HOSTING

Absolutely the best website hosting company around, based in the USA! I recommend BlueHost to my clients because they have a user friendly control panel, they always respond to questions quickly and effectively. They are based in the United States.

When you sign up, you will want to have these services:

  1. Domain Name (Free for 1st year when you sign up)
  2. Basic Shared Hosting plan for 1 website or choose the Plus level if you intend to have more than 1 website. You can always upgrade later. The longer term you sign up for, like 36 months, the longer you will get their introductory low hosting rate.
  3. Add an SSL certificate, choose the free option
  4. Include SiteLock, get the “find and fix” level so it finds malware AND removes it for you.
  5. Domain Privacy, this will show BlueHost as the domain owner on the WhoIs directory and keep your info private and away from spammers
  6. You will automatically get site backups regularly, but if you want extra, you can sign up for that service.
  7. If there is anything you are unsure of, call me and I can answer your questions, or call BlueHost.

CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP FOR BLUEHOST.COM

BlueHost.com Services $6.95/month or sometimes on sale for as low as $3.95/month when you sign up for 3 years of service
Unlimited Domains, which means you can host multiple websites for one low fee!
Unlimited Space
Great 24/7 Support
FREE Domain with Sign-Up, additional domains are $12
POP Email Services, access your email from your domain using a gmail (or other) account

They  also offer a Basic account for $3.95/month (when you sign up for 3 yrs) but it has some limits on domains and storage space for websites and email.

PHOTOS

You need to use photos on your website and blog that you own. So you have to take them yourself, or I recommend, you purchase Royalty Free professional images from this spectacular website. Royalty Free Photos

PAYMENTS

PayPal is a widely know, reputable provider for online invoicing and payment processing. We can easily set up buttons for Donations, Buy Now, Subscribe, etc. Secure, dependable and inexpensive for the small business owner.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

EMAIL MARKETING

Constant Contact, tested and true. Looking to add email marketing or event marketing to your Marketing Pie? Consider Constant Contact. They offer email marketing strategies, quick and easy to share on Facebook or Twitter. Well known in the email marketing industry. Loads of templates to choose from or make your own! Before you sign up, allow me to “refer” you to Constant Contact and we’ll both get a $30 credit for your new Constant Contact account!

 

MailChimp is an alternative to Constant Contact, and it’s FREE! It offers templates to help you get started, it manages your email database and it integrates with your website or blog allowing your followers to sign up to receive your emails right from your website.

BOOKKEEPING

I’m currently using QuickBooks to manage my business accounting. To save time, I can download my back activity and upload it into QuickBooks at any interval that works for me, or I can make manual entries. I have used Peachtree, now Sage 50 in the past, both are good, its a matter of preference. I recommend you ask your accountant if they have a preference. At the end of the year, I simply create a backup, then send it to my accountant and he does the year-end adjusting entries, then sends me a backup. I restore that backup and keep going. Its really slick. You can get the online version where you can access your bookkeeping from any computer, or choose the download option and manage it just on one computer.

EVENT REGISTRATION

I have used EventBrite for my email invitations to my networking group events. There is no fee for the service if your event is free. They provide an attendee report you can print right before your event to use for check-in, it’s got all the bases covered like a link to Google Maps for directions and more. I works for small or large events. You can add several different ticket levels and fees. Check out EventBrite for your next event or networking group.

Recommended Books

The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield  ** My #1 favorite business book. **

StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham

The Millionaire Messanger by Brendon Buchard

The Noticer: Sometimes All A Person Needs is a Little Perspective by Andy Andrews

Think and Grow Rich: The Secret to Wealth Updated for the 21st Century by Napoleon Hill

Find Your Strongest Life: What the Happiest and Most Successful Women Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham

Guerrilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits From Your Small Business by Jay Conrad Levinson

Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith

Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth by T. Harv Ecker

The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

The E-Myth Mastery: The Seven Essential Disciplines for Building a World Class Company by Michael E. Gerber

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert Kiyosaki

The Millionaire Maker: Act, Think, and Make Money the Way the Wealthy Do by Loral Langemeier

Book Yourself Solid: The Fastest, Easiest, and Most Reliable System for Getting More Clients Than You Can Handle Even if You Hate Marketing and Selling by Michael Port

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

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