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Recommended Business Resources

I highly recommend you invest in products, services, and tools that grow your business. Most of the following I use pretty much every day . . . they save me time, money, and energy. Get your popcorn and drink ready because it’s a pretty long list.

Autoresponder – List Building

Blog (WordPress) Plugins

  • Akismet (spam catcher, $5 a month)
  • Broken Link Checker (checks all your content for broken links)
  • Covert Messenger (shows a popup message that looks like a Facebook instant messenger)
  • Duplicate Post (free, clone posts and pages with their fields)
  • Engage Rocket (allows marketers to leverage the new Facebook open graph and works with many autoresponders)
  • ManageWP – Manage all your WordPress sites with a few clicks of a mouse, saves so much time
  • Runclick (a WordPress plugin that lets you use Google hangouts for free webinars; much less expensive than GotoWebinar)
  • Vcita (WordPress plugin for online scheduling)
  • WordPress Backup to Dropbox (just what it says)
  • WP Pinner (WordPress plugin to manage your Pinterest account)
  • WP Squeeze Pro (easily create different types of squeeze pages)
  • WP to Twitter (automatically posts a tweet from your WP blog to Twitter)
  • WP Touch (transforms your WordPress website for mobile devices)

 Communicating with Team Members

  • Basecamp (track projects)
  • Google Mail or Microsoft Outlook  (use one of these for your everyday communication)
  • Hightail (formerly yousendit, send and securely share files and folders from any device; many of my clients use this to send me digital files for me to transcribe)
  • Sendthisfile (free, send large file)
  • Skype (internet calls and can use screen share to work with team members)

Computer Safety

Graphics / Video Production and Editing

  • Deposit Photos (Get stock photos for your website, blog, Facebook posts, Pinterest, sales letter, reports/ebooks, ecovers, and more. They are less expensive than the more popular istock photos with great variety)
  • Gimp (graphics program like Adobe Photoshop but free)
  • Instant Infographics Presence (save money by creating your own infographics for your website and Pinterest, free trial)
  • Kinstant Formatter (format your Kindle books quickly and easily
  • Learn Camtasia (learn to create your video product)
  • Learn Camtasia (PowerPoint for video tutorial series)
  • Logo Creator (graphic design software)

Productivity Tools

  • Anti-social ($15 for Mac users only; it blocks you from wasting time on Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
  • Evernote (free, helps you remember everything…and find it later)
  • Evernote Essentials (excellent guide to get started with Evernote)
  • Myhours (web based time tracking solution)
  • The Power of a Focused Business (develop Laser Targeted Focus in your business and know for sure you’re aiming at the right target)
  • Toggl (free 30-day trial or $5/month; one-click time tracking)
  • Trello (free or $5/month for Trello Gold version; helps you keep track of all the little details in a project)

Social Media Tools

  • Friend or Follow (free helps improve your Twitter marketing)
  • Hootsuite (free or upgrade to Pro version of this social media management dashboard)
  • Klout (measures influence on Twitter and Facebook)
  • Photopin (free, photos for bloggers)
  • Piqora (marketing suite for Pinterest, this was formerly Pinfluencer)
  • Socialcam (free; easy way to share videos with your social networks)
  • Social Media Bundle (learn about Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest)
  • Social Mention (real-time social media search and analysis)
  • Tailwind (14-day free trial; analytics for Pinterest)

Tools to Record Audio, Podcast Interviews, Teleseminars and Webinars

  • Attract Awesome Podcast Guests (Get Kelly’s report to help you get a YES from the people on your podcast guest dream list)
  • Audacity (free, easy-to-use and multilingual audio editor and recorder) Email Sue@WordProcessingPlus.com [that’s me] to have your audio files transcribed!
  • Instant Teleseminar (21-day $1 trial; online event marketing service with phone and web simulcast)
  • Runclick (a WordPress plugin that lets you use Google hangouts for free webinars; much less expensive than GotoWebinar)

Virtual Assistants (for VAs and to find VAs)

Website Tools

Other Useful Tools/Products

  • 1shoppingcart (all-in-one eCommerce solution, 1 month free trial)
  • Bright Shiny Object Syndrome Management (free audio and worksheets)
  • CoachGlue (tools, templates & training to make coaching more profitable and easier)
  • EasyPLR (source for private label rights articles, reports and ecourses)
  • Google+ (cute YouTube video explaining Google+)
  • Image Monthly (monthly subscription to help with your blog – images, fonts, etc.)
  • Logmein (work from anywhere with an Internet connection)
  • Nanacast (shopping cart, affiliate system + more)
  • Open Office (free open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases, etc.)
  • Paypal (payment solutions)
  • Pricing Calculator (free calculator; figure out what your time is really worth)
  • The Power of a Focused Business (focus and grow a big tree business; look under Kelly’s Products)
  • Timetrade (free personal option, online appointment scheduling for business)
  • Zoho (affordable CRM [customer relationship management] software)

Money Savers and Just for Fun

  • Audible (download one free audiobook at this link)
  • Ebates (make money for shopping online)
  • Groupon (find great deals on dining, spas, fitness, events, shopping, etc., etc.)
  • Homemaker’s Hutch (monthly magazine that’s packed full of hands-on advice, delicious recipes for things your family will actually eat, and plenty of support from moms and homemakers)
  • Ibotta (get cash rewards and save on groceries)
  • Modern Dog magazine (health and wellness, easy recipes, fun DIY projects, best dog toys and beds, indispensable advice from vets, trainers, behaviorists, rescue stories and more)
  • Outlander (BEST BOOK SERIES EVER – now a Starz Original TV series)
  • Retailmenot (get notified of online coupon codes)
  • Shopathome (make money just for shopping online)
  • Sugarblock Club (fun quilt club where you get a new quilt block pattern and a recipe each month)
  • Swagbucks (earn points by completing surveys/polls and cash them in for gift cards and other rewards)
  • Teespring (create and sell your own t-shirt designs)

Note:  Yes, some of these are affiliate links. But, they’re only on this list if I use them or I’ve heard great things about them from people who do use them. You should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.

Last updated 7/24/2015

 

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