I often get asked for recommendations and details of the resources I use in my business and consultancy life. I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for details of the products and services I use. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience.
MY MOST RECOMMENDED
If you look at nothing else on this page, these are the four that you should know about. I find myself recommending these resources again and again. I use them because they make my life easier, and I’m confident you’ll agree too.
The quickest, easiest and most reliable way to file and share documents. Works across all devices and platforms with ultra-reliable sync. I would not be half as effective in my work if Dropbox did not exist.
Notes forever on any platform. The very best of the electronic notebook applications. It can store text, images, video and sound. Allows collection of notes from almost anywhere including clipping from any web site.
Apple Mac http://www.apple.com/mac/
Since moving from a PC to an Apple Mac in 2012 I have realised just how much difference a Mac makes to your personal productivity. The whole Apple ecosystem (I also use an iPhone and iPad) provides a complete experience which is unrivalled and I firmly believe makes me more productive.
This task management software is based on the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. It controls all my projects and tasks, both business, client and personal. The software has iPhone and iPad apps but unfortunately is only available on the Apple platform (sorry PC users).
WEB SITE CREATION & BLOGGING
The #1 web site content management and blog publishing platform. Free and easily customizable with thousands of plugins. All of my web sites and blogs currently use WordPress.
A great resource for premium WordPress themes. Various plugins available including the ‘WooCommerce’ system for building online stores.
A marketing theme and plugin for WordPress. Helps to quickly create various site pages with a professional style and co-ordinated content.
The internet’s most powerful email opt-in service and email marketing/broadcasting tool. This is what I use to build my email list and run my newsletter. For a free step-by-step tutorial, check out The Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Newsletter.
A digital products retailer. Probably the most popular and comes with an amazing affiliate program for your products.
One of the originals and excellent for payment processing. Convert your account to a Business one for more features and reporting.
OTHER SOFTWARE & CLOUD SERVICES
A cloud based accounting software platform. Based in the UK, this service simplfies accounts for small businesses. It has a portal where your accountant can log in and prepare annual returns.
This is a cloud based, basic CRM service. Quick and easy to set up and links to Gmail to track inbound and outbound email. Holds contacts and company and individual level.
Great screen capture software for producing screen casts, only available on the Mac though. PC users can use Camtasia Studio which is reported to be just as good.
GETTING HELP FROM OTHERS / OUTSOURCING
An outsource website for freelancers, virtual PS’s, IT companies, programmers and web designers. The resources are based around the world and are usually very cost effective.
This is a unique website that you can use if you need a logo or other graphic design. It’s in a contest format. You submit the description of what you want, and designers will compete against each other to win money.
A mini version of Elance with thousands of ‘gigs’ on offer. Very useful for graphics, virtual PA work, articles, authoring and loads of other tasks.
I listen to many podcasts each week and find it excellent for keeping up with the latest thinking, learning new skills and general entertain for long commutes.
Mac Power Users http://www.macpowerusers.com
Probably the best of all the Mac and Apple related podcasts. Hosted by two lawyers who are Apple nuts. Great, high quality content.
Smart Passive Income http://www.smartpassiveincome.com/category/podcast/
A great podcast covering podcasting, blogging and creating sources of ‘passive income’. Hosted by Pat Flynn, a well know character in online marketing circles. Check out his ‘income reports’ showing how much he earns online each month.
New Business Podcast http://www.chrisducker.com/new-business-podcast/
Another excellent podcast in the online marketing and new economy space. Hosted by Philippines based Englishman, Chris Ducker.
Entrepreneur On Fire http://www.entrepreneuronfire.com
Hosted by John Lee Dumas, this podcast features an interview with a different entrepreneur each day. Fascinating content.
And lastly some book selections. Click on the cover to be taken to Amazon for pricing and reviews (affiliate link).
If you don’t actually read very many books, why not try to listen to them! Check out audiobooks.com for a free trial and get a free book of your choice to listen to as well.