Recommended “New Business” Resources
There is more opportunity in 2014 than there as EVER been before to start and run a profitable business. However, with so many tools and resources at your disposal, it can sometimes become a bit confusing and overwhelming.
I figured it would be a great idea to put a list of things together that I use and find helpful in building my business. Because of this, I plan on updating this page A LOT! I would highly suggest you copy and save this page for future reference.
Disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you purchase through them, I might earn a commission, or be compensated in some way. However, please note that these are resources, tools, etc., that I’ve either used in the past, or continue to use personally; or come from helpful companies or individuals that I know and trust… That’s why i‘m listing them here for you! If you click on any of them, thank you!
Building An Online Presence
WordPress – This is the only way to build your blog and business sites, as far as I have found. Everything I do online is based around the WordPress platform. Simple to use and extremely customizable.
GoDaddy – I currently use GoDaddy for domains. Although they are talked badly about, I have never had a problem with them and I typically get $2 domains using Chrome Extension Honey.
Host Gator – Hands down the best hosting company around. Super affordable and there are always coupons floating around. My first month hosting was $0.01!
p.s. Use Coupon Code “dilloncarter” for 25% off!
Colorlib WordPress Theme – I recently found this them while trying to update my site. I have tons of features and it simply gets the job done.
The Thesis Theme for WordPress – Hands down the BEST WordPress framework and theme you could possibly get. Highly customizable and very simple to set-up. Built with SEO and page load speed in mind, the Thesis theme is what you should be using.
Email Marketing And List Building
MailChimp – If you are looking to bootstrap your business (Like Me!), then this is the path for you. A starter account allows you to build a list of up to 2,000 people for FREE! MailChimp grows with your business and that’s a great thing to have.
Selling Products And Services Online
Paypal – The quickest way to get set-up to receiving payments online. Without a way for your customers to pay you, how can you have a successful business? I use Paypal for ALL online transactions.
Gumroad – Gumroad can be used for validating your ideas with actual paying customers and used to continue selling your courses or products. I use Gumroad to sell all of my courses and validate new ideas.
Shoutly – I recently started using this site to create affiliate programs easily for my courses. I offer a commission for each purchase the affiliate generates and the site shares my course to all of their members to promote.
Copy – This is one of my new favorite cloud storage services. Not only is it free up to 20GB but I can easily send something to my Copy through their Mac Application.
Dropbox – The easiest way to share files. Perfect for working with virtual assistants and co-working on a project with partners. I seriously have this on every device I own.
Evernote – Perfect for keeping your notes synced with everything you own so you always have access to them. I use this to explore my daily ideas and break them down. I also use Evernote to save things I find online with their Chrome Extension.
Online Courses I Recommend
SkillShare – This is perfect for taking quick classes on business, tech and other related subjects. The classes are taught by actual entrepreneurs so they know what they are talking about. There are tons of courses to take!
VA Crash Course – Created by yours truly, this video course is a look over my shoulder styled teaching where I walk you through exactly how to hire a virtual assistant. You will feel as though you are standing next to me as I explain everything you need to know and actually hire a new VA.