Who Are These Resources For?
Any online entrepreneur or blogger looking for a head start on the best tools (personally used by me) will love this list. I don’t recommend anything I don’t use or love. These tools have all helped me build my online business
WPEngine – A lot of people are going to recommend Bluehost. Personally I feel it’s because they have great affiliate commissions but if you’re looking for affordable shared hosting with amazing speed, nothing beats WPEngine, period. I personally am on the Professional plan and it’s been the best experience I’ve ever had when it comes to hosting WordPress websites. Not only is the service great, but they specialize in hosting WordPress websites, so you can be sure they allocate the right and enough resources to your website so that it always runs fast and smoothly (like this one!).
Shopify – Of course I’m going to recommend Shopify when it comes to building your own online store. It’s affordable, easy to use, and takes the headaches and hassle out of setting up your store quickly. Sign up, choose a beautiful theme, add a few products and you’re ready to start making money in just a weekend.
Namecheap – It’s personally who I use for all my domains and have used for years and for all of my clients. They just get the job done and their interface is very easy to use.
OptimizePress – I’ve built most of my websites using OptimizePress. It has a lot of features and tools to build your list, run a membership site, and create beautiful looking sales and squeeze pages. I highly recommend this one.
LegalZoom – I’ve used LegalZoom plenty of times to setup corporations and register businesses. It’s easy to use and I’ve never encountered any issues using LegalZoom. Just an easy and reliable service for business owners.
List Building Tools
MailChimp – Building your email list is really important. I use MailChimp to build mine. It’s also free for your first 2000 subscribers. That gives you a lot of time to decide whether or not building a mailing list is important to your business or project (hint: it is!). MailChimp includes all the tools and features to really make your email marketing and list building a breeze. Great for ecommerce websites, too!
WebinarJam – I run and host all my webinars with WebinarJam. It’s affordable, easy to use and integrates with Google Hangouts. It’s also really fast to put up a webinar as it comes with a built in webinar page builder.
Audible – I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I love listening to a book while I drive, do dishes, or exercise.
Blinkist – Blinkist is a unique tool that has been invaluable when it comes to my learning. Blinkist takes popular self-improvement and business books, and condenses them into short and easy to digest summaries of all the best points. Skip the fluff and get the nuggets quickly from some of the best books out there.
Udemy – I’ve used Udemy to find inexpensive and free courses on everything from Canadian tax laws taught by CPAs to coding Android apps.
WealthSimple – Robo investing that I use. Set a weekly or monthly savings deposit you’d like to make, set your risk tolerance, and WealthSimple builds your portfolio and takes care of the rest.
Coinbase – This is what I use to buy/sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. Riskier investments with the potential for high reward.
Other Tools I Use Everyday
Trello – Trello organizes my life, period. I use it to track projects, goals, my to-do list, and everything else in between. I highly recommend you checkout my blog post on it to see how you can use Trello to manage everything in your life.
Long Tail Pro – I always recommend the Long Tail Pro to all website owners who want to do in-depth and quick keyword research. This is by far one of my favorite tools, it’s helped with so many different projects whether it was with finding profitable niches or just for doing good long tail keyword research.
Dropbox – Virtual hard drive, great for storing your files and backing them up so you can access them on any device and computer. I backup all my important files with Dropbox. This is also great to share large files with clients as well.
The 4-Hour Workweek – This is one of the books that had the biggest influence on me after I finished school. It’s a very good book on building a lifestyle business, outsourcing your life, and living the life now that you believe is outside your means (it isn’t).
Ca$hvertising – The best copywriting book I’ve read. It does a great job providing copywriting and sales ideas. Very little fluff and filler.
Unscripted – A fantastic book that counters modern day and society’s conventional thinking on careers, work, retirement and money. It’s a great book for entrepreneurs but also most people who are living the “scripted” life.
The Productivity Project – The best book I’ve read on productivity. This isn’t your average book on productivity and most of the ideas are very unique but also work. I’ve modeled a lot of my life after this book.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad – The best book I’ve read on personal finance and money. It’s a real eye opener and still relevant despite the age. A lot of Robert’s predictions came true since he wrote this book, and a lot of his knowledge drops, while unconventional, are very true.