Side Hustle Tools

Online Business Tools This is an ongoing list of Online Business Tools that you might find useful for your side hustle business.  I want to keep the suggestions that I make limited to the ones that I  either use or I’m familiar with.

BOOKS THAT I HAVE READ

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World – written by  Michael Hyatt.
Takeaway: Provides you with step by step instructions on how to rise to the top of the noise so that you can grow your business or brand.

One Simple Idea: Turn Your Dreams into a Licensing Goldmine While Letting Others Do the Work – written by Stephen Key.
Takeaway: This book shows you how to incubate an idea and pitch it to companies.  I like this approach because it removes the risk of spending thousands of dollars of trying to get an idea started that could flop.

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – written by Gary Keller.
Takeaway:
Don’t try and be a jack or jill of all tracks.  Focus on the one thing that is important.

COURSES

LYNDA:  is an online platform that will help you learn skills that you need for your side hustle.  They focus in the areas of business, software, technology and creative skills.  I have used Lynda and found their videos to be very professional and detailed. 

WRITETO1K:  This is THE course that one of our contributors took that skyrocketed her freelance writing career in just a few months. It’s priced very reasonably and worth every penny! Click Here for more information.

ECOMMERCE PLATFORMS

SHOPIFY:  Years ago, I would self host the stores that I built, which meant I was responsible for setting up a payment gateway and making sure my store was secured. The past four years, I have used Shopify without complaints. Try Shopify for Free!

HOSTING

BLUEHOST: I don’t use Bluehost and the reason is simply that I started with Hostgator years ago.  If I was in the market for a hosting company, I would consider using them.

HOSTGATOR:– I have been using Hostgator for many years without any issue.  Hosting is one of those services that you tend to forget about.  If you are in the market for hosting, I would compare it with Bluehost.  They are the two most popular services on the market at this time.

IMAGES

PIXABAY:  For a long time, I paid for images to use on my blog.  Then I came across Pixabay.  It is an image service that is free to use.  If you are in need of images and you like Free, I encourage you to check it out.

MARKETING

HARO:  Help a Reporter Out.  If you sign up for Haro, you will receive 2 – 3 emails a day with bloggers, journalist and reporters that are looking for experts to comment on a particular subject.  I have been using HARO for several years.   It is a hit or miss but if you luck up and quoted on a successful blog, it will help drive traffic to your site.

SHAREASALEis an affiliate marketing network.  There are over 2500 programs that allow you to earn commission on products or services.  I have used SHAREASALE for several years.   You might check them out and see if any of their marketers offers services or products that complement your blog.

OUTSOURCING

FIVERR:  Fiverr jobs start at $5 for a basic gig. You will find all kinds of freelancers from SEO work to blog writing.  I have used Fiverr for several years. Tip: Once you find someone that does quality work, tip them with each job so that they’ll be motivated to keep producing quality work.

UPWORK: I have been using Upwork for years.  The freelancer who currently adds products to my store, I found on Upwork. Like Fiverr, there are a lot of low-quality freelancers, but I usually hire two or three freelancers to do a test job and hire the one who meets my criteria.

99DESIGNS:  I have never used 99designs but they have been around for a long time.   Designers compete for your business. You submit a detailed report of what you need designed, pick your package, and then designers can pick up the job. They will all submit their designs to you and you pick the one you want. Like all outsource platforms, it might take some trial and error before you get the results that meet your expectation.

SEO TOOLS

SEMRUSH:  I have been impressed with how easy SEMRUSH makes keyword research.  It will give you the ability to write your post based upon the keywords that is driving traffic.    I was hesitant at first to add another monthly cost.  But if you are serious about taking your blog to the next level you might consider SEMRUSH.
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