Last Update: April 09, 2019
When I started out with my niche websites, the only money I was prepared to spend on my business was my annual Domain payments and monthly subscriptions to Wealthy Affiliate and Jaaxy. (I switched to Yearly at Wealthy Affiliate on Black Friday 2016).
I opted for the FREE versions of everything else.
Free Online Tools for Bloggers
As you know, we get free web hosting for 25 Domains at Wealthy Affiliate plus another 25 Siterubix sites, so hosting was covered.
I used Mailchimp for email marketing because it was FREE for the first 2000 email subscribers. I switched to GetResponse early this year when I discovered that MailChimp was not friendly to Affiliate Marketers.
I used only free WordPress Themes until I purchased Divi by Elegant Themes on Black Friday 2018.
I used the free version of Board Booster instead of paying for Tailwind to grow my Pinterest account until Board Booster closed down.
And, of course, like most bloggers, I happily enjoyed the FREE version of Canva for 3 years. I found the free version wonderful, perfectly adequate for my needs as a new blogger.
And then Canva started promoting Canva for Work.
And, as with every financial decision in my business, I entered into hot internal debate for a good few weeks.
At $9.99 a month, Canva for Work is not a huge financial decision but I was happy with the free version so I didn't know if switching over would be worth it.
So I tried Canva for Work free for a month and decided to go for their $99 a year deal.
Why I love Canva for Work
What sets Canva for Work apart from the free version, in my opinion is the access to a bunch more FREE Images.
Yes, I know we have over a million free images in Site Content and they have served me very well.
Using Canva's Images Saves Me Time
What's nice about having free images in Canva is that you don't have to download them from Site Content and then re-upload them to Canva first. They are right there, on the design platform.
More Free Images at my disposal
And, for my niches (Mom Entrepreneurs, Mom Bloggers and Breastfeeding Moms), I've found a bunch of new images I haven't found in Site Content. Wooohoo! Guess I was going to run out sometime.
I can add Animation to my Images
And... when you publish images in Canva for Work, you get the option to publish your design as an Animation, either a GIF or a Movie.
You can create your own GIF's?
Yup, I just created one. The file was too big to upload to this post, so here's a screenshot.
I can Create Movies on Canva
I also recently created a Presentation on Canva for my Xtraordinary Women talk.
That, I turned into a movie (MP4) which I uploaded to YouTube and a PDF file which I uploaded to Slideshare.
Logo Design and Rebrand
I recently ditched the logo I bought on Fiverr for Inspiring Mompreneurs and created my own logo on Canva.
I was never quite happy with the logo I paid for or the rebrand I did last year.
The colours were all wrong, not bright and happy.
I also received so many compliments about the logo I created myself on Canva for LaurenKinghorn, that I just decided to go for it.
Inspiring Mompreneurs looks like this now. Much more me.
While I was at it, I created a new logo for Happy Human Pacifier on Canva too.
I also started standardising my Pinterest Pins, using the same font and style for all my latest pins.
I have no doubt I'll rebrand again in the future but I'm happy with my latest rebrand - for now.
One of the great things about Canva for Work is that you can create a Brand Kit, with your Brand's Colours and Fonts.
You can also keep your logos and images you use often in a Folder for easy access (not sure if you can also do this with the Free version).
Why I Love Canva for Work
In essence, I believe Canva for Work has helped me become more professional - and for $99 a year, that's a steal.
Are You using Canva for Work?
And do you love it as much as I do?
I have only one gripe about Canva.
Why, oh why, don't they have an Affiliate Program? I found a page somewhere on Canva's site a while ago where you could express your interest in an Affiliate Program.
Apparently, they will email all those who expressed an interest the moment they start one.
Wouldn't that be cool?
To Your Success
Lauren, Wealthy Affiliate Premium Member