[bctt tweet="It's hard to choose and know what to look for when you start. This list makes the choice easier. #apps #solopreneur" ]
Disclaimer: The one with a * are affiliates links. Buying through this link doesn't cost more to you and is supporting me and the podcast. I only recommend trusted providers I either use myself or I know are the best recommendations from the best in the industry.
You can find more on my Pinterest account where I bookmark tools and useful resources as well. These ones are the best and most important ones to get started.
If you need to set-up a page super fast that doesn't let you down with clients, no need to look further. Booklikeaboss is perfect. Easy and fast to set-up, it's perfect when you need to send people to a page when a press or podcast opportunity hits last minute or if you want to focus on making sales. I use it (see it here) and I love what they have in the pipeline.
Iwantmyname Painless domain management. a really true tagline. Easy to use and great customer service. Lots of services connections are semi automated so you can connect things with a click.
*Flywheel Slick and user-friendly dashboard. Great customer service. Reliable. You can prep your site before linking it to your domain really easily. This is the hosting I use for therightbraingeek.com You pay by the number of WordPress installs so if you plan on having a site + a membership area, it cost more than being on Siteground or Greengeeks for example.
*Siteground Another good hosting provider. Reliable and more cost effective if you have more than one site to host. (That's what I use for my mum and hobby's sites)
*Greengeeks Hosting with great customer service and provided via renewable energy
WP Engine really high-level service for big needs and absolute peace of mind (require a bigger budget than the other ones.)
*Pippa.io is the new hosting for the Right-Brain Geek podcast. It's how I can make transcripts easily and short videos to help share the episodes. I like how it is easier to navigate from my phone as well when I want to check stats and things like that. [$25 Amazon gift card for you and me if you use my link. Good to buy your mic or other podcasting/business tools. ]
Setting up your emails through your hosting provider is a nightmare. To avoid havoc and mess, get a proper email provider.
Zoho is free for one email account, easy to use and their apps work really well on phones. That's what I use for the rightbraingeek and my make-up business emails.
*MailChimp. Simple and great for good looking newsletters. Lots of partners so integrating is easy with lots of servers. Free accounts available. Automation available through paid accounts only.
The only one that has an app so you can work easily from your phone. That's what I use now for The Right-Brain Geek.
You can buy the Chimpessentials course to learn Mailchimp from a power user, Paul Jarvis. (require a paid plan to make use of all the features shown in the course, even if it's just $10 one.) Anything Paul does is about being useful and efficient. You can be sure it is money well spent. He regularly closes and re-open it as he wants to keep it current.
* if easy automation for email marketing is more important than visual newsletter, Convertkit is a good choice. It's also subscriber-centric instead of list-centric so it's easier to avoid sending wrong/duplicate content. Also a nice and easy option to set-up landing pages to collect emails.
*Get response emails, landing page, webinar... a one step shop for your funnels.
*Activecampaign. Great for retailers and people who aim for a smaller crowd but engaging with them more (coaching clients etc...) as it has a CRM included. Impressed with their customer services I have to say and the CRM features.
-Leadpages to create easily landing pages and funnels.
Amazon S3 To store your freebies and documents
Typeform. Gorgeous looking, easy to set-up responsive forms.
*Freeagent you will receive a 10% subscription discount through this link or with the code 44bxv8dm.
*YNAB YouNeedABudget is a budgeting app (you get a month free with this link). It's been really good to help me keep better track of my money and be more intentional with spending/saving. It has helped so many people kick stress out of living paycheck to paycheck, get out of debt or make a big dream come true. Can't recommend it enough (ask my friends, they had enough of me saying how good it is.) Every time I started dropping the habit, things went bad for my cash flow.
Intention and awareness are awesome for the health of your cash flow.
*Moo. You get 10%off your first order through this link. [if not, let me know, we'll get that fixed]
Later.com. Easy interface for Instagram planning, possible auto-publish and Instagram stories planning with a reminder to publish.
*Tailwind great app to manage your Pinterest account
Buffer Classic. Efficient. Clean design. Manage various accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram...
MeetEdgar. Classic. Supercharged with super powers.
It's the platform I have started using.
As anything a bit of a learning curve for pricing and coupons but it's globally rather easy, nice to use from you and your client perspective. (You can see my school here)
Zapier Free account up to 5 apps
Radioguestlist Free website that will send you a list of offers
*PixelMe. it helps you track visitors to any site you share. great for tracking and retargeting people who are interested in certain type of content you share.