Beginning a business or ministry is quite the undertaking, regardless of the size of the venture. It’s about way more than having a good idea and getting to work on it. Being an entrepreneur is a passionate commitment, one which requires perseverance, determination, risk, and a good dose of humility.
It takes more than a good idea to develop a sustainable blog, small business, or new ministry. It requires time, steadfastness, attention to detail, and the proper tools! But how are you supposed to find those tools if you don’t even know they exist?
How do you know what questions to ask or what resources to look for until you’ve bumped into a problem or someone has shared their wisdom?
As an entrepreneur and ministry leader, I wish there was one place in which I could have found all the resources I needed from day one, instead of discovering the tools and techniques along the way. So as is true to my nature, what I’ve gleaned and gained I’m now glad to share with you. Bookmark this page or subscribe below, so that you’ll be notified when new resources are added. I’ll make a point of sharing about them with you!
Client Management & Communication
CapsuleCRM.com – Online client database management and calendar with reminder capabilities.
vCita.com – Online pop-up and widget contact form and scheduling service.
Cognitoforms.com – Online forms for collecting information about clients.
Mailchimp.com – Online subscription service for sending out emails, newsletters, and blog feeds.
UberConference.com – Online conference calling with screen and document sharing and audio recording. Great tech support, ad-free interface, and free service up to a certain amount of users and features.
SetMore.com – Free (and paid) online appointment scheduler that interfaces with WordPress and Facebook and offers coding for inserting in a website.
GoogleDrive.com – Share word processing and spreadsheets with others and create online survey/registration forms.
Write Better Headlines – A neat tool from CoSchedule to help rate SEO of your headlines.
Hootsuite.com – Schedule Tweets and interact in real time in Twitter as well as other social media account, particularly Instagram; can bulk upload with paid account.
Tailwind.com — Free & Paid service for scheduling pins on Pinterest.
Facebook Scheduler – Use for scheduling posts within Facebook, because it’s free and it doesn’t mess with Facebook algorithms.
MeetEdgar.com – Paid service for scheduling social media and curating a social media library.
Website Development & Management
CoSchedule.com – Blog calendar and social media scheduler within blog posts.
Round Social Media Buttons Plugin – Round social media buttons
All in One Favicon – Customize the graphic Favicon graphic
Author Box – Customize an author box at the bottom of a post
Paid Downloads – File host and integrates with PayPal to deliver paid downloadable files to customers
Easy Digital Downloads – Sell files with a shopping cart and store front option plus short code via PayPal and other services.
Share Buttons – Social media share buttons located above and below posts
SEO by Yoast – SEO and security plugin
Google Analytics – Track metrics for your website
WPX Affiliate – Post 125 x 125 ad images in a widget on your sidebar
Email this Page – Customizable link for a reader to share a post by email
WP Affiliate – Plugin allows for setting up affiliate accounts for products sold through your website.
Marketing & Design
CreativeMarket.com – Affordable and free fonts, photos, graphic style tools, with a weekly email of freebies
Dreamstime.com – Stock images for graphics
iStock.com -Stock images for graphics
1001FreeFonts.com – Free fonts for download
daFont.com – Free fonts for download
Photobucket.com – Photo and graphic storage with html and url coding
Life Balance & Time Management
RescueTime.com – Time tracker for online and computer usage.
Evernote.com – More than task management, you can set up notebooks (think filing cabinets) and multiple lists within those notebooks (think file folders) to store your notes, project ideas, etc.
Time Evaluation Worksheet - download here
Life Mapping Worksheet - download here
Experts Worth Following
Amy Lynn Andrews – Blog expert with a fabulous Useletter weekly email.
How They Blog – Podcasts with host Kat Lee
Michael Hyatt – Marketing, platform building, and social media guru
Andy Stanley - Leadership guru and pastor
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