The problem with tools is that you can sometimes get overwhelmed with how many solutions there are out there. I put together this list to help you cut through the fat and have an honest recommendation.
The books on this list are books that I have personally read and have gotten a ton of value. Jim Rohn said that “The difference between where you are today and where you’ll be five years from now will be found in the quality of books you’ve read.”
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Domains, Hosting, Email
These are the providers I use for every one of my website customers. They work great for me, they’ll work great for you.
Software and Tools
These software tools will save you a ton of time and money. Don’t make the mistake of doing it yourself if you can use a tool. Time saved is money saved!
Books are one of the most unutilized tools for a business owner to succeed. If you’re not a reader, I suggest you become one. You won’t regret it.
Domains, Hosting, email
Starting with a great domain registrar, web host and email host will make your life and online success so much easier. Don’t make the mistake of choosing the least expensive provider. I probably will result in lower quality service.
I have used a lot of domain registrars and hosting providers in the last 10 years. Some, were just general web hosting, others were full featured service providers. There is no better solution that I have found than SiteGround. The prices are affordable, and they are blazingly fast. They are the provider that I recommend for all of my clients.
Over the years, I have used a ton of WordPress themes, and when I say a ton, I mean hundreds. I have stopped using different themes for my websites. The only theme I use now is Divi by Elegant Themes. In fact, this website and all of my other personal sites are built with Divi. There is so much power in what you can do with Divi, even if you don’t have any design skills. Seriously, don’t waste your time with other themes or builders. Get Divi.
One of the best ways to convert traffic into dollars is by having the perfect contact us form on your site. Gravity Forms is by far the best form builder plugin I have use for WordPress. You can build any number of custom forms, and you can even build custom payment forms with it. Have a digital product, a service, or only a handful of products and don’t need a complex e-commerce solution? This is the plugin for you.
ConvertKit is one of the most powerful email marketing providers there is. Everything is incredibly user friendly, and it allows you to collect leads, automate messages and actions, segment your contacts, and create beautifully simple broadcast emails. Give it a try today!
Software & Tools
These software and tools will save you a ton of time and money. Don’t get stuck in analysis of paralysis, or the mistake of thinking you can do it all on your own. You probably can, but your time is valuable, so why not let software safe you time and money.
Everyone loves Amazon, and now you can have it for your business. It makes it so much easier to manage your business purchase, and keep everything separate from your personal account. I highly recommend it.
The One Thing
Focus is the key to everything. This book lays it all out in easy to understand nuggets.
Zero to One
Incredible wealth (think Facebook) is build by going from 0 to 1 (brand new ideas), not from duplicating someone else’s idea.
Dave talks about what it takes to build a successful business by being an amazing leader.