I put together various resources I use for my home, business, and personal TLC matters. I’ll add more as time goes on. Anything listed here I recommend for their own merits. May you find the resources you need to make your life a little bit easier and more fun.
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SiteGround – I host my domain on SiteGround. Like many other bloggers, I signed up with BlueHost on the recommendation of another big-time blogger but had a terrible experience. BlueHost wasn’t always terrible, from what I hear, but that changed when they joined EIG in 2010. In short, avoid the EIG companies. I LOVE SiteGround’s customer service. I strongly recommend them.
Blog and Be Legal – “If you want to be sure that your blog and biz are LEGAL, this is the course for you. Written by a seasoned blogger and attorney, this is your start to finish guide for the legal aspects for your blog and online business.” Really couldn’t summarize this better myself! This course is amazing and I haven’t found anything else out there like it.
Ultimate Bundles – I love the genius bloggers toolkit bundle and the work-at-home bundle. Each are on sale at different times of the year.
MailerLite – This is the company I currently use to connect with my readers on a more personal level. Use your email marketing for making deeper connections, making more sales, or just keeping a wait list together when you are ready to launch that amazing product or service.
I used to listen to podcasts while I worked in an office. I don’t have 10 hours a day to go through all of the updates. Now I search for content if there is a topic I still need to learn about. Remember to act on the information and don’t get stuck learning without implementation.
Being Boss – “Being Boss is owning who you are, knowing what you want, and actually making it happen.”
Boss Mom Podcast – “Welcome to Boss Mom, where we strive to help make your life just a little bit easier…how do we do it?”
Profit Boss Radio – “What do powerful and successful women really think and feel about their finances?”
Smart Passive Income – “The podcast where it’s all about working hard now so you can sit back and reap the benefits later.”
Simple Pin Podcast – “The Simple Pin Podcast is a show dedicated to using Pinterest to boost your business.”
Strategy Hour – “We help overwhelmed and creative entrepreneurs break down their Oprah-sized dreams to create a functioning command center to tame the chaos of their business. Basically, we think you’re totally bomb diggity, we’re about to uplevel the shiz out of your business.”
Market Beautifully Podcast – “Encouraging your goals to be bigger, creating strategies to where your dreams can happen and showing you how to market as beautifully as possible in the business world.”
Brand IT Girl Podcast – “You can do anything. Let me show you how!”
If you’re interested in starting work as a proofreader, here are some starting points that may help you decide if this is a viable path for you.
High-Level Proofreading Pro – This course is a wonderful start to understanding the world of proofreading, primarily targeted towards self-published authors.
Proofread Anywhere is another program that covers general proofreading and another for more technical transcript proofreading. It’s like a generalist versus a specialist in proofreading. Which course meets your goals and objectives?
Chicago Manual of Style provides an online subscription-based style guide. This is one of (if not THE) most popular style guides in North America.
Associated Press Stylebook is another very popular style guide used in North America. You’ll find great subscription options based on your unique needs.
Strunk and White’s Elements of Style is a great resource covering how to write so you can know how to break the rules best. Read the full text for free online or buy the book.
Dubsado is my preferred CRM system where I handle invoices and now my scheduling too! More great features keep getting added. It’s worth checking into.
Calendly allows you to more easily coordinate your schedules with other people. Plans start at free and scale up based on needed features. I used the free option until Dubsado implemented their own scheduling system.
Google Calendar helps me block out time for work, home, and personal time that cannot be rescheduled and I’ll add in the plans that could be moved. Best of all, it integrates with other systems seamlessly.
Google Drive holds all of my documents, pictures, and blog post drafts. Get up to 15GB of storage for free or upgrade for more storage.
Zapier connects systems to create any action you directed to make part of your workload automated. Take some work off of your desk by creating automated systems. It’s less expensive than hiring out work, that’s for sure!
Simple Bank is where I use my freelance banking, separate from my personal banking needs. I do business in my own name, as such, that is legal, however, this may not work for you. Simple is a great bank for personal uses though.
Capital One Spark Business Checking is the business account I tried to set up. Unfortunately, they weren’t accepting new customers at the time. I just checked again. New business banking customers have been turned away for a year now. I’m not sure what updates Capital One is making to take this long. Should be interesting to keep an eye on.
IRS.gov can provide you with a Tax ID number and answer many business tax related questions. Half of the accountants I’ve talked to went to this website while I was talking to them. I started going there myself.
Trello is a visual task management system that is popular and used in my business and writing organization.
Airtable is a spreadsheet/database system that is less popular but equally amazing with its powerful features.
Compressor.io will compress your images without requiring any personal information or accounts to set up. This is very useful for bloggers needing to keep images smaller, their websites faster without another plugin, and keep the images of high-quality.
Tailwind is the most financially accessible Pinterest approved scheduler that has expanded into Instagram. Up your marketing with Tailwind.
Home and Personal Resources
Amazon Prime includes many great services (most people don’t even realize just how much comes with Prime membership!). Get fast, free shipping on all products, Prime videos, reading, music, and apps when you sign up.
Costco is hands down the best place we’ve found to purchase toilet paper, paper towels, diapers, and baby wipes in bulk. We also enjoy casual family dates to the concession stands. Joining the membership is easy, but you can also get in the doors to explore with another card holder or a gift card.
Rover is the place to find pet care (dogs & cats!), house sitters, and dog walkers in your neighborhood. Rover places as much care in vetting their prospects as you might expect of any children’s daycare service might.
Care is best known for child care but they also provide senior care, house sitting, and pet care. They helped when we lived far away from any family or friends to help us directly or even provide babysitter referrals.
Nextdoor is a social media and classified ads for your specific neighborhood. The app seeks for verified users and thus you get to learn to know who your neighbors are, what safety concerns are coming up, and community events you may have otherwise never heard about. Click the link to get priority verification for your profile.
Netflix – Do I need to explain this? The kid’s channel is packed with fun, educational, and inspiring shows. With new options to pay for exactly what you want to fit within any budget, Netflix dominates the market for a reason.
Crunchyroll is my favorite source of manga and anime. They feature simulcasts from publishers with subtitles added only an hour after live airing in the original country. Free accounts include “commercials” but if you don’t want to see the same 6 ads looping, then paying for premium membership is more than worth the expense. Click the limited offer link for a guest pass to premium membership.
Rhett & Link/Good Mythical Morning – Have a laugh and… learn something too?
Geek & Sundry – Learn something new, find a new game, have a laugh.