The Online Business Resources & Tools list is here to help you start your online business.
You wouldn’t start a long journey to somewhere you’ve never been before without looking at a map and planning your journey. So why would you try to start a business without one?
So, first up download my Online Business Road Map. It’ll help you see where you are, where you need to go and the steps you need to take to start, build and grow your new online business.
Your new business needs a name so check out my post on how to name your business for success.
Got a name already? Great! Then make sure you check if your name is available for all the social media platforms you plan to use by checking them on either of the websites below. My go-to out of the below is Namecheckr.
Once you have your business name go buy your domain. I mainly use Godaddy but also use Namecheap for certain domains on the cheap, both are great.
If you plan on having a WordPress site then getting hosting is essential. I use siteground and in my first year with them, I had ZERO downtime on my site. So I would highly recommend.
If you need help setting your hosting and WordPress up first check out this post and also sign up to the Online Business Toolkit to get 2 step-by-step checklists that help you set up your domain, hosting and WordPress.
Hostgator* [from $2.75 per month]
Bluehost* [from £3.03 per month]
Content Management System
WordPress is my go-to for building a blog and building websites because of the huge flexibility it gives me. I’ve used Squarespace in the past for a membership site as it was quick and easy to put together.
With Squarespace, you don’t need to worry about hosting as it comes with your purchase.
If you go the WordPress route you’ll need a theme for your site. The below sites are my go-to’s for themes when I need something that looks good and easy to install, setup and customize.
Essential WordPress Plugins
Plugins are what makes WordPress so flexible. You can have an online store, sell courses, have a membership site or have resource library/toolkit like I have on my website.
Selz* [14-day free trial]
Sellfy* [14-day free trial]
Coaching & Consultation
Content Research & Ideas
Blog Headline Creation
Thrive Leads [$67]
Thrive Architect [$67]
Leadpages [From $39p/m]
Ontrapages [Free or Paid]
Sunny Landing Pages [Free]
Email Marketing & CRM
ConvertKit * [14-day free trial]
GetResponses* [30-day free trial]
Social Media Scheduling & Automation
Instagram Scheduling & Tools
MiloTree* [30-day free trial]
Invoicing & Accounting
Quickbooks* [30-day free trial]
99 Designs [For your design needs]
Rev [To transcribe audio to text]