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WAHM Toolbox

Below are some of the most primo, helpful, phenomenal, rad, affordable, resources that I have come across in my blogging journey. Some are ways to earn extra jing, some will help make your business better, some will help with the work/life balance. Plus some quirky, odd, and just plain fun things as well.
All have been used, tested, and reviewed my Moi 🙂
GOOD STUFF TO READ
FIRST, I have had many requests to put my links for the What it Takes to be a Virtual Assistant Series in one place. Ask, and you shall receive 🙂
What It Takes To Be A Virtual Assistant

Thaleia Maher from Something2Offer and I have joined forces to co-create a series this month called What it Takes to Be a Virtual Assistant.She and I have had so many valuable discussions about being virtual assistants and working from home thtat we decided to get serious about this topic and create something that will really help readers understand what a VA is, and move forward in their quest to become one.

These are just a few things we will be covering on Franticmommy, and Thaleia’sSomething2Offer blog:

How To Make A STEADY Income As A WAHM (Part One)

stead income

 

OTHER WAHM TOPICS:

What I’ve Learned From Business Goddess 2.0

Money Complacency-It’s a Biz Killer

WAHM Tip Thursday-Starting a WAHM Business on a Shoestring.

WAHM Tip Thursday: It’s Not all Unicorns and Rainbows

WAHM Tip Thursday: Facebook Cover Photos: A Tip and A Trick

How to Make your Own Media Kit (Busy Budgeting Mama)

GOOD STUFF TO LISTEN TO

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THE TOOL BOX

 

BlueHost Website Hosting: All businesses need a “homebase” or a website where clients can learn more about you and contact you there for services as well. BlueHost Website hosting is also where you buy domain names, ideal for any type of site. BlueHost also makes it sure seamless and easy to start a WP.org blog. You can buy your domain name, buy hosting, start your WordPress blog and even have a matching email address in place in less than an hour.  A very reliable service, the BlueHost customer service ninjas have saved my bacon on many occasion. I’ve used both GoDaddy and HostGator and I much prefer BlueHost.

P.S The customer support is amaze-balls and they’ve helped me out of a jam on more than one occasion.

 

BlueHost

Blog Migration or Custom Design: After years of being on Blogger, I finally recognized the need and value of being on WordPress.org. For those that don’t know, WP.org was MUCH more functionality, plugins, bells-n-whistles, and your SEO remains yours instead of going back to Google. If you have any plans of monetizing your blog, you need to be on WordPress.org. That being said DO NOT try to migrate your blog from BLogger to WP yourself. This is not a small or easy undertaking by any means and in order for things to not get lost or dis-con-bobulated you need to hire a professional. The ever-brilliant Jeni Elliot from The Blog Maven has migrated all THREE of my blogs from Blogger to WP and it was fast, efficient, and painless. I happy to say since I’ve made the move, my blog traffic has tripled on both Lakes Area Mom Squad and Franticmommy. Jeni also has a very much in-demand blog design service , or for more information of The Blog Maven’s Blog Migration Service and go HERE.

The Blog Maven

DropBox: Gawd I love DropBox. Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again! It works slicker-than-snot for my clients as well. No more wondering or frantically searching for “that document.” again. I can add, change, edit, and update a file in real time within DB as well. I just recently upgraded to the paid version because I have mondo/bouko amounts of files. I love that it’s “in the cloud” too. Get the details HERE.
PLR: Pressed for time? Tired of “reinventing the wheel” with endless research? That’s where PLR comes in handy. If you want to read the official explanation of PLR, go here. I can tell you that PLR is a way to buy (very cheaply) articles, recipes, and research details that you can tweak and rework to make your own. Save time, thus saving $$, and freeing you up to go on to bigger and better things. Get started with PLR HERE.
 
FRESHBOOKS:oh Freshbooks, how I love thee. Freshbooks enables me to bill my clients, track time, and even keep track of expenses. Freshbook is FREE if you have 3clients or less. Once to get past three, then it’s still an affordable $20 a month.  Sign up, or check it out HERE.

FreshBooks

Upwork: When I first formed my Virtual Assistant Business, one of the things I did immediately was to register at Upwork. Upwork was (and still is) an excellent source of income/job/work opportunities. I fully credit Upwork for getting my VA biz off the ground. If you are any sort of Service Provider (VA, web designer, SEO person, writer, marketing whiz) you should at least check it out. Click the image or HERE to go to Upwork for more details and sign-up
Business2Blogger: Yet another source for work as a blogger. I love the quick, easy writing projects and the payout is always speedy. Click the image to get started earning some $$

 

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VISTAPRINT: I try and do as much business with my local business as possible. But I have to say, VistaPrint is a slam-dunk when it comes  to awesome (and affordable) business cards etc. Their sales are da bomb too.  Save up to 80% on custom printed products at Vistaprint.

 
Social Media Examiner :SME is a kick arse resource for all-things-social-media. I have learned endless valuable juicy nuggets of marketing and SM gold from Michael Stelzner. Rock the house Michael!
http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/
p.s Social Media Examiner does a powerhouse “summit” twice a year. This a true investment in your business and worth every penny. Here’s the link to the upcoming one: SUMMIT
 
InstaBuilder: This is an absolutely a killer plugin for WP help you create Sales Pages and Squeeze Pages that convert. I am no tech guru, but this tool is so incredibly easy to use even I can use it with ease! I’ve created some sales pages here and here using InstaBuilder so you can how slick it is and how awesome it looks. InstaBuilder is super reasonable as well ($47 or $77 for unlimited) and totally worth the investment.

HOOTSUITE:

 Hootsuite has saved my bacon on many occasion by making it look like I am on the ball and working long hours when actually, I’m not. That’s the beauty of Hootsuite. It’s an amazing time-saver tool for posting updates, Tweets, and comments to social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and Linked-IN. The main program of Hootsuite is FREE, but there is a upgraded Pro version as well. Wanna give Hootsuite a try? Click the image below.

HootSuite Pro - try social media dashboard

You’re about to lose everything……

Have you ever seen that TV commercial from Carbonite? It’s a good one. Honestly, if you business revolves around the Internet, you need to protect yourself with Carbonite. I am Virtual Assistant so my LIFE is on-line. Carbonite protect my (and my clients) files and information “in the cloud” so if my computer ever did decide to bite-it, I would still be able to function, work, and earn an income. Carbonite is affordable too so grab some peace-of-mind HERE.

Skype: If you want to be a VA, you need to know SKYPE. I swear Skype is like my “second office” and it allows me to talk to clients all over the world like they were sitting across my desk from me. Google Talk and Google Hangout would other good skills to know as well.

VA Solutions: An excellent Resources for new, or current Virtual Assistants. I get asked A LOT what training I need to become a VA. I can promise you, the training never stops. I am constantly taking courses and classes that will help me be a better VA. Virtual Assistant Solutions is a never-ending treasure-trove of kick-butt good training. Founder Tawnya Sutherland runs a tight ship and I am a huge fan :).  Sign up or get started HERE.

Website Tools:

aWeber: Amazing email list software. Our top recommendation for building a subscriber list and staying in touch with them. Aweber will collect and organize all of the contact info, allow you to sort it into lists and send out all of your messages. Amazing one stop shop for everything you need to control and manage a very powerful email marketing campaign, not to mention powerful tools for automated follow-up.

“The Money Is In The List



AWeber proves it to thousands of businesses every day.

Learn how email marketing software
can get you more sales, too.

BlueHost: Website hosting, where you buy domain names, ideal for any type of site. BlueHost also makes it sure seamless and easy to start a WP.org blog. You can buy your domain name, buy hosting, start your WordPress blog and even have a matching email address in place in less than an hour.  A very reliable service, the BlueHost customer service ninjas have saved my bacon on many occasion. I’ve used both GodDaddy and HostGator and I much prefer BlueHost.

Clickbank: Payment processor for online product sales. Ideal solution for selling an e-product. Get access to thousands of affiliates that can help promote your product to their followers. Also, you can be an affiliate and promote other hot products that you think are relevant to your followers/subscribers. (Free for Affiliates, $50 to submit product)

Focus Booster: This is something I just discovered and I am groovin on it for sure. Focus Booster is a neat tool that many bloggers/writers can use to increase writing productivity.  This technique uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals separated by breaks, and is based on the idea that frequent breaks refresh the mind and increase writing efficiency.

Office Bling

After 3o years in the office products industry, I really have a deep appreciation for quality office gear and the fun things that make our workspaces OURS. Amazon is just one just place for office products goodness and if I was to give a word of advice on this subject it would be; don’t skimp on quality office gear-get what you need to get the job done right!

 

FYI: Some of the links above are affiliate links, which means, if you buy something  I might receive a commission.  Not enough to buy a pony, but possible enough to put the fancy creamer in my coffee 🙂 BUT…I don’t blow smoke. My recommendations are 100% genuine, and if you are so inclined, I’d love it if you would click through using my referral buttons.

 

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