I’m often asked for recommendations when it comes to the best service providers, products or programs to grow an online business, based on my personal experiences.*
Here, in my opinion, are some of the best of the best.
FreshBooks: Send invoices online, track your time, capture expenses, and prep your taxes in minutes. This is the invoicing software I currently use to send invoices.
Fundbox: Overcome cash flow gaps and get paid instantly.
Just Tell Julie: Now you can turn overdue invoices and failed payments into customer services opportunities thanks to this service from Julie Elster, an accounts receivable virtual assistant who makes getting invoices paid painless.
Outright: Online bookkeeping to help you keep all your finances in one place. Imports and categorizes your sales and expense data, simplifies invoicing and makes preparing your taxes a breeze.
Profit Calculator: Get clear on your numbers. This profit calculator from Yasmine Khater will tell you how many prospects you need to get in front of in order to achieve your income goal for the year.
Don’t Let The Fear Win: How To Get Out Of Your Own Way And Grow Your Business… Fast by Greg Faxon: If you’re like most entrepreneurs, the biggest obstacle to business growth is inside of your own head. This book will teach you how to master the inner game of entrepreneurship.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown: Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better.
Everything I Know by Paul Jarvis: A no-rules guide through uncharted territory with stories based on web designer Paul’s two decades of freelancing.
How To Live A Good Life by Jonathan Fields: Soulful stories, surprising science, and practical wisdom.
The Power of Unpopular by Erika Napoletano: A guide to building your brand for the audience who will LOVE you.
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes: A real-world guide to living bigger, loving deeper, and leaving a legacy.
The Small Business Lifecycle by Charlie Gilkey: A guide for taking the right steps at the right time to grow your small business.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield: Break through blocks and win your inner creative battles with this powerful, straight-from-the-hip examination of the internal obstacles to success.
Unmistakable: Why Only Is Better Than Best by Srinivas Rao: Whether you’re a business owner, an artist, or just someone who wants to leave your mark on the world, Unmistakable will inspire you to create your own path and define your own success.
Dyana Valentine: Oracle, emcee and creator of SuperConditions, a process that teaches you how to articulate, in your own words, why you do what you do so that you can design your business around that.
Erika Lyremark: Erika Lyremark (“Lira-mark”) offers a one-of-a-kind accountability, mastermind, and mentoring program that helps women achieve their big-picture goals.
Jonathan Fields: Recent learning opportunities from Jonathan’s Good Life Project have included 3-day workshops, 7-month immersions, international retreats, and online trainings. I highly recommend Camp GLP: an annual summer camp for makers, entrepreneurs, and world shakers.
Tara Gentile: Business strategist and coach for creatives, idea people, and professionals who want to leverage their quiet power and devise a strategy for growth without the heartache or hassle.
Creative Live: Free online classes taught by the world’s most inspiring instructors.
Marie Forleo’s B-School: An 8-week-long, online training program designed to turn your business into a force for good that fuels higher profits and your higher purpose. The core curriculum is based on the six pillars of growing an online business.
Podcasting School for Women: An 8-week DIY course that takes you through every step you need to launch your own, successful podcast. Find your voice, craft your show, and expand your reach.
The Creative Class: Learn the business of freelancing from start to finish in just 12, self-paced online lessons, courtesy of Paul Jarvis.
Alysa Passage: Alysa helps world-changing entrepreneurs and non-profits communicate their awesome stories, dreams, and unwavering message through a visually consistent appearance. She designs clear branding, engaging websites, and focused print media that reflects your passion, purpose, and personality so you can keep making a difference in the world.
Amanda Genther: Digital stylist for creative women entrepreneurs. Take your signature program from idea to launched with Amanda’s expertise. Amanda’s design skills and professionalism are second to none.
Hey Instigator!: Amber at Hey Instigator! specializes in awesome custom hand and brush lettering, as well as illustration for business rebels and creative types.
Nesha Designs: Nesha Woolery specializes in brand and website design for passionate entrepreneurs and is a consummate professional.
Maria Conigliaro: Maria will help you not only tell your story but sell it with her on-demand design services.
Notes From The Universe: What started in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses has since blossomed into today’s daily Notes from the Universe, sent to over 700,000 subscribers in 185 countries. Brief passages written by “The Universe,” personalized with your name and designed to remind you that you have, indeed, been given dominion over all things.
Adobe Echosign: Prepare and send documents for signature from anywhere. Track document progress in a dashboard and store signed documents in the cloud.
Boomerang for Gmail: Take control of when you send and receive email messages. This tool has changed my life (and business) for the better. Seriously.
Dropbox: Dropbox is a service that keeps your files safe, synced, and easy to share. Bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and never lose a file again.
Evernote: As one workspace that lives across your phone, tablet, and computer, Evernote is THE place to store ideas, collect information and find what you need quickly and easily.
Google Docs: Create and simultaneously edit text documents with your team, right in your browser.
Typeform: Easy, human and beautiful forms done awesomely.
Good Life Project with Jonathan Fields: In-depth, unscripted, deeply-inspiring conversations and insights from acclaimed artists, entrepreneurs, makers and world-shakers.
Profit. Power. Pursuit with Tara Gentile: Behind the scenes of successful small businesses.
School of Greatness with Lewis Howes: Inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet.
Seth Godin’s Startup School: In this rare live recording, hear Seth as he guides 30 entrepreneurs through a workshop exploring how they can build and run their dream business.
Unmistakable Creative with Srinivas Rao: Unlearn everything you know about life and business. Become unmistakable.
Asana: The easiest way for teams to track work, and get results. With tasks, projects, conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.
Basecamp: Keeps people on the same page so that everyone finishes a project together.
Redbooth: Packed with helpful features to increase your team’s accountability and productivity.
Trello: Infinitely flexible. Incredibly easy to use. It’s free and keeps track of everything, from big picture stuff to the minute details.
Crowdfire: Find your followers, unfollowers, inactive users, admirers, people who follow back and more for Twitter and Instagram.
Hootsuite: Manage social networks, schedule messages, engage your audiences, and measure ROI right from the dashboard.
MeetEdgar: The only app that stops social media posts from going to waste.
Alexia Vernon: Branded a “Moxie Maven” by the White House Office of Public Engagement, Alexia partners with female and male executives, startup founders, entrepreneurs, media personalities, bestselling authors, and change agents to use public speaking and heart-centered, high impact communication to radically and positively transform people’s lives, grow their audience, and increase their revenue.
Kymberlee Weil: With over 100 clients under her black belt, strategic speaking coach and martial artist Kymberlee Weil is one of the best there is. Hire her to help you iron out your TED talk or finesse an upcoming speech.
Focus Booster: Focus booster helps you keep track of where your time goes, but also ensures you get more done.
RescueTime: With so many distractions and possibilities in your digital life, it’s easy to get scattered. RescueTime helps you understand your daily habits so you can focus and be more productive.
Self Control: A free productivity app for Mac to help you avoid distracting websites, like Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
Acuity Scheduling: In Acuity’s words, “schedule client’s without sacrificing your soul.”
NOTE: With the exception of Andy, I haven’t personally hired these designers, but they come highly recommended.
Andy Rado: Andy calls himself a “designer for humans.” If you need your design to do more than just “look pretty”, and want it to be compelling enough to prompt people to interact, Andy’s your man. (He designed this website.)
Amy CQ: Amy believes in using web tactics and strategies that have proven their worth over time. But she doesn’t believe you have to look like, act like, or sound like everyone else out there. That’s why the website she creates for you will be anything but generic, bland, or boring.
Christine Thatcher: For more than 20 years, Christine has designed for corporate and industrial clients, agencies, as well as seasoned entrepreneurs. She works with a select number of clients each year who are ready to build a long-term relationship based on trust and collaboration.
Evan Leah Quinn: Creates, codes and consults on powerful online spaces for creative entrepreneurs and fierce, female small business bosses over at Sixteen July. A passionate advocate for shunning the status quo, she’s here to help you make a difference.
Kory Woodard: If you’re looking to maximize your budget, look no further than Kory’s web design services. Her total website packages are seriously affordable and look like the real deal. Kory is also a consummate professional. If you’re on the fence, I recommend a quick phone call to help you learn more about her approach.
Lis Dinjan: A boutique, technology driven creative studio which uses design, development, and systems work to drive behavioral change and increase performance, productivity, and profitability.
Natasha Lakos: Natasha’s work is fueled by the belief that a perfectly-crafted visual identity is a work of art. These days, she specializes in crafting couture identities for exceptional clients — helping them make an unforgettable impression, both online and off.
Zsofi Koller: Specializes in creating beautiful and results-driven digital spaces that feel like you.
Tiny Blue Orange by Alison Monday: Responsive WordPress development, hosting and support for entrepreneurs that love a little zest with their online brand.