Business Resources

Email List Building / Email Service Providers (ESP)

ConvertKit
If it’s good enough for Tim Ferriss, and Pat Flynn, it’s good enough for me. 

Booking / Scheduling Apps

Course Creator Platforms & Hosting:

 

Podcast Hosting:

Buzzsprout:
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.

Website Hosting:

Siteground 
Priced right, fast, and most importantly. 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!

Website WordPress Theme:

Astra Pro
The theme used by this website. Fast and clean.

 

Website Design / Drag and Drop Page Builders: 

Elementor Pro
The drag and drop tool that helped me to design this website.

Brizy Cloud.
Although still new with some issues, their cloud platform is unique.

Thrive Architect and Thrive Membership offers what’s arguably the best 
integrated conversion focused website tools.

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. 

Loom. 
Awesome app.  I use it almost daily.   Versions from $0. 
Great for both basic screencasting and business communications 

Vimeo
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!

Screenflow
Screencasting App for Mac and ios

 

Marketing you Gigs:

GigSalad
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.

 

Education:

BusinessMadeSimple.com
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!

MasterClass
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!

 

Public Speaking:

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.

 

Credit Card:

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.

Other Apps

TickTick
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. 

Appsumo:   
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.

 *Disclaimer:

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.

 

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