The first step to starting an online business is creating a website. Your hosting company will be the place where your website lives. Your website is essentially sitting on the companies server so that it can be accessed from anybody anywhere else in the world.
Bluehost is a great hosting provider for beginners and who I used when I first created the PropelHer website. The basic plan, for 1 website, is $2.75 and includes a free domain, SSL certificate, and 5 emails accounts. That combined with the awesome 1-click WordPress install function, makes it super easy for a beginner to be up and running in no time. For full details and to sign up click here.
Email Service Provider
Building an email list is so important to the future of your online business. Now in the beginning, when money is tight, you are likely to start with a provider like Mailchimp or Mailerlite. Otherwise, I would recommend ConvertKit and if you are really ready to invest then Infusionsoft is the one.
Mailerlite is a great email service provider for when you first starting out as you don't have to pay anything until you reach 1,000 subscribers. Even at their basic level they have great features for you to build your list pop up forms, landing pages, automation and integrates with lots of popular online services. For more information and to sign up click here.
ConvertKit was created especially for bloggers. With forms, reporting, automation and tagging it is great to help you grow your list. It also integrates with lots of e-commerce, membership, course and payment tools. Pricing starts at $29 per month if you have less than 1,000 subscribers.
If you are serious about running a massive online business then you should check out Infusionsoft. It is not just an email provider, but offers full CRM and allows you to manage the whole e-commerce process. I particularly like the feature that allows people to opt-out of affiliate campaigns, whilst remaining subscribed to your main newsletter. For full information and to sign up click here.
Social Media Management
Social media is a key part of today's marketing mix but with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Pinterest and so many more platforms it can be useful to use a social media management tool.
Meetedgar isn't like traditional social media management tools. Rather than scheduling content to be released at certain times in the future you create content categories and then have a schedule that is based on when each category is shared. Content is then queued up and released in due course. Content is also re-used so it is a great social media tool if you have evergreen content or have the same product/services that you promote all year round. Pricing starts from $49 per month. For full information and to sign up click here.
Coschedule claims to help you to plan, promote, and execute your entire social media strategy in one place. You can schedule social media in bulk, there is a drag and drop scheduler and a requeue feature. Prices start at $30 per month for solo marketing and $60 per month for team marketing. For more information and to sign up click here.
Video is a key business marketing tool. Whether you want to have a YouTube channel, create video courses or go live on social media having the right filming equipment will help you take your business to the right level.
A great microphone for podcast and audio trainings is the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. This microphone connects to your computer via USB, which means you will have an audio file separate to your video, so make sure you clap at the beginning of your filming so you can synch the video and sound back up. Check out the full features and buy here.
The ring light has risen to fame via Beauty vloggers, however, it is great for anyone who is doing close up filming. The ultimate ring light is the Diva Ring Light, however, for UK ladies it can be pretty difficult to get hold of so check out the Neewer Dimmable 18" version.
COURSES FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS
Money Bootcamp - Denise Duffield Thomas
Money Bootcamp is a six-week self-study course concentrating on money mindset. Denise is very woo-woo so if you aren't that way inclined it might not be for you. However, the community is unlike anything in this world. If you want to live a first-class life and want to be virtually surrounded by other ambitious women with big money goals then this is the place for you. Money Bootcamp is available all year round and you can sign up here.
Marie Forleo's B-School
With the tagline Make Money, Change The World the focus of Marie Forleo's B-School is on creating a business that makes an impact, as well as money. B-School is a six-week course opens its doors once a year (around March). Join the waitlist here.
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