Resources and Recommendations

 

There are many wonderful products out there that I use often. Below, you will find a comprehensive list of my recommendations. Please note that this blog utilizes affiliate links and some of the links may be affiliate links, by using them you are helping to support this sweet little blog o’ mine. Please note that I do not recommend products or services that I do not personally use.

Finance

Mint.com Mint offers wonderful budgeting tools for your personal financial needs. Keeping your personal finances in order is a must for any small business owner. With fluctuating income having a realistic set of financials goals is a must. Mint will help you keep your finances in order.

Fresh Books – A wonderful resource that makes small business accounting much easier. Some perks of using Fresh Books are that you can save on credit card transaction fees by utilizing your Pay Pal account. Also, invoices can be sent 30 days and 45 days past due making collecting on past due invoices a bit easier. This platform makes tracking your business expenses and income very easy with fantastic reporting tools to help you really evaluate your business’ overall financial health.

Square If you need to collect payments on-the-go Square is a wonderful go-to. I have used Square for years and love how easy it makes doing business at local Farmer’s Markets, Festivals, Craft Fairs, etc. Yes, they charge credit card processing fees however, this may be the app that can help enable you to make your business more mobile. Money is quickly deposited into your business banking account within 48 hours.

Digit  Digit is a wonderful tool to help you boost your savings automatically. This savings tool is designed to automatically transfer money into your savings account. Digit does all the work for you and even comes with a no-overdraft guarantee. When you need to access the money in your Digit savings there are no minimum or transfer limits with no fees.

Maddie Brown – Focused one-on-one financial help for small business owners. Maddie uses her 30+ years of experience to help small business owners keep their financials in order.

Cash Back Rebate Programs

Ibotta– I absolutely love this app because I earn cash back from my routine grocery shopping. Simply download the app onto your smartphone and look for deals on products you typically purchase. You can earn rebates on items such as milk, bread, cheese, yogurt, bananas, bell peppers, etc. Join my team here and earn $10 when you redeem your first rebate!

ShopKick – This is a fantastic app that I recently started using. If you ever wanted a way to earn rewards just for walking into a store this is the app for you! Download the app onto your smartphone to start earning rewards. You can earn in three different ways, the easiest is by simply walking into specific stores and checking in to earn points. When you scan specific items in the store you will receive additional points. You can also earn points for the products you purchase by uploading your receipt on the app. You can redeem your points for gift cards.

Ebates – I love using Ebates and earning cash back for shopping online! The site is so easy to use and a great way to make your money stretch a bit further. If you are interested sign up here.

AMAZON Who doesn’t love Amazon? Anything I need I can find on Amazon.

Consulting Services

SCORE– This is an absolutely amazing and free mentoring service for any small business owner. They have a plethora of information on their site and chapters all over the U.S. I am so fortunate to have been able to utilize their services and recommend you do the same.

Small Business Administration – The official website of the United States Small Business Administration. A wonderful site to utilize for all of your small business questions.

Writing Tools

Grammarly – A wonderful tool that will help you become a better writer. It is completely free (upgrades available for a fee of course). It integrates with Chrome and Microsoft office beautifully. Never worry about breaking grammars rules again!

AWeber – I love using Aweber for my email newsletter management. This is a wonderful company that will help you manage your email list and they are wonderful at helping you understand how to better grow your email list. The site is very user-friendly and integrates well with Word Press.

Website

Mojo Marketplace: I shop at the Mojo Marketplace and utilized their services to help me build my blog. It is a great resource of themes, graphics, designs to help you develop your website or blog into exactly what you want.

Blue Host – I use Blue Host for my domain name and for hosting my blog. I absolutely love working with Blue Host. They have been wonderful and so helpful! Their sites are very user-friendly and easy to customize. I highly recommend using Blue Host for all your hosting and domain needs.

SumoMe -Want to create awesome pop-ups, welcome mat’s or find that perfect list building tool? SumoMe has got you covered. I have been thrilled with their personal customer service and I love how easy this tool is to use. You can run multiple campaigns and it is easy to track your analytics to understand what is working best for you.

Tailwind Visual Marketing Suite

I use Tailwind for scheduling my Pinterest post. I only recently started using this app and I love it! It is very user-friendly and has made my life a bit easier by allowing me to schedule my pins in advance.

Later.com – I love using this app to schedule my Instagram post. Although Instagram does not allow automatic postings like Twitter or Facebook. You can schedule your posts and you will be notified via a push notification and then you just click and post! I enjoy that this saves me time and allows me to schedule my posts in advance.

Canva – I absolutely LOVE using Canva to edit my photos. It is very easy to use and allows me to find the right size image for my blog and all my social media platforms.

I am a member of the Share-A-Sale network and have enjoyed my experience so far. If you are looking to monetize your blog or website I highly recommend joining their network. There are thousands of companies available for you to work with and boost your cash flow each month with affiliate income.

Networking Groups Worth Joining

Flock & Co. – Sorry gentlemen, this group is just for kickass ladies. Are you looking for a collaboration with another badass lady like you? This is the group for you. Connect with other bloggers, entrepreneurs, and creatives who want to team up and bring another awesome project to the world.

Blog Boss Babe This is by far the best community of bloggers I have joined. Helene Sula really put together a fantastic resource center for all your blogging needs.

Design Assistance

Loving my logo? Drop Stephanie a line at degianidesign@gmail.com and have her create something awesome for you!

Courses Worth Investing In

Building Your Business The ultimate step-by-step course for building your business into a sustainable and profitable venture. You will learn how to draft your business plan, find funding, market your business and build a brand customers will want to invest in.

Blogging Bombshell E-Course: Sydney from Modern Luxe has compiled a fantastic course, that I hope you will take advantage of. She walks you through from concept to publishing your first blog post. This is the perfect course for anyone hoping to not only start a blog but also monetize your blog.

Blog and Be Legal – This is a fantastic course for Jackie from Jade and Oak. As a practicing lawyer with a passion for blogging, Jackie has created a course that any serious blogger MUST take. I was fortunate enough to be a beta tester for her course (meaning I was able to take it for free and give her my feedback before it was available for public consumption) and I was amazed. She makes legal jargon easy to understand and uses practical techniques to help ensure any blogger who takes her course will not need to worry about unintentionally breaking the law from a lack of knowledge. I cannot recommend this particular course enough!

Amplify Blog Traffic: Want actionable steps you can take to increase your page views and reader engagement? Mecyll from Bitchy Chicken has created an awesome FREE course that will help you build up your following one social media platform at a time.

How to Start Your Small Business: This is my FREE seven-day email course. This course focuses on building a solid business foundation for your business. I will cover marketing plans, funding plans, business plans, and of course, we will discuss how to take your idea and turn it into an awesome business. Sign up here.

30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success: Gina Horkey is fantastic and this course will truly set you up for success.