My quest for self-sufficiency continues and thanks to a new friend in Australia, met through a supportive Facebook group we both are members of, I found what could be an amazing tool and hopefully this is just the beginning.
When it comes to technology and all the “things” I need to build my online business one thing is continually repeated: think about what you need and what you want to do with it. Ummm so… I have a few ideas, but I don’t really know yet! And, importantly, this early on, with no earnings, I am on a budget though knowing I have to invest to earn.
A few things I realized might be helpful:
- A hosting site. The reason I purchased it- you’re reading my blog right now!
- A way for people to connect with me, enter Calendly which allows me to set up blocks of time people can book with me (right from my blog’s homepage!) and offers me the flexibility of how we connect (I offer them the opportunity to enter a phone number or request a Zoom call). The reason I purchased it: connect with others looking to grow and learn so we can collaborate! Future in mind: if I continue down the road of consultation opportunities, it is a ready-to-go booking system. BTW it works- I met Kay from Australia this way and have used it to schedule time with several others.
- Affiliate marketing options: ways for me to earn, at no cost to the buyer, commission on my recommendations. You see links on my site and in this blog. Amazon was a quick no-brainer but is so limited on the commission. I knew I had to learn more to make this a viable way to earn.
- Legal disclaimers: I created them using online generators like this one but I also registered to receive information on keeping things legal through a couple resources I found online through searches/ads that popped onto my screen. Additionally, I got the affiliate disclaimer content from Amazon itself and other blogs I’ve followed.
- Ways to invoice: I started with a free trial on Freshbooks, and now have a completely FREE account with Skynova. Two goals: have a consistent looking invoice with my “Daphne Reznik LLC” logo and track invoices sent/money received.
- Track everything in the world: I found Evernote. This gives me the ability to organize everything from screenshots to notes to ideas in folders and search for entries by keyword. OMG. Mind blown on how this has changed my life!
- Linktr.ee to put all the ways to connect with and follow me all on one link (side note: this is a huge help for Instagram, which allows only one URL on your profile- thanks Joyce from https://mosaicstarfish.com/.)
And the big one: my all-in-one I just started! GrooveFunnels. Click the link for way more info but essentially, I can do everything from creating landing pages to building an online course and setting up transactions to booking clients and building my affiliate marketing. Bonus: some of the best tutorials online I’ve seen. They are offering the basic membership for free, and that was what I intended to sign up for. However, I couldn’t resist the lifetime membership for just under $1400 which is for their highest level. When I broke it down (thanks again Joyce), the cost of Kajabi alone is $150/month for the cheapest plan (hosting and course creation included) and my purchase not only included that but so many other things that, purchasing multiple individual platforms and programs, would have monthly or annual fees. With a 30-day refund, I felt safe with this purchase but now know, 9 days in, I won’t be requesting it.
Of course, I will not discount the free webinars, downloadable guides and online courses offered by others who have stepped forward into entrepreneurship. I’ve gotten incredible information so far and know it’s likely I will be purchasing more in-depth info later but for now I’ve gotten a great start on learning everything from building my business Instagram account and learning how to collaborate on Pinterest boards with others that can bring value to FreeAt50 followers to writing style and grammar.
In the end, what is the most valuable tool in the toolkit? People. Collaborators. Colleagues in my new professional reality. So my final resource for this (beyond my current network of course!) is Facebook. The groups I’ve joined such as Newbies and Expert Bloggers Unite, Blogging Well With Pinterest, The Doers Way For Female Entrepreneurs and now Groove Digital Official, have been extremely active, and have given me the best learning platform I’ve used so far. It is seriously amazing, these groups you can find on Facebook. I hope that my Facebook group provides the valuable insight needed for any of you to continue on your path!