Knowing which tools to use for your online business can be confusing, and a little overwhelming too because there are so many products and services to choose from.
To save you the time and bother I've put together a list of the best tools and services that I have tried, tested, and used in my own business over the years and in the businesses of clients that I work with, and that I recommend you consider using to get started with your business.
But, I don't want to just overwhelm you even more with a long list of everything (there's a lot!) I have used and leave you to just sort though it all ...
So below, you will find the bare essentials that you need to start your business on the lowest possible budget.
Note: some of the links below are affiliate links, and I will get a small commission for referring you. The commission is at no additional cost to you, but just want you to know that I'd recommend them regardless of any affiliate commission.
It's safer to keep your domain name and web hosting accounts separate for reasons I discuss in this article. I always use NameCheap. Prices are amongst the lowest online. They offer a wide range of domain name extensions. And support is good.
Bluehost is my recommended hosting provider to get started with. You can get hosting for 3 years for less than $100.
I use a Genesis theme from StudioPress on this site and on sites I build for clients. They are coded with SEO, security and speed in mind. And, they are highly customizable.
If you don't have basic coding knowledge, to create landing pages and easily format content when using a Genesis theme, you'll need to use a page builder. I recommend Beaver Builder.
To collect and store email subscriber information you'll need an autoresponder service. I used Aweber for several years and can highly recommend it as a starting point.
Adding professional looking email optin forms to your blog is super easy and affordable with Thrive Leads. This is the only optin form plugin you'll ever need and the BEST you'll find.