For domain names I use 123 Reg. I buy .com, .co.uk, .me, .blog, .net domains, etc etc etc – you can buy them all and secure your chosen names with 123 Reg. They also provide mailboxes, hosting website templates but I only use them for mail and domains right now. Definitely recommended!
Back WP UP
Back up and save complete WordPress installations – automatically. The back up is saved as a single zip file which you can set up to be pushed to your chosen location such as Dropbox.
Become a Pinterest VA
Gina and Kristin are the two bloggers behind this awesome course. Not only is it actionable, it’s realistic, easy to follow and it’s how I earn a portion of my freelance income – as a Pinterest VA and manager after completing this course!
The email provider that allows you to tag subscribers, create sequences to send out to subscribers depending how they came to your mailing list and just an all-round great tool for growing an email list – since we all know around 60% of a blog’s income comes from its precious mailing list subscribers.
Be careful not to get lost in the amazing creations available at Creative Market! I can lose hours browsing through everything available. Some designs and elements are free, some are affordable and some are more of an investment, but either way, you’ll find literally any graphic-related item you need on this site. (Design elements, Instagram templates, Pinterest templates, logo elements, fonts, themes, etc). On a Monday, you’ll receive an email with 6 free goods to download so look out for that!
Start with a huge bundle of 300 design elements – all you need to get started creating amazing pins, other social media and blog graphics…
Divi WordPress Theme
Divi is a WordPress theme by Elegant Themes – otherwise known as “the ultimate visual builder”. It allows myriad customization options to provide your blog with a look of its own. Customer support is excellent. If you would like a course that walks you through using Divi, from installation to final finished blog ready for the world to see, Theme by Number is the step-by-step course to help. I actually don’t know where my blog would be without it!
Great content is easy to write with the help of Editorr. Eliminate mistakes in your writing! So helpful if you’re not great at writing or are not a native English speaker because you can connect with editors to proofread your writing 24 hours a day.
Fiverr is the perfect base from which to start freelancing. It’s free to join and you can add “gigs” (aka productized service offerings) to your profile and work with potential buyers directly from the site. If you’re interested in starting a freelancing side hustle on Fiverr, check out my course, How to Get Started on Fiverr and Get Your First Client Within a Few Days.
And if you need to find a freelancer to do a job such as WordPress support, creating a logo, transcribing a blog post, some VA work or any vast number of other tasks, you’ll probably find a helpful freelancer here!
With FreshBooks, you can manage your transactions, invoice clients and keep your accounts up to date really easily – no need to install any software to take up valuable space on your laptop as it’s all cloud based! And affordable too, so it’s perfect for blog owners and freelancers.
An online graphics software that is way more affordable than Photoshop, but also much easier to learn and use. I use this 95% of the time and Canva 5% of the time. Their customer service is excellent and it’s a fantastic tool to use whether you’re creating graphics for your own blog or you’re a freelancer creating for others.
Side Hustle School
The school by Financial Freedom Footsteps to help you launch and grow a profitable side hustle to achieve your financial goals. Go have a look and see the easy-to-follow courses created for you 🙂
An independently owned website hosting company (not part of a large conglomerate) and therefore customer service is second to none! Immensely helpful and knowledgeable advisors work for this company and are ready to help at the click of a button. Affordable website hosting with options available to suit the varying stages of your blog.
Start a Blog
One of the most actionable courses I’ve come across – I did many courses in my journey to start a blog and finally found all Suzi’s courses. Blog by Number is the one to start a blog!
Teachable is the hosting platform I use for my online courses. It’s an intuitive platform, easy to find your way around even if you’re not too tech savvy.
Write the Perfect Post – for Guest Posting Opportunities
Once again a course that’s actionable and easy to follow. Post by Number is only $9 and you could get your first guest posting opportunity on completion!