When I started my business, I knew that I would need resources that helped move my business forward, but that didn’t overwhelm me. I’ve tried lots of courses, read many books, used different programs and am sharing with you the best of what I’ve found.
Some of these resources are free, but most of them do cost money. In full disclosure, I am an affiliate for most and will earn a small commission at no extra charge to you. I have used all of these products and would never recommend something unless I believed in it 100%.
Let me know what resources you love and which ones that you are using that I may not know about!
Here is a list of podcasts that I have found and absolutely loved. This free content has helped me move my business forward, change my mindset on business and encouraged me along the way. It is an eclectic list, but I didn’t want to leave any of my favorites out!
- Professional Organizers Think Tank with Lisa Woodruff. This was the first podcast I found that mentioned bookkeeping (she was outsourcing it). This podcast talks about how to own and operate a professional organizing business, which has many similarities to a bookkeeping business.
- Organize365 with Lisa Woodruff. This is her business podcast. I listen to it every week and love it!
- Business Boutique with Christy Wright. Christ is on Dave Ramsey’s team, whom I love, and she offers female business owners the resources to make money doing what you love. I have listened to all of her podcast episodes, attended a live event, and have loved her book!
- Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn. This podcast teaches you how to make money online, something that is very intriguing! Pat is very personable and has great insight into the online world.
- BizChix with Natalie Echtahl. Another favorite for female entrepreneurs. Natalie targets high-performing women who are running their own company. I have learned what it looks like to be a high-performing woman, something that I strive to be!
- That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs. One of the eclectic podcasts, but I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that I look forward to this releasing every Thursday.
Pat Flynn’s Power-Up-Podcasting. I used this to start my podcast and it was so clear and informative. A must have if you want to start a podcast.
Pat Flynn’s 123 Affiliate Marketing. Another course that I have loved taking from Pat Flynn. This walks you through all of the things you need to know about adding affiliates to your business income and how to earn revenue from them without feeling icky.
Emily Ley’s The Well-Loved Brand. After taking a marketing class, I realized that I needed a deep dive into my brand and personal branding. Emily Ley’s course helped me do just that. By the end of this course, you will feel like you have nailed down every detail of your brand.
Every business needs a website, especially if you sell digital products or offer services. Think of your website as your store front. You want to make a great first impression. Here are some tools that I use to do this.
GoDaddy.com: First, you will want to buy the domain for your website. Lydiagmiller.com is the domain for this website, and you can search GoDaddy for all of the available options.
WordPress: Next, you’ll want to open a wordpress account and connect your URL to get started creating content. This is where you will log in to publish content. It’s what this site is built on and is incredibly easy and affordable.
Convert Kit. I use this for my email management. This has been an area that has intimidated me in the past, but Convert Kit has made it understandable.
I started the DAC Podcast in March of 2018. Here are some of the resources that I am using. You can podcast too!
Microphone: Audio-Technica ATR2100 This is the microphone to buy to get started podcasting. You plug it into the USB on your computer, and the audio is great
Adjustable Microphone Suspension Boom .I decided to look really official and also grab on of these on Amazon. It helps to hold the microphone in place so that I can focus on my content and not holding the microphone.
In 2017, my goal was to read 52 books. I didn’t quite hit my goal, but I did read a ton of great books along the way. Here are my favorite business books that helped me tremendously in my first year of business.
Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook
Successful QuickBooks Consulting
Who Moved my Cheese?