Run your business better.I may or may not be WAY too fucking excited about sharing these awesome resources with you.
Keep scrolling to check out the tools I’ve used to build my business! (Pretty much everything EXCEPT the amazing coffee mug in the picture, which you KNOW you’re jealous of.)
Essential business tools!
If you’re gonna slang products or services in the online business world, you’re gonna need a website.
Not just any website though. A fine-as-hell website that makes your target clients say, “DAYYYUUUMMM.”
With these 3 tools, you can easily set up a website for your site, even if you don’t know how to code! This is exactly what I used to create the site you’re on now. 🙂
START EMAIL MARKETING AND EXPLODE YOUR EMAIL LIST WITH CONVERTKIT (FREE TRIAL!)
Wanna scale and monetize your blog or YouTube channel? Then you need an email list.
I know, I know: it’s tempting to go with a free option. But I started with a free option and MAJORLY regretted it. The hours spent frustrated trying to get it to do what I wanted to do? NOT worth it.
ConvertKit is the best option for email marketing if you’re a blogger or YouTuber: hands-down. It’s totally worth the small monthly investment you’ll need to make as a newbie.
Oh, and ConvertKit played a major role in me building a five-figure email list. That list was ESSENTIAL to me having five-figure months from my business!
MANAGE FINANCES AND EASILY SEND PROFESSIONAL INVOICES WITH FRESHBOOKS (FREE TRIAL!)
I started my business using PayPal only, but quickly realized that I needed a more robust way to invoice and manage my finances if I was going to run a real business.
Not only is Freshbooks affordable – it’s intuitive, and it makes the invoicing process SO. DAMN. EASY. Plus, you get a glimpse of your income when you log in so you always know where your business stands!
QUICKLY AND EASILY CREATE GORGEOUS LANDING PAGES THAT CONVERT USING LEADPAGES (FREE TRIAL!)
Leadpages is pretty much the Rolls Royce of landing page software – without the insane price tag!
No coding necessary. Drag and drop to create exactly what you want. They’ve got a template for every damn thing you could ever want, and they organize them by how well they convert!
Leadpages has been key to my email list growth and product sales, and I always recommend it because I’m freakin obsessed with it.
SKYROCKET YOUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL GROWTH WITH TUBEBUDDY (START FOR FREE!)
OHHHHH MAN. I can’t even BEGIN to explain how much I love this free tool.
It makes the YouTube search engine optimization process SO much easier and gives you all kinds of insights on your channel that will help you with strategy and growth. It’s truly a MUST-HAVE tool for YouTubers!
AUTOMATE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING TO SAVE TONS OF TIME WITH MEETEDGAR
I used to spend HOURS scheduling social media every week. It was such a waste of time!
But with MeetEdgar, you just upload all of your content ONE time and you’re good to go. You create a library of content to pull from and a schedule for publishing, and you pretty much don’t have to touch it after that. Set it and forget it!
I use MeetEdgar for Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter, and it helps me drive traffic to my blog/YouTube every day. Oh, and it’s especially helpful if you have a Facebook group, because you can schedule daily prompt posts ONCE and it’ll post every week for you on autopilot!
TL;DR: MeetEdgar frees up a ton of your time so you can focus on high-ROI stuff for your business, like working with clients or creating/promoting your products!
CREATE AND SELL AWESOME ONLINE COURSES WITH TEACHABLE
Teachable truly is an all-in-one solution for course creators. Plus, it’s SUPER easy to use.
Not only can you use it to create your courses – you can use it to build course sales pages, collect payments (easily connect it to PayPal or Stripe), and more!
Teachable has been absolutely key to me turning my blog into a full-time income (without a bunch of tech-y headaches!), and I’ve even made over $14,000 in a single month from Teachable course sales!
Sweeeeeeeet business gear
I started my business on a shitty, ~$300 laptop. But I quickly realized I needed a more powerful and reliable workstation if I was going to grow my business and start incorporating video content creation.
This iMac is PERFECT for that, and it’s usually what you’ll find me working on.
CHECK OUT THE CANON 80D
I made the mistake of buying a DSLR without doing my research early in my YouTube career, and let me tell ya – my old DSLR was a pain in the ass to shoot video on!
But the Canon 80D is PERFECT for video. Not only does it autofocus (so you don’t have to learn a bunch of technical shit) – it also has a pop-up screen so you can see yourself while you’re filming! (Or while you’re taking shameless selfies.)
It also has an audio input, so you can plug in an external mic and get crispy audio in all of your videos (this is what I do!).
Want more!? FINE.
- Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II Digital Camera – My other camera (great for vlogging!)
- LimoStudio 2 Sets of Photography Video Studio Continuous Soft Box Lighting – The lights I use when I film
- SanDisk 64GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card – How I store my videos
- JOBY GorillaPod Flexible Tripod– Mini tripod I use for FB live videos and capturing video b-roll (comes in different sizes depending on how heavy your camera is)
- Rode VMGO Video Mic – The main way I record audio, which is ESSENTIAL for getting amazing sound (I plug this into my Canon 80D)
- Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder – Another way to record audio
^ THERE’S ALL MY GEAR. You’re welcome. #GenerousAndAltruistic 😉