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Who are These Resources For?
If you’re a blogger or online business owner of any kind, these will help. If you WANT to be an online business owner or blogger, these tools will help you get started. If you want to become a virtual assistant, I’ve got you covered too. These are books, software, sites, courses and tools I’ve loved and curated for you. By far, the largest section is the education section. I believe investing in education is the MOST important thing we can do for our businesses and ourselves. Anyway, I hope they help.
I buy my domains from Namecheap. I can almost always find a coupon code for them and they also offer special deals throughout the year. If you’re a domain purchasing junkie like me, head over to them.
I host my site on DreamHost. I have never had an issue with them and I find it is easy to use and to host multiple blogs with my plan. There are lots of other companies that have great reputations. I’ve heard great things about Bluehost and Hostgator, though I have not used either of these personally.
I create images with a mix of Picmonkey, Photoshop, AND Canva. Canva has great templates for social media and cheap stock photography. Photoshop has the most features, but there’s a learning curve and I’m only minimally good with it at this point. Picmonkey is the most intuitive to use, but sometimes the fonts seem to blur or something.
I run all of my blog posts through Grammarly. They help catch typos and grammatical errors and they even have a plagiarism checker.
I organize my research and save content to share on Evernote.
Mailchimp is my newsletter platform.
TUTORIALS AND CLASSES
Craftsy is awesome. If you’re interested in opening a handmade business but need to learn some more skills, they have online classes in everything from weaving to photography.
Susan Mershon‘s Offering WP Services and pretty much anything she offers is fantastic.
BlogClarity‘s Pinning Perfect was also a big help.
Watching live courses on CreativeLive, I’ve had the chance to not only learn new skills for my business but to learn about OTHER industries, like podcasting, photography, you name it. I recommend checking them out if you’re curious about exploring a new career or changing industries.
The Bootstrap VA by Lisa Morosky – This is the book that started it all for me. It really did change my life. If you want to become a VA, this is book is a no-brainer.
Do Over by Jon Acuff – Be prepared to break out the index cards with this book!
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham
Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Craft, Inc. by Meg Mateo Ilasco
Blog, Inc. by Joy Deangdeelert Cho