Welcome to my recommendations page !
I created this list of resources that have been incredibly useful to me as I’ve built my blog and business.
**Please note that links on this resource page are affiliate links. This means that no cost to you AT ALL, I will earn a commission if you click on a resource and make a purchase. I do not recommend anything I haven’t used or verified myself. I honor and cherish you as a reader and believe that these could be useful to you and will not list anything here because of the commissions I would potentially earn.**
FACT : Great learners are also great innovators and leaders. I know that it can be challenging to balance family, work, life AND reading, however if you are going to succeed and set yourself apart in this online space, you are going to have to READ voraciously.
If you don’t find the time AT ALL to read, I would recommend the following 5 as absolute MUST READS.
The One Thing by Gary Keller – There are SO many things you could do as a solopreneur. However, only a handful – sometimes JUST ONE THING – is what you need to be focussed on at any given time. Gary Keller does a great job of breaking it all down and helping you cut through the clutter so you can experience insane amounts of success.
Will It Fly ? by Pat Flynn – If you’ve been online for longer than 5 seconds, you should know Pat Flynn. If not, Will it Fly is not just a great introduction to his genius but he will walk you through the step-by-step you need to start and build a profitable business online.
Buy Buttons by Nick Loper – I LOVE THIS BOOK ! Buy Buttons is a compilation of 300+ marketplaces where you – dear solopreneur – can cash in on your products, services, and assets like your home or car (think Airbnb and Uber). I highly suggest going the “Buy Buttons” route if you are just getting started with business.
Influence by Robert Cialdini – Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have influence and authority wherever they go ? People buy into their programs no matter how expensive they might be ? That is not by accident ! You can build influence for yourself as well with the principles outlined in this book.
The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone – If there is any one of these books I will say start with, it is this one (followed by Buy Buttons). What this book says essentially is : “If you want to have great results you are going to have to do 10 times MORE than anyone else is willing to do.” I loved every minute of it.
Can’t sit down to read a book ?
How about listening to audiobooks ?
Audible has a 30-day free trial for audiobooks you can check out.
It’s $9.99 per month and you have access to thousands upon thousands of books in the Kindle Library. This is a monthly investment I certainly do not regret. You can try it out for 30 days before you commit financially.
Pinterest has allowed me to grow my blog from zero in July 2014 to 20,000 page views per month by the end of 2016. I cannot recommend it enough as a powerful source of traffic for up and coming bloggers.
PicMonkey is a phenomenal tool that allows you to create Pinterest-optimized images so you can start building your audience and fanbase.
For $5/month, I schedule and loop my Pinterest pins so I can set my Pinterest strategy on autopilot. Traffic on autopilot is my kind of life.
If you are serious about starting a solid blog, I highly recommend a self-hosted WordPress site. I’ve used Fatcow for over 3 years now and found them completely reliable. Their customer service is amazing. I also love that they occasionally send me $1/month hosting deals.
As my way of saying thanks for using Fatcow hosting, I will install WordPress for free onto your domain, 5 ABSOLUTE must-have plugins PLUS I will schedule a special FREE 20-minute consult with you on how to come up with a blogging-biz strategy (traffic generation, monetization strategies etc). Details are here.
My current blog theme is from Creative Market. But themes are not the only thing you can purchase from Creative Market. You can get styled photos, fonts, mockups and just really beautifully designed graphics. Each week, they send 6 free goods to your e-mail.
This is one premium WordPress plugin I have NOT regretted buying AT ALL.
I’ve used Mailchimp ever since I started blogging and I honestly still cannot move to any other service. I might have to eventually…one day but for now, Mailchimp is my jam. Check out my webinar on getting started with Mailchimp.
My core business currently is that of a social media manager. I use Hootsuite Pro (starts at $15/month) to manage all my client accounts. You don’t have to be a social media manager to use Hootsuite. Scheduling social media will save you time and eventually money.
Check out my Hootsuite tutorial for beginners below.
I LOVE VIDEO ! I think it is an amazing content type that allows you to connect with your audience in a way that sometimes even written content does not capture. Here are the tools I use personally for creating video content that goes on my Youtube Channel as well as for my live videos.
I wanted something that was not over the top expensive but which had great reviews for video quality. I finally settled on this little baby : the Fujifilm FinePix S8600
This is what I currently use for my YouTube videos.
It doesn’t matter how powerful your camera is, if your lighting stinks, the whole video is going to be a failure. Especially now that there is so much competition on Youtube. This handy lighting set does it all for me.
Included in the Kit : Backdrop stand with a fabric backdrop, lighting stands (which I sometimes repurpose as camera tripods), bulbs, the umbrellas and a handy little bag you can pack everything in if you are shooting videos on location.