I’ve created this resource page for your online needs. Bookmark or save it into Evernote, so you’ll have the page handy when you need it! A lot of trial and error went into selecting these resources. For every product or service on this page, I rejected at least three others. So I consider these the cream of the crop for solopreneurs.
Why I Give Recommendations
The purpose of The Solopreneur Life is to provide you with resources that will help your business succeed. I appreciate when a trusted friend and/or colleague recommends products and services that will help me. Thus, it makes sense for me to offer recommendations at The Solopreneur Life. I know that my reputation is on the line when I make recommendations, so I offer only products and services that have helped my business.
Disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links. This means I will earn a commission — at no additional cost to you — if you decide to purchase products or services via these links. I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they provide quality products and services.
Automation TOP 5 (These will automate 80% of your work)
The KEY to being a Solopreneur is to automate everything you possibly can…I tired to find software and resources for the most common tasks that Solopreneurs need help Automating or Outsourcing… These were all recommended and used by fellow Solopreneurs and then I personally tested and used them myself… Now I use them all the time and so they are my TOP recommendations to cut out 80% of your workload… If you just used these 5 alone you would be well on your way… Remember, Solopreneurs need to automate and outsource as much as possible…
- Sales Funnel Software: This is the software I’ve been talking about that automates your sales funnels… You don’t even need to have a website, it does it all… It has a built in email and CRM, it has everything… And you can use the 14 Day FREE Trial to test it out… Point and click simple… A done for you solution so you don’t have to worry…
- Copywriting Software: This software is incredible… I wondered can a software really do this… But tech is growing and it really can… You can automate all your salescopy… No more having to look at a blank sales page or having to hire a copywriter for a fortune…
- Website/Blog Software: This is a website or blogging service… The days of programming, updating and managing a WordPress site are gone… This platform does all that for you so you can focus on what matter most (content and marketing)… It has built in blogging, podcasting, email autoresponders, product distribution, membership site, etc… Point and click simple… A done for you solution so you don’t have to worry about the technical stuff…
- Content Service: Content is king… This is a great Outsourcing service for content creation… When you just don’t have time or need help with content… This is a great platform for hiring writers…ClickBank: One of the most popular and easiest affiliate platforms online… They work with beginners and experts, they pay the highest commissions, and you don’t have to have a website to use them…
- Online Marketing Service: This is a newer outsourcing platform for online marketing… It helps you hire outsourcers for online marketing tasks… This is for the more experienced online marketer…
A close second to the TOP 5 are Affiliate Networks
The best affiliate network is the one that provides products and services that your customers want. In my experience, though, using only one affiliate network isn’t adequate.
ClickBank: One of the most popular and easiest affiliate platforms online… They work with beginners and experts, they pay the highest commissions, and you don’t have to have a website to use them…
Amazon Affiliates: Amazon Affiliates offers a low percentage per sale (4 to 6 percent), but the Amazon program is easy to use, offers a massive number of products, and people trust the platform. I’ve created, grown, and sold websites that were monetized solely with Amazon Associates. If I was allowed only one affiliate network, it would be Amazon.
CJ Affiliate (formerly named Commission Junction): This is a solid network. The user interface is excellent and it’s easy to get up and running quickly.
Shareasale: Shareasale is comparable to CJ Affiliate. The complaint I have with Shareasale is its antiquated website and worst-in-class user interface. Even the search function is maddening.
Blogging – ***If you use the platform I list above there’s really no reason for WP
WordPress: is the #1 blog-publishing platform. It’s free, easy to customize, and supported by an enormous community. I use WordPress for all of my websites.
Adobe Creative Cloud: This is a service that gives you the latest versions of Adobe software, for a monthly fee. For the marketing-communications work that I do, Adobe Creative Cloud is a powerful tool and great value.
E-Mail Subscriptions and E-Mail Marketing
Mailchimp I’ve used Mailchimp since day one and I’ve had no reason to seek a different service. The user interface couldn’t be easier to use. The reports are very good. Mailchimp is free, up to 2,000 subscribers and has the best delivery rates of them all…
Aweber: Aweber is Mailchimp’s main competitor. I’ve never used Aweber, but I’m including it here because so many solopreneurs swear by it.
99 Designs: This is a great resource for Outsourcing your design work… Logos, websites, graphics, etc… Its a crowd sourcing platform so when you put up a project you get graphic artists submitting multiple designs which is nice for creativity and options to pick what you like…
Google Adsense: With Adsense, you can make money by placing relevant ads on your website. The ads come from advertisers that use Google Adwords. Adsense is free to use.
Google Adwords: If you want to advertise on Google, this is where you go. You pay each time someone clicks on your ads.
Bluehost: Eighty percent of my sites are hosted on Bluehost. I originally chose Bluehost because WordPress.org recommends it. Bluehost’s one-click, five-minute WordPress installation is a breeze, and I think their customer service and technical help (both chat and on the phone) is very good. You can use the same hosting account for multiple domains. Click this link to get a discount off the regular price.
Godaddy: The most popular service for buying domains… And if you decide to sell a website, its one of the easiest for transferring domains…
Images and Photos
Flickr Creative Commons: This is a wonderful resource for free images for your website. But MAKE SURE you read and understand the Creative Commons rules, so you don’t violate copyright laws.
Fiverr: This is one of the cheapest and largest outsourcing platforms online… Its a platform that helps you find outsourcers for just about anything… But it does take a little leg work to find good outsourcers on it… Because its cheap, You usually have to buy a few gigs to find a good one… A lot of beginning freelancers start here to build up their portfolios…
Selling Domains and Websites
Flippa: Someday you might want to sell your website. Flippa is an online auction site for domains and websites.
Blog Talk Radio: I hosted a podcast for two years on Blog Talk Radio, and if/when I return to podcasting, I would definitely use BTR. Three reasons: 1) they do all of the technical stuff for you, which allows you to concentrate on your programming; 2) BTR’s platform and promotion extends the reach of your show; 3) BTR’s audience demographics are a good fit for me — BTR listeners are more affluent and well-educated than the general population.
Product Distribution and Shopping Carts
Paypal: If you’re going to sell anything online, having a PayPal account is a necessity.
Hootsuite; I would be lost without Hootsuite, a social-media dashboard that I use on my laptop and my iPhone. I love Hootsuite’s versatility. I use it to monitor Twitter in multiple ways: streams, lists, and search terms. I use it to monitor multiple Twitter accounts. And of course, I use Hootsuite to post. You can hook up your LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram accounts, too. I use the free version of Hootsuite and it meets my needs just fine.
SurveyMonkey: I began using SurveyMonkey shortly after it launched. Today SurveyMonkey is the standard for online surveys. It’s powerful, flexible, and easy to use.
Google Analytics: A website analytical tool is a must, and Google Analytics continues to set the standard. Keep in mind that if you ever want to sell a website, the first thing prospective buyers want to see is the Google Analytics numbers.