The Basic Tools & Resources to Start an Online Business
and a few of my favorite books to keep you inspired and motivated.
Stop researching, comparing and feeling overwhelmed trying to pick out the right tools to start your business. I’ve done the hard work for you.
Below, you’ll find the basic tools and resources you need to start a successful online business with a minimal investment. I only recommend products and services that I’ve personally tried and love.
*Disclosure: Some of these links are affiliate links, if you sign up using my link I may receive a small commission but that does not increase the price you pay. These commissions help me to continue offering free products and services to you and many others. Thank you in advance for your support!
Build Your Website
SiteGround - Web Hosting
I did a lot of research prior to purchasing my web hosting and SiteGround was hands down the best choice. I wanted a host I could count on for reliability, customer service and security and these guys have nailed it. Plus they are amazingly affordable with plans starting at just $3.95/month for a 12, 24 or 36 month term.
Go Daddy - Domain Name
At Go Daddy you can get your first domain name starting at only .99 cents. Simply search the registrar to see if your domain is available, choose the domain extension you want (.com, .ca, .org, etc.), complete your purchase then transfer your domain name to your web host. If you need help, their customer service line is fantastic.
Build Your Site
If you’re feeling frustrated or overwhelmed with trying to build your own website, definitely check out Shannon Mattern’s 5 Day Website Challenge. It comes with step-by-step videos and a Facebook group for support. It really helped me, and you can get access for FREE, click the Get It Now button.
An email list is one of the most crucial components to building a profitable business. Build your list with beautifully designed sign up forms, landing pages and automations. Mailchimp’s drag and drop features are easy to use so you can get the look you want. With your free account you can track up to 2000 subscribers. Mailchimp easily connects to your WordPress site and over 300 apps/services to meet your business needs. Mailchimp says it best: “You don’t have to be a designer or tech whiz to use Mailchimp.” Set up your free account today.
Pinterest - how to make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours
Pinterest is the best platform to promote your products, services, affiliate links and blog content. This course will teach exactly what you need to know to start earning money from your affiliate links AND your blog. Shortly after finishing this course I made my first affiliate sale and grew my Pinterest (Business) account from 0 to 7k views/monthly (and it hasn’t stopped since). There is no need to figure everything out on your own. Fast track your success on Pinterest with this high value course.
Branding & Graphic Design
Canva - DIY Graphics
Canva is hands down the best graphic design tool for DIYers. Choose from the free or paid version. I recommend upgrading to the paid version as it will make creating graphics even easier and faster. You can save your brand colors and fonts, quickly resize a graphic to fit all social media platforms and use your own images or canva’s pre-loaded images and templates.
Lady boss studio - Brand Templates for Canva
No need to spend hours designing your own opt in, landing page, social media graphics or logo. With Lady Boss Studio’s beautifully designed Canva templates you can download, customize and instantly beautify your brand; attracting more subscribers and sales. Change the colors, add your own images and your content and you’re ready to go. These are the BEST templates for female entrepreneurs. These templates have saved me hours of time and can be used over and over. No graphic design experience necessary.
Creative Market - Stock Photos
Creative Market has thousands of customizable graphics, fonts, themes and more from independent creatives…all at reasonable prices. I love getting the best bang for my buck by purchasing bundles – this way I get multiple photos that are consistent and match with my brand. You’ll also get weekly email notices with free products.
Tools To Improve Productivity
Trello - Tracking Project Progress
“Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.” Whether you’re a solopreneur or work with a team Trello will keep you on task from beginning to end. Update your progress and watch your project come together.
Hootsuite - Facebook & Twitter Post Scheduler
Hootsuite will allow you to keep your social media presence active 24/7. You can upload, manage and schedule hundreds of social media posts which will free up loads of time that could be better spent serving clients or indulging in some self-care.
Tailwind - Pinterest & Instagram Post Scheduler
Tailwind is your answer to your Pinterest strategy. I couldn’t sum it up any better than the owners themselves…”Tailwind is the smartest way to manage your presence across the visual web (Pinterest & Instagram), and offers a complete suite of marketing tools including Smart Scheduling, Analytics & Monitoring, Content Discovery, Promotion, Education, Tribes, Hashtag Suggestions and more.“
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