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.**
When they say “the money is in the list” it is true. Building an e-mail list is one of the BEST things I have done as a blogger. If you are just starting out – start a list immediately !
I recently migrated my website to SiteGround and so they are my current host and I am absolutely happy with them. Their support is super techy and helpful. Highly recommend.
To manage the e-mails my merry band of solopreneurs and send out weekly newsletters, I use ActiveCampaign.
To build landing pages, I have relied (and am completely happy) with Thrive Landing Pages. Here’s an example of a landing page I created using Thrive. They have over 100 landing page templates to choose from and all for a super low price. Certainly been one of my favorite blogging investments. Their customer service is also super helpful if you ever need help.
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 Pinterest Automation. I LOVE Pinterest for traffic and so I highly recommend it if you want to build a blog and start getting traffic from Pinterest.
If you have to be able to keep track of your finances somehow! Freshbooks is excellent for billing your freelance clients and keeping an account of how much money is coming in and going out of your business.
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.
Courses That Have Helped Me Immensely
This is a course by Michelle from MakingSenseofCents.com. Michelle currently makes around $50,000 per month just from affiliate marketing. And so of course when I decided to get serious with affiliate marketing hers was the course I chose to buy and study!
I make anywhere between $200 and $500 in affiliate income each month. Nothing to scoff at if you ask me!
When I wanted to start freelance writing at the beginning of 2017, Holly’s course Earn More Writing was a natural no brainer and trust me, she delivered.
This course helped me earn almost $10,000 in side income from freelance writing in 2017.
Each of the 2 courses were over $100. I am a big believer in investing in myself and I am so grateful I was able to afford them however I know there are some of you who are still working your way up the ladder. If this is you, I recommend Udemy or Coursera as places to find free as well as cheap but good quality courses.
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.