Resources

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We thought it would be helpful to share with you the resources we use in our businesses and those that we find useful. Using the right tools can help you become a more successful entrepreneur. The list below is far from complete, but we constantly work on it to improve it for you. Enjoy!

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Recommended Business Resources

Accounting

Xero is a beautiful cloud based accounting software. If you are tired of old school accounting systems, and you are ready for a great small business accounting software, check out Xero.

Xero is completely cloud based, so there is no software for you to download. They have over 500,000 paying customers in more than 180 countries. Xero was ranked No. 1 by Forbes as the World’s Most Innovative Growth Company.

Accounting

We have been using Freshbooks in our business for several years. Before Freshbooks we have used an old school clunky accounting system and everything was more complicated than it should have been.

Since we have been using Freshbooks invoicing our clients have been so much easier. We also use Freshbooks to send estimates.

Payroll

We have been using Gusto (formerly zenpayroll) in our business for awhile. Before Gusto we have used one of those huge old school payroll companies. Their software was clunky and they charged us a lot more money. Gusto feels like it was built to be simple and that is one of my favorite features of their payroll platform.

Since we have been using Gusto for payroll we have saved so much time on processing payroll.

Data Backup


If you haven’t lost a file yet, you will. When you do, you’ll be glad you have Carbonite. It backs up all your important files and photos automatically, keeping them safe from accidental deletions, hardware failures and malicious attacks.

Email Marketing


Constant Contact

Email marketing is good for your business. And with a tool as powerful and easy to use as Constant Contact, you don’t need to be a marketing expert to see results.

Antivirus


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Banking, browsing, shopping — AVG Internet Security offers extra protection for those who live online. Shield yourself against hacker attacks, scan for malware and performance issues, and avoid fake websites.

Social Media

I am sure that social media marketing is part of your game plan. Hootsuite is a great resource to make managing your social media account easy.

Education


Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.

Phone System


USA RingCentral Office - Voice, Fax, Text and Conferencing. Your phone system in the cloud.

RingCentral is an award-winning global provider of cloud unified communications and collaboration solutions that is more flexible and cost-effective than legacy on-premise systems.

Recommended Website Resources

Your website is often the first impression people get about your business. Make sure that you use the right tools to create a website that creates the best possible impression about your business.

Website Hosting

business advice

I have been using SiteGround website hosting for a while, and I have been very happy with them. I like the performance of my website. It is fast and runs my WordPress site great on it. I also like their support. I have tried both phone and email support and I had very positive experiences.

To help you decide on the right web host for your business checkout our “10 Minute Guide To Finding The Best Hosting Company For Your Business” post.

Ecommerce

Do you want to sell online? Shopify is a great ecommerce platform. Shopify simplifies the process of opening an online store. You don’t have to be a coder to set up your own online store. Check them out and see how it goes.

Website Hosting

I have been using Rackspace for hosting for years. I really like their support and reliability. For years, I have had a cloud site hosting account with Rackspace. It is not a bargain website host, but a very reliable one.

Cloud hosting offers a level of scalability that traditional hosting can’t. Cloud hosting is on-demand instead of paying  for a set amount of space on a single server or shared server.

Domain Registration

Looking for a cheap domain name for your business? Get it from Namecheap! Prices start at $3.98/year

For business, I recommend a .com domain instead of any other domain extension. Also make sure that the domain name you buy is memorable, easy to spell, excludes hyphens or numbers, and is currently not trademarked by another business.

Domain Registration

I have been using Godaddy for years to register my domains. Here is how to select the best domain name for your business:

  • Keep it short.
  • Target your location.
  • Avoid numbers and hyphens.
  • Be memorable.
  • Research it to make sure it is not already trademarked.

Website Design

web designer

I love WordPress as a website platform. I have been using Themeforest for years to buy WordPress themes and plugins. There are many WordPress themes that you can buy.

Consider the following before you decide which WordPress theme to buy:

  • How many of the themes were sold so far. You don’t want to be among the first people to buy a new theme.
  • What kinds of reviews does the theme have? You can learn a lot from reading customer reviews.

Website Design

We offer website design and development services. We can help you build and design your blog of website. We can help you develop your marketing strategy from content marketing to pay-per-click advertising to social media marketing. Contact us now to see how we can help your business.

Recommended Podcasting Resources

For my podcasts and interviews I have been using the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB microphone. What I like about this microphone is that is is reasonably priced and very good quality.