Resources

Our ultimate list of recommendations for everything and anything we can think of that may be useful to you

Well, as it pertains to working at home or self-employment, anyway.
We don’t really know much, about, say, elephant grooming, for example.
This page will be constantly updated so feel free to book-mark it!

Last Update: 7/12/18

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Small Business Resources

Accounting and Money

Financing

Government and Legal Resources

Networking

  • Chamber of Commerce: Small Business Networking through local and national events
  • Linked-in: Post your resume, job search, and connect with Linked In groups.
  • Meetup.com: Meeting others with similar interests through local, in-person events.
  • Toastmasters: If you’re wary of public speaking, this supportive community will coach you to success.

Networking-Online (Forums)

Website Resources

Advertising

  • BuySellAds.com: Advertising options for your website
  • Google Adsense: You can earn income by placing ads on your website run by Google. (I do this on QRJ)
  • Google Adwords: For advertisers. Just select keywords, decide on your daily spednding amount, and only pay each time someone clicks on your ad.
  • Newsletter Directory: If you run an e-newsletter, you can find sponsors who will pay you per impression or per click on their ad. A subsidiary of BuySellAds.com
  • WordAds.co: WordPress’s solution to Adwords. Only works on WordPress sites.

Blogging, Themes, WP Plugins, Security

  • WordPress.com: The #1 open source platform for blogging. I use it for QRJ as well as many of my clients. It’s free and easy to create your own site.
  • CatchThemes: The ultimate resource for premium looking WordPress themes.
  • ThemeIsle: WordPress premium themes
  • Envato/CodeCanyon: A great marketplace for themes, plugins, and other must-haves for your WordPress website.
  • WordFence: Security for your WordPress Site
  • JetPack: All sorts of tools and goodies for your WordPress site

Domain Registration

  • MyDomain: Where you can register your domain names. (I’ve used them!)
  • NameCheap: Where you can register your domain names. (I’ve used them!)

Hosting

  • GreenGeeks: Wind-powered hosting. I currently use them for all of my sites.
  • HostGator, BlueHost, GoDaddy: Other common hosting companies. I don’t recommend them as much as GreenGeeks, however.

Newsletters and Autoresponders

  • Aweber: I currently am using Aweber to manage my subscription list on this website.
  • MailChimp: I currently use MailChimp to manage my subscription list on smaller websites since the first 2000 contacts are free.
  • Constant Contact: I have used Constant Contact with various clients.

Shopping Carts

  • E-Junkie: Many marketers use e-junkie for their affiliate program and delivering their content (usually ebooks)
  • Clickbank: The grandaddy of online content delivery. I use Clickbank to sell my ebook and downloadable video and run my affiliate program.
  • Paypal.com: You can use PayPal to send and receive payments. Most shopping carts allow PayPal integration, so you might as well get an account.
  • 1ShoppingCart.com: While fairly complicated, 1SC is a one-stop source for a shopping cart, autorepsonder and affiliate program software.

Find a Freelancer!

When you’re running a business, you can’t be all things to all people. I know, you think you can…but you’ll burn yourself out! It’s impossible to do web design and marketing and accounting, and sales, and training, and…y’know, actually run your business. Here are some great resources to help you get stuff checked off of your list:

  • UpWork: Find freelancers of any kind, anywhere. I’ve found freelancers here for book cover design and web-help.
  • Virtual Staff Finder I’ve used VSF to find dedicated VAs who help me with all the little things that need to get done throughout the day: researching articles, posting social media, follow-up emails, etc.
  • 99Designs: You host a “design contest” and professionals will compete to win

Marketing Resources

Social Media

Webinars, Teleseminars, Screen Capturing

Design

Stock Photos