Email List Building / Email Service Providers (ESP)
If it's good enough for Tim Ferriss and Pat Flynn, it's good enough for me.
Booking / Scheduling Apps
Calendly. My current favorite by a wide margin. Free Trial.
Book Like a Boss. (aka BLAB)
Course Creator Platforms & Hosting:
Although Libsyn may be the most well known, Buzzsprout won me over with their
support, youtube videos, and friendly user interface. Using this BuzzSprout link
allows you to signup for free (90 days), and then if / when you upgrade to a paid
plan, they'll send you a $20 Amazon gift card. As will most services, take advantage
of every free trial you can (test it for yourself) and put a tight limit on research time.
Tests shows that WPX is the way to go if maximize site speed along with top customer service is important to you.
Priced right, fast, 24/7 Phone support! Website issues can
be scary and downtime costly and that's why I LOVE Siteground. Always available
when I need them!
Thrive Theme Builder / Shapeshift
Drag and Drop Page Builders:
Thrive Architect and Thrive Membership offers what's arguably the best
integrated conversion focused website tools.
Although still new with some issues, their cloud platform is unique.
Which to use?
The most popular page builder , and also my favorite is Elementor.
If you can budget $49 (1 site) or $99 (3 sites) then for sure,
get Elementor Pro Version.
If you're not yet sure, begin with the Elementor Free Version.
Video Hosting and Editing
Dubb "Video for business communication"
An app and service that makes it super fast and easy to create customized videos
for individual clients, or for your website.
Although Youtube is far more popular, When it comes to embedding videos on a website
Vimeo always you to disable showing related videos, with the ability to sway out a video
using the original link. Vimeo or Youtube? Use both!
Screencasting App for Mac and ios
Marketing you Gigs:
GigMasters (AKA The Bash)
Both GigSalad, and Gigmasters are responsible for many of the
Speaking, and Entertainment Gigs I've booked over the past 5 years.
This is the online academy created by Donald Miller (of StoryBrand)
$275 a year gives you access to all 4 of Donald Courses.
Just 1 of his courses is worth more than $275.
If I had College age kids, which I don't, they'd be signed up.
Yes, it's that good!
Once you click the link, visit their page, and see their list of courses taught by some
of the most famous people on the planet, you'll wonder what took you so long!
Craig Valentine Speakers Academy
Craigs Humor Course.
Darrin Lacroix's STU Programs.
Both Craig and Darrin are Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking,
both are outstanding instructors, and both offer online and offline training.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
If you think a $450. Annual fee is crazy, then you'll want to check their card
and your calculator will quickly show you how much money you've been losing
not having this card in your wallet. Some benefits include. $300 annual travel
credit, TSA "Pre" and Global Entry reimbursement, Lost baggage, and flight delay
insurance, ++++. Bottom line, if you fly at least a couple of times a year, the relative
fee is $0.
Accepting Online Payments:
Paypal is my favorite for invoicing options,
Square wins for in-person CC swipes,
and Stripe (along with paypal) seems to be the best options for selling products
and services online.
A task management app that competes with Todoist, Things3, and similar.
I prefer TickTick features over the competition. Try TickTick for a week, and
you know why.
Developers sometimes list their Apps on Appsumo with lifetime deals which are
not available even on their own websites. The deals appear and disappear quickly.
Some links on this page use referral links. The ones that do, are one's
we're currently using or have used, enjoy, and thus happy to recommend.