My Daily Toolbox
We are currently living in the best time to be alive. There are so many opportunities to build something awesome in the online space. However, with so many options out there, regarding services and products to better leverage your business growth, you may feel a bit overwhelmed and confused.
I wanted to build a list of helpful resources to help leverage your business with ease. I understand the complexity of starting a business, especially when just starting out. For this reason, I have broken up everything in my toolbox into categories to better suit you.
*Disclaimer: Some of the links provided on this page are affiliate links. If you purchase any products through these links, I may receive a small commission. With that said, I would never recommend a product I don’t swear by!
Nearly 99% of all my websites and domain names are hosted through Bluehost. I have gone through my fair share of hosting providers, but none of them were as reliable and helpful as Bluehost. With their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation and the ability to host multiple websites under one hosting plan, there’s no other service you should even consider in this price range.
I highly recommend using Bluehost for all your hosting and domain needs. With their outstanding customer support, amazing reliability, and easy to use platform, this should be a no-brainer!
Adobe Creative Cloud
#1 for Creative Professionals
For the creative professional, this is a must have. Inside of Adobe Creative Cloud, you will receive every program you’ll ever need for starting a podcast, building images, to even editing video. For just $50/month, you can’t beat it!
#1 for Contact Forms
Having an easy to use contact page is critical to your website’s success, especially if you provide services. Not only does it act as a great contact form, it’s a great way to create surveys for you and your community.
Payments & Accounting
PayPal – Quickly accept payments for services, goods, or even donations. In order to start receiving payments, you will need to create an account. No account is required to send payments, however.
Stripe – Selling physical products at some sort of venue, or even a small mom and pop store? This is a great way to accept payments with a credit card.
QuickBooks – Professional accounting software made to help your financial aspects of your business. Accept payments, send invoices and estimates, etc… Once set up, just focus on your business and let the software do everything you need.
WooCommerce – If you run a WordPress blog that sells and ships products, WooCommerce is a great, professional shopping cart plugin that’s easy to setup. Best part, it’s free and works with most premium themes available.
Building Your Website
BlueHost – Highly recommended web hosting company that offers reliable servers, as well as outstanding customer service. This is what I use on 99% of all my websites.
WordPress– Easy to use content management system for your website. With its easy customizer and thousands of premium themes, it’s a no-brainer to use WordPress as the base of your website. It’s what I’m currently using on this website!
Google Analytics – Monitor your website with ease. See who is viewing, where they are located, how they fell on your website, and much more. If you’re looking to learn about your viewers and market to the right people, you NEED this tool.
MailChimp – An all-in-one email marketing service that allows you to gather email addresses and send out newsletters!