Readers, coaching clients, and students are always asking me what tools and resources I use to get 'er done. From managing my finances to up leveling my own business and running my academy... So, I've created resources for online service providers to have handy for reference no matter what level you're at in your business.
Click below to check out my personal tech stack, or where to start as a newbie with zero budget under bootstrap must haves, and if you're ready to invest in yourself and your business check out the up level must haves!
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I revolutionized not just my work day, but my weeks, months, and yes, even my life using Google calendar. Trust me, you CAN be an entrepreneur and have a personal life whilst being productive and not neglecting the most often forgotten to do list item... self care. For me, that's Google Calendar.
The partner app I used with Google Calendar to revolutionize my life is Acuity Scheduling. This $10/month tool is a beast for any bootstrapper and for those of you wanting to up level, it's the queen of scheduling tools, from paid recurring meetings to scheduling potential client calls!
Hands down, one of the most common compliments I get in my business is about my onboarding process. And this is because of my CRM powerhouse, 17hats. It's ah-MAZING! It saves me HOURS of work every week AND makes me look like a rock start to boot.
Earlier this year I ran into a QBO expert, Scott Meister. This man... he got me straightened out financially. And he has amazing free training for QBO. He can get you set up with this amazing tool in beastmode ways. Check him and his training out today. You won't regret it.
I've recently become a Trello convert. You don't even know how miraculous that is. I have literally lost client opportunities because this tool and I, did not play well together. But I have just two words for you... PRODUCTIVITY REVOLUTIONIZED!
Sign up for your FREE account here. Then check out this amazing training and Trello template bundle. I personally purchased this to put my Trello skills and systems on stealth mode, best money spent in 2019 so far!
I bought Missinglettr as an AppSumo deal months ago and was too busy to getit all set up until recently. And I'm KICKING myself every day for waiting!!! Social media is my biggest pain point. And Missinglettr is the best thing since sliced bread. They even have a free version if you want to try it out first.
Course Creator Resources
Most of you know how much I LOVE ConvertKit, truly. Well thanks to an email template bundle I checked out, I stumbled upon Teachery, an elearning platform. Within days I had decided to rebuild my whole academy with this platform. Why, you say? It's pretty simple really...
- One, no fee processing. They don't keep a single dime of fees to use their platform with built in shopping cart functionality. Can I get an AMEN about that one folks?!? The only fees you pay to process transactions are the ones that Stripe takes out on their end.
- Two, it comes with a built in affiliate program. It's so stinking easy to use. And they handle the payments for you!
- Three, you get to try it out with a 14 day FREE trial... so you have absolutely nothing to lose.
- Four, there's one AFFORDABLE pricing structure, and unlimited use of all features for that price. If you pay monthly it's $49/month.
I dare you to try and find an elearning platform that has:
- a built in shopping cart,
- affiliate program,
- LANDING PAGE AND SALES PAGE functionality,
- checkout page functionality that can handle one time payments and RECURRING payments for memberships and payment plans,
- unlimited use of features,
- two premade course design templates so you don't have to start from scratch with course design,
- integrations with Zapier, Stripe, ConvertKit, and more,
- custom domain and subdomain functionality,
- reporting features,
- and the best thing of all... Jason Zook, founder of Teachery, has built this platform since 2014 on word of mouth alone until this year. This guy, answers his own support tickets, too. He's AWESOME!
And if all this info didn't sell you enough... if you pay for a year in advance, you get two months free, making this amazing platform $39.17/month for ALL THESE FEATURES!
My students think the course design and layout is amazing. The backend couldn't be easier to manage. I will be a lifelong diehard Teachery fan from here on out.
For those of you that have been around a bit, you know I love me some Seva. Well, Seva has some company on the list of my favorite tools... #AllThingsBeaverBuilder. Oh. my. WORD! Websites, funnels, optins, custom footers, unique course pages... you name it, Beaver Builder can help you create it IN MINUTES! It's a real time drag and drop page builder that runs lean and mean. Service is exceptional. The affiliate program is amazing. User interface is exceptionally easy. The best thing??? The cost is UNBELIEVABLY affordable!!!
Bridge Addons is a free plugin that ads some ninja functionality (advanced modules) to Beaver Builder. Pricing tables, testimonial sliders, custom buttons and icons, and info boxes are just a handful of my favorite modules.
"Latest speed technologies are our passion. Unique security solutions are our specialty. Amazing technical support is our pride." This caption from the Siteground website absolutely epitomizes their product and level of service. My site has never been in such great shape! There are a few areas I recommend ALWAYS paying for quality, and this is one of them. For the love... do not settle for subpar hosting.
I tried out a few different cookie consent plugins when all the GDPR deadlines were looming... this is by far the easiest to configure and implement. Plus, it's FREE! So unless you plan to alienate everyone in the EU, get thee a cookie consent on thy website!
Tired of spam in your server mail inbox? Akismet is the king of preventing spam! I went from dozens of emails per day to absolutely zero after I installed Akismet. I get a decent amount of website traffic every month, too. So if you're planning on running with the big dogs via SEO, then you better protect your site from spam. Or you'll be as busy deleting emails every. single. day.
Data, my friends. Data is the answer to every question you have as an online service provider. You HAVE to know what content is getting traffic, where they fall off along the way, which content is converting... and many other stats that are necessary in order to work smarter, not harder.
Even if you don't know the basics of SEO yet, you can still install Yoast on your site and let the user friendly interface help you become a keyword/content ninja. Even masters at SEO use Yoast to help streamline their process, dotting all their I's and crossing all their T's.
Most people don't realize that the heart of a sales funnel is the email content, hence, the email marketing. By far the best email marketing service provider around is ConvertKit. Hands down the easiest user interface of any email software I've used in all my years online. Think the power of InfusionSoft and the ease of Beaver Builder, that's ConvertKit.
Their service is the BEST! And the company philosophy... well, let's just say it's something I aspire to.
For those of you that have been around a bit, you know I love me some Seva. Well, Seva has some company on the list of my favorite tools... #AllThingsBeaverBuilder. Oh. my. WORD! Websites, funnels, optins, custom footers, unique course pages... you name it, Beaver Builder can help you create it IN MINUTES!
It's a real time drag and drop page builder that runs lean and mean. Service is exceptional. The affiliate program is amazing. User interface is exceptionally easy. The best thing??? The cost is UNBELIEVABLY affordable!!!
Meet John, that kid for hire. John makes square videos. Most people use these for social media engagement. Moi? I use them to build my own warm retargeting audiences for Facebook ads. How, you say? There's a course in the works as we speak!
In the meantime, let John create some viral square videos for your target audience today!