These are some resources I’ve found over the last 2-3 years that have motivated, inspired, and helped me in figuring out the direction I wanted to go in, and how to get there. I will add to this list as I think of more and find more. Some of these are affiliate links, meaning I get a small bonus if you check them out, but that’s not the motivation in me putting this list together.
Getting a Domain
Namecheap – This is my favorite! They have super cheap domains AND you get a free year of WHOIS protection. Trust me, you want this — unless you like Spam emails.
GoDaddy – Use namecheap if you can, but if for some reason you have to use something else, GoDaddy isn’t a terrible choice.
Just as important as having a domain name, hosting will allow your site to “go live” so to speak. Without hosting, you’re website will never be visited.
BigScoots – I moved my sites over to BigScoots earlier this year and I could NOT be happier. They are a little bit more expensive than some options, but it’s 100% worth it. They help me with all of the (probably stupid) questions I have about technical mumbo jumbo I don’t understand.
BlueHost– If you can’t afford BigScoots just yet, BlueHost is a decent option for getting started. Just try and make enough money to get off their platform before the 1-2 year mark. They’re helpful but often times the wait times for customer chat are around 30-40 minutes which isn’t helpful if your site goes offline.
Sumo– Sumo is a suite of marketing tools that help you grow your email list and get social shares.
LeadPages – I’ve been using Leadpages since 2015 and love it. The simplicity of being able to A/B test offers and the design of pages is great. I would definitely recommend this for anyone running paid ads or building sales pages.
AppSumo – AppSumo is my vice as an entrepreneur. I’m not a big fan of monthly fees and their whole business model is getting you LIFETIME access to some of the best up and coming software for business.
MailChimp – the best option for beginners and those just getting started
ConvertKit – a great next step up for Bloggers and online entrepreneurs. I actually just signed up with them and am LOVING the platform so far. More to come!
ActiveCampaign – another one that gets incredible reviews but also comes with a price tag higher than “free”
Entrepreneur Alliance – SUCH a great group of guys behind this one. They put out weekly trainings around marketing, Facebook ads, building funnels, successfully sending cold emails, and much more. $1 Trial to get started and just $29 a month after that – can’t beat it!
Fizzle – This was where I started. The folks at Fizzle run a free 5-week trial for their site. They have courses around podcasting, blogging, building an email list, productivity and sooo much more. Plus they run Fizzle Fridays where one member of their team jumps on a call with Fizzle members and answers any questions you have. It’s limited to just 25 people each week so it’s realllly personal help you’re getting. Can’t recommend them enough!
Skillshare –a step up from Udemy for sure, and a lot more options to choose from than Creative Live (in my opinion).
Coursera – THIS is the place I went to take Entrepreneurship classes at the local Wharton College of Business. My tuition reimbursement wouldn’t even cover one class so I had to go the free route.A lot of high-end colleges and universities put their course material online. You can take the course (without advisor instruction) for free, and then you get charged for certifications and such. I was just taking them to get the knowledge, not a specific credential so it was perfect. The actual certifications range in price but I saw one for $97 so that’s not too bad at all. It’s worth a shot to see if they offer what you’re looking for.
Networking is one of the things I cannot stress the importance of enough. Whether it’s for getting new clients, meeting likeminded people, and just connecting with others who understand what you go through as an entrepreneur/online business owner. Here are some great places to find awesome people in your area or local events:
Meetup.com – The king of the recurring event space. There are tons of local events going on around you that you probably didn’t know about. Whether it’s business related, or you’re looking for a book club to join, Meetup probably has it.
Eventbrite – sure it’s great for buying tickets to events, but did you know they have an awesome search feature for finding events in your area by category? I’ve found really cool local conferences through here.
Shapr– like Tinder for entrepreneurs – you literally swipe left and right for people you either want to meet or don’t. I haven’t received any creepy messages (yet!) which as a woman is a huge plus.
Google – stick with me here. Did you know you can now search “business events this weekend” and Google will pull events from a variety of places (including Eventbrite) for you. Here’s a screenshot:
#AskGaryVeeby Gary Vaynerchuk
The king of motivation for me, this book is eye-opening is many ways.
Linchpin by Seth Godin
This book helped me get through my fear of not standing up and doing the scary things in life. While it’s focused on showing you how to be indispensable for your employer, that was my takeaway from it. Seth’s writing is impeccable and extremely relatable.
Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand
This book has nothing to do with business, but wow, can it get you through some tough times. Louis Zamperini was a WWII prisoner of war, and his story is incredible. This is such a great story of survival, perseverance, and mental strength. I often find myself in tough times and I’ll have flashbacks of this book and remember everything is going to be okay.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek
I spent about 4 weeks with this book, read it front to back twice and skipped around a ton. It was so eye-opening and extremely motivating for me. I’ve never been so involved in a book. I borrowed it from the library, returned it late and still ended up buying it because I needed my own copy. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs a little kick in their life, not just budding entrepreneurs or business owners.
WaveApps – this is my favorite small business accounting software at this point. Yes, it’s FREE. You can build recurring invoices, have them automatically transfer to your business checking, and the fees are similar to that of Stripe or Paypal.
QuickBooks – My new tool for accounting and invoicing clients. They have a great fee structure (bank transfers are FREE) which saves me a ton each month.