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Can you believe we’re just a few short weeks away from 2020? I hope your 2019 was amazing and that you’re ready to take great steps towards success for next year. 

Planning is such a critical part of running a business but is, unfortunately, often left by the wayside. We get so busy serving our customers that we forget to look ahead and remain focused on the big picture. 

Well, here’s your reminder! 

If you haven’t done so already, set aside a day sometime this week or next to make a plan for 2020. Make sure you know where your income is coming from, where it’s going, and how you plan on bringing in more. If it’s not a super detailed plan yet, don’t worry! Just start somewhere. 

To help you get started, I’ve prepared this list of amazing resources to help you in your business. And you don’t have to wait until 2020 to start using them!

Here they are, broken down by category so you can find what’s most useful and relevant to you. 

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Online programs & systems that will help keep your business organized and efficient.



This program is a life saver for my business! Track your leads, send emails, contracts, and invoices all from one platform. Everything is customizable to your brand! Add in the booking system and full automation capabilities and this program is really one of those must-haves for your business. 

You know I only recommend programs I personally use and trust and this one is up there with the best. That’s why I’m so happy sharing this amazing offer for Dubsado. Sign up with my link (I get a small affiliate reward at no extra cost to you) and receive an amazing 20% off your first month or year subscription! That’s a huge savings that they don’t offer very often. 

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This is my top recommendation for easy invoicing and tracking expenses. Extremely easy to use and offers you the ability to do virtually all your own bookkeeping.



Google for business. Web based email services, file storage, video calling, file sharing and much more.



Cloud based storage. Dropbox allows for easy sharing of large files with graphic designers, photographers, etc.



Why not send out a calendar to schedule follow up appointments. I’m a firm believer that first appointments should be made in person or over the phone where you are able to get a real read on the person you are talking to.



Why not join your brides in a face to face meet up? You’ll give them extra confidence and I bet you’ll get a better sense of what might be going on with them. Virtual face to face is so great when it comes to time management for everyone, bride included. You could even get MOB to join in, or not…..



As you type Grammarly flags mistakes and helps you make sure your messages, documents, and social media posts are clear, mistake-free, and impactful. You can also find their app for iphone.



This program is used to schedule your Instagram posts and Instagram Stories in advance. Always wanted to know how to create a beautiful Instagram feed and how to use photos taken days before you post them to Instagram Stories? Use Planoly! You can try out your feed by uploading and scheduling posts, seeing them in your grid next to the photos you already posted and swap them around until you have your perfect feed.

Phone Apps


Tracking business miles is one thing I don’t do well! I end every year wishing I had done a better job of logging my miles. Mile IQ has been a lifesaver. It tracks every single mile for you.

Every few days you can open the App and swipe right on a trip to add it to your business log or left to keep in your personal mileage log. You can add a tag to explain what your business miles were related to. It’s genius!

Click HERE for more app info.



It’s time to get a little personal! I’m guilty of telling someone I’ll pray for you and unfortunately it can sometimes go in one ear and out the other. Echo Prayer App is the easiest solution track the things you really want to pray about.

You add prayers or just a person’s name, set a time of day to be reminded and DING! it’s time to remember that person in prayer. It has been fulfilling for me, and I don’t say that to brag. I only wanted to share it because it has kept me accountable to the things that matter.

Click HERE for more app info.

Design Resources




Adobe Capture turns your iPhone and iPad into a creation machine. Imagine looking through your camera to see patterns, vectors, and even fonts. Now imagine turning those visions into design materials. The power to transform the world around you into creative assets to build your projects is in the palm of your hands today.Vectorize on the Go. 

Click HERE for more app info.



Drag any image onto this page and it creates a color palette for you! Explore color trends and so much more. This is AMAZING and FREE. 

Click HERE for more app info.



A tool to create designs for your business. Postcards, social media graphics, etc. No design experience necessary.



A great place to find pre-made graphics and royalty free photography at affordable rates.

Book List - Debbie's Favorite Reads for Business Success

Strengths Finder 2.0 

By Tom Rath 

Note: Purchase the newest version to receive a code to take the test. 


One Word

By Jon Gordon and Jimmy Page



By Arianna Huffington


The Compound Effect

By Darren Hardy 


Lessons from Madame Chic

By Jennifer Scott


The Big Leap

By Gay Hendricks


Do Over

By Jon Acuff



By Jon Acuff


The Prayer of Jabez

By Bruce Wilkenson


Dream it, Pin it, Live it.

By Terri Savelle Foy 


Focal Point

By Brian Tracy

I hope something on this list sparks your curiosity and you find it useful in your business!

Tried one of these? Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you thought!

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One Response

  1. Hello Debbi!!
    I ‘ve used Canva time and time again…it is a great tool in ads, flyers, invites….you name it!! Also thank you for sharing this info!!

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Hi, I'm Debbie Shadid

As the creator of Wedding Business Ideas, I’m on a mission to mentor, teach & encourage wedding business bosses so they can find their true business ​style creating the success and freedom they have dreamed about.​

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