Here is a list of the resources I recommend for getting started with creating an online business.
I've hand-picked the best resources that I use and recommend to get your starting and making passive income online.
Use my links below to get a special discount for many of these services.
The first step in creating an online business is creating a website. I recommend creating a WordPress website, because it is the easiest and most universally available platform available today. There are thousands of plugins available, which make it easy to create a website to do everything you need from lead capture, to sales pages, and much more—without having to do any coding.
For creating your WordPress website, I recommend starting with Bluehost. With Bluehost you can get a brand new WordPress site set up in less than 5 minutes and the cost is extremely low.
Every successful online business focuses on building an email list. An email list is the main way in which you'll build an audience and sell to that audience.
Thrive makes some of the BEST WordPress themes and tools for capturing leads and doing A/B testing to see which lead captures work the best.
They also have an excellent page designer called Thrive Architect, which allows you to create optin pages and sales pages for your products.
I use Thrive on ALL of my business sites. Highly, highly recommend this plugin more than any other WordPress plugin.
Once you have a way to capture email addresses, you need software to store those email addresses and send marketing emails to them.
I use Active Campaign for this because Active Campaign is fairly low cost and has a huge number of features for setting up automated email campaigns which allow you to market to your list.
I really like the workflows you can set up in Active Campaign to handle just about any kind of complex logic you might want to employ in deciding how to send emails to your subscribers.
If you want to sell an online course of membership of some sort, you need somewhere to host it and you need to be able to collect payments from your customers.
Kajabi is an all-in-one solution that allows you to give your customers access to your content. You can use it to sell and host courses or to create a membership area.
I currently use Kajabi for the Bulldog Mindset membership.
If you want a very easy way to create a funnel for capturing leads, sending them emails and even creating sales pages and taking payments, Click Funnels is an all-in-one solution that does all of that and more.
This is the perfect tool for getting a funnel set up VERY QUICKLY, since they have built in templates and tools that make all of this super easy.
Click Funnels is probably the most popular software for internet marketers that exists today.
If you are just looking for a shopping cart solution, this is one of the best and easiest ones to get started with and you can get a lifetime subscription (instead of monthly fees.)
ThriveCart allows you to take payment for your products and create a simple checkout page that can have upsells (to maximize revenue) and many, many other features, including an affiliate program so other people can sell your products.
If you want to create a very nice looking store and get it up in literally minutes, Shopify is a great choice.
Shopify is pretty much the winner in eCommerce hosting.
It allows you to create a very nice looking store to sell your products and Shopify has a huge number of plugins and integrations which allow you to do pretty much anything you want with your Shopify store.
One important thing for building a business is getting, free, organic traffic. That means that you need to be able to get your posts and pages on your website to be able to rank for keywords in Google.
SEM Rush is a tool that I use from time to time to target specific keywords that I want to rank for.
It is the most comprehensive set of SEO tools that I have found that makes it much, much easier to start ranking for the most important keyword for your business.
Easily one of the best platforms for creating eLearning courses and hosting them—as well as taking payments.
Teachable allows you to put your online course up for sale an give access to members who purchase it.
You can also create membership programs inside Teachable and even sell your courses directly from their website.
Boost customer engagement with perfectly timed personal videos.
Bonjoro gives you all the tools you need to master personal video, and build powerful, lasting connections with your customers. Send them a thank-you email or a well-crafted sales pitch.
Your business is going to need a logo, at the least, and probably other design work such as a website design or perhaps graphics for products you create or ads.
I've used 99 Designs for many of these types of projects in several of my businesses. In fact, the Bulldog Mindset logo was designed by 99 Designs.
You might need a logo designed for cheap or some other simple work for your business like a voice over or quick web page design.
I've used Fiverr for quite a few different design and data gathering tasks. The big appeal here is that Fiverr is extremely cheap and extremely quick.
You can find all kinds of talented freelancers here who you can quickly hire for a small project.