Resources are solutions to problems.
My two key criteria for choosing resources are:
- effectiveness – it has to work and
- efficiency – get the job done quickly.
Here’s the list of I personally use and recommend
Tools I use to set up my digital business.
- iwantmyname: Search for a domain name.
- Social Media Handles: Check for availability of usernames.
- NameCheap: Get domain names through them. Yes, they are cheap.
- WordPress: Install WordPress for your domain. Now you have a website.
- Theme: Makes your site looks good. This site runs on the ultra-minimalist theme by iA. Here is another minimalist theme. Or you could waste your time here.
- Build a list: Use MailChimp to automate the process of building a list. The money is in the, what?
- MailChimp Plugin: Integrate MailChimp into your site.
- Google Analytics: Vanity metrics.
- Google Analytics Plugin: Access it right from the dashboard.
- Membership Site: Use LifterLMS to create a members-only area on your site.
- Setup a Payment Gateway: No one likes using PayPal. Use Stripe.
- Stripe Plugin: Integrate Strip into your site.
- Quora: To look for questions asked of, literally, any topic.
- My CopyBlogger: Go-to resource for all things content marketing.
- BossFight: Hi-res graphics.
- Canva: Makes my graphics look good.
- Bitly: Here’s how I got my vanity URL.
- Hootsuite: Listening. Scheduling. All-in-one dashboard.
I listen to podcast in my car. I get educated and it’s free! What’s not to like?
- The #AskGaryVee Show: Loud. No bullsh*t. In your face actionable advice from the man who is a true practitioner.
Creatives and influencers are readers. Those that don’t make me nervous.
- The Creative Habit: Creativity is not just a skill. It is a habit you can cultivate. And Twyla Tharp knows her stuff.
- Change by Design: Embrace the mindset of a designer to create change in your work and your community.
- The Accidental Creative: Todd Henry shares the FRESH framework to become a prolific creative.
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: A wisdom thesis. My go-to source for personal effectiveness.
- How Will You Measure Your Life?: Cancer survivor, Clayton M. Christensen, teaches you what’s really important in your life.
- Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change: If you call yourself an influencer, then you must know the six factors that lead to successful and lasting change.
- Getting Things Done: A handbook for productivity ninjas.
- EntreLeadership: The book. Dave Ramsey teaches you how to be a better entrepreneur and leader.
- Enchantment: Guy Kawasaki’s version of the influencer.
I prefer cross-platform software so I won’t be held hostage.
- Camtasia: Advanced software for recording and editing videos like this.
- Nitro Pro: PDF on steroids.
- Google Docs: Cross platform. Does Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. It’s free. And collaborative.
- Google Spaces: Like Evernote. Only better.
- Office Mix: The free add-on for PowerPoint. Let’s you create interactive online videos. (I bet you’ve never heard of it. Because Microsoft does such a bad job at marketing it)
- 1Password: Literally, one password that holds the key to all your passwords.
Only Android. No hard feelings, iOS fan-boys/gals.
- Kindle: I buy all my books from Amazon. So this is just a logical choice. I much prefer the Kindle (reader, not the app).
- Audible: Reading is not your thing? Listen then.
- Stitcher Radio for Podcasts: For subscribing and listening to podcast. Not ideal but it works.
- Google Drive: I live in the cloud. My clients use Google Drive. Hence.
- Google Photos: It keeps getting better. My wife and I share the same account for all our family photos.
- Google Now: The Chatbot that is smarter than, well, Siri.
- Google Play Music: Upload 50,000 songs. Free. Now with podcasts.
- Google Keep: Capture ideas, thoughts, and more on my desktop, phone, and watch.
- Feedly: Gathers all my favorite blogs in one place.
You know, the stuffs that waste time?
- Twitter: My favorite. Because I can tweet anybody.
- Snapchat: A channel that forces you to be creative. Am doing snaps on applied design thinking.
- Facebook: My personal profile.
- Instagram: For beautiful filtered photos.
- Architect Shirts by Boden: Yes, I own a bunch of these. Same color.
- Jeans: Also a bunch of these 501s.
- Sneakers: Comfortable.
- Money Clip: Do people still carry a wallet these days?
- Card Holder: Double-up as a minimalist wallet
- Watch: Sony SmartWatch 3
- Backpack: Booq Taipan Shock
- Earbuds for running: Plantronics BackBeat Go 2
- Computer: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (256GB)
Last update: May 11, 2017.
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