Want to take a look behind the curtains at the tools and resources I have used in my business to earn over $1000+ per month?
In this post I lay it all out for you, what worked, what didn’t, what I love and how you can utilize them for your business. Please don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of things listed there are. I didn’t start with all of this. Gradually over time I added new things. And you will know what is necessary for you and your business right now and what isn’t.
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WHERE I GET MY DOMAIN & HOSTING
Yep, I am one of the entrepreneurs who harp on about the magnificence of Bluehost, and that’s because it’s totally warranted. I wish I could sit here an find fault with this platform like some others have, but in the entire year that I’ve hosted my website through Bluehost, I’ve had ZERO issues with them. ZERO. Even transferring from Blogger was a stressless process. I learned about Bluehost through Abby Lawson’s ebook Building A Framework and decided to chose it because of her recommendation. Plus it was super affordable and really straight forward to set up with. If that’s what you’re looking for too then check out my step-by-step tutorial on How to Start A Profitable Blog in 15 Minutes.
WHERE I GOT MY WORDPRESS THEME
Initially I tried out a theme from Restored 360 Designs because they have beautifully designed themes, but it didn’t have exactly what I was looking for. After some searching around on Etsy and Creative Market, I finally settled on this Boss Lady Theme by Mel from A Prettier Web. I chose it because it had built-in lead and landing pages and call-to-action widgets, exactly what I was looking for!
THE EQUIPMENT I USE FOR RUNNING MY BLOG
Of course I couldn’t do any of this without my faithful steed, The MacBook. I honestly believe it is the best computer to run a business from because of the amazing programs it comes with like iMovie, Garageband and Quicktime. These are the programs I currently use to film and edit my videos for Youtube which doesn’t cost me an extra cent to use. Owning this Mac has been far more cost effective for my business than I realize!
And speaking of videos, I film all of mine (including webinars) with my Logitech C920 Webcam which has 1080p footage (I sound so smart but really I spent a weekend watching video equipment tutorials on youtube!!!), my Blue Yeti Microphone (in vintage, because everyone has the silver one and I didn’t want to be the same as everyone else 😂) and my Arkon iPhone Tripod which was purchased for it’s renowned sturdiness!
HOW I HOST & DELIVER MY PRODUCTS
I host both my Flawless Funnels and Affiliate Affluence courses on Teachable. I chose this platform because I loved that you could join and host your courses for free. Obviously the fees you pay are higher until you upgrade your plan, but this makes it so much easier for new and small businesses to get a head start without huge upfront costs. Alongside Teachable I also use Send Owl for distributing my ebook How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours and running my affiliate program.
HOW I BUILD & MANAGE MY EMAIL LIST
When I first started my blog I was using Mailchimp because your first 2000 subscribers are free and I wanted to spend as little money as possible in the beginning. After I started having a bit of a problem with Mailchimp not sending out my automated emails, I moved to ConvertKit. In conjunction with ConvertKit, to gather new subscribers I also use Leadpages for my content upgrades and Convert Plug for my site pop-up.
HOW I SCHEDULE & AUTOMATE SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
I like to keep my social media scheduling as simple and as automated as I can because it is a mind-numbing activity when you do it all manually! For Pinterest I use Boardbooster and since I started using this platform, it is my highest performing traffic driver! I learned a ton of tips and tricks about using Pinterest & Boardbooster in McKinzie Bean’s course Pinterest to Profits, so if you’re wanting a comprehensive course on this topic check it out!
For my Facebook group I schedule all my weekly features with Buffer. And for my Facebook page and Twitter page, I used this FREE trick (by Suzi from Start A Mom Blog) to loop my posts on Google Calendar! I also purchased this ebook Strategies Worth Sharing on how to grow your facebook page followers from 2k to 100k like Brittany did.
WHERE I GET & EDIT MY IMAGES
I use Canva to create and edit all of my images and graphics including my blog post images, cover images, social media graphics etc. When I first started this blog, I got all of my images for free from these amazing entrepreneurs. After I had pretty much used all of their images, I upgraded to a membership with Haute Chocolate. I still currently use those images (because there are hundreds!!!) but I’ve also started using the Styled Stock Society for a lot of my newer images.
HOW I STAY PRODUCTIVE & ORGANISED
I use both a mix of Trello and Asana for managing my ideas and projects (which are both totally free to use). I also bought Abagail and Emylee’s Trello for Business course to help me organise myself better. Also, when I’m finding it hard to settle into doing my work, I use the free app Coffitivity. It plays ambient cafe sounds to help you boost your creativity, and I find it really does help me do that!