks to AI. Try it yourself.

PlaceitThis is a mockup tool that will help you quickly create products and videos that will not only boost engagement with your audience but also increase your online sales. Check the free plan.

VexelsThis tool comes with a huge library of graphics, illustrations, t-shirt designs, mockups, templates, and much more for all purposes. Not only for the t-shirt business. See more.

Keyword Research Tools

Alura – The all-in-one platform for selling on Etsy. Start with a free account and explore all the features you need to start, run, and grow your Etsy shop. Try the free plan.

EverBee – Similar to Alura, but with a focus on new Etsy sellers who need simple researching too. Try the free account.

Sale Samurai – Another research tool for Etsy, but with one of the cheapest subscriptions on the market. See more.

Email Marketing

Beehiv – One of the most lucrative ways to make money with your designs is by having a newsletter. This is my favorite tool. You can start one for free on one of the best AI-powered newsletter platforms available. Star for free.

ConvertKit – This is another interesting newsletter platform for beginners. And you can also test it for free.


Printful and Printify – If you are serious about selling your designs on t-shirts, mugs, and other products, you must list them on the biggest marketplaces, such as Etsy. To do so, you must connect your store with a fulfillment company, two of the best being Printful and Printify.

Notion – One of the most popular productivity tools today. It is a tool that basically provides an online workspace. The tool is cloud-based and can be used by both teams and individuals. Try it for free.

Bonus – I have made this list also in another form. You can check it here.

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