My Fave Tools for Business, Money, and Blogging
Must Have Freelance Business Resources
I can't believe I waited so long to start using FreshBooks. Now that I use it, I'm never going back to my old manual spreadsheet. It saves me over $350 every single month in PayPal fees, plus countless hours of time too. I also love that I can customize the invoices I send to my clients to make they look branded with my logo and colors. It keeps my small business looking professional! Try it with my link and you'll get your first month of FreshBooks Classic for free.
Even though I've been blogging and running an online business for four years, I'm still terrible at tech. Luckily, Grayson Bell, a fellow blogger and WordPress/tech expert, keeps my site up and running. He's around almost 24/7 and is super fast whenever I need help. No question is too big or small for Grayson. I'm on his monthly plan so he monitors my site for security issues, bugs, updates, and more. It takes a huge load off my mind to know that Grayson's got my back.
This is a course created by my good friend, Catherine Alford. Cat was actually my very first freelance client and has been a huge mentor in helping me grow my business. This course details exactly how Cat earns a six figure income by writing for blogs and includes 29 video lessons.
Facebook ads have been a game-changer for my business. They've helped me grow my blog traffic, social media reach, and more. Before you hit "Boost Post" on Facebook, take this course so you don't waste money on ineffective Facebook ads.
Must Have Money Resources
I use Credit Sesame to get a free credit score update every single month. They also provide advice and options related to credit cards, loans, and more to help you save money. My favorite part of Credit Sesame is their alerts feature which can help you keep an eye on your credit report for identity theft.
Must Have Blog Resources
Go Daddy is my go-to source for buying new web domains. If you're already a blogger, chances are you've already bought your domain. But, when you get yet another idea for a blog, buy the domain on Go Daddy.
There are tons of web hosting companies out there, but I went with Host Gator when I first started. It's budget-friendly, with plans starting out at about $3.50 per month. As traffic increased to my site over the years, I had to go to a more expensive hosting to handle higher volumes of visitors, but it's still a great way to start. If you use my link, you'll get 20% off of your first order. (You can also get 30% cash back if you use Ebates.)
Affiliate marketing is one of the top ways to earn money from your blog. To help you get started with affiliate marketing, check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. This comprehensive course was created by one of my blogger friends, Michelle. She currently earns over $100,000 per MONTH from her blog because of affiliate marketing.