Resources for Entrepreneurs
I’ve been working online since 2010 & I love to test new software. I’m a proud affiliate for some of the tools on this page because I actually use and enjoy them – I never endorse anything I haven’t or wouldn’t use myself.
Startup Funding & Financial Planning
I’ve spent my career on the product side of the house and can help you scale your business – but you’re gonna need funds to grow, which is where these guys come in.
The Ronin Society
The Ronin Society specializes in 4 key areas of improvement for startups: Scalable Structure, Business Metrics, Financial Forecasts, and Growth Capital.
“Startups suck and fundraising is a bitch.” Alexa helps founders and investors fail less by creating kick-ass tools and dropping knowledge on how to start, build, scale and invest.
Thyor Advisory Group
Thyor is a global advisory firm offering services on Financial Analysis, Tax Planning & Compliance, International Tax, Business Strategy, Risk Advisory, Accounting, Valuation, and more.
Websites & Hosting
Web Domains & Domain Management
I collect domains like some women collect shoes. If you have the same entrepreneurial nature, you might consider consolidating all your domains under one manager. For years I bought domains from my host, but then I would switch hosts and still have to maintain logins to route DNS servers… just a bit of a mess. Namecheap is, well, cheap, and also has good customer service & a nice interface for managing domains.
Web Hosting for WordPress
I’ve tried a ton of webhosts in the last couple decades working as a web designer and webmaster. I moved all of my personal AND client WordPress sites to SiteGround in 2016. I’ve had virtually no downtime, and their customer service is phenomenal. It’s really world’s apart from others the best WordPress hosting I’ve personally used – without destroying your budget.
I’ve been an Elegant Themes customer since 2011 and after testing quite a few premium themes, I’ve decided Divi is the best WordPress theme. This site uses Divi because it is one of the most versatile and configurable themes or frameworks I’ve ever used that is still very easy for anyone to use. Divi ships with premade layouts or you can build from scratch. And again, their customer service is excellent – which is always worth paying for.
Digital Marketing & Growth
Drip Marketing Simplicity
Email marketing is one of the most powerful ways to connect with your audience – it converts at least 2x better than most social media and it’s intimate – people read your emails on bus, at their desk, on the john… point is, done right, email is really powerful. I used to promote ONTRAPORT as an all-in-one marketing solution, but I discovered that sometimes it’s better to use multiple, specialized solutions – so I switched back to Leadpages (below) and signed up for Drip because it’s super simple, pretty easy to use once you get going and integrates natively.
Create webpages like a designer
As mentioned above, I used to used ONTRAPORT but I switched back to Leadpages because it’s just SO much easier to use. I can create a well designed landing page in about 15 minutes and share it or integrate it with my WordPress site in just a few clicks. Leadpages is so easy to use that if you don’t have a website already, you could just build a leadpages! Oh, and I’ve more than doubled my opt-in rate since switching back!
Use quizzes to build your list
Creating a quiz was one of the best moves for marketing, and I’ll be using them more in the upcoming year – people love to learn about themselves, and Interact’s quiz builder makes it easy to create an interactive quiz, even providing pre-built templates. You can choose from multiple types of scoring or grouping, integrate with your email list and there are tons of other features. I’ve doubled my email list in the last month, and I’d give about 50% of the credit to Interact quizzes. Try it!
For Freelancers or the Tech Challenged
If you’re brand new to email marketing and want to get started rapidly with minimal investment, MailerLite is my recommendation. It’s some of the easiest to use email marketing software I’ve tried and they are rapidly adding features. You can have your first autoresponder, including embedded forms and optin pages, up in an hour, without spending a cent. If your business model is simple and service-based (i.e. you’re a freelancer & don’t plan to sell online products), this is a great bet.
Boost Client Engagement
I’m not sure how I came across Bonjoro, I think maybe they found me. But this uber cool platform lets you send videos via email to your clients super easily, and it integrates will with a lot of other programs. So, if you have an email list or a digital signup form, you can integrated it with Bonjoro and get an alert that someone’s signed up and you can reply with a video. Totally cool. Annnnd, the team at Bonjoro is pretty much awesome sauce – I’ve worked with a lot of startups and these guys are doing it right. Check em out!
Drive Traffic to Your Blog
I found this little gen via an AppSumo deal and I’m SOOOO glad I invested. Basically, you register your blog and anytime you publish a new post, Missingltr auto-magically creates a years worth of posts – even selecting quotes and images to share – that you can review and auto-publish to all the major social platforms. Huge time saver and I’ve seen a boost to my web traffic in just a few weeks.
Increase Your Pinterest Growth
After taking a course with Melyssa Griffin, I was turned onto Board Booster for scheduling pins and and reusing pins. The BoardBooster software is a tiny bit clunky, but once you figure out how to set it up and get it rolling it’s a huge time saver – you can create a private board and bulk pin to it, then BoardBooster will automatically pin over time, and the looping feature allows you to bring old posts back to life.
Learning & Online Courses
Change Your Life in a Weekend
To say that Tony Robbins has changed my life and business would be an understatement. I booked a ticket to Unleash the Power Within after watching the Netflix documentary “I Am Not Your Guru,” and have since attended Date with Destiny in Australia and Business Mastery in Amsterdam. I consider Tony to be the best teacher I’ve ever had, and I cannot recommend his events enough – they’re designed to immerse you in learning so you can make lasting change. As such are very intense, but worth every moment & every penny.
Change Your Mind in a Weekend
I attend a LOT of events – it’s one of my favorite way to learn. Immersion learning can be so powerful and a great way to meet a lot of people. Millionaire Mind Intensive in London was an extremely powerful event for me, where I learned how flawed my beliefs about money were – and more importantly how those beliefs were keeping me in debt and stuck. If you have the chance to attend, I can’t recommend it enough!
Change Your Relationship with Money
Attending the Millionaire Mind Intensive was one of the most transformative experiences I’ve had, outside of Tony Robbins events. While these events aren’t running in the US at the moment, I’ve become a huge fan of T. Harv Ecker and his programs – all designed for elevating your thoughts about about money and ability to earn from your business. Check out a free web training and keep your eye open for Millionaire Mind Intensive events in your city when they start up again.
Learn How to Sell
I learned about Matthew Kimberly through a Tony Robbins Business Mastery event and quickly became a fan. Maybe it’s because of the dry, British sense of humor or maybe it’s just that his sales tips are gold, but either way you should definitely check out the Single Malt Mastermind if you’d like a little accountability and weekly sales tips. This was a great entry-level accountability coaching option and is one of the few emails I open every week.
For Technical & Business Skills
When I decided I wanted to take my freelance business to the next level, I took a number of courses to improve my coding skills, including learning to build WordPress Themes from scratch (Brad Hussey is my favorite instructor for web classes – highly recommend). I’ve also taken a number of classes related to marketing from experts on Pinterest marketing, Instagram, and even a class with the real Gary Vee.
Misc Tools & Deals
I’ve always been a bargain hunter, and that doesn’t stop at the digital world – which is why AppSumo is so great. Part discovery tool, part crowdsourced deals, I’ve bought about 30 deals ranging for stock photo services, premium upgrades, online courses and tools that have massively improved my focus or my business. Plus, their emails and descriptions are funny as hell.
When I started traveling full-time with Remote Year, I found myself really getting distracted by social media and FOMO. My productivity tanked for the first month – until I found the Freedom app. Now I lock myself out of social media for a few hours every morning so I can make sure I’m focused on what’s truly important to me. What’s neat is it works across platform and you can be as strict or flexible as you want.
Creative Market is an excellent resources for buying creative assets – I’ve purchased WordPress themes, mockups, fonts, icons, all sorts of stuff – and have even sold a couple of things to make a few bucks. Generally, I’m always really impressed with the quality of the work I’ve found on Creative Market and even bought my first logo here.
Looking for a great collection of fonts for your new brand? Need graphics for your blog? Stock photos for your sales page? Check out MightyDeals.
I don’t remember how I stumbled on Grammarly, but it’s a super handy tool for copywriting and editing. Of course, I ignore every other grammar suggestion it gives me, but I know it’s saved me a lot of dumb spelling and context mistakes. I also really like the simple nature of the editor and will often use it in lieu of other word-processors when I need to really focus.
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