Tools & Resources
Listed below are my favorite online tools that I have used and recommend in my own business.
I know it can be overwhelming when you're trying to make the best choice for your business, but the choices just seem to endless!
Some of these links are affiliate links, which means I may get a commission if you choose to purchase. However, none of the fees of these tools have been increased to compensate me.
I've only included selections I know and love.
I hope you find these recommendations helpful!
- DOMAIN NAME REGISTRATION -
When inspiration hits and you're ready to grab a domain name, NameCheap is a great place. I prefer to keep all my domain names in one spot to keep things organized.
- WEBSITE HOSTING -
SiteGround is a great hosting company with excellent customer service. They are easy-to-use and affordable. Free SSLs are also included with their web hosting service. When you're just getting started, I recommend building your site with WordPress.org and hosting it with SiteGround.
- WORDPRESS THEME -
Beaver Builder is an incredibly flexible and powerful theme for building your website. It comes with optional pre-made templates and is totally customizable from the front end builder. Beaver Builder's front end drag and drop website builder gives you total control over the layout of your pages. I now use Beaver Builder exclusively for all my own web design clients.
- EMAIL MARKETING -
Building and marketing to your email list is a vital part of online business success. I love Active Campaign for so many reasons. They do SO much more than most email service providers out there, yet make it so easy to use and inexpensive to get started. Their automations are awesome! I can't praise them enough!
- POPUP OPTIN FORMS -
If you're looking for some professional options for your optin forms, you need to check out PopupAlly. It has several advanced features for politely interacting with your site visitors to get them on your email list. There is also free option you can start with.
- FILE STORAGE -
If you aren't already using Dropbox for file storage, you should really check them out. It gives me such peace of mind knowing that all my files and photos are backed up. If you've ever had a computer crash on you, then you know the importance of having everything synched and backed up safely. You can get started for free.
- VIDEO HOSTING -
When you're ready to sell products with video components, you need a solid video hosting option. Uploading videos to YouTube is fine for marketing yourself, but your paid content needs to be protected. Vimeo is a top-quality, affordable option.
- PROJECT MANAGEMENT -
Asana is my favorite tool for staying organized. I use it for my business and my personal tasks. I even taught my son how to use it to stay organized with his college classes. It works for list-lovers plus it has boards and calendars for those who are more visual. There is a paid version, but the free version has worked great for me.