Everything listed here I own or have used personally and I love it so much that I’m recommending it to you. Some are books, some are online services, and some are random. Either way, everything here either makes me smarter, has taught me something valuable, saves me time, helps make me money, or is just plain awesome. Enjoy! (Note: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links.)
- HostGator – I’ve been using HostGator since early 2009 and have had a great experience with them. I tried them out with one of my sites then moved everything over shortly after. I host a lot of client sites with them too. If you just have one site, get the Hatchling plan. If you have more than one site, get the Baby plan.
- Bluehost – I also use Bluehost to host several sites as well. Both hosting companies are great choices and both are inexpensive. You honestly can’t go wrong with either. One thing that’s cool about Bluehost is they give you a free domain name!
- Namecheap – I used a different company for many years, forever ago, but I switched to Namecheap about 5-7 years ago. I love their easy signup process, low prices, free private registration, and they don’t bother/spam you like other domain companies do. Nothing but great things to say about Namecheap!
- Aweber – If you want to start a business, you need an email list. Every business needs one. The best time to start collecting emails is yesterday, the second best time is today. I waited years and I always wish I would have started sooner. Almost every successful entrepreneur wishes they started sooner.
- ShipStation – If you sell physical products, you need this. I have several small clothing lines and I ship orders all over the world. I wish I had found this sooner because it saves me an insane amount of time, not to mention some money too. I ship a decent amount with the post office and if you’re using USPS Click-N-Ship, or even worse you’re handwriting your orders, you NEED this!
- Leadpages – This is the perfect service to help generate leads and sales for your business. I just started using it recently but it’s so easy to use. I’m a web designer and even I use this to easily create landing pages for my sites. Definitely check it out. If you’re still not sold, reach out to me and I can explain how you can get a $1 trial for a month.
Products I Love
- DYMO LabelWriter 4XL Thermal Label Printer – The first couple hundred orders I shipped, I hand wrote all of the shipping labels. It sucked. The next thousand or so orders, I printed labels on my cheap inkjet printer. It sucked less. Then I finally switched to this thermal printer, and I am sold on this technology for life! If you ship orders, you need this. End of story.
- Canon DSLR Camera – I have been using the T3i for several years, but it’s a discontinued model, so I linked to the T6i. This is a great body and you can use it for many years to come and always add new lenses. The standard lens that comes with it is great, especially if you’re just getting into it and for basic photography. I can recommend specific lenses for you depending on what your intentions are. Feel free to hit me up!
- Vitamix 5200 – If your health isn’t a top priority, you need to make it one. Here is an easy way to start eating healthier. I use it almost daily!
Books You Need to Read
- Crush It! – Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
- The Facebook Effect – The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World
- The $100 Startup – Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
- Tribes – We Need You to Lead Us
- The ONE Thing – The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
- Sleep Smarter – 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success
- The War of Art – Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
- Ask. – The Counterintuitive Online Formula to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy… Create a Mass of Raving Fans… and Take Any Business to the Next Level
- Will It Fly? – How to Test Your Next Business Idea So You Don’t Waste Your Time and Money
- Steal Like an Artist – 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
- Vagabonding – An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel
- Secrets of the Millionaire Mind – Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
- Stop Chasing Influencers – The True Path to Building Your Business and Living Your Dream
- How to Win Friends & Influence People
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