The internet is full of some pretty darn amazing tools and resources for online entrepreneurs.
So many in fact, that it can get a little overwhelming trying to decide which tools are right for you and your business.
That’s why I decided to put together a list of my most essential resources. The same resources that have helped me work online for two years, start a profitable blog and stay organized as a digital nomad.
Everything on this page is something that I personally use or have used at one point in my career. That’s why I feel so confident recommending them to you! So, if you are ready to start your own blog or online business, scroll on down to find out what tools will work best for you!
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THE ULTIMATE RESOURCE LIST FOR BLOGGERS, ENTREPRENEURS & DIGITAL NOMADS
Siteground: The best web hosting company. It’s faster, safer and has better customer support than the majority of other hosting companies. Click here to find out how you can switch to Siteground and get your money back from your current host.
Namecheap: The go-to website for buying domain names. It’s where I made my first blogging related purchase ever (seriously, I bought this domain for like $3) and for that, it will always have a special place in my heart.
Convertkit: An email marketing provider that will help you grow your list like a weed and design awesome landing pages. It’s used by most professional bloggers. Click here to claim your own 14-day free trial.
KW Finder: An easy-to-use keyword researching tool that will help you plan your content and rank highly in search engines. This will vastly improve your blogging strategy and drive targeted traffic to your site. The free account let’s you conduct 5 searches per day.
Bluchic: Feminine WordPress themes at their finest. The designers at Bluchic ensure all of their themes are responsive, mobile-friendly and WooCommerce ready. Plus, they also offer social media and landing page templates!
StudioPress: Home of the popular Genesis Framework, which allows you to quickly and easily design incredible WordPress sites yourself! Regardless of your niche or design preference, StudioPress has something for every website.
Canva: This free graphic-design tool is my go-to website for all blog and social media graphics. It has an interactive drag-and-drop feature and gives you access to millions of templates, fonts and icons. Seriously, it’s awesome.
Photoshop: If you haven’t used Photoshop yet, you’re seriously missing out. This is where I edit all of my photos and design things that just can’t be done with Canva. Tailwind: This social media scheduling tool has been an absolute game changer for my blog. Although I haven’t tried their Instagram feature yet, I do use Tailwind on a daily basis to schedule all of my pins and interact with other bloggers in Tailwind Tribes. Click here to try Tailwind and get 200 pins for free.
G Suite: This cloud-based suite of apps helps busy entrepreneurs check their emails, share files, edit dociments and hold video meetings. I love using it because you can pick up where you left off between your computer and phone. Click here to start a 14-day free trial of G Suite.
Freshbooks – An awesome online tool for pro-bloggers and small business owners. It keeps you organized, saves billing time and let’s you get paid faster. And who doesn’t want that, am I right? Click here to start a 30-day free trial of Freshbooks.
Fiverr: This online marketplace has something for everyone. In short, freelancers put up “gigs” for jobs that they’re willing to do for as little as $5 per project. You can find writers, graphic designers, virtual assistants and more! Not only have I worked on Fiverr myself, but it’s also my go-to for hiring other people.
18-Month Moleskine Weekly Planner: If you’re anything like me and struggle to keep track of #allthethings that you need to do… this weekly planner is for you! The layout is awesome, it’s easy to customize and it looks great too. Highly recommend it if you’re in the market for a new planner!Linqia: This is my personal favourite influencer network for bloggers. It’s a great place to find sponsored post opportunities that fit your niche. Plus, it’s totally free to sign up.
Swagbucks: Not just for bloggers, but Swagbucks is a great place to make some extra money online. In fact, I was able to make over $1,200 in one year by spending just a few minutes a day playing games on the site. Click here to read my full tutorial on how to make money with Swagbucks.
Ebates: After being introduced to Ebates earlier this year, I honestly wonder why I didn’t sign up for it sooner. It allows you to earn cash back on your online purchases. It’s free to sign up for Ebates & you can get $10 by using my referral link. Macbook Pro: I’ve had my current Macbook Pro since mid-2014 and experienced absolutely zero issues with it so far. The retina screen is perfect for designing graphics and watching movies. Plus, it looks great too!
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard: For bloggers and online entrepreneurs, having a keyboard and mouse to go with your laptop is essential. Not only will it make your experience more comfortable, but it will also help prevent any future hand or wrist problems. I personally love this Microsoft keyboard and matching mouse. I can attest to the fact that they’re comfortable enough to use for 12 hours straight!
Rain Design mStand: Further enhance your home office station with a laptop stand. It helps tremendously with your posture and makes using a wireless keyboard even easier. I personally love this Rain Design stand because it goes with my Macbook and let’s me discreetly hide cables. When I’m travelling, I prefer to use this stand instead.
Seagate Slim 2TB Hard Drive: If you’re anything like me and you tend to have a bajillion files on your computer, an external hard drive is pretty much a necessity. Seagate is like, the most trusted brand when it comes to hard drives. And I like this one because of the slim profile.
Sennheiser CX 2.00i Earbuds: Never underestimate the value of a good pair of headphones. I have been using these Sennheiser earbuds for several years and they are seriously indestructible. I’ve put them through the wash accidentally and they’re still going strong. Plus, the sound is just amazing.
Sharpie Pens: I don’t go anywhere without at least one sharpie pen in my purse. These things write like a thin marker, but don’t bleed through any pages. I have them in almost every colour and I highly suggest trying them if you haven’t already!Airbnb: I have been living in Airbnb apartments for most of my adult life. Whether you want a monthly lease, a weekend getaway or you want to make some extra cash by renting out a spare room, Airbnb is your answer. Click here to sign up for Airbnb and get $40 off your first booking.
Booking.com: When I’m not staying in an apartment, I almost always book my accommodation on Booking.com. It’s easy to sort through results and find great hotel deals. Plus, after three bookings, you become a “Genius” member which entitles you to extra discounts and special treatments! Click here to sign up for Booking.com and get $25 off your next hotel stay.
TrustedHousesitters: If you have ever wanted to travel the world for free and babysit other people’s pets, TrustedHousesitters is definitely for you. With a membership, you can apply to housesit at places all over the world. I think everyone should experience this at least once!
Uber: – My transportation of choice when I’m travelling in new cities without a car. Just pull out your phone, request a pick-up and wait for your ride! Click here to sign up for Uber and get your first ride free.
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