Recommended Resources

My favorite tools. This list will be updated periodically. Links my be affiliate links.

Tech Tools, Programs, and More

Tech Tools

These are the tools I use now or have used in the past. Links may be affiliate links which means if you click and buy something I may receive a thank you from the company -- cash, points, or gifts. 

Domain Registration

I get all my domains from GoDaddy. Sure there are cheaper places out there but when I have a problem or question, I want to talk to a human. I'm willing to pay more for good service. I don't use them for hosting though.

Hosting Providers

This is a hot topic among geeks like me. People tend to want to go with cheap hosting. I'm a believer in paying for good service. Right now I use Siteground but am planning on moving to a different hosting provider so stay tuned. Your site developer may host your site for you but that's not a situation I recommend. (I should write a blog post about this topic)

Site Building/Site Builders

This is a very big decision to make and it depends on a lot of factors. There people who advocate all-in-one platforms like Square Space or Wix, those who advocate for WordPress, and even those who recommend Hubspot. 

I use WordPress even though I personally don't like it. So if you're new and plan on building your own site (which I strongly advise against) I don't recommend WordPress because it's incredibly complex.

Your developer or agency will use a specific platform or tool. You want to make sure the platform or tool used is something you and your team will know how to use so you can make MINOR changes when you need to. So ask your developer or one you're considering for your rebuild if they'll teach you and your team how to use it. If they won't do that then I think you should consider working with someone else or another agency. I'm happy to talk about it with you (and I'll be writing about this soon).

Marketing Automation and Email Service Providers

I've used most of these tools and some are tools my best friend uses or my clients have used and recommended.

Email Service Providers

I get all my domains from GoDaddy. Sure there are cheaper places out there but when I have a problem or question, I want to talk to a human. I'm willing to pay more for good service. I don't use them for hosting though.

Hosting Providers

This is a hot topic among geeks like me. People tend to want to go with cheap hosting. I'm a believer in paying for good service. Right now I use Siteground but am planning on moving to a different hosting provider so stay tuned. Your site developer may host your site for you but that's not a situation I recommend. (I should write a blog post about this topic)

Site Building/Site Builders

This is a very big decision to make and it depends on a lot of factors. There people who advocate all-in-one platforms like Square Space or Wix, those who advocate for WordPress, and even those who recommend Hubspot. 

I use WordPress even though I personally don't like it. So if you're new and plan on building your own site (which I strongly advise against) I don't recommend WordPress because it's incredibly complex.

Your developer or agency will use a specific platform or tool. You want to make sure the platform or tool used is something you and your team will know how to use so you can make MINOR changes when you need to. So ask your developer or one you're considering for your rebuild if they'll teach you and your team how to use it. If they won't do that then I think you should consider working with someone else or another agency. I'm happy to talk about it with you (and I'll be writing about this soon).

Important Tools, Resources, and People to Build and Grow Your Business and Achieve Your Goals

“A man should keep his little brain attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use, and the rest he can put away in the lumber-room of his library where he can get it if he wants.”  — Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Five Orange Pips

 

As a micropreeneur, I know how valuable time is and I know the importance of getting just the right help and the right tools when you need them.

This page includes my own go-to experts and the various resources I use and recommend.

If you reach out to any of them be sure to let them know you found them through me.

Yes, some of the links below are affiliate links. That’s how I get my gas money 🙂 But do your due diligence and only buy what you think will work for you and only work with those who are a good fit for you.

The professionals I refer to all understand my point of view and their work fits well with mine. When you’re ready for help, you want to make sure that all of your advisors and solution providers share a common set of beliefs and values so you don’t get conflicting advice.

Tech Tools

One of the problems I dealt with and that I see other Introverted micropreneurs deal with is  choosing tools that are too big and complicated for their needs. Gurus recommend tools that are right for them for entrepreneurs who are running businesses similar in size to theirs.

These are the tools I use or have used with success. Of course, do your own due diligence.

Domain Registration

I only use GoDaddy. You can search RetailMeNot or FatWallet for discount coupon codes and save serious dough. I don’t use GoDaddy for hosting. Just for domain registration. I don’t believe in putting my eggs in one basket.

You get a domain and register it for a period of time — at least a year. Please be sure you get your own name as a domain. No, you can’t just have a Facebook page. No, you can’t just have a LinkedIn page. It’s not enough and you don’t own it. Here’s a video where I talk about social media and having a webpage and here’s a blog post about the same thing.

Website Hosting

My current web host (for my website) is Hostgator.

Podcast hosting

If you have a podcast like I do or are planning on launching one, don’t store your podcast media on your website hosting provider’s server. Lots of reasons but the main one is that you’re likely paying for shared hosting and if you start having a lot of downloads or traffic to your site for your show it will put more pressure on the server than they’ve allotted to you. I use Libsyn for my podcast.

Website building stuff

WordPress

Thrive Themes is who I use for my own sites. At the time I write this, the site is using their Minus theme.

 

Newsletters / Autoresponders / Broadcast emails

If you’re a total DIY-er with not a lot of tech skills then you want to use Mad Mimi. It’s totally simple. I taught myself without even reading the directions.

There are lots of good options out there if you’re looking for a more robust solution. Ones I’ve heard good things about include iContact, Get Response, and Active Campaign.

If you’re ready for a marketing automation platform I recommend you check out my friends at TPNI and look at their Engage platform. My friend, Robin Phillips would be happy to give you a demo. Just tell him that I sent you.

 

Royalty-Free Images

You need great images on your site and in your collateral material.

I use Pixabay.com but you can also look at ClipArt.com. There are other solutions out there but Pixabay is the easiest to use.

I use iStock when I need something super special and feel it’s worth the extra money. But sign up with them for a free account first because they give away free images each week.