Tools & Resources

An inside look at some of the best tools, resources, and websites that I use to run my business.
Running an online business is three-trillion times easier if you use the right tools. 

This tidbit of knowledge is 100% factual and has definitely been scientifically proven in a lab somewhere. That’s why I’ve listed below some of my favorite resources, software, and apps that help keep things running smoothly around the office.*

I use each of the tools mentioned here and they are crucial to running my business. Hopefully, they’ll help you as much as they’ve helped me.

*my house or wherever I’m at with my laptop

Bluehost

Bluehost offers the best website hosting for beginners. They make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running by offering a one-click WordPress installation.

If you’re like me and want to run multiple websites, you can do this all through one Bluehost account. Also, they offer the cheapest rates on the internet.

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Mailchimp

Mailchimp makes building and automating an email list super easy. It allows you to collect email addresses, send out automated welcome emails for new subscribers, and send out emails for all new blog posts or regular announcements. They make it easy to build an email list.

Mailchimp is completely free up to the first 2,000 email subscribers.

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Gumroad

Gumroad is a platform that lets creators deliver their products automatically directly to users. I use it to deliver the digital products that I sell on my sites.

I love Gumroad because it’s hands off. Once you upload your product and set the price, when a customer visits your website and makes a purchase, it will be delivered to them automatically. I heart Gumroad. 

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Google Calendar

Google calendar is my calendar of choice. It really helps me keep track of everything. I mostly use it to track events and It’s definitely one of the most effective tools I use.

I like Google Calendar because it’s super easy to learn how to use, it’s free, and it is capable of linking with many other applications. The interface is clean which is always important to me.

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Dropbox

Dropbox is where I store most of my files, including all of my website backups. It’s all up there in “the cloud” somewhere, nice and safe. Also, if you’re working with other people, Dropbox is a nice way to share files and documents.

I use the basic plan, which is free, but they also have a paid plan as well.

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Screenflow

This is the video editing software / screen capture software that I use to create all my videos. This is a great tool, especially for creating courses.

I’m typically not one to be in front of the camera on any of my videos. This is why I love Screenflow, so I can just let the user see my screen and I can record the audio in the background.

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eBay

The website eBay where it pretty much all began for me. It’s where I made my first dollar on the internet selling Pokémon cards. It’s where I saw that it is actually possible to make money online.

To this day, I still resell items on eBay and it’s a part of my business. You can get started selling today in a matter of minutes and make money while getting rid of stuff around the house that you don’t need. Get rid of the clutter and put quick cash in your pocket.

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GoDaddy

You’ve probably heard of GoDaddy or at least seen their half-naked lady commercials during a Super Bowl at some point in your life. Or maybe that’s just me.

GoDaddy is where purchase the domains for my sites. I use their services because typically they are the cheapest. Oftentimes they have a deal going on where you can purchase the domain for 99 cents.

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Microphone

I’ll preface this by saying that I’m not a podcaster. So super-duper audio quality is not all that important to me. But I do make courses and videos on the reg, so I need something feasible. Well, the Blue Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone is the one I went with & it’s pretty great. And, it’ll only run ya forty-nine bucks.

The quality is excellent to me, although I’m no expert. It does boast a 4.4 out of 5-star rating on Amazon.

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Bluetooth Speaker

Always be learning. That’s the key to personal growth, right? So you’re probably wondering what a little Bluetooth speaker has to do with personal growth?

Pretty much, it allows me to listen to podcasts and/or audiobooks while I’m in the shower so I can comsume more content. It’s as simple as that. This one is fully waterproof so you can clip it to your shower curtain or use the suction cup to stick it to the wall.

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Coinbase

Okay, okay, I’m not a huge crypto investor or anything. But I’m not going to lie, it is pretty fun to play around with. And I do think that, in the future, all transactions will occur on the blockchain in some way, shape, or form. 

If you’re interested in getting started investing in cryptocurrencies, Coinbase is by far the safest and easiest exchange to use. Sign up with through this link (my affiliate) and we’ll both get a free $10 in Bitcoin. 

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Quickbooks logoQuickbooks

If you run an online business, then you’re going to need a way to track your business expenses in order to keep them separate from your personal expenses.

For me, I use Quickbooks Self-Employed. This software makes booking keeping very simple. You can set rules that will automatically categorize your transactions for you. Another good thing is that it even tracks your miles for you too, which ends up being a nice tax write-off.

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Divi Theme

The Divi Theme helps make building websites easy for me. Look, I don’t know how to code or do any of that fancy stuff. But by using Divi, I can still build great-looking websites, like this.

This theme utilizes the “Divi Builder” which basically offers drag-and-drop functionality, so you can build your pages exactly how you want them.

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Buffer

I absolutely love Buffer. It helps me automate and schedule my social media posts so I can keep the updates coming even when I’m not there.

I mainly use Buffer for my Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest accounts across a few of my sites. I just add the posts to my queue and  Buffer does the rest. It truly makes my life much easier.

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Books

Since I started reading books, my life has been completely changed, for the better. One of the most important decisions you can make in life is to never stop learning.

So I made a commitment to read 1000 book. I’m keeping track on all the books I’ve read so far here with my reading list. Feel free to follow along, as these are some of the best books for entrepreneurs.

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Asana

Asana is how I keep everything organized in my business and even in my personal life. The best part about it, it’s free.

It’s basically a task management software that you can use to assign tasks and reminders to yourself or members of your team. Shout out to Matt Giovanisci and his awesome course for teaching me how to easily setup and use Asana.

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Fiverr

Fiverr is a website where you can find freelancers to complete creative jobs for you, all for as little as $5 (plus a $1 transaction fee).

I use Fiverr for all sorts of weird things. It’s where I get most of my logos and ebook covers made. The quality is great for the price, and the work is completed super fast.

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Wunderlist

Checklists are a huge part of my life. Whether it’s a simple to-do list, grocery list, you name it, it’s how I keep track of pretty much everything I do.

Wunderlist is the best list app I could find. I love it because of the clean design and interface, and it syncs nicely across all of my devices. Oh yeah, it’s free, which is great because I’d definitely pay for it.

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Upwork

Upwork is a website that connects you with freelancers of all types including writers, programmers, and web designers. It’s basically where I go to find someone to complete a job that I either can’t or don’t want to do myself.

I’ve spent thousands of dollars hiring people to complete tasks for me on Upwork. The main thing I use it for is to find articles writers but literally if there’s any task you need done, you can find them on Upwork.

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PayPal

In this day and age, you’ve heard of PayPal unless you are living under a rock. It’s a platform where you can send and receive payments online.

Everyone should have their own PayPal account, especially if you are doing any sorts of business online. It just makes it fast and easy to complete transactions for business and personal use. As a reseller, I still use PayPal on a daily basis. 

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Build a Website

This is the resource I use pretty much every time I get a new idea for a blog or website. It’s a step-by-step guide on how to build a website of your own.

Even if you’ve already created multiple websites like I have, it’s still nice to have a resource as a reminder on what to do to get your new website up and running. This guide is my go-to and it’s basically my entire process for building a great-looking website from scratch without knowing how to code.

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Sumo

Sumo is a collection of awesome tools that you can use on your website. You see those social media share buttons over there to the left? Sumo helped me put that there. If you hover over one of my blog post images, more social share buttons pop up. Again, thanks to Sumo.

They offer several useful tools including heat maps, pop-ups, and hello-bars, etc. They have premium options that you can pay for but I just use the free plan.

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Pocket

I love Pocket. It’s an app/browser extension that lets you save articles, links, websites, etc. for later. It lets you put them in your “Pocket,” so to speak, for whenever you get time to revisit.

I love Pocket because I can be browsing around on Twitter, Facebook, or someone’s blog and see an article that I really want to read, just not at the moment. No worries, I can save it in Pocket and have it there so I can read it later on. 

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Tomato TimerTomato Timer

This simple website, called the Tomato Timer, is basically how I get stuff done. 

It helps make using the pomodoro technique easy for me. If you’re not familiar, basically it’s a time management method that uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. The Tomato Time is just a simple website that sets the timers for you and sends an alert when it’s time to take a break.

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Affiliate Disclaimer: Most of the resources here are completely free. However, some of them aren’t and may contain affiliate links. If you use them, I’ll get a small commission but there is no extra cost to you.

I recommend these resources only because I use them myself and have a lot of experience with them. For each resource listed here, there are other options out there, these are just the ones I use and love.

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