I Use & Recommend This

People often ask me what I use or recommend in business. The following list contains tools I use, resources I recommend and things I’ve created. I hope you find it helpful!


What I’m Using Currently For My Business:

Kartra – I am in LOVE with Kartra. This program is the all-in-one solution that I didn’t know I’d ever find! I had been using pieced together programs for many years and now I’ve got this system that works, gives me stats and makes me more money. It replaces many of programs listed below, including Email Marketing (ConvertKit), Shopping Cart (Amember) and some other programs I may not have listed here yet. This is an all in one solution and I’m very excited to offer this as an option to my subscribers and customers. I’ll have a lot more on the blog about this as I make the transition.

ConvertKit for Email Marketing – Regular email marketing is one of the most powerful way to create your daily  message. ConvertKit is email marketing software that was created with bloggers and marketers in mind. I love the easy tagging features and I’m just getting into using it for some pretty detailed automation sequences. Overall it’s very easy to use and I love that it’s all one big list that is segmented from there (aka you only pay ONCE for an email address unlike some other programs).

Elementor WordPress Page Builder – I’ve been using WordPress since 2005 and I’ve been buying premium themes since about 2008. I never thought I’d go back to using a free theme tools but I have to say I LOVE Elementor, even the free version! This is an easy to use, intuitive, slick and great page builder with a lot of awesome features even without paying. If you need opt-in pages, salespages and to customize your look (no header, no sidebar, custom sidebar) you can do all that without even upgrading. I have just recently upgraded but I recommend you try out the free version and see what you think. I’m using it with the Astra WordPress Theme, which is also free or can also be upgraded.

Amember Shopping Cart – I’ve used Amember for over 10 years now and so I really can’t compare it to anything else on the market for you. I know for me it’s a very affordable shopping cart! You pay about $180 for the software that gets installed on your website (by Amember for free I believe). Then you can use it for one-time sales, membership offers and an affiliate program, too. I pay sometimes to have techy people update or customize it and I pay about $80 a year for software updates. Much cheaper than online hosted carts with affiliate programs.

MomWebs Hosting – I love this hosting company. What you want in a GOOD hosting company is one that will support you in any technical issues and one that works. MomWebs does support better than ANY hosting company I’ve ever seen. I’m using the $50/month VPS Plan but you can start with a $5/month Mini Plan.

E.ggtimer.com – Super easy to use timer to have on hand right by going to the url in your browser. For example go to e.ggtimer.com/

PushCrew – Love this tool for pushing content out. You can send push notices about ANY content you have, not just blog posts.

Trello – I’m currently using this program for my project management and really love it. It’s easy to use, you can assign work to your team and the drag and drop feature makes it super easy to sort and update.

Amazon s3 – This is a really, REALLY affordable service from Amazon that lets you store your files (pdf, mp3, mp4, zip) for download. It’s a great way to keep everything safe and accessable, too.

WiseStamp – Customize your email signatures in Gmail.


Social Media Tools:

MissingLettr – Instead of lasting a brief moment in time my content has a long life thanks to this automated program. It takes a blog post and turns it into year-long social media posts so that people see my posts even after I’ve long forgot I wrote them!

BeLive.TV – This is the program I use to go live in Facebook. You can screenshare and interview people through it.

CinchShare – There are plenty of programs that will schedule your social media. I use CinchShare because I got introduced to it to do Facebook parties. One of my favorite features is that you can load up a bunch of posts, categorize them (for example you could have a category for each product, or a category for a challenge) and then load them up to queue out to any page, group, or social profile you own. You can also copy a whole campaign and share it with someone else (I’m thinking it would be a GREAT way to give your affiliates an entire social campaign at the click of a button).


Other Recommended Links:

Laptop Lifestyle Business Club Affiliates – Send people to free content and earn money for doing so! If you’re not already an affiliate you can sign up here (all members are already affiliates).

Thrive Themes and Plugins – I have used this theme and plugins for my site and I loved them. They suddenly stopped working for me so I did end up switching to Elementor but I know many people who still use this theme successfully so I’m still recommending it here if you want another option from what I’m using.

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Coach Glue Business Planners – These planners will help you work through a specific task in your business… like blogging, Linked In, webinars, sales funnels, affiliate marketing, etc.

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Tools I’ve used and previously recommended:

Amember – For a shopping cart and affiliate program.
Amazon s3 (super cheap) – To host my training materials and videos for download (so I don’t fill up my hosting with stuff).
Audacity (free) – To edit audios for my website, programs and podcast.
Basecamp – To manage my product creation, email marketing and outsourcing.
Camtasia – To create videos for my website and training programs.
Filezilla (free) – To transfer files to my website when I don’t use WordPress.
Gimp (free) – To create graphics for my websites and my marketing.
Open Office (free) – To create my training materials and turn them into PDFs.
WordPress (free) – To build my website(s).