I have spent a lot of time and money using tools to make my life and my business more efficient. Really, I just want to use tools that are simple and remove hassle. Especially the jobs I find a hassle. Good tools save time in the long run freeing us up to do the things we want to do and are profitable to boot.
Below are the Top Side Hustle Tools To Fuel Your Growth
i. Domain Name Registration I use SiteGround. Simple to use and great customer support when I need it.
ii. Website Hosting – I use SiteGround to host my website. Again, simple to use and offers easy to use integrations with WordPress and other website builders.
2. Website Builder
i. BeaverBuilder – Great options to build a custom website to reflect your personality and brand.
ii. WordPress Store – I love wordpress as there is a plugin or widget for any need your website might have. Many of the widgets and plugins are free making a no brainer for a person starting out.
3. Shopping Cart
i. WooCommerce – This is an inexpensive and well supported shopping cart integration. Not only can we sell physical items, there is an option to sell digital products as well which is a nice feature.
4. Payment Processors
i. PayPal – Paypal is easily recognizable and integrates with many website builders. There are invoicing options for one time sales disputes can be handled quickly.
i. Teachery – When I started my membership site I wanted a flexible option to sell memberships and individual classes. Teachery allows me to do exactly that. I like the way the student interface better than other options too.
i. Flexible BIZ TEAM – This is the best money I spent in 2019. Writing blog posts can be difficult. Flexible Biz Team makes it so simple. Not only do I get topics to write in my domain, they are topics people are searching for AND they are keyword rich. To make it better, Tammy offers questions to answer for each paragraph in a post. Writing has never been so easy.
ii. Tube Buddy– This product makes tagging YouTube videos a breeze and suggests tags that are easy to add to a video. End Screen Templates as well as cards is another great feature that speeds up the process of getting videos found.
7. Accounting & Legal
i. Merritt Bookkeeping – Bookkeeping for me is one of those things that would not get done unless I was paying someone to do it. Merritt makes it easy and I never have to worry that my business accounting is not getting done. I can edit transactions anytime and monthly financials let me monitor my progress.
8. Email Marketing
i. ConvertKit – I switched from one email provider to Convertkit and could not be happier. The whole product is easier to use than other options. From sequences to opt in pages this is a great product.
9. Project Management & Collaboration
i. Trello – Needed a tool I could keep all my client projects in one spot but in separate containers I could access from my phone as well as PC. Plus I could a place I could add people that were helping me. This is a very economical tool accomplish that task
ii. 17 Hats – This is trello on fire. What I love about this tool is not only can I add people that help me, they can answer email via premade templates so they sound like me. Plus, I can set up automatic email that are triggered when clients do specific actions. Very handy tool.
10. File Storage & Sharing
i. Google Drive – For the business just getting started, Google drive is an excellent place to store documents, photos, and all sorts of info. Best of all it is free.
ii. Drop box – I started using dropbox for my day job as I needed a place to store files so I could work from home from time to time. That use spilled over into my personal and business use. Super easy to store files from one PC to another as well as mobile. Then, be able to share all these files.
i. Fiverr – I’ve been using Fiverr for years. I no ability in graphic art as well as video intros. Fiverr offers hundreds of freelancers to do these digital tasks among many. Fiverr is an economical way to get work that is simple not work our time to learn.
Check out my video tutorials explaining how to use Fiverr to hire a graphic artist.
- How to get custom logos for models using Fiverr.com Part I
- How to get custom logos for models using Fiverr.com Part II
12. 3D Printing
i. Shapeways.com – Part of my business is 3D printing, problem is I have no interest in owning a printer. No worries, Shapeways not only will print products, they allow me to have a store and sell my products. And I do not have to do a thing except create files and upload them to their website. This service is amazing.
ii. FacFox.com – Since I have my own shopping cart, it has made sense to offer my products on my site. Facfox is the most economical place to get prints made. This service is wonderful for bulk orders and the print quality is very good.
i. eBay – Not my primary vehicle to sell. What I like about eBay is this site is a good place to sell things that do not fit my regular shopping cart on my site. Super simple to use, huge audience, it makes sense for me.
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