Business and Blogging Resources
Are you ready to start investing in real estate or build an online business, or just curious about the tools we’ve used to build our own businesses. Here’s a listing of some of our favorite tools. Before we get started, I need to make a full disclosure.
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QuickBooks Accounting Software – Year after year, Quickbooks has been the number one accounting software for the large or small business. I won’t say it’s simple to get started, but it is ultimately the only software that most accountants and bookkeepers use to file tax returns. They usually charge you a lot less when you send them your files from this software instead of a shoebox full of receipts. Trust me, it costs you a lot more, trying to be cheap and do it yourself. Get your business finances on the right track today.
Real Estate Analysis Tools
Syndicated Deal Analyzer – This is the ultimate tool for financial modeling of potential properties. I used to spend hours looking at properties back in the day. Because it took me so long, I passed on most of the packages I got because I just didn’t have the time to work through them. Using this program, I can do the numbers on a property in thirty minutes or less and now I can make more offers on properties. If you are serious about getting in the business, I would buy this software just to make my job easier. Click here for a tutorial on how to use the software.
Bluehost – I’ve used Bluehost to host several of my websites. Why? Because they make it incredibly easy to get your new website up and running quickly with their 1-click automatic installation for WordPress blogs. You can use your Bluehost account to host multiple domains so there’s no reason to spend more when you launch multiple websites. Also, their customer service is outstanding! I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first or your fifteenth website, and to make your decision even easier, you can get started today for as little as $3.95/month because you’re one of my subscribers.
Aweber – This is my number one recommendation for email list building and management. Aweber takes the hassle out of managing your email list and setting up autoresponders. It even allows you to separate your email subscribers into groups so they get content specific to their individual needs. If you’ve ever heard the saying, “the money is in your list”, this would be the tool I recommend to manage your list. Get started today with a 30-day free trial and then as low as $19/month.
Ontraport – This is an amazing all-in-one platform that delivers essential business tools, including a powerful CRM system, membership sites, one-click WordPress Hosting, email delivery, direct mail printing, payment processing and affiliate management. This software is like Aweber on steroids. It allows you to track everything that a visitor does on your site. If you are an advanced business and looking for something to take you to the next level, this is the software for you!
Leadpages – This is definitely my favorite tool for creating high-quality landing pages quickly and easily. Leadpages helps you convert viewers into subscribers and subscribers into buyers. Most importantly, it’s compatible with WordPress and non-WordPress sites. I highly recommend using Leadpages for your first information product. If you’re tired of trying to code your own landing pages, give Leadpages a try for as Low as $25/month.
Market Samurai – Market Samurai is my go-to solution for researching keywords for my specific audience. The first thing you should do when building an online business is to determine who your perfect audience is and this means researching keywords that fit what they are searching for. Market Samurai is the best program I have found for researching keywords. Not only does it show the amount of traffic for a particular keyword, it can also show you where to place the best backlinks for that keyword. If your serious about building your business, get your trial copy today!!!
Wealth Builders’ University – This is an option for those who may need to continue to refer to new techniques and tactics to actually find and buy rental property. In this community, we will discuss the types of properties available, go through case studies, look at different methods to finance properties and find more deals than you can handle. The best investors have a constant source of properties to look at for their portfolio. If you’re tired of standing on the sidelines and you’re ready to jump into the game, this is the community for you. Join today!!!!!
Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display – I’ve been a MAC devotee for a while, not because I drank the kool aid, their products just work straight out of the box. It’s more powerful, never freezes and is generally faster than my PC’s. I highly recommend switching to a Mac as soon as you can afford one; it has made all the difference in my businesses.
Camtasia Studio 8/Snagit 12 Bundle – This is the program that I use to make my screen capture videos and tutorials. Camtasia makes amazing screen captures with high quality video and audio and allows me to strip the audio tracks from my projects to make the MP3 files for all of my products. This software saves your projects in several video formats, one of which can be sent straight to YouTube.
My Reading List
Rich Dad, Poor Dad By Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad, Poor Dad is the story of author Robert Kiyosaki’s upbringing in Hawaii and his two fathers – one rich father (not biological) and one poor father (biological). Kiyosaki was forced to choose between following in the footsteps of his poor father – a highly educated government worker – or his rich father – an entrepreneur who never graduated high school.
I Will Teach You To Be Rich By Ramit Sethi – This is a great read on personal finance and just getting your house in order. If you want to get a good plan in place so you can build a solid financial foundation, I would recommend reading this one and making notes on the pages.
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook By Gary Vaynerchuk – This is easily Gary V’s best work. This is a must read for anyone whose business uses social media as an advertising medium. He discusses the changing nature of social media and how to make the most impact on your followers by using frequent “jabs” (relationship building tactics) and the occasional “right hook” (selling tactics). There are many examples used throughout the book to get his point across. This is one book you should read at least twice.
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – This is a must read for anyone who want to be an entrepreneur. If you’ve been in business any time, you already know that tests and trials will come. This book was very helpful in helping me to get my “why” in place. A definite read!!!!
Principles of Real Estate Syndication by Samuel K. Freshman – If you ever get your rental portfolio large enough that you are starting to raise money for the properties, I would suggest reading this book to get a solid foundation on real estate syndication. This one is actually written by a syndication attorney and is a wealth of information on the subject.
How To Win In Commercial Real Estate Investing By R. Craig Coppola – I used this book to help me learn some of the financial calculation behind investing in commercial property. I don’t do much single family investing anymore, so I had to learn a whole new type of language for the commercial end of things. This book is written by a professional commercial realtor. A great resource.
Multi-Family Millions by Dave Lindahl – For anyone who may be considering moving up to multiple units of rental properties, this is a great resource. I used this book to help me define my define my strategy for investing in apartment buildings. My first jump into multifamily was a 4-plex in a really rough area, had I read this book first, I might have handled that property a little bit differently. If you want to move up from single family property, i would highly recommend this book.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris – This book by Tim Ferris is a classic if you are interested in living the “laptop Lifestyle”. This is one of the first books I read when I started my journey into entrepreneurship. In the book, Tim tells you his personal journey and describes the “New Rich” and lets reader know what it takes to break free from their 9 to 5 jobs. Definitely inspirational!!!!
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future – This is another great read for those just getting started with an online business. Chris tells lots of stories about people who have kicked the traditional methods of starting a business to the curb and built businesses that allowed them to stop trading hours for money. My favorite part of the book is where he discussed creating a FAQ Page for your website to help reduce the amounts of miscellaneous customer emails. I finished this book in a weekend and have reread it several times for inspiration.
Homeschool Supplies & Materials
ChristianBooks.com – This is my go to for all my homeschool supplies. When searching to find the best deal, their sales sometimes beat the used books sales even from Amazon. Give them a try for the books and supplies for your homeschoolers.
Institution of Excellence in Writing – The name says it all. We are a Classical Conversations Family. This means we are pursuing a Classical Education with a community of other Christian families. My youngest son was fortunate to have completed 2 years of Essentials before entering Challenge A in the fall. Over the summer, I decided to teach my oldest son, who had no experience in Foundations or Essentials. I noticed that although he is a great writer, my younger son was writing far more richer and deeper papers. So I decided to teach Student Writing Intensive over the summer. Wow, what a difference that has made. Research papers are easier and much better prepared. We are also using Fix-It grammar to reinforce our English lessons. The way IEW designs their courses allows kids to be creative, silly and deep thinkers. It’s a beautiful thing. Try the programs out to help your kids.
Sandals/Beaches Resorts – After spending our honeymoon at Sandals Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, we were sold on this all-inclusive vacationing spot. We have visited Sandals repeatedly and will continue to visit Sandals and Beaches for future vacations. Sandals is for couples only. It’s a romantic place to fall in love again with your mate. Beaches is for families. At Beaches, everyone is happy. That means a lot to us because we are always trying to decide the best value for our money where all faces are smiling. Beaches is that place. The kids have a water park, DJ academy, and teen hangouts, just to name a few. We can go the spa or run on the beach or shop in town. We can even be adventurous and go scuba diving. There are also many family activities to do together. The best thing about the resorts is that they’re ALL INCLUSIVE. This means that everything is paid up front and you don’t even need a wallet for your entire trip, not even for tipping. When you spend this kind of money for a vacation, the worst thing would be coming home even more frustrated and in a foul mood. Vacations are so important to us. We desire that everyone is happy because we value our family, like to have fun and get the best value for our money.
Hotels.com – If you’re travelling and need a place to stay, I recommend Hotels.com. As a family, we try to travel a lot to keep things fresh and when we do, we always use hotlels.com to look for deals on hotel rooms. When we’ve traveled to New Orleans or Dallas or Orlando, Hotels.com is our go-to for great deals. There are daily deals that will make your jaws drop.
Expedia – This is our vacationing package booking agent. You can book vacations, activities, cruises, airline tickets, and car rental all in one spot. Become a member and save 10%.
CityPass – When traveling to large cities that we don’t know much about. We always ask the hotel staff, what is there to do? In some larger cities they have created the CityPass to allow visitors to experience the sights for a discounted price. For example, we visited Atlanta once and purchased a CityPass. We visited the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, CNN Studio Tours, Zoo Atlanta and Fernbank Museum of Natural History. Our ticket cost was around $284 plus tax. If we had purchased separate event tickets our cost would have been close to $500 for a family of four. The Citypass saved us almost $200. That’s the way to go. I don’t know about you, but I like keeping money in my pockets.
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