I thought it would be helpful to provide a list of resources that I use to create and maintain my various brands and lines of business. I recommend bookmarking it and checking back for updates. Enjoy!
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links meaning that, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please know that I have experience with these companies, and I’m recommending them because of the product or service they offer, not because of the small commission I might make if you buy something.
DreamHost – I’ve been using DreamHost for years to host all of my websites. Their One-Click install for WordPress and other CMS makes it ridiculously easy to get started. Unlimited domains, virtual private servers, web control panel…what else do you need? Oh, a discount? Then sign up for with the code KPVENTURES2014 to get 15% off a one or two-year contract!
VigLink – Affiliate marketing is an easy way to create passive income on your websites. Instead of managing accounts across multiple referral networks, I use VigLink and its network of 35,000 merchants to convert all my links in to referral revenue opportunities.
Finance and Accounting
QuickBooks Online – QuickBooks Online (QBO) is the next evolution of Intuit’s popular QuickBooks software. QBO makes managing customers, invoices, and inventory a breeze. Manage your business from your computer or your iPad.
Backup and Security
1Password – Do you use one password on multiple sites? That means if one account gets compromised, all your accounts are at risk. Protect yourself. With 1Password, you can generate and store a unique password for each site and log in with a simple keystroke.
Applications and Software
Adobe Creative Cloud – My photography workflow is driven by Adobe Lightroom, and Photoshop fills in the gaps and allows me to create custom images. Adobe Illustrator for print work, and Premiere and After Effects for video. With a Creative Cloud subscription, you get access to the latest version of the tools you need to get the job done.
Evernote – I use Evernote to capture all my ideas and track my digital documents. It installs easily on all my devices and the Web Clipper makes it easy to capture content from the web. For $5/month, Evernote Premium allows you to search inside of your PDF and upload larger and more documents.
If you want to get started using Evernote the right way, Brett Kelly wrote a great guide that explains the terminology and storage concepts surrounding Evernote, and provide some use cases for how to fit Evernote in to your workflow. You can purchase his guide here [affiliate link]. At $29, it’s only a small investment but will take a lot of the guessing out of using Evernote and will allow you to hit the ground running.
Scrivener – If you’re in the business of writing, check out Scrivener. From manuscripts to eBooks, Scrivener’s powerful outlining, composition, and rendering tools will make the job easier and result in a consistently high-quality product. Available for Mac (direct download and via the App Store) and Windows.
Index Card for iPad – Scrivener doesn’t have a mobile app (yet). With a great user interface and easy synchronization with Scrivener, Index Card is the best way to work on your eBooks on the go.
ScreenFlow – If you want to create screen recordings and tutorials for your business, ScreenFlow is the best tool on the Mac to get it done. ScreenFlow also makes it easy to upload and publish your videos right to YouTube.
Dropbox – Dropbox makes the files I need accessible on all of my devices and allows me to easily share files and folders with others. While the free account comes with less storage than other services (2GB), for $9.99/month, you can get 100GB.
MailChimp – One of the most valuable resources you’ll have as a side hustler is your mailing list. Start building yours today with MailChimp. It’s free for up to 2000 subscribers with a friendly interface and mobile app.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It – I’ve read this book a handful of times, and each time I pick up something new. E-Myth Revisited breaks down why most small businesses fail and provides valuable insight on how to not be a statistic.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t Although not specifically focused on the entrepreneurial journey, this book provides an insightful framework on what it takes to go from a good company to a great company. Many of these lessons are equally applicable to a small business as they are to a Fortune 500 company.
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