Occasionally I post about various tools I use and/or recommend, but I thought it might be nice to start an easy-to-access list. I hope it's helpful!
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My Income Streams
My goal is to create multiple income streams and to make them as passive as possible. By "passive" I mean, they don't require a lot of time and energy to keep them going. For example, selling my ebook while I sleep and waking up to money in my PayPal account is an example of passive income. Of course there's a lot of work on the front end, but once it's in motion, it largely works on its own. By the way, here's how to write an ebook if you want to do the same.
AdSense - Google has made setting up their ad program super easy. Just sign up, create your ad(s) and stick the code in your sidebar (or wherever you want it to show up) and you're done.
Amazon - I sell my ebook via Amazon but I'm also a part of their "Associates" (i.e. affiliate) program which pays a commission on books and any other Amazon products. My Living Books List is also another place I utilize Amazon.
Coaching & Consulting – This is on a limited basis currently, but still brings in some.
Ecommerce Sites for Tangible (i.e. non-digital) Products
Shopify – If you have a tangible product you'd like to sell, Shopify is the service I would try first. It is an out-of-the-box solution to ecommerce. They do offer a free trial. (Please note, Shopify is not a service I have used personally, however, if I do delve into tangible products, it will be my first choice.)
Keeping Track of Money
Budget (choose Mac or Windows) – We are Dave Ramsey fans around here and this allows you to divvy up your money into your envelopes when you get paid and then watch your balances as you spend throughout the month. We love it.
E-books & Forums
Hosting & Domains
Five J's Design – If you're looking for a blog or website design, look no futher than Joy at Five J's Design. She's experienced, works fast, is extremely intelligent and is very reasonably priced.
The Blog Designer Network – A HUGE list of designers. I can't personally vouch for most on the list, but I browsing through portfolios will hopefully give you an idea of someone you might want to work with.
Atahualpa – This is a pretty decent free alternative to the popular paid-for themes, Thesis and Headway. I no longer recommend Atahualpa, not because anything is wrong with it, but the default WordPress theme, TwentyEleven works just fine for a free theme.
Gimp – Free image-editing software. It's an excellent choice if you want something a little more robust than
Picnik (sadly, Picnik is now dead but here are some alternatives), but don't want to pay for something like Photoshop Elements or Photoshop (Mac) or (Windows). I do all my design work in Gimp. (If you need help getting started, I recommend these helpful Gimp tutorials.)
Google Chrome – In my opinion, Google Chrome is the best browser available for free. It's fast and easy to use. I would rank Safari second (it works on both Mac & PC), Firefox third and Internet Explorer? Well, if you're using IE, let's just say I highly recommend you switch to another browser as fast as you can. Oh I do not like IE.
123inkjets.com – For printer ink. They're MUCH cheaper if you buy online (as compared to the store) and I've never had a problem with the generic cartridges.