Business tools and resources are the secret ingredients to a stress-free and simplified process for successful bloggers and entrepreneurs.
Here I spill the beans on the very best business resources and tools going round at the moment.
These business resources and tools have helped me immensely on my business journey.
Some of these things are well-kept secrets that I have uncovered after many nights slaving away over my laptop trying to DIY.
Trying to replicate an idea that I had seen somewhere but there was a ready-made solution already available.
It was a case of, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
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Business Basics – a program designed to take you through step-by-step all the things you need to do to start and run a successful online business.
8 jam-packed modules that cover working out your business idea, defining your niche, understanding who your customer is, developing your products, finding your customers and setting up your business to be able to scale when required.
How To Kick Start A Successful Online Business Checklist – a checklist to tell you everything you need to do to start your own online business.
Free Resources – grab copies of checklist, templates, cheat sheets and access free online courses to help you on your business journey.
BlueHost – this is what I use for my domain and hosting.
Apart from the usual features, BlueHost has comprehensive live support which is very helpful in regards to solving tech problems – especially if you are like me and know very little about technology.
SiteGround – SiteGround is an alternative to BlueHost.
It claims to be faster, safer and have superior customer service to its competitors.
Elegant Themes – Elegant themes produces some of the most easy to use and popular WordPress themes in the world including Divi and Extra Themes.
One of the best features about Divi (which I use), is the visual drag-and-drop features. No need to understand coding required.
Restored 316 – I love these pretty feminine themes that Lauren has created.
There is detailed documentation and support for any theme that you purchase.
LeadPages – LeadPages is a fantastic platform that offers over 160 landing page templates with drag-and-drop features that allows you to create beautiful and high-converting landing pages to attract subscribers and customers.
Click Funnels – ClickFunnels is a online sale tool that helps businesses to market and sell their products.
It simplifies the sales process and there are different funnels available to attract different types of client, depending on what you are selling.
Social media scheduling can be a time sucker.
Thank goodness there are a number of tools available that can help you manage your social media platforms.
Tailwind – my most favourite social media scheduling tool of all.
Tailwind is a preferred Pinterest partner and has just released its own Instagram scheduling tool.
I save so much time each month by being able to schedule my Pins in just under an hour – for the entire month.
This tool has exploded my blog traffic in just a few short months.
Hands down the best tool to use if you don’t have any graphic design experience is Canva. The best bit is that there is a free version.
You do not need to stick to the fonts that come with your theme. Here are some sites where you can download additional fonts and upload them onto your website.
Email marketing platforms are crucial to the success of building and growing your email list. Some providers can also double as customer relationship management (CRM) systems.
Fiverr – As the name suggests, you can access a huge variety of designers, tech experts, freelancers and writers and hire their services for as little as $5.
This is a fantastic option if you are just starting out and are strapped for cash.
An important tip is to make sure that you are very clear in what you are asking for, as people are not mind readers.
Upwork – Similar to Fiverr, Upwork is a platform where you can connect with freelancers.
You can access web developers, graphic designers, virtual assistants, customer service reps and sales and marketing experts.
99Designs – a slightly more expensive option but gives you the ability to connect with a global community of designers.
You can either hire a designer or run a design contest where people submit options based on your brief, and you get to choose.
These business resources and tools will help you to start, build and help your business to explode.
Get cracking and have a look to see what these tools and resources can do for you.