Resources and Tools
I’m a firm believer that unique resources and specialized tools can give you the edge you need to succeed on the road of life. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner, blogger, student, Stay-at-home Mom, or just someone who’s looking for some tools and secret sauce to get you to the next level— I think you’ll find this page extremely useful. I will be updating it as I come across other tools, so I encourage you to bookmark it, and even share it with a friend. Be empowered!
* Disclosure: Please note that some of the resources I have listed are affiliate products; and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you decide to purchase. However, please also note that these are resources, tools, etc., that I currently use, or have used in the past, or that I wholeheartedly recommend to you from businesses or individuals that I know and trust. My highest desire is that you would be able to better your life, and grow as an individual or entrepreneur by these tools and resources.
Bluehost: If you are wanting to start your own business, or have a way to take your blogging to the next level, you need to launch a website. I have researched dozens of hosting providers, and BlueHost is rated #1. A low monthly cost + a free domain name of your choice, you can get up-and-running fast! You don’t need a ‘web master’, (which is a thing of the past, by-the-way), because BlueHost is so easy to use.) Click this link to receive a DISCOUNT off the regular price.
Genesis: What Theme Should I Use? You’re going to invest a lot of time into your site, and so you want to make sure that your theme is easy to use, stable, AND that you’re ranking well in the search engines. Studio Press uses the Genesis Framework (together with your Bluehost provider), and is like the engine of your website. Other themes change “engines” every time they want a new look. This can affect the way search engines find your website. StudioPress is the answer.
Audible: Listening to audio has been the thing that has caused me to grow, more than anything else. Back in the day it was cassette tapes, but nowadays is digital audio. Everyday you should be listening to something that can bring about growth in your life and business. By going to Audible.com you can get a FREE AUDIOBOOK of your choice.
The 4 Hour Work Week: This was the very first entrepreneurial book I read. I wasn’t famliar with Tim Ferriss at the time, but I saw the palm trees, (and many of you know I live in Maui), so I thought, “Hmm, maybe I’ll check it out.” This book (the audio version is awesome as well!) will open your eyes for sure.
Crush It! This book is not only a classic amongst entrepreneurs, but it’s also a book that will get you serious about what you want to do. Gary Vaynerchuk has a way to light a fire under you, so that you’ll want to get moving. This book definitely got the dimly burning embers burning hotter than they’ve ever been. I have no doubt that it will do the same for you, in your life.
Getting Things Done: If there was ever a ‘God-send’ for my crazy, disorganized life, this would have to be an angelic special delivery. In it, David Allen talks about, ‘The Art of Stress-Free Productivity’. He covers everything from how to handle your email, chores around the house, to even more important items like your daily “To-Do” list, and how to start a project, and how to finish a project. With over 2 million copies sold, it’s obvious that it’s helping a lot of people get stuff done.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: This book is all about utilizing the platforms of social media to effectively engage with your audience. In it you’ll learn how to be creative and strategic, in reaching more people with your message. Celebrities and CEO’s alike are raving about Gary Vaynerchuk’s newest book, and so will you.
AWeber: This is the more popular, and widely used email distribution service, bar none. It’s affordable, easy to use, and if you have a business, but are not building your list, you’re missing out on building an amazing relationship with the people you’re wanting to reach. This is what I use. I highly recommend it. For a free step-by-step tutorial, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Newsletter.
Podcaster’s Paradise: I’ve been podcasting since 2009, but when I came in contact with John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur On fire, I realized that I still had A LOT to learn about in the area of podcasting. Podcaster’s Paradise is special mastermind community that provides a wealth of resources that teaches you how to launch your very own podcast. In it John shows you step-by-step how he earns well over $100,000. a year by just using his podcast. Click this link to find out how you can to grow an audience, and to earn an income.
ScreenFlow: This is what I use to edit all my videos. This software is by far the least expensive, and easiest to use. If you’ve been wondering how to record your screen for doing tutorials, or just a where to get a simple video editing suite so that you can start getting busy, then ScreenFlow is for you.
LeadPages: This tool helps create beautiful landing pages that create an attractive way for your audience to opt-in to your mailing list, or to purchase your products. It seamlessly integrates with WordPress, Aweber, Mail Chimp, etc. LeadPages is truly leading the way in creating awesome looking landing pages for your website.
Evernote: This has been called by some, your “digital brain”. Capture ideas, store pictures, clip a certain part of a website, or even use it as your personal productivity tool. Evernote is one of my favorite tools. It’s free, and can be used across all platforms and devices. There is a premium plan, but the free one has been working great for me.
Wunderlist: This easy-to-use ‘To-Do’ app is simply gorgeous. This free tool is removes all the complicated stuff, and just gives you what you need. Create lists, tick-off your check boxes, print out your list, attach a link, etc., and get organized.
Virtual Staff Finder: If you’re a small business owner, online entrepreneur, or an internet marketer, then you know that outsourcing tasks is something that’s really needed. CEO Chris Ducker is one of the most trusted people I know in the entrepreneurial arena. He will match you up with the perfect fit, and make sure that your business takes off into a whole new dimension.
Gumroad: Are you looking for a way to sell your digital products? Gumroad is for independent writers, designers, game developers, musicians, artists, filmmakers, and anyone in-between. Simply, if you’re a creator — Gumroad is for you. It’s free to use. Signing-up takes a minute, and soon you’ll have your own online store.
Hope these Help! Robb