TOOLS

Sep 052016
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Stripe Payments

Charge it. Cha-Ching. Are you looking for an easy to use credit card processor for your company?  Look no further. One of my favorite business solutions is Stripe, a software tool for collecting credit card payments. Positioning itself as the ‘payments infrastructure for the internet,’ Stripe is the perfect solution for those looking to build a marketplace, mobile app, online storefront or subscription service. Stripe Features Do you need to accept payments quickly and easily? Stripe is not only easy [read more…]

Oct 082015
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Freshbooks

Do you need a simple accounting software? If so, I highly recommend Freshbooks because of it is so easy to use. Freshbooks makes your accounting tasks easy, fast and secure — three descriptions that every entrepreneur desires. I have been a customer of Freshbooks for over two years now, and I can say that the service they provide constantly exceeds my expectations.  As a matter of fact, of all the software programs I use to run my businesses, Freshbooks is [read more…]

Sep 302015
 
[Plugin] UpdraftPlus

Plugin for Backups Positioned as the world’s most trusted backup plugin, UpdraftPlus is the world’s highest rated and most-installed plugin. UpdraftPlus can back up WordPress sites of any size. It runs wherever WordPress does, has more storage options than any rival and makes cloning simple. Your WordPress backups are worth the same as your entire investment in your website. The day may come when you get hacked (or your hosting company does or they go bust) — without good backups, you [read more…]

Aug 262012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Todoist

Are you looking for a new “to-do”? There is one task manager tool that I use all the time. Not just every day, but every hour. It not only is one of my most used tools, but it’s also a huge help when it comes to keeping my work organized on my computer. Todoist helps you keep your desktop and your life organized. First, create a project. Then create tasks related to that project. You can add due dates and set up [read more…]

Aug 112012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Click to Tweet

Have you seen those click-to-tweet buttons on websites (like the one below) and wondered how to get one for your site?  Fret no more. Here’s the answer: Click-to-Tweet. This software service is the best, easiest and simplest way to promote and advertise your stuff on Twitter.  As a matter of fact, Twi5.com (the one stop place for users searching for twitter apps) claims that “ClickToTweet can rightly be called the easiest twitter application to include retweet text in a link.” As simple [read more…]

Jul 242012
 
[Plugin] Yet Another Related Post

Plugin for Engaging Readers YARPP (Yet Another Related Posts Plugin) lets you display a list of related entries on your site and/or feeds based on a unique algorithm, drive incremental page-views and provide more value to your reader. Problem: You need to encourage your readers to stay on your site and truly engage with your content so they become raving fans, loyal followers and ultimately, paying customers. YARPP helps you introduce your reader to other relevant content on your site, making it [read more…]

Jul 132012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: LaunchRock

Do you need to set up a “Launching Soon!” web page to determine interest, spread the word and build your audience? What is it? LaunchRock is a web based application that helps you set up a social “launching soon” page in minutes, share your page and start gathering emails. With LaunchRock, you can incentivize and reward users for telling others about your project — just use their built-in sharing tools. Prior to launching your business, it’s important to love each and [read more…]

Jun 252012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Shoeboxed

Ready to eliminate paper clutter? As entrepreneurs, we’re always collecting receipts. Yet, it seems like we never have any spare time to organize them. Shoeboxed.com is ready to come to your rescue!  Consider Shoeboxed your full time virtual assistant that saves you time and money (especially during tax season)! Shoeboxed takes the pain out of paperwork.  All you do is send the paper documents (receipts and business cards) by mail via the supplied envelope or upload them via your mobile [read more…]

Jun 222012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Brand Yourself

Do you really need a free and easy way to manage your online reputation, Google ranking and personal branding? Yes, you do. We were all taught that a firm handshake, professional attire and a strong resume were the necessary pillars of a good first impression. Unfortunately, this philosophy is no longer enough. With the advent of social media, making an unforgettable first impression in-person is no longer the only thing you need to worry about.  Whether you like it or not, you’re being [read more…]

Jun 202012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Smore Flyers

Do you need to get the word out about an upcoming event?  If so, you should know that the days of posting a flyer around your neighborhood are long gone. What is it? Meet your new event coordinator: Smore.  This online service helps you create amazing online pages that you’re proud to share.  Smore allows you to quickly and easily create beautifully designed flyers and publish them instantly online for all to see. That’s right.  You can create beautiful web [read more…]

Jun 142012
 
[Plugin] Welcome Gate

Plugin for Capturing Email A Welcome Gate™ is a cross between a popup and a squeeze page.  But it’s far less annoying and aggressive than both (while still delivering serious results). Problem: Markets are becoming increasingly more sophisticated, and that’s why you need to shake things up and try new things to capture emails.  The jury’s still out, but I’m thinking that pop-ups may be getting a bit stale (although I do the Qoate Scroll Triggered plugin (keep scrolling and [read more…]

Jun 112012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Meeting Ticker

How much is your time worth? If you’re anything like me, when your work day comes to a close, you find yourself asking this frustrating question “Where did all the time go?” Even more so, you’re probably exasperated by the fact that you didn’t get a lot more accomplished — in spite of the fact that you were not only ‘cranking out’ work all day long with not so much as a lunch break, but you were also attending worthless meetings. [read more…]

May 302012
 
[BLUE] TOOL: Google +

What is it? If you’re not using Google Plus yet, you really should ask yourself why not?  Google + is a social media channel similar to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.  By combining the best features of the top social media sites; Google Plus is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. And then some. If you are going to get serious about building your brand via content writing and distribution, then building a Google + community must be part [read more…]

May 302012
 
[Plugin] Fast Secure Contact Form

Plugin for Building Forms We all know how important having a contact form on your website is.  Adding a contact form is actually one of the first things you should do when starting a new WordPress site. After all, it’s one of the biggest ways to capture much needed customer information. But what if you need a form builder to capture more than just someone’s contact information? The Fast Secure Contact Form plugin makes it easy for you to create customized [read more…]

May 302012
 
[DOUBLE DIAMOND] TOOL: Mixergy.com Entrepreneur Interviews

Are you frozen by fear, scared to make a move and wondering what the heck you should do next on your entrepreneurial journey? There’s one place I go to learn from others who have come before me, and that’s Mixergy.com.  Mixergy is a place where successful people teach ambitious upstarts what works for them, and what doesn’t. The people who speak on the Mixergy web site or at live Mixergy events are well-known business people who take time out of [read more…]

Apr 262012
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Hello Fax

There’s a new kid on the block when it comes to faxing services, and trust me…this is one tool you want to get your hands on. Hello Fax. If you’re anything like me, you hate having to print out documents that require your signature, sign them, scan them and then fax them back.  It’s always so time consuming and frustrating that just the thought of someone asking for a signature sends chills up my spine. Until now. If you’re ready [read more…]

Apr 192012
 
[Plugin] Qoate Scroll Triggered Box

Plugin for Building Email Lists  We all know how important building your email list is.  After all, that’s one big way you turn prospects into customers. One of my favorite plugins to use is: Qoate Scroll Triggered Box plugin.  This plugin makes it easy for you to create scroll triggered call-to-actions on your WordPress post pages and build your email list. Problem: You need to build your email list.  Yet, you don’t want to overwhelm your website visitors with a call to [read more…]

Feb 012012
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Lynda.com Online Training

What is it? Lynda.com is online software training videos that really work.  Really. They offer classes for the very basic beginner who’s clueless about software all the way through to the expert who needs to brush up on their skills. Whatever your line of business, you should get to know ‘Lynda.’ It’s no longer OK to get by in business life without knowing basic computer skills.  Actually, being naive about technology is ludicrous considering how much business is done online [read more…]

Sep 272011
 
[GREEN] TOOL: Instapaper URL Clipper

What is it? Instapaper is the best thing I’ve come across all year. It’s been around for quite some time, has 1 million registered users and was named “Best Publication App of 2010,” but I hadn’t heard about it.  So I figured it’s worth sharing just in case you missed it too. For quite some time now, I’ve been searching high and low for a simple tool that would do exactly what Instapaper does: save webpage urls. Instapaper allows you to easily [read more…]

Aug 282011
 
[BLACK] TOOL: Amazon Associates

Do you write blog posts (you should) about your business? If so, you have an opportunity to create another revenue stream for your business by recommending Amazon products which apply to the subject at hand. What is it? Amazon Associates is one way to make money when you advertise the products on Amazon.  When you sign up to be an “associate,” you’ll be given a unique associate id which is embedded in the URL for tracking and payment purposes. Links and Banners One way [read more…]