Resources – My Tools of the Trade
This page is an overview of the resources that are helpful for your setting up your own online business. I will continue to add new resources to this page that will help you with your journey. This page will be THE place for everything that you need to get started and grow your business. I recommend bookmarking this page for your convenience.
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These are the resources that you really can’t do without when you are starting online. Personally I use these resources over and over again, and they have made my online endeavors a lot easier.
SiteGround: All my websites are hosted with SiteGround and not without reason. They also offer world-class 24/7 support and the highest uptime in the market. Setting up your website with SiteGround is extremely easy and will not take more than 5 minutes; if you sign up today you will get a domain name for free!!
Genesis Framework: The Genesis Framework by Studiopress is my go-to theme and framework for all my websites. This theme is highly versatile, and you can change any aspect of your site look and feel. One purchase can be installed on as many websites you manage or own.
Namecheap: I buy and manage all my domains with Namecheap. Their registration process is fast and reliable, and you can rely on quick support if needed. Many of the big names on the internet have all their domains managed with Namecheap and for me to work with them was a no-brainer.
GetResponse: I do all my email marketing with GetResponse. They have an intuitive user interface, very easy to use and useful features. To top it off their price is very competitive. Try out a 30-day fee account now!
OptinMonster: OptinMonster is a great tool for email collection and leads generation. After using OptinMonster for one week, I already doubled my subscription rate and I highly recommend investing in this service if you are serious about collecting emails.
Grammarly: Grammarly is a spell-check tool that I use before all my content is published. Through their extension in Chrome, all my text is checked with their database to check for grammatical and spelling errors. Their free version helps you to solve all the critical mistakes in your text, and they have a premium version available to detect more advanced issues.
ZenPen: ZenPen is a simple but efficient distraction free tool that you can use to focus solely on writing your content. It allows you to write on a fullscreen directly from your web browser, and you can output all your text directly in HTML so that you can easily publish your content.
When you are a solo-entrepreneur or managing a small remote team, it is crucial to be organized and on top of your game. The following are my preferred tools of the trade!
Dropbox: I have been using Dropbox for a very long time to save all my important files in the cloud. When you are doing business online or any business for the matter, you will find that backing up, your data should be your priority.
Evernote: Evernote lets you save your notes, pictures, documents, etc. all in one application. As I mentioned before my working routine is quite flexible and Evernote allows me to access all my notes wherever I am. Their browser plugins are awesome and let you clip and save content directly from the internet.
Slack: Slack is an excellent tool for project management and collaboration in a (remote) team. It structures all communication, allows you to share files and integrates with a lot of useful other applications such as Dropbox, Google Apps, MailChimp and many more. Say goodbye to those neverending email conversations.
Design and Appearance
The design and appearance of your website are critical aspects that determine how people perceive your site. When you are not a designer, it often is difficult to make things look the way you want without spending big bucks. Don’t worry Tropical U.P has picked the best free tools for you to use!
Canva: Canva is one of my personal favorites. This website allows you to create beautiful images for free, whether you are looking for blog post headers, a Facebook cover or visuals for your email marketing campaign, Canva has your back.
PicMonkey: PicMonkey provides similar functions as Canva, but I prefer to use it for their simple image editing. Resizing a picture, touching up the effects, cropping, you name it. It is also an excellent tool to change the size of your image files to speed up your website.
Pexels: Pexels currently has over 3,500 handpicked stock photos in their database, and that fall under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. CC0 means that you can copy, edit, distribute and perform the photos free of charge for both personal as commercial purposes. No attribution is required.