BUILD YOUR BUSINESS

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Tools and resources you need to help you build a strong foundation to your business. Anything from bookkeeping to building your website and everything between.

These are my personal recommendations/ suggestions therefore you'll have to do your own do diligence but most products listed here, I am currently using or have used in the past or I strongly recommend as a tool that would improve your business.

Business Plan

WISE BUSINESS PLANS
Dedicated to making the most of your business planning needs. They specialize in creating professional business plans written by accomplished MBA writers. Their mission is to empower businesses to make the best possible decisions, boost company performance and facilitate funding success by laying the groundwork for strong businesses that excite, inspire and retain talented and exceptional employees.

Ready to start building a strong foundation! Check out WiseBusinessPlans.com

Bookkeeping

QUICKBOOKS

QuickBooks is an accounting software package. Products are geared mainly toward small and medium-sized businesses and offer on-premises accounting applications as well as cloud-based versions that accept business payments, manage and pay bills, and payroll functions.

I've used quickbooks for years - easy to set up, use and loved by accountants. Starting a new business, this is one tool you can't live without. Believe me, you got to get this now!

www.quickbooks.com

Cloud Suites

G SUITE

You've all heard for google and gmail, right....please tell me you did...Google is now a verb!!! Anyway this is the G-Suite, gmail, Google docs, drive and calendar for your business. All you need to do your best work, together in one package that works seamlessly from your computer, phone or tablet.

I've used google for years....again not perfect but your alternative to microsoft 365 (i do use this as well)

Without further ado...let's sign up now and get you started.

G-Suite

Microsoft 365

What's Microsoft 365? It's the apps you know and love. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, OneDrive—and on your PC, Publisher and Access. Everything you need for home, school, and work. Always updated, can access from home or office/school.
It's the microsoft version of G Suite - Obviously Microsoft office is a pre-cursor and everyone has used Word, excel, powerpoint, outlook at one time or other.
I currently use Microsoft 365 at work and love certain features and others not so much but it's to be expected from any program - Give it a shot..

GRAPHIC DESIGN

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE

Any great brand has a strong corporate identity, you'll need a logo, letterhead, brochures, line cards, business cards, corporate video, etc. If you choose to do all this yourself you'll need the right tools. Adobe Creative suite (Which I have used for many, many years) is the perfect solution but it comes at a price, but definitely worth it if you'll use on can consistent basis.

What you'll find in CS - Photoshop, illustrator, inDesign, Adobe Pro, etc. Different products offered per package. Check it out and start creating!!!

Adobe Creative Suite

Can't or don't want to do it yourself. I've got the solution hire a freelancer. (see below)

HOSTING / DOMAIN REGISTRAR

GODADDY.COM

I've been using godaddy for maybe 15 years and I can remember my site being down for a short period of time, 1 time. When go daddy started they use to call me and review my account on the 6 months basis and would often tell me " You haven't used this service, so we'll give you your money back". Have you ever heard of such a thing??? NEVER - Granted they don't do this anymore because they have grown to behemoth  proportions and Bob is not running the show anymore but they got my loyalty!!!

I highly recommend - no they are not perfect but it's a solid company providing all the tools you need to host your site (including wordpress), get a domain name, email, they even have a website builder if you want an easy drag and drop. You won't be disapointed...and there's always someone picking up the phone.

www.godaddy.com

WEB DEVELOPMENT

THEMEFOREST

Let's get your website built. What's the first thing people do nowaday, they google. So you know they will google your business and if nothing comes up than they feel you're not legit, or too small and they get scared and go to your competitor. You don't want that....

WordPress is now the authority when it comes to building website - anyone with a little training and effort can delve into it and create a stunning website at ridiculous price with all the bells and whistles...but lets be honest it's a bit confusing at first but there's plenty of tutorials online to help along the way.

One way to start on the right foot, get a great theme, well rated and they developer will give you support and can even install for you.

I have used Themeforest for years and purchased several templates, I strongly recommend. Get started THEMEFOREST

FREELANCERS

FIVERR

Fiverr® is the world's largest marketplace for services starting at $5.

Fiverr is the home for digital, creative and professional services, providing a one-stop shop for millions of digital services. Fiverr allows entrepreneurs and business owners to make their business better, stay on budget and get things done in just a click. Currently, Fiverr lists more than three million services on its site.

I used them before, great business model allowing you to get professional services at prices you can afford. Check it out!

FIVERR.com

TOOLS TO IMPROVE YOUR BUSINESS

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WEBINARS

Webinar platform for live and automated events - Pricing starts at $29.99/month

EMAIL MARKETING

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GRAPHIC DESIGN

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE

FREELANCERS

FIVERR

ONLINE COURSES

Lynda.com

Coursera