The Best Tools and Resources for Online Business
Tested and Proven to Help You Start and Grow Your Business
Are you looking for the tools needed to start and grow your small business online?
Great. You are in the right place.
This page will show you exactly what I use, why I use it, and how it can help you.
Alright, let's get into it.
Please note that most of the links below are affiliate links, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase – you will not pay extra for this – in many cases, you will get a special offer.
WordPress Hosting and Design
The WordPress universe can be a little confusing with all the hosting, themes, plugins, etc. Let's start off by clarifying how it works.
Hosting + WordPress + theme + plugins = Badass website
Below you will find my recommendations for each part of the Badass website equation.
Fast, Secure Hosting
Siteground is the only host I trust for my business – and have for nearly five years now.
To learn more, read my SiteGround Hosting Review.
In all of these years, my sites have never been hacked, crashed, or been anything but fast and secure. On top of all of this, their live support is the best I have ever experienced.
Siteground is the basis of all Hack the Entrepreneur’s traffic, conversion, and results.
Get started with SiteGround for as little as $3.95/month.
Premium WordPress Themes
All WordPress themes are not created equal. Some are fast and others are slow. Some are secure and others will get your site hacked.
Genesis is a framework and is optional for using WordPress. The biggest benefit is that there are 100s of Genesis compatible themes and swapping between themes (designs) is simple and pain-free.
The current version of this site is running Maker Pro theme by StudioPress on the Genesis framework. You can check it out here.
See WordPress in a Completely Different Light...
Yes, WordPress is what you should build your online business on. It's fast, secure, and SEO friendly. Unfortunately, it can still be a struggle to create high-converting landing pages.
That is no longer an issue when you use Thrive Architect. With Thrive Architect, anyone can make WordPress pages that look amazing and convert traffic to email subscribers and sales.
Note: Thrive Architect doesn't replace your WordPress theme, it is a plugin that makes it easy to build great pages fast.
Email Marketing for Business
You've heard about the value of building an email list and you understand how important is it to your business. But with some many choices, where do you get started?
To answer that question, I've decided to give you two options:
- Those getting started with email marketing
- Those looking to grow and scale their email and automation
Email marketing is the most profitable driver of any small business online. Choose wisely.
Are you just getting start with email marketing? If so, ConvertKit is great for getting started.
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With ConvertKit you can easily set up free email courses, tag subscribers and sort subscribers, add opt-in boxes, and much more.
There is no better tool for getting started with email marketing. Build your email list with ConvertKit starting today.
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ActiveCampaign is perfect for businesses looking to grow and scale their email marketing and automation.
ActiveCampaign does have a steeper learning curve than ConvertKit but offers a lot more for automation, segmentation, and advanced email marketing.
I use and recommend ActiveCampaign because no other email provider has given be better conversions and generated more revenue for my business.
There is no better tool for email marketing. Build your email list with ActiveCampaign starting today.
Build Your Mailing List Faster than Ever Before
Thrive Leads is a lead generation plugin for WordPress. That sentence is not wrong, but it barely scratches the surface of what this plugin is about.
I'm a little email obsessed, so I have tried nearly every tool available for creating pop-ups and opt-in forms. That said, Thrive Leads is by far the best lead generation software for bloggers, podcasters, and small businesses.
Easily create opt-in forms that turn your website visitors into email subscribers.
If you are looking to seriously build your email list, then Thrive Leads is for you. Check it out now.
Online Course Tools for Success
The best place to sell online courses is the one that meets your business needs with minimal fuss. We choose Podia.
We use Podia to host and sell our online courses because it is built by a small, hardworking team that we admire — and they have built a beautiful, intuitive platform for independent course creators like us.
Other benefits of Podia:
- Unlimited everything: file sizes, number of courses, customers, sales, etc.
- Free migration of existing courses from other platforms
- Awesome support: 24/7 live chat support
- No extra fees: Zero transaction fees and instant payments
- Bundling: The ability to sell product bundles
Do you want to learn how to make more money from online courses? Check out this step-by-step guide from Podia.