RESOURCES & TOOLS
I’m sharing my top recommendations with you and giving you an inside glimpse at the resources and tools I use to run my online business.
If you’re a new blogger or online business owner this resources page is going to be your best friend! This page is a complete list of all the tools and websites Trevor and I use to run our online businesses. We’ve organized the resources according to where you’re at in your journey:
- Resources to Start Your Business
- Resources to Grow Your Business
- Resources to Monetize Your Business
- Resources to Organize Your Business
- Resources to Master Your Mindset
Lucky for you, Trevor and I are very frugal people, but we also appreciate paying for high value. We love premium tools, but refuse to pay premium prices if we can find a more affordable alternative.
We’ve conducted thorough research and have tested many tools throughout the years. The list below represents the “best bang for your buck” resources to run your business!
Before sharing the resources I use, I need to share an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means I may earn a commission if you choose to make a purchase. This is, of course, at no cost to you, and I only share products that I use and love myself. Please read my disclaimer for more information.
Resources to START Your Business
Learn the quick and easy way to start your blog or business website. This 49-page ebook walks you through how to start your blog without all the confusing technical setup. You’ll learn how to create a gorgeous blog you’re proud to show the world. Creating your blog is the first step toward creating a business and life you love. So get started now and download your free copy of the ebook.
DIVI is the best WordPress theme for beginners, pros, and everyone in between. The visual builder and premade layouts make it extremely easy to customize pages. We’ve used a number of different themes to build websites. When we discovered DIVI and the DIVI builder, our minds were blown. We switched our site over to DIVI and have never looked back.
If you want lifetime updates of DIVI without the annual fees, check out Easy Blog in a Box below.
easy blog in a box
Easy Blog in a Box was created to make starting a website easy for non-techies. You purchase hosting and we handle all the technical setup. When we’re done, you’ll have a gorgeous website built with the DIVI theme, 9 pre-designed pages and 3 preformatted blog posts, and our top recommended plugins installed.
Easy Blog in a Box includes lifetime updates of the DIVI theme, the DIVI builder, Monarch social sharing, and bloom email opt-in forms. Plus, you get access to our private support group and video training library!
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Resources to GROW Your Business
Pinterest Traffic masterclass
Sign up for this free masterclass and learn how to grow your traffic and email list with Pinterest. You’ll learn the 3 strategies that create the Pinterest Traffic Trifecta, why these strategies work so well, and how to implement the strategies for optimal results.
Not only can I manage subscribers and easily create gorgeous behavior-based automated email campaigns, but it also allows me to create landing pages, popups, and embeddable opt-in forms.
Early on in my business, I had been complaining for months – “why doesn’t someone create a tool that can do it all? It’s so frustrating I have to use three different tools to manage my social media!” When I discovered SocialBee I was floored I found the closest solution to my problem. The best part of SocialBee is you can customize your plan and the prices become even more affordable! The plan we have only cost $20/month and it’s more robust than MeetEdgar, Buffer, and HootSuite combined!
Social Pug is a social sharing plugin for WordPress. We previously used Social Warfare (which we also loved until they took down our website a couple of times).
Resources to MONETIZE Your Business
Selling digital products or services is a great way to make money online. ThriveCart allows you to sell digital products from your blog or social media accounts. We love ThriveCart because it integrates with MailerLite, Teachable and it has a great affiliate program. We tried to sell our products piecing together free solutions and quickly discovered it costs more in the long run. We missed out on affiliate opportunities and our solutions didn’t integrate with our email provider. #fail.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing
She’s helped hundreds of beginning bloggers transform their blogs into profitable businesses through affiliate marketing.
Resources to ORGANIZE Your Business
With Asana, I can quickly see what I have scheduled to be completed today and start working on the next most important item on my list. And since Asana is an online tool, you can access it from any device. This comes in handy when an idea randomly pops into your head. No matter where you’re at or what you’re doing, you can open your Asana app on your phone and schedule a task.
I’m not sure how it works or why it works, but Brain.fm somehow allows you to get hyper-focused and instantly transforms you into “get shit done” mode.
Resources to STAY BALANCED
ask and it is given
mind your business podcast
This is my favorite podcast and the only one I listen to every single week! James Wedmore is the host and he believes “hustle and hard work are not essential ingredients for success.” James dives deep into the world of mindset and helps business owners build their business with balance.