Favorite business resources

I love sharing resources – I find it a fascinating glimpse into peoples’ minds. So here are some of my favorites.

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Books (I always start with books!)


Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Women & Transition: Reinventing Work and Life

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup

Difficult Conversations

Getting to Yes

Learning Online with Games, Simulations, and Virtual Worlds

The Non-Designer’s Design Book

Ask For It: How Women Can Use Negotiation to Get What They Really Want

Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

How to Win Friends and Influence People

The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block

A Theory of Fun for Game Design

Fabulous people 


Natasha Vorompiov, SystemsRock. Hands down one of the single most useful trainers out there on business processes. Check out any webinar or session she puts together and her 12-week program. Time with her is more than worth the investment in your business. 

Val Geisler is another great systems strategist. Her gmail school is really useful, as is her Facebook group. 

Vanessa Van Edwards, The Science of People. Loads of great information on public speaking and handling people.

Business Tools

Website 


Divi WordPress theme from Elegant Themes. Powerful WP theme with an incredibly supportive community of users who can help with just about any question. It isn’t totally intuitive, but the learning curve is reasonable and there are loads of tutorials and loads of gorgeous child themes. Short version: I love it. Go check it out. 

BlueHost. There are lots of good web hosts out there. Some people love BlueHost, others don’t. It is pricey after the initial offers expire, but they are pretty solid and I have not had . 

LeadPages. Landing pages and lead boxes with seriously spiffy and user-friendly conversion focus. Do think through which tier you actually need- for instance, Divi offers A/B testing features now. The Pro account is worth it, but you can get a lot out of the Standard plan at half the price. 

Imagify plugin for image optimization.

Marketing


MailChimp for email marketing. I love MailChimp. Once you get past the initial learning curve, MailChimp is awesome. It’s pretty user-friendly, comes with good tracking options, and has a huge community of users, which makes it easy to troubleshoot questions.

Buffer social media management. It doesn’t include Pinterest or Instagram yet that I know of, but it is still pretty powerful and I like using it. 

Twitter Analytics. If you use Twitter at all, make sure you stop over in the analytics section. 

Tagboard. If you have ever wanted to search for hashtags across a bunch of different platforms or to find new ones, go check out Tagboard. It has lots of other useful features, but that is mainly how I use it.

Creative Market for all the different kinds of design elements you could ever want. 

Death to the Stock Photo: A lovely pack of free stock photos once a month, and generally a great collection of affordable stock photos.

Basic photo booth and lighting for pictures.  If you take pictures at home or want an alternative to stock photography, this might be a good option for you.

Business & client management


Evernote. Notes and client management. It took me a second to fall in love with Evernote, but I’m hooked now. I love being able to clip and highlight articles from around the internet and organize them in notebooks. It makes the researching and planning process infinitely easier. 

Asana is one of my favorite (free!) project and client management tools out there. Like all project management systems, you need to understand your work processes to get the most out of it, but once you do, it is golden. 

Typeform: There are loads of great survey-building tools out there. I’m currently in love with Typeform for ease of use and sharing, and some nice templates. 

iBooks Author: Great for creating eBooks and there are a number of useful templates. It does take a bit to get used to, but it does the job. 

Slack: Team communication

Calendly: A really clean, straightforward to schedule meetings without the never-ending back and forth you get with emails. I adore pretty much anything that spares me an email or three. I am still getting used to automating this particular business process, but so far, so good!

Money & Finance


Freshbooks: Bookkeeping, invoicing, and credit card payments, with plenty of useful integrations. Freshbooks bills itself as books for a non-accountant. And so far, I love it! And it’s at the affordable end of the spectrum. 

DPD payments. Monthly fee of $10. 

MileIQ is basically Tinder for mileage: swipe left for personal trips, right for business. It makes mileage tracking and reporting dead easy. 

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