Resources for your online businessWhether you're just starting out or have been going for a while, check out my resources below to see the tools I used to take my biz to the next level.
Resources for the New and Growing Online Business Owner
When you first start out running your online business there are evidently a few tools you are going to need. When I first started out I looked at the tools everyone else was using and started comparing them to make sure that they meet my needs and work in my business. Over time these have changed and evolved, but I would still recommend them when you first start out.
Before exploring these resources in more detail, please be aware of the following: Some of the links provided below are affiliate links. That means that if you choose to purchase the product through my link, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no extra cost to you – and sometimes you may actually receive additional benefits such as discounts and exclusive trials through using my affiliate link. Please understand that I have used all of the products and services that I recommend below. I share them with you, because I feel that they are helpful in growing your business, not because I receive a small commission. Please do not purchase a product unless you think it will help you to grow your business.
Bluehost hosts your website, WordPress stores the content inside your site and a theme such as Divi from ElegantThemes makes your site beautiful and functional. A must have for me (I use Divi myself).
WordPress is a content management system that holds all of the content on your website. It’s user friendly and a solid option for now and when you’re growing later on.
I have used Siteground hosting for the past year and their support is second to none. If you’re looking for a reliable hosting provider, you will not regret choosing Siteground.
Automating your emails frees up necessary time and energy when it’s time to grow your business. Growing an email list is key and with ConvertKit it’s easy peasy.
If you’re planning a set of complex funnels with multiple triggers, check out Get Drip. While it’s not straightforward to set up, it’s an extremely powerful tool.
Similar to drip, Autopilot has the ability to handle complex email funnels, but what’s different is that it comes with a little pop-up on your site that tries to engage your visitors to then follow up with them later on. Very nifty!
17hats is the system I use to manage all my client info, invoices and contracts. It makes bookeeping a breeze (it’s almost fun!).
BoardBooster is the tool I use to manage my Pinterest Account. I love the simplicity of it as it uses secret boards to schedule from regularly. So if you’re looking for a way to automate your pins, check out BoardBooster.
I use CoSchedule to plan pretty much all of my content. I use it to write and schedule my blog posts and then create social campaigns to make my content go further. I also use it to schedule my regular posts in to my Facebook Group. A tool I can’t work without anymore!
Stephanie over at Brand Smoothie shares her branding expertise in her everyday branded snapshots mini course. If you’re looking to create a cohesive brand across your social media channels, this course is for you!
MEMBERSHIP AND ONLINE COURSE TOOLS
MemberPress is my go to plugin for building membership sites on your own platform. Most of my clients use it and we’ve had great experiences with it. It’s (reasonably) easy to set up and customise and it works a charm. It also offers dripped content as a native feature and it comes with Affiliate Royale to set up Affiliates for your courses/membership.
If you’re new to creating online courses or you just prefer a hosted option, check out teachable. I use teachable to deliver all of my courses and it has all the features you’re ever going to need – and probably more.