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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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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.
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.