People always ask me:
What would you recommend for [insert need here]?
So, I thought it would be nice to have an area of the site where I can tell you the products I use (and have used), as well as those that I have experience with through my dealings with clients. That way, you have a starting point when
Disclaimer: I do get a commission on the sale of most products/services listed on this page. I can assure you that it has absolutely 0% impact on my opinion. If I was swayed by kickbacks, I’d have a lot more listed (and the highest-paying ones that I can find to boot)!
I have used several hosting companies throughout my life. Needless to say, BigScoots has been my favorite by far! Not only have I experienced the lowest amount of down-time for any of my sites, when I do need help, the response time is lightning-quick. If you’re looking for a quality, affordable shared hosting provider, this should be at the top of your search list.
It used to be that you could get lots of great deals on domains, for both new and renewals, at GoDaddy. Sadly, that time has ended, as there are hardly any coupons that work on renewals these days. But, there are still great promos for new domains; after all, $.99 for the first year is totally awesome! Heck, even $1.99 is a steal which another price-point the company offers coupons for at times. It’s definitely worth setting up an account, especially in conjunction with…
After I found out that GoDaddy had excluded domain renewals for use with coupons, I immediately started looking for an alternative. Andrea at Nuts and Bolts Media recommended NameCheap, and I quickly found out why. Not only could I transfer my domains as they were approaching the renewal date at a cheaper price than a regular renewal, the regular pricing was much lower. On top of that, NameCheap also offers coupon codes for discounts on renewals which is the reason I was looking to switch in the first place.
Everyone needs to be able to access to their files at a moment’s notice. That’s precisely what Dropbox does. Any place, any device, and it integrates with a ton of software options and websites too. The only drawback is that the free account gives you limited storage space, but there are ways to increase the storage capacity, both free and paid.
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe this app. I use it to create checklists for the grocery store or to do lists, write articles, collect reference links, record ideas for various projects and more. All that and I’m still probably not even using it to its fullest potential. On top of that it syncs to all devices as well as the web-based app so you have access to everything at any time, in any place.
Let’s call this one Mint on steroids. Sure, it’s an aggregator, which means it collects information, but it’s so much more. It’s mobile. It’s a budgeting tool. It’s an investment tool. It’s a “big picture” tool. It’s free, with the option to pay for actual advisory services. Personal Capital may just be the product you are missing to get an overall view of your financial life.
There are several reasons why I use QuickBooks Online for my own clients. First, it’s an accounting program, not just for invoicing or aggregation of accounts. It offers full accountant access and use, not just for viewing reports. It also has allows for tracking different business segments without requiring a separate subscription for each or having repetitive accounts for the same items.
Investments are an important part of any solid financial plan. It’s even more important to have your money working for you as a business owner. Betterment takes care of the what and where when it comes to putting your money to work. And the best part is that you don’t have to do anything yourself.