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Ella's Online Business Tools

Simplero • Simplest solution for mailing list + e-commerce + e-course delivery + membership site + basic CRM + subscription forms + student worksheets... all-in-one! Fully integrated, super simple to use ($125/month)! Read my review

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Alternative: Aweber ($69) + 1shoppingcart ($59) + Udemy (commission) + SendOwl ($24) + Aweber Pro ($49) + LeadPages ($25) + Wufoo ($14) + Zapier (free API to integrate these 6 different platforms)... $240/month!!

 

Web Hosting

ICDSoft • Web hosting + used since 2003 + crashed only once during 14 years!! + super quick support ticket response time + my longest response time was 11 min (Business Plan $10/month)
Alternative: n/a

 

Travel

Airbnb • Home away from home for globetrotters + Residual income maker for hosts in 190+ countries (view my home)

Become a host!

 

TripAdvisor • Worldwide reviews of things to do, places to eat, experiences to have and hotels to stay at (read my reviews)

 

Finances

TransferWise • Simple, low-fee international currency transfers, great for running a business (and life) in multiple countries

Alternative: Paypal.com

 

Wave Accounting • Automatic aggregation of bank statements + simple tags for expense categories + financial statements for year end taxes + login access to accountant or bookkeeper

Alternative: Freshbooks, lacks financial statements for year end taxes

Communication

Zoom • Clearest audio teleconference line I've experienced so far! Also has video conferencing, automatic recording, international dial-in numbers, live chat and break out rooms

Alternative: RingCentral • VoIP phone + teleconference line + dedicated phone number + international dial-in numbers for clients + voicemail + after hours call re-routing + PDF-to-email faxing + video conferencing. People call your number --> the app on your phone or laptop rings --> you start the call.

Google Apps • Gmail customized to myname@mydomain.com + Gcal + Google Drive for file storage and transfer + automatic full system back up and document syncing between laptop and mobile devices + security + customer support (Business Plan $8/month)

Alternative: Gmail on yourcompany@gmail.com (free) + Evernote for notes + Dropbox for file storage and transfer

Clickmeeting • Webinar attendees don't need to download any software to access webinar + free international dial-in numbers + screen sharing + auto-recording + live user polls + super simple to use

Alternative: Webinar Jam

 

Project Management

Asana • Multiple projects (to-do list, shopping list, reading list, ideas list, in progress list) + tasks and subtasks within each project + swipe right to check off tasks (= shot of dopamine)

 

 

Scheduling

Acuity Scheduling • Automatic synchronization with Google calendars, automatic timezone conversion, multiple types of bookings

Alternative: Calendly (free)

 

Social Media Management

Buffer • Simple + pre-schedule posts on multiple social media platforms

Alternative: Hootsuite, bulkier, more complicated, overkill for most businesses

 

 

Virtual Support

Upwork • Hire freelancers with five star ratings + proven project history + portfolio or client reviews

Alternative: my virtual assistant Angeline