Tools and Resources
1). LLC vs SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP
Whether to structure as a sole proprietorship or an LLC boils down to several factors. If you decide to go the LLC route make sure you cover your basis.
If you do decide to become a LLC you may also want to purchase this LLC Operating Agreement.
Although it costs to register your business as a LLC, there are some companies who will get your LLC set up for free and you just pay the state fee.
2. BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Is the above picture how you keep track of your business? If so then it’s time to get organized and start running your business smooth and efficient. For something that helps you with invoicing, contracts, payments, tracking expenses, tasks list and more than you should definitely check out this freelance software. It does so much for a very reasonable price, and you will have everything you need all in one place.
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Remember, you should always self-host and own your own blog. This means your own servers and URL. Relying on someone else is not the way to go. Plus, since they have control over your website, they can take down your blog at any time.
Why use Siteground? Well for one it’s used by tons of bloggers to there’s always someone to help you or answer questions about Siteground if you need it. There support is fast and awesome (I’ve used them a number of times to help me and they always come through in a jiffy!). Their 1-click WordPress installation is a snap and will be easy peasy for beginners. Plus, their 30-day money back guarantee is a no-brainer!
Same with Bluehost. Free domain, free site builders, 1-click WordPress install, and 24/7 support. It’s all a matter of preference.
3.) SOCIAL MEDIA
4). EMAIL SERVICE
You must have some sort of Email service provider if you want to run a profitable blog. The core of any good website is the email list. Your subscribers are your tribe! Visitors and great but the ones you convert that sign up for your information are the ones you want. You need an email service provider not only for your reach, but to create opt-ins as well. I recommend Mailerlite for those just starting out. It’s free until you get your first 1000 subscribers. It’s also super user- friendly and easy to navigate.
However, if you have the money, my top recommendation is to go ahead and get Convert Kit for your email subscriber for the start. It’s kind of a pain to transfer all your subscribers over to a new email service. I’ve used both and they are both great. I use Convert Kit for an older website I have and Mailerlite for this one. So I’m speaking from experience.
5). OPT-INS AND SHARE YOUR CONTENT HELPERS
I absolutely LOVE Milotree. It’s a program that lets people opt-in or subscribe to your website or social media accounts. The reason why I love it so much is because it’s SUPER easy to set this up. No downloads, plugins, or posting codes needed. You just handle everything from the Milotree website. Just choose which thing you want visitors to sign up for: your website or one of your social media accounts. You can also choose how the opt-in box scrolls across your website screen. If you want to know what it looks like just take a look at mine. You should see the Milotree scroll across my screen when you first come on my site.
Sendowl has been the easiest so far for me to use when it comes to setting up a payment system for products I sell. This is a great system if you want to sell ebooks, or other digital products as well. Getting paid is a breeze, and they are very reasonably priced as well. They even have an affiliate program system already built into their plans that you can use if you want to offer an affiliate program for the products or ebooks you sell.
7). COURSE CREATION
Teachable is a program that allows you to create and sell online courses. It’s user-friendly and really easy to get started.
Use this Independent Contractor Contract Template for all your clients.
- an outline of services you provide
- A payment plan outline with suggested dates
- Late fee clause, in case your client misses those payments
- Confidentiality clause to protect your trade secrets
- A discussion about who owns the intellectual property you create, with the ability to give it all to the client OR maintain ownership while the client is allowed to use the finished product(s)
- A limit of liability to minimize the amount of money you’d owe if you ever needed to rely on your contract
- A disclaimer and release– if clients know what they’re in for, they can take responsibility in case something goes wrong
- All the boring legal stuff that makes this template a real, valid contract
Or, if you have decided you are ALL IN when it comes to blogging and running your business then get the VIP Legal Bundle instead.
9. AFFILIATE MARKETING
Automatically create links for specific keywords across your blog with just a few clicks. And SO MUCH MORE! If you want to monetize your website this tool will help you do just that in a snap. However this super helpful tool is does tons more than just that.
If you’re interested in selling or buying a website check out Flippa.
FOR VIRTUAL ASSISTANTS (ALL TYPES)
1). CLIENT MANAGEMENT
If you really want to be more productive, organized, and save time, then consider an all-in-one client management solution designed exclusively for virtual assistants. Although you certainly don’t have to be a VA to make use of management systems.
Adminja keeps everything organized and at your fingertips. You can store leads, tasks, notes, files, bookmarks and much more as well.
Just think…no more trying to keep everything in your head, or having notepads everywhere using that as your business system. With everything all in one place you’ll finally be able to focus and not worry about where to find your vital information.
2). LEGAL AND CONTRACTS
Snag this Transaction Coordinator Agreement to cover yourself and your TC Business.
TAX AND BUSINESS FINANCE
This course was a lifesaver for me when I first started my business! This course is a step-by-step course that teaches you everything you need to know to prep your self-employed taxes. Plus you get a worksheet packet designed to help you keep your tax information organized. Take the panic-free tax prep course now.