There are a lot of business building tools available today, and I often get asked which ones I use. Here are a few of the ones I use every day.
1. Web Hosting – A2 Hosting
A reliable web host is a must for online business. My favorite right now is A2 Hosting. The servers are fast, and the customer support is top-notch.
2. Autoresponder – Aweber
Another must-have for doing business online is a reliable autoresponder service. I’ve been a customer of Aweber since 2006, and their service only gets better.
3. Shopping Cart/Funnel Builder – Zaxaa
After doing a ton of research I’ve decided to go with Zaxaa for my shopping cart/funnel builder. I’ll keep you posted on how things go, but so far I’m impressed with what they offer now and what they have coming in future updates.
4. Link Redirection Tool – Simple Click Tracker
When you’re selling online, one of the things you really need to know is where your traffic is coming from. Simple Click Tracker not only provides you with your own short url, but also gives you a way to keep track of where your traffic comes from and how well it converts. It’s my new favorite toy to play with!
5. Lead Page Builder – Instabuilder
For years I resisted using any type of page building software. I’m old enough in online years to have had to learn to hand code my HTML, and I resisted change right up until about a year ago. I love Instabuilder because it gives you the latest page layouts, is completely editable, and requires only a one-time payment. Plus, I can also still build pages from scratch when the mood strikes.
6. Cloud Storage – Dropbox
Dropbox was a lifesaver for me when I needed to share files with clients. Now I use it as a way to keep files and photos organized so that I can share between all the computers, phones and tablets in the house.
7. Graphics Tool – Ecover Authority
As with the page building I mentioned earlier, I also resisted using cover software. I was determined to create every cover and every graphic by hand in photoshop. Since using Ecover Authority I get more professional looking covers, in more current styles, and I only have to design the actual image once.
8. Stock Photos – Graphicstock
My favorite place for finding stock photos and vectors for creating blog post images and social media images. I love the annual membership fee, instead of having to buy credits several times a year.
9. Video Management System – Simple Video Management System
Video is important to the success of your website and your sales funnels these days. I didn’t really start using it much until I started publishing the coloring books, and then people wanted a video walk-through of the images. I love the Simple Video Management System because it makes it very easy to just stick a short-code in my posts where I want the video to go. I don’t have to worry about embed codes and other platform specific ways of making an outside video fit on my pages.
10. Done For You Content – PLR.me
I love done-for-you content of all kinds, but for personal development content, the best by far is PLR.me. I’ve been a customer there since 2009 and every day I find a use for the articles, affirmations, wallpapers, and guides that come with the monthly membership. Recently they’ve added several automation tools that save time and make using the content easier.
11. Community – MyNAMS Insiders
The one lesson that took me the longest to learn was that you can’t do everything alone. You need a community of supportive, like-minded individuals who will cheer your wins, let you cry on their shoulders, and give you a good kick in the arse when you need to get moving. The Insiders do that for each other, and we get to learn from the best in the business at the same time.
What are your favorite business building tools? Let me know in the comments below.