TRADE RESOURCES

EDUCATE . INSPIRE . CREATE

Below are some of my favorite tools to help organize your life & business. Get productive and spend time on the things that really matter.

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BUSINESS SOFTWARE & TOOLS

In order to run a successful profitable business we all need systems and processes in place. Here are some of my favorite Business Management Softwares on the market. These softwares help run the backend of your business along with helpful tools to track ideas and manage work flow.

If you see  "*" that means I am currently using that software on a daily basis. 

BUSINESS SOFTWARE

* IVY CO | The best project management design software yet! Stylish, easy to navigate & affordable. It integrates with quickbooks for accounting and has live chat/ phone support. You no longer need to except checks as form of payment. A program created by designers for designers. 

MY DOMA | Design software great for "E-Designers" 

DESIGNER LOGIC | Solid program, live tech support is slim

STUDIO DESIGNER | A robust software very focused on finances and tracking. 

QUICKBOOKS | Accounting Software

HARVEST | Simple online time tracking

EXPENSIFY | Automate your expense reports

MY HOURS | Keep track of all those hours your spend

 

DESIGN FILES | Great for E-Design project, workflow, and mood board creation. 

DUBSADO | This is a business management solution designed to cut out the busywork.

HOUZZ PRO | Build your design presence online, brows inspiration, helpful client communication tools

BUSINESS TOOLS

*MIKO & BOONE | Design Trade Resource Center. Avoid the stress of ordering, tracking, and managing product purchases on your own. Experienced, professional and wonderful customer service.

* MONDAY.COM | Great for project workflow

TRELLO | Organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible way

WRIKE | Task manager

BASECAMP | Team management and communication

SMART SHEETS | Manage and automate collaborative work, organize project schedule, to do list and blog posts 

STEELYARD | To the trade only- interior design vendor resource 

POCKET | Search for things on the web to read later, save it with their bookmarklet

SCREEN CAST-O-MATIC | Fast, free screen recording 

ZOOM | Conference calls, video, screen recording 

LAST PASS | No longer loose all your passwords 

EVERNOTE | Keep track of your ideas, content and inspiration 

TWEAK YOUR BIZ | Help generate titles for articles and blogs 

* MOO | Beautiful quality business cards, flyers and more

SEND OWL | Send digital products to clients straight to their email or via a download button 

PLANNER | Stylish and functional 

SLACK | Slack is a collaboration hub, where the right people and the right information come together, helping everyone get work done

BUSINESS BY THE BOOK | Fabulous accounting and bookkeeping firm. Tell them Laura Thurman sent you

WISE STAMP | Create fabulous professional

e-signatures 

DOCUSIGN | Get contracts signed 

*UPWORK | This platform connects professionals and agencies to businesses seeking specialized talent. SEO, graphics, logos and much more

DESIGN SOFTWARE

Now for the creation of our projects. These are some of the tools I feel are best for presentations,

drawings, and graphics. 

* AUTOCAD | For all your drawings/ construction doc needs. Read packages carefully you may not need the "full" version

* SKETCHUP | Great for 3D modeling, you can also do your drawing (floor plans/ elevation) on this platform

FLOOR PLANNER | If AutoCad or Sketchup is to advanced, this is a simpler solution

CHIEF ARCHITECT | If AutoCad or Sketchup is to advanced, this is a simpler solution

CHIP IT | Capture the perfect Sherwin William paint color from a photo

*ADOBE CREATIVE SUITES | If you have never heard of Adobe, prepare to be blown away! Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign are our favs. Editing photos, creating presentation boards and creating templates, graphics etc..

ADOBE SPARK | Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories and graphics. 

*CREATIVE MARKET | Find the perfect creative asset to
bring your project to life

COMMUNITY

& EDUCATION

Need inspiration, motivation and or education content look no further. From industry news, to podcasts, to the top Facebook business pages, to professional books, and business coaches I've got you covered.  

PODCASTS TO FOLLOW

EXPLORE HOME | By Universal Furniture 

SAID | By Designers Today

A WELL DESIGNED BUSINESS | By LuAnn Nigara

THE CHAISE LOUNGE | By iMay Media

DESIGN PERSPECTIVES | By Gail Davis

 

BOH- THE BUSINESS OF HOME | By Business of Home

PROFIT IS A CHOICE | By Michele Williams

 

TASTEFULLY INSPIRED | By Mark P. McDonough

DESIGN BETWEEN THE LINES | By American Society of Furniture Designers

BUSINESS OF DESIGN | By Kimberly Seldon

GOAL DIGGER | By Jenna Kutcher

RISE PODCAST | Rachel Hollis

CLASSES & COACHING

ATLY | Online workshops and classes. Perfect a skill or gain a new one. Affordable and fun. 

KAJABI  | Online creative and personal classes

VERONICA SOLOMON  | Interior design mentor & coaching

CHERYL NAGLE KEES CLENDENON | Interior design consulting & coaching

 

MASTERCLASS | Professional and personal workshops, lots of goodies here.

LAURA THURMAN | Design Mentor

SCARLET THREAD CONSULTING | Michele Williams

GAIL DOBY  | Coaching & Consulting

ALYCIA WICKER  | Interior design resources

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SOCIAL MEDA

Despite that fact that I hate that Social Media is taking over the world, as a business owner it is an integral part. I hope these tools will help organize, automate, or inspire you to tackle your social game! 

SOCIAL MEDIA

HOOTSUITE | Schedule all social media posts 

LATER | Schedule and automate posts 

 

POST PLANNER | Find the best content for your audience

 

BUFFER | Social media management for marketers and agencies

 

CANVA | Create social media (and other) graphics free

PINFINITE GROWTH | A course on maximizing Pinterest 

 

PIN GROUPIE | Find group boards on Pinterest with 

 

PLANOLY | Plan you Instagram post in advance 

ADOBE SPARK | Transform your ideas into stunning visual stories and graphics. 

PINTEREST ACADEMY | Master marketing on Pinterest

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY 

UNSPLASH

 

DEATH TO STOCK PHOTO

KABOOM PICS

PIXABAY

NEW OLD STOCK

ADOBE STOCK PHOTO

SPLITSHIRE

GETTY IMAGES

GRATISOGRAPHY 

PEXELS 

NEGATIVE SPACE

PIKWIZARD 

VIDEO & PHOTO EDITING

These are my video hero's!

IPHONE ACADEMY | Learn how to capture the best photography and video on your IPhone

MOMENT  | Phone filming equipment. You can capture it ALL with your phone

APPS 

 SNAP SEEP

VISCO

ADOBE LIGHTROOM

PRO CAMERA

LD - LENS DISTORTION 

ADOBE SPARK

 

YOUTUBE CHANNELS TO FOLLOW

MOMENT 

PETER MCKINNON


SHAMELESS MAYA

iPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY SCHOOL

HAYLS  WORLD

Thurman Design Studio is a creative interior design firm in Nashville, with L.A. roots & Global flair. We provide a thoughtful and quality design experience. We work with individuals & developers with projects both large & small. We serve clients throughout the U.S. Our

goal is to educate and inspire our clients as we collaborate together, to create beautiful spaces that reflect their values and personality. 

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