I’ve created a resource guide for all your web tool needs that I update frequently. This list includes tools that help me in both my business and personal life. Enjoy it!
Website / Blogging
WP Engine – If you are serious about your online business or blog, then you need to do yourself the favor of getting catered to by the best web hosting company. I run 5+ websites on WP Engine right now because they offer the best fully-managed WordPress hosting solution for my companies. You can also run multiple websites on the same account for a small extra fee each month.
Bluehost – If you’re looking to setup a blog from the start, then this is your quickest solution. Bluehost also offers a free domain name when you use them for hosting. They have a 1-click automatic WordPress installation that takes 5 minutes to setup your first blog.
WordPress – 60% of all blogs or content managed websites run on WordPress. I use it for 99% of my businesses due to the scalability and ease of use. It’s also free to get started and you can host it on your own domain.
Evernote – Evernote is a workspace that assists you in keeping everything in your life organized. Evernote is the place to collect inspirational ideas, write meaningful notes, and move your important documents into one spot so you can remember where they are located. It can be used for blog research and writing, remembering gift ideas throughout the year, archiving important files and information, and so much more. The real beauty of this software is that it syncs across all your devices, and did I mention it’s free?
TextExpander – Type more with less effort! TextExpander saves you time and keystrokes, expanding custom keyboard shortcuts into frequently-used text and pictures. It’s great to see how much time you save each month by using this tool.
Clarify Process Tool – Clarify is screenshot software that combines image capture, image editing, and text authoring; letting you turn your screenshots into communications. This tool can be used for building out your processes and systems for documentation and training.
Asana – Asana puts conversations & tasks together, so you can get more done with less. I’ve used so many project management tools, and Asana continues to be my favorite tool for managing a small team. For larger teams or working with agencies, I’ve enjoyed using Basecamp.
Trello – Trello is a virtual to-do list that keeps track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details. As a visual person, I’ve come to love Trello for my project and task management processes.
Virtual Teams / Outsourcing
Upwork – Find freelancers on the world’s largest online workplace. This is one of the best spots to go and hire virtual talent for your next job. oDesk can help you in your process of building a website, hiring a virtual assistant and any human capital you’re trying to hire for upcoming jobs.
99Designs – If you like crowdsourcing, then you’ll love crowdsourcing your next design project. 99designs is a marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests.
Envato Studio – A community of handpicked developers and designers, available just for you.
Ultimate Guide to Outsource Your Life and Business – I’ve created a step-by-step program on outsourcing your life and business. Join over 2000 students who have taken this course to remove meaningless tasks from their lives.
Ontraport – Ontraport is a business & marketing automation software that specializes in assisting small businesses and entrepreneurs. I’ve been using it for a couple years now, and am always impressed by the incredible amount of communication that it can handle.
AWeber – The primary AWeber features include email newsletters, autoresponders, sign up forms and RSS-to-email. You can track the performance of your email campaigns with analytics reporting and split test sign up forms and newsletters to market more effectively.
OptinSkin – Putting opt-in forms on your blog is one of those things that many struggle with…including myself when I got started. With OptinSkin, you can get started in just minutes. Also, you’re able to test all elements of your opt-in form including button colors, form text, eBook covers and box colors.
SumoMe – If you’re building your list then this tool must be in your toolbox. Quickly integrate SumoMe app with any WordPress theme and easily integrates with your favorite newsletter program such as Mailchimp, Aweber, Constant Contact, Campaign Monitor and many others.
Web Marketing / Getting Traffic
AdEspresso – Facebook Advertising can be simple and powerful. Because your time is valuable, using Facebook Ads effectively shouldn’t take so much effort. Optimize your Facebook ads easily using AdEspresso.
Unleash the Power Within (or UPW for short) – This is a weekend long, total immersion seminar by Tony Robbins that will help anyone take their life to the next level. I’ve been to two seminars over the past couple of year and heading to my next one in March.
Lifebook – Unlike UPW, Lifebook provides a more intimate setting for setting a plan for you life. My wife and I went though together and came out with a strategy for the 12 categories you go through over a 4 day session. Some of the categories include: Health and Fitness, Love and Relationships and you Financial Life. This was one of the biggest life transformations programs my wife and I have gone through.
Experts Academy – Brendon Burchard’s famous for getting entrepreneurs to become their own expert. With his success from product launches, book sales and now his in-person seminar, Burchard is a must if you’re trying to setup your brand.
The Bible – The book that I stick to reading more often than any mentioned here. I personally believe that the Bible is the Word of God. 2 Timothy says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss’s book on automation an outsourcing, creating passive income, taking your retirement now (before you’re too old), removing yourself from the traditional 9-5 and experiencing life all throughout this process. One of my favorite books of all time.
Rework – A book by the guys behind 37 Signals (Basecamp.com) that addresses the main topics every startup faces. In a world where we all keep getting asked to do more with less, the authors show us how to do less and create more.
The Slight Edge – Jeff Olson shows you how to create powerful results from the simple daily activities. His influence comes those he’s worked with, including Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Brian Tracy, and many others.
Essentialism – The book I read twice in 2014…In my continued pursuit of less, this book delivers value on every page. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s not about getting less done. It’s about getting only the right things done.
The One Thing – My challenge in 2015 is to say no to 90% of the things that come my way so that I can say yes to focused ventures and clients. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals.