Small Biz Online Resources

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Below are some of the most primo, helpful, phenomenal, rad, affordable, resources that I have come across in my blogging journey. Some are ways to earn extra jing, some will help make your business better, some will help with the work/life balance. Plus some quirky, odd, and just plain fun things as well.
All have been used, tested, and reviewed my Moi 🙂

Organization Tools:

DropBox: Gawd I love DropBox. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again! It works slicker-than-snot for my clients as well. No more wondering or frantically searching for “that document.” again. I can add, change, edit, and update a file in real time within DB as well. I just recently upgraded to the paid version because I have mondo/bouko amounts of files. I love that it’s “in the cloud” too. Get the details HERE.
Easy PLR: Pressed for time? Tired of “reinventing the wheel” with endless research? That’s where PLR comes in handy. If you want to read the official explanation of PLR, go here. I can tell you that PLR is a way to buy (very cheaply) articles, recipes, and research details that you can tweak and rework to make your own. Save time, thus saving $$, and freeing you up to go on to bigger and better things. Get started with PLR HERE.
FRESHBOOKS:oh Freshbooks, how I love thee. Freshbooks enables me to bill my clients, track time, and even keep track of expenses. Freshbook is FREE if you have 3clients or less. Once to get past three, then it’s still an affordable $20 a month.  Sign up, or check it out HERE.

FreshBooks

ELANCE: When I first formed my Virtual Assistant Business, one of the things I did immediately was to register at Elance. Elance was (and still is) an excellent source of income/job/work opportunities. I fully credit Elance for getting my VA biz off the ground. If you are any sort of Service Provider (VA, web designer, SEO person, writer, marketing whiz) you should at least check it out. Click the image or HERE to go to Elance for more details and sign-up

 

Business2Blogger: Yet another source for work as a blogger. I love the quick, easy writing projects and the payout is always speedy. Click the image to get started earning some $$

 

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VISTAPRINT: I try and do as much business with my local business as possible. But I have to say, VistaPrint is a slam-dunk when it comes  to awesome (and affordable) business cards etc. Their sales are da bomb too.  Save up to 80% on custom printed products at Vistaprint.Image representing Vistaprint as depicted in C...

GoDaddy.

I have always used GoDaddy for purchasing all of my domains and even  email. They have a great reputation and affordable rates. I think the average domain I have bought from them has been around eleven bucks. Boo-yah. Click the image for more details:

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Social Media Examiner :SME is a kick arse resource for all-things-social-media. I have learned endless valuable juicy nuggets of marketing and SM gold from Michael Stelzner. Rock the house Michael!

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/
p.s Social Media Examiner does a powerhouse “summit” twice a year. This a true investment in your business and worth every penny. Here’s the link to the upcoming one: SUMMIT

Sponsored Tweets: 

Sponsored Tweets is not so much a tool as it is a fun and simple way to earn a little extra money Tweeting. Once you sign up, it’s just a matter of watching your email for “You’ve Been Invited to an Opportunity” emails. Sponsored Tweets will send you opportunities to tweet on other company’s behalf using your own Twitter account. Everything is legit and screened and you always have the opportunity to decline an opp as well. If you do accept and your tweet is accepted, it’s a quick .80 in your pocket. For free sign up, go HERE.

Sponsored Tweets

HOOTSUITE:

 Hootsuite has saved my bacon on many occasion by making it look like I am on the ball and working long hours when actually, I’m not. That’s the beauty of Hootsuite. It’s an amazing time-saver tool for posting updates, Tweets, and comments to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and Linked-IN. The main program of Hootsuite is FREE, but there is a upgraded Pro version as well. Wanna give Hootsuite a try? Click the image below.

HootSuite Pro - try social media dashboard

You’re about to lose everything……

Have you ever seen that TV commercial from Carbonite? It’s a good one. Honestly, if you business revolves around the Internet, you need to protect yourself with Carbonite. I am Virtual Assistant so my LIFE is on-line. Carbonite protect my (and my clients) files and information “in the cloud” so if my computer ever did decide to bite-it, I would still be able to function, work, and earn an income. Carbonite is affordable too.

 Skype: If you want to be in contact with customer and clients, you need to know SKYPE. I swear Skype is like my “second office” and it allows me to talk to clients all over the world like they were sitting across my desk from me. Google Talk and Google Hangout would other good skills to know as well.

VA Solutions: An excellent Resources for new, or current Virtual Assistants. I get asked A LOT what training I need to become a VA. I can promise you, the training never stops. I am constantly taking courses and classes that will help me be a better VA. Virtual Assistant Solutions is a never-ending treasure-trove of kick-butt good training. Founder Tawnya Sutherland runs a tight ship and I am a huge fan :).  Sign up or get started HERE.

 

Website Tools:

aWeber: Amazing email list software. Our top recommendation for building a subscriber list and staying in touch with them. Aweber will collect and organize all of the contact info, allow you to sort it into lists and send out all of your messages. Amazing one stop shop for everything you need to control and manage a very powerful email marketing campaign, not to mention powerful tools for automated follow-up.

BlueHost (affiliate): Website hosting, where you buy domain names, ideal for any type of site. They assist you in easily starting a WordPress site or blog. They do the basic install. A very reliable service.I’ve used both GodDaddy and HostGator and I much prefer BlueHost.

Clickbank: Payment processor for online product sales. Ideal solution for selling an e-product. Get access to thousands of affiliates that can help promote your product to their followers. Also, you can be an affiliate and promote other hot products that you think are relevant to your followers/subscribers. (Free for Affiliates, $50 to submit product)

AlexaTool Bar: Alexa toolbar is a free feature offer by the Alexa Ranking System> It allows you to load up all of your most-commonly-used sites into one convenient toolbar for quick and easy access. AlexTool is like my brain. Seriously.

Focus Booster: This is something I just discovered and I am groovin on it for sure. Focus Booster is a neat tool that many bloggers/writers can use to increase writing productivity.  This technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals separated by breaks, and is based on the idea that frequent breaks refresh the mind and increase writing efficiency.

FYI: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means, if you buy something  I might receive a commission.  Not enough to buy a pony, but possible enough to put the fancy creamer in my coffee 🙂 BUT…I don’t blow smoke. My recommendations are 100% genuine, and if you are so inclined, I’d love it if you would click through using my referral buttons.

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