I am constantly asked for recommendations on products, services, and tools to help the solopreneur. And so, I put together this page to give you access to tools I use and recommend. You might want to bookmark this page since it will be constantly changing as I find new and reputable companies, services, and resources to help on your quest to be free from the 9-5 lifestyle.
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- Best Seller Blueprint: Author Training videos with Jack Canfield (co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul)
- Elaine Wilkes: Get Your Book Into Stores
Law of Attraction
- Science of Getting Rich
- Mind Movies
- Mind Movies Matrix
Job Listings and Outsourcing
- oDesk A great resource for finding developers of apps, websites, social media, or freelancers of any technical nature.
- Virtual Staff Finder is run by Chris Ducker who plays matchmaker with small business owners who need technical help and overseas workers who provide quality work.
- Elance: Find freelancers of any kind, anywhere
- 99Designs: You host a “design contest” and professionals will compete to win
- Prosper is a peer to peer lending organization where you can find funding at rates much lower than credit cards or traditional banks.
Accounting and Money
- Less Accounting: Accounting software that is way LESS complicated than Quickbooks.
- Slash Your Spending: Learning about money management.
- Money Keys: A financial education program to help you get a handle on your money.
Blogging, Themes, Security
- WordPress.com: The #1 open source platform for blogging. I use it for QRJ as well as many of my clients. It’s free and easy to create your own site.
- Woo Themes: The ultimate resource for premium looking WordPress themes.
- Thesis Theme for WordPress: By DIY themes, it’s a very simple, yet robust WordPress theme.
- The Headway Theme: I use the Headway theme for QRJ. I LOVE IT! It does have a learning curve, though, so if you’re a complete newbie, I’d go with either WooThemes or DIY themes (above.)
- How to Start a Blog That Matters: If you want to start a blog, but don’t know where to begin, Corbett Barr will get you there.
- WP Security Lock: If you run a WordPress website, you’ll need Regina to help you if you get hacked! (I did!)
- GoDaddy.com: Cheap domain registration, but the checkout process might overwhelm you.
- MyDomain: Where I have all of my (14) domains! I’ve been with them for over a decade and am quite happy with the service.
- HostGator: User-friendly hosting. I use them for many of my clients.
- BlueHost: User-friendly hosting. I also use them for many of my clients.
- GoDaddy: Not-so user-friendly hosting. And the owner is a bit of a mysognistic pig and hunts elephants. But many people like them.
- DotCom Secrets: Teaching basics of Internet marketing on the web
- Start a Blog That Matters: This is a blogging “how-to” course that will teach you everything you need to know about getting started.
- Coffee Shop Millionaire: Affiliate Marketing and Internet Marketing training.
- Pop up Domination: A Pop-up script that will increase your newsletter conversions immensley.
- Learn IT: Any kind of program you want to learn, they’ll get you there.
Newsletters and Autoresponders
- Aweber: I currently am using Aweber to manage my newsletter list.
- 1ShoppingCart: I have used 1ShoppingCart in the past, and found that it can be complicated and slow.
- Constant Contact: I’ve used Constant Contact. It’s good for businesses that just want to send out very simple, one-shot bulk mailings, and don’t have more than one access point, or want to develop campaigns. For those, I really recommend Aweber.
- Get Response: I have many friends who use Get Response and love the service.
- Create a horizontal opt-in form with Aweber: a great YouTube video if you don’t want vertical forms
- E-Junkie: Many marketers use e-junkie for their affiliate program and delivering their content (usually ebooks)
- Clickbank: The grandaddy of online content delivery. I use Clickbank to sell my ebook and downloadable video and run my affiliate program.
- Paypal.com: You can use PayPal to send and receive payments. Most shopping carts allow PayPal integration, so you might as well get an account.
- 1ShoppingCart.com: While fairly complicated, 1SC is a one-stop source for a shopping cart, autorepsonder and affiliate program software.
- Let’s Get Social: The premier training course for anyone who wants to learn social media
- HootSuite: Scheduling Twitter and Facebook posts
Webinars, Teleseminars, Screen Capturing
- Easy Video Player
- Instant Teleseminar: For creating teleseminars and webinars
- ScreenFlow: Screencapture and editing software (for creating great video presentations)
- How to Create iPhone Apps With No Programming Experience: If you want to create an iphone app, but have no technology experience, this ebook will guide you through how to get it up and running.
- Google Adsense: You can earn income by placing ads on your website run by Google. (I do this on QRJ)
- Google Adwords: For advertisers. Just select keywords, decide on your daily spednding amount, and only pay each time someone clicks on your ad.
- Newsletter Directory:If you run an e-newsletter, you can find sponsors who will pay you per impression or per click on their ad.
- Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Networking through local and national events
- Linked-in: Post your resume, job search, and connect with Linked In groups.
- Meetup.com: Meeting others with similar interests through local, in-person events.
- Toastmasters: If you’re wary of public speaking, this supportive community will coach you to success.
Government and Legal Resources
- Abestweb.com: Affiliate Marketing Forum
- Amazon: Yes, Amazon has forums too. Login to your profile, and click the Community Discussions link in the “More to Explore” section at the bottom of the page.
- Better Networker: for anything regaring MLM, Direct Sales, and Network Marketing
- HomeBusinessOnline.com: For home based business professionals
- RichDad.com: Discussions on building wealth and money
- Scam.com: Learn about scams!
- Talkfreelance.com: For freelancers of any kind
- WAHM.com: for Work at Home Moms
- Warrior Forum: The place to go for Internet Marketing discussions
- WhyDoWork.com: Talking about non-traditional sources of income
- WorkfromHomeBoard: Exploring work at home options
- Worldwideworkathome.com: Work at home disccussions