There are a lot of great online services you can plug into your business to make things easier. Here are some great options in hosting, webinars, mailing list management and more. We’ve worked with all of these extensively. If you need assistance, feel free to drop us a line.

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Register a Domain

A lot of domain registration services will offer you free hosting with your purchase. Additionally, a lot of hosting services will offer you a free domain. For these types of combo deals, be sure to read the special offers carefully and make sure you own your domain.


GoDaddy

SiteGround Hosting
Namecheap



Host a Web Site

There are thousands upon thousands of services available to host your domain(s) at varying pricing. The more complicated your site is; the more computing power you’ll need. You’ll see different types of hosting being offered. “Shared Hosting” is usually the cheapest and you’re on a server with hundreds of other accounts. These typically are under $10/month. “Dedicated Hosting” or “Cloud Hosting” are best for more advanced sites and typically start at $50/month. Here’s our go-to list of reliable and reputable hosting services.


SiteGround Hosting

WP Engine

HostGator
BlueHost
GoDaddy

Hold a Webinar or Online Conference

A webinar has many moving pieces, from the speakers and visuals to the Q&A and polling. For a successful webinar, it’s essential that you plan it thoroughly. You’ll want to structure the presentation ahead of time, make sure you have interesting slides (if you’re doing visuals), create a rough script of what you want to cover, and rehearse. Here are some great tools for holding a webinar – some more advanced than others. The majority of these services have free plans or free trials, so don’t be afraid to test multiple services to see what works best for you.

Zoom
Maestro Conference
GoToWebinar

Instant Teleseminar

Setup a Mailing List

If you plan on keeping in touch with your clients and customers on a regular basis, you should have a mailing list to organize, track and be compliant with the various anti-spam laws in place. If you are aggressively trying to build an email list, you’ll probably want to offer a free gift in exchange. Before you choose a service, you should have a general idea of what you plan to do long-term and how often you’ll be mailing your tribe. Moving a list from one service to another usually results in a sizable drop in subscribers.


MailChimp
ActiveCampaign

GetResponse

AWeber
Constant Contact

Sell Products & Services


According to Selling for Dummies: “Selling is the art of matching product benefits with customer needs or desires. Sell your businesses offerings by communicating the value of your product or service to your potential customers. Lead the customer through the buying decision and facilitate a satisfying transaction.” Here are some great tools and services to help you accomplish that.


WooCommerce
SamCart

PayPal
Shopify

1ShoppingCart

EasyDigitalDownloads
DirectPay



Take Online Payments

If you plan on selling online, you’ll need a payment processing service. The majority of them are free but will take a small percentage of your sales (typically around 2.9% + 30 cents per transaction). If you are using a shopping cart such as WooCommerce that has PayPal and Stripe included, you’ll still need to set up accounts with each service with your personal and direct deposit information so they can send your payments.


PayPal
Stripe
Braintree

Amazon Payments

Authorize.Net

Start a Membership Site

Creating a membership site requires a lot of planning on many levels. Typically, they are used to protect content online such (online courses, private webinars, downloads live event streams, etc). If you’re trying to build a community, then a membership site (free or paid) is another great way to accomplish that. We use our own Workshop membership to provide resources and services that we would like to be paid for, as well as building a community. Here are a few of our favorite options available to start and manage a membership site.



MemberPress
WooCommerce Memberships

Requires WooCommerce

Wishlist Member

Not using WordPress?

aMember Professional

Setup An Affiliate Program

Affiliate programs allow other people to market your products and services for you in exchange for a cut of the profits. They are typically managed through an Affiliate Network that handles sales and tracking for you, or in-house through software or a WordPress plugin. There are pros and cons for both methods, which will be covered in a future blog post. In the meantime, here are some of the bigger players.

Affiliate Royale
ShareASale
Post Affiliate Pro


Get A Small Business Loan

Need some working capital for your business? There are a lot of great services offering quick loans and financing for qualified small businesses. Here are a few of the best available. As always, read the terms and fine print before committing to anything, and only borrow what you need.

Kabbage

PayPal Working Capital

CanCapital

LendingClub
Fundera


Prosper



Automate Social Media

If you’ve got a lot of social media accounts for your business, and you’re posting updates yourself, then you know how time consuming it can get. Add in the typical distractions you may see while you’re posting and you can see how easily time can be disappear. Fortunately there are some nice online tools available to help you keep on top of and automate your social media.


Buffer
Tailwind

BoardBooster

Meet Edgar
HootSuite
 
 

SocialOomph
Later