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Resources

There are a fair amount of resources, software, hardware and training I need to succeed. These are the items I personally use and recommend to you.

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Courses I Swear By

College is super important, but nothing beats getting a direct education and mentorship from industry leaders in your desired field. These are courses that I have personally taken, and highly recommend to you.

Global Amazon Selling with Marketplace Superheroes

You can sell on Amazon, and then you can sell on Amazon GLOBALLY. I have purchased other courses, I’ve watched lots of youtube videos, but this course and the support system you get access to when you join MPSH (Marketplace Superheroes) is worth every penny.

Website & Design

I went to college for Web Design and Development. Since 2011, I’ve been building websites and themes for my clients and design agencies. My themes and hosting have changed over the years, and it’s with tools like these that used to Work from Home as a Freelance/Contract Front End Engineer.

WordPress

The #1 blogging platform in the world, and the current content management system that I use for this blog. It’s 100% free and easy to set up.

Divi

There’s a time and place to build a custom theme from scratch. When I’m not building websites on custom platforms, I use Divi by Elegant Themes.

Site Ground

I swear by Site Ground. I’ve never experienced better customer service and more educated technical support staff anywhere else, and super competitive pricing to boot!

Elegant Marketplace

Elegant Marketplace isn’t affiliated with Elegant Themes, but they provide a huge array of child themes and plugins for you to make the most out of Divi.

Namecheap

By far, way easier to use and maintain your domains than godaddy (in my opinion). Also, they have the cheapest “WhoisGuard” privacy protection on your personal information when you register your domain.

 

GET PRIVACY ON YOUR DOMAIN. If you don’t, you’ll be bombarded and harrassed with sales calls from people perusing the recently registered domains lists.

iThemes

While they do sell themes, I’ve never used them. I use iThemes because they have the best WordPress Backup, Security & Maintenance plugins. There are free alternatives, but I still think iThemes is worth paying for.

Software & Services

Some of these are paid services. Some of these are free. It’s your choice.

G Suite

I’ve been such a long time user of G Suite, I was actually one of their beta testers when the program was free and called Google Apps.

Zoho

This is a great, free alternative to G Suite. However, my experience is that they don’t have as high of a delivery rate for emails as G Suite does.

17hats

This software combines the likes of Docusign, Harvest, Quickbooks and Asana into one powerful software suite. When I joined, it was originally for freelancers and solo-preneurs. Now, they support teams. Instead of paying for 4 different services, you get everything all in one place and all at one price.

Zenefits

17hats does a lot of things, but HR isn’t one of them. I’m ok with that, especially since Zenefits works with you to make sure you stay compliant as an employer, manage benefits, and auto-files your payroll taxes for you.

Adobe Creative Cloud

I’ve been using the Adobe Suite of softwares since high school. I primarily use Illustrator, Photoshop, and Premier Pro. These are industry standard for creatives and probably something I will never stop using. Thanks Adobe.

TubeBuddy

If you’re going to have a youtube channel, get this software. They do have a free teir, so try it out! When you’re ready to take your youtube channel seriously, the paid versions are worth the value they provide.

Hootsuite

I could very easily go into each social media platform and manually post every time… but that’s a lot of work. Hootsuite is one of the oldest social media management platforms and it allows me to schedule my posts and manage all of my social media profiles.