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For The Striving Entreprenuer

 

I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page for fellow entrepreneurs wanting to impact their passive income needs as well as build their business foundation. I will add to it as I learn more.  I will reference this page quite often, so I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. You should know,  I look for tools that are not costly…I love FREE.  None of these tools will punch a dent in your budget.  Enjoy!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your business goals.

Free Website Builders

http://www.wix.com/getasite

http://www.wordpress.com


TIME AND TEAM MANAGEMENT

Everyone knows that time is money.  No business owner wants to be missing out on coins because they can’t stay focus on the tasks.  Below are some tools that might essentially help with that.  Also, not all members of my team are located in the same place.  getting them together and staying updated on progress is essential.  Yes, I have something for that too and it is awesome…and FREE

FOCUS LOCK :  Need help staying on task?

Have a tough exam coming up, project due date is close but you can’t put your phone down?

Focus Lock, the digital ADD cure of the distracted and procrastinating masses!

Simply start by selecting the apps you want to lock out and set a timer for when they will unlock. Hit the locks and be distraction free from all the social networks and apps you are accustomed to.

Say goodbye to procrastination and say hello to Focus Lock

BASECAMP: Organize the chaos   Basecamp keeps people on the same page. No matter what your role is, everyone works toward a common goal: finishing a project together.  It even has an APP so you can keep up-to-date on the go.

MARINARA : Workplace time management is a real challenge. Emails, texts, phone calls and even snack breaks prevent us from focusing on – and effectively executing – a single task at a time. Check this one out!

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For Social Media Management:  

Canva: Click Here

Canva to create simple graphic design that can be used on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, blogs, and more. It’s like a paint-by-numbers Photoshop!

Hootsuite: Click here

This is a great site for scheduling social media posts and interacting on different platforms.

CoSchedule:  Click here

CoSchedule has no hidden secrets, no Easter eggs. But it’s a powerful tool. This guide will help you understand how to use CoSchedule the best way possible. You’ll be an expert in no time. You’ll discover practical ways to use CoSchedule with your team and with your blogging schedule.  This is the one I use personally.

Branding:

99 Designs: Click here
Get a customized logo for your business. Choose from several options submitted by several different designers.

Fiverr: Graphics, Logo’s, marketing, design and more online services, on budget and on time.

Check out Fiverr Now 


For Building Opt-In Pages

MailChimp Optin Cat WordPress Plugin: https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailchimp-wp/

MailChimp Forms by Optin Cat is a super-fast tool that lets you build beautiful looking MailChimp forms to maximize conversions and grow your mailing list. In just two minutes, you can build a MailChimp form that is fully optimized and customized to fit your theme’s design.  Even a pop-up version.

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Need a place to put your money?

First and foremost…a striving entreprenuer needs a place to put her money!  Be honest.  You figured out the product or services you want to offer.  You even know who’s more likely to benefit from what you have to offer.  But once the sale is made, do you have a place to put your coins?  You must consider that most people use credit cards and your business will need to be able to accept that form of payment. Don’t you agree?  Sure you do!!  If you aren’t making money then can you really call yourself a “Business”?  If you haven’t already, I recommend you set up a PayPal account.  There are three types: Personal, Premier and Business.

All PayPal accounts allow you to send and receive payments.

  • Personal: Recommended for individuals who shop and pay online, or wish to send or receive personal payments for shared expenses such as splitting of dinner bills or rental charges.

  • Premier: Recommended for casual sellers or non-businesses who wish to get paid online, and who also make online purchases.

  • Business: Recommended for merchants who operate under a company/group name. It offers additional features such as allowing up to 200 employees limited access to your account and customer service email alias for customer issues to be routed for faster follow-ups.

You decide which one you need!

http://www.paypal.com

Here’s another awesome and quick way to collect your money without a card reader! PayPal.Me

How PayPal.Me Works:

Grab your own link

Grab your own personal PayPal.Me link and we’ll add it to your PayPal account for you to share with friends or customers.

If you don’t already have a PayPal account, signup is fast and free.

Share with the world

Whether you need to collect money from friends, or get paid by a customer, just send them your PayPal.Me link.

Get paid. Simple.

Your payer clicks the link, enters the amount, and that’s it. The money’s in your PayPal account in seconds.

And if they’re not already among our hundreds of millions of users, PayPal signup is fast and free.

Get Started with PayPal.Me

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Google for Business

Google Business Email

Get branded email

Personalize your email by getting email addresses at your domain. Create addresses for your team like joe@yourcompany.com.

Get 24/7 support

With Google Apps, you get 24/7 phone and email support.

Work from anywhere

Sync and access your email from your mobile phone or tablet. Gmail works across Android, iPhone, Blackberry and more.

More than just email

Host a video meeting with up to 15 people straight from your inbox.

Google Voice:   Don’t want to use your personal number for business calls?  Google Voice gives you a single phone number that rings all of your phones, saves your voicemail online, and transcribes your voicemail to text. Other cool features include the ability to listen in on messages while they’re being left, block unwanted callers, and make cheap international calls.

Try Google Voice

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Video/Editing/Creator

VivaVideo: Free Video Editor is a video editing tool that allows you to work with videos and images to create your own video montage directly on your Android device.  ViVa Pro allows videos without watermark and unlimited minutes for a price of $2.99

Get Viva Video

Periscope:  Lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers, who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time. Periscope is the New OPT-In marketing tool for entreprenuers in social media with over 10 Million viewers and counting.

Check out Periscope

Podcasting (TBD)

Web Hosting
1&1: Click Here

Very reasonably priced and reliable web hosting for your website files. Supports WordPress sites.  Create an amazing website, purchase domains, URLs and much more.  They are full service and simply great and easy to use.