Recommended Tools

These are some of the tools and services I recommend for small business owners

Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and sign up for a free trial or purchase the product, I’ll receive a commission or referral fee. Clicking on affiliate links (on my site or anyone else’s) won’t cost you any more than making a direct purchase. In some cases, you’ll pay LESS because affiliates can give you access to special discounts and promotions which aren’t advertised on the vendor site.

Shoeboxed: Electronic Receipt Storage & Management (free trial)


Disorganized to Organized plus NYT - Shoeboxed.com

NEED HELP ORGANIZING YOUR RECEIPTS? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT!

FREE TRIAL INCLUDES

  • 50 receipts scanned, verified, and put in expense categories
  • A complete, searchable data base of your documents
  • Receipts stored in IRS-accepted (and CRA-accepted) image formats
  • Integration with popular on-line accounting apps including Wave, QBO, and Xero
  • Automatic backup to Evernote
  • Expense reports for your tax preparer directly from the app

GET STARTED NOW, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID!

Email Marketing: The Money’s in the List!

 




Email marketing made easy.

Want to get an email marketing campaign up and running in minutes? AWeber can help. NOW includes subscriber targeting/tagging and one-click automations!

Powered by AWeber

 

 

 

Web Hosting

 

Using shared hosting at Hostgator is an economical way to start your web site and/or blog and to test out new business ideas and projects. Special pricing available during Thanksgiving Day “flash sales” continuing (and different offers) through Black Friday and all of Cyber Monday week. Various discounts during the year, too!

Be sure to read the fine print before placing your order, especially if you want to pay monthly and be able to cancel at any time. Some of the super low prices are for 3 years of service paid in advance.

 

 

 

Find an Accountant You Trust to Help You Grow Your Small Business, Increase Profit, and Save Tax

If the only time you see your accountant is to get your tax return prepared, you’re missing out on many other benefits your business could receive from having a trusted financial advisor on your team.

Michelle Cornish’s book “Keep More Money: Find an Accountant You Trust to Help You Grow Your Small Business, Increase Profit, and Save Tax” explains all the details. This book should be required reading for all small biz owners.

There’s no time like the present to buy yourself this business gift (pun intended)

Here’s what I said about it in my 5-star review: “Michelle thoroughly explains the value of working with an accountant in various stages of your business from startup, through growth, and eventual retirement or sale.

She provides detailed explanations and examples throughout the book including the exact questions to ask prospective accountants to determine and evaluate their interests and skills and whether they would be a good fit for you.

She stresses how important it is for you to keep up to date with your financial situation to avoid surprises, and how having the right accountant will make this much easier for you to accomplish.

She also provides a workbook to help you define your specific goals in finding an accountant and customize your interview questions” Get. It. Now. You can thank me later!

WordPress Themes

Studio Press

Authority Pro premium WordPress theme designed to help you put the full extent of your expertise on display; well-suited for coaches, consultants, on-line course creators, & non-fiction authors

It includes a built-in place for your email list signup form and a special call-to-action message banner at the top of the page. It’s mobile-responsive, styled for e-commerce, and lets you customize your colors and content layout.

It’s from Studio Press, a company with many years experience creating premium WordPress themes and a reputation for providing excellent service and technical support. (I’ve been a satisfied customer for over six years).

 

Elegant Themes

Best known for their Divi theme with front-end visual builder for WordPress and a huge collection of pre-made layout packs to simplify the web site design process for DIY business owners.

Ninja WordPress tip: If you want the features of an easy-to-use site builder without changing your theme, you can get the Divi Builder plugin which works with any WordPress theme!