THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED ONLINE
Having the right tools and resources for your online business can make a huge difference!
That's why I've compiled a list of my favorite business tools, programs, equipment, and services. This will help you find most of what you need to grow your online business all in one place!
I am providing these recommendations because I use these products and love them. I don't add anything to this list that didn't meet my high standards of function, service, and value. Bookmark this page so you can use it as you navigate your own online business journey!
Some of the links below are affiliate links. That simply means that if you click through and decide to purchase something I recommend, I get a small commission at no additional cost to you.
Livestreaming and video
Blue Yeti USB Mike: I plug this right into my computer and use it for my videos, livestreams, masterclasses, and course recordings. The quality is amazing!
Blue Snowball USB Mike: I purchased this mike before I got the Blue Yeti. It is made by the same company and more affordable. The recording quality is not as good as the higher-end one (above), but for the price, it can't be beat!
LimoStudios Lighting Kit: An affordable lighting kit that delivers amazing soft light so you can still livestream in the evenings and on cloudy days, or is you simply have a darker office.
Logitech webcam: This is my favorite webcam. I use it to film my videos and to broadcast to Facebook Live. It has amazing HD quality, good sound, and it's well under $100!
Pop filter: I use this in conjunction with my mike for recording videos and courses that are free of pops and hisses.
Headphones: These headphones are great for listening to music while I work or listening to the playbacks from my course creation. The also cancel out the surrounding noise (which is sometimes important when my kids are playing loudly in the other room).
Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner: Ready to be paper free? Then, you NEED this scanner.This scanner will allow you to fully digitize your life. You can easily and quickly scan documents, receipts, invoices, bills, tax info, manuals, warranties, etc. And...are you ready for the best part? You can completely integrate your scanned documents with Evernote. This scanner has made my life so much easier.
MacBook Air: Can I say enough good things about this computer? Not only does it have incredible memory and speed, but it's light enough that I can travel with it. This is my everything computer. I used to have a desktop and a laptop, but this sleek little number replaced both of them.
Linksys Router AC 1750: Who know a router could make such a big difference? It's reliable, speedy, AND it makes it possible for multiple devices in our home to receive high-speed Wi-Fi at the same time. It also has parental controls to keep my son safe from stumbling onto unsafe content.
Note: I use both PayPal and Stripe for processing payments.
PayPal: PayPal has become the standard and people feel comfortable with the system. It's secure, easy to set up, integrates with almost every online tool and platform, and is accepted in many countries.
Stripe: This payment processor has fewer additional fees than PayPal. It is extremely secure and is available in multiple countries. It has no set-up costs and customers can pay you using any major credit card. Stripe easily integrates into all major eCommerce platforms as well as Wordpress and SquareSpace.
Amazon Prime: This link includes a free 30-day trial. Oh my goodness, what would I do without my Amazon Prime? I order diapers and shampoo and detergent via PrimePantry (and get 20% discounts), I get business books and equipment delivered in 2 days with no shipping costs, I get free Prime Kindle books, and I love all of the movies and series I get via Prime Video. And there are a ton more benefits that I haven't used (yet)!
Acuity Scheduling: This software provides easy scheduling for your clients. You can block out your schedule to let people know when you are available. AND, the biggest features that I love about Acuity Scheduling are that 1) it allows you to take payments from clients using your Stripe and PayPal accounts and 2) you can set up an intake form that takes your prospects through a series of questions.
Audible: This link includes a free trial and 2 free audio books. I use Audible to get business books so I can listen to them while I work out or go for walks. I also use it for audio books for my 8 year old (believe me, this is also a productivity hack!)
Evernote: I started using Evernote in 2015 and I didn't realize it would become such an integral part of my life. I use it to store important documents (I quickly scan them using the Fujitsu ScanSnap Scanner). I also use it to draft blog posts, store ideas, keep notes from courses, post social media updates, and so much more. One feature that I love about Evernote is that you can search keywords and tags - this is great for someone like me who can't always remember how they set up their filing system.
Creative Market: This company brings together amazing designers who sell gorgeous photography, fonts, illustrations, and design tools. Their style is crisp, friendly, and clean. One of my favorite things to purchase from them are flatlay photographs - you can buy one at a time, or they have bundled deals that are frequently offered at incredible discounts.
Equipment: Scroll up to the Livestreaming and Videos section for my hardware - I use the same ones for my Webinars.
Zoom: I looked into a lot of Webinar platforms before choosing Zoom. And, there are a TON out there. I chose Zoom because it's not only cost effective, but it has a lot of features such as a webcam videos, auto-start recording, registration-free webinars, and more PLUS it allows you to do webinars via Facebook Live.