Today we’re talking about the Tools & Resources needed to create your online business and perfect lifestyle.
In the Suitcase Entrepreneur’s 30 Day Blog Challenge post, Natalie refers us to some of the tools she uses to run her online business. Definitely some new things on the table – one of them I’d like to share here with some of my favourites as well.
This is an online diary that you can use to get your thoughts organised. It can be kept private or you have the ability to share the pages with others. It is styled so it looks like you are writing on real paper which I thought was kinda cool! I haven’t used this site before but have bookmarked it to check out asap!
My Tools of the Trade
This is the magic combo – to create my website I use the WordPress platform (free to use), a theme chosen from Elegant Themes (once off $39 fee), Hostgator does all the web hosting and I always purchase my domain names from Go Daddy.
I particularly love Elegant Themes because their theme designs are really elegant (hence the name). There are many styles so no matter what look you’re going for, you’re bound to find one that you like there.
Aweber is my email marketing system of choice. It costs me about $20 per month. I haven’t tried any others so can’t really compare but ever since I started my Aweber account over a year ago now, I’ve been a happy customer. The interface is beautiful and the drag and drop facility and template builder is fab!
After the essentials, Picmonkey definitely has to be the programme I am in the most. If you don’t use it, head over there, it’s amazing! You can do a number of things with your pictures but it’s particularly good for creating images for your blog, website, facebook posts or other social media. It’s really easy to use and I only use the free version so cost for that one!
Further to the picmonkey tool, I use Freedigitalphotos.net when I don’t have an image of my own that is suitable for whatever I am posting. There are literally hundreds of beautiful images here and there are various versions of the image you can download. It normally gives you a smaller size for free and then larger sizes start at a few dollars each and go up in price. It is important though to read through all the instructions and fine print when using stock photos to make sure you are also giving credit in the actual post where applicable.
This one is also free! I use hootsuite if I have a post that I’d like to put out to all my social media at once. Rather than logging in to each individual site to post the same thing, you can create a hootsuite account and link all of your social media to it. That way, you can send out the message from the one dashboard and it’ll be sent out at the click of the button. Easy peezy!
I also have a $9 per month subscription to My Yoga Online so I can whip out the ipad, find a suitable yoga workout, lay down my mat in the lounge and spend 20-60mins re-energising and revitalizing myself especially if I’ve been at the computer typing and thinking intensively for an extended period of time.
Obviously there are many many more tools and resources but if I were to start with the basics, this would be it! I am currently working on a full length resources where I will outline in details more of the tools that I use to make my online business a success so stay tuned for that!
If you have any tool favourites of your own that you’d like to share, please post them in the comments below. I’d love to find out about them 🙂
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