Top Resources From Hobby Hustlers Like You!
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On this page, you will find some of my top picks that I would highly recommend for building your hobby hustle and bringing it to its greatest potential. All of the resources here are either being used for one of my current hobby hustles or helped me tremendously when I first started one of them.
Bluehost has a “one-click” WordPress installation, which means that you can have WordPress (WP) on your website within a couple minutes! With other hosting platforms, you may have to manually download and install WP.
Customer Service, you ask? Bluehost customer service is absolutely fantastic. You can pick up the phone 24/7, anywhere around the world and they will help you with your issue, and sometimes they are even able to do it for you! The basic package that will allow you to host as many websites as you want starts at $4/month.
I use Divi because it makes everything easier and I spend less time building my websites, while maintaining the quality, look and feel that my visitors want and expect.
Tesla Themes has a page builder, but the page builder is a little more difficult than the Divi Builder. It uses visual composer, which is compatible on many different themes outside the Tesla suite as well.
Here is a common thing people do: Create multiple Bluehost emails, and then forward them to go to your 1 GMAIL inbox. With Gmail, you have tons of storage, scheduling abilities, and some more features!
Although sending mass emails isn’t the best for acquiring new clients, if it’s done properly, and legally, then you can have a decent conversion rate. Gmass will give you the highest deliverability rates and still give you the personalization any email CRM would give you.
How I use Trello? Each project has a specific board, where I invite the people involved to participate in the board. I then create several columns. There are two types of columns I have, the first is more general, like: “To-Do”, “Ideas For Future”, “Competition To Watch”, and then the second are more specific to the actual project. For example, if I had a website design client, I would have “Wireframes”, “Design”, “Implementation”, “Errors”, and “Project Brief & Credentials”. Within each column, I create specific tasks and assign them to specific people, they will get a notification and then see that there is a due date associated with the task. What makes Trello super amazing is that you can colour coordinate everything, I mark all urgent tasks with a RED label, tasks that I do when i have free time with a GREEN label, and tasks that are waiting approval from someone else, a YELLOW label.
What kind of deals have I bought on AppSumo? Website Auditor, StepShot Guides, SparkChart, PromoRepublic, PingGo, Social Insider, Reveal, Stencil (also featured on this list), Whatagraph, Billy, Better Proposals, Outgrow, Serpstat, Lawtrades, iSpionage, WebinarNinja, Quuu, Quip… and I’m still purchasing more! I bought most of these tools for $49 one-time fee, and have lifetime access to them plus all future updates. My biggest hit was WebinarNinja, which is now a full webinar platform that people pay $100/month for.
You can download the app on your phone and it has a great interface for you to add, manage, and view events.
Stencil is really the world’s fastest image creator. If you are a beginner and only need a couple graphics, Stencil’s free plan will be great for you. They have over 1 million stock photos to choose from, all kinds of different fonts, and allow complete flexibility with your designs. You are able to save logos right on your dashboard, so it is easy to add watermarks to all your photos. The paid plan is only $9/month too!
I first purchased this deal when it came across my inbox from AppSumo. Before Stencil I was using Canva, but the costs were getting up to $20/month and they didnt allow me the flexibility and templates that I was looking for. I also noticed that their search function was not good. I now use Stencil for most of my clients social media posts — and you should too!
If you’re wondering how I manage all the passwords, see the “LastPass” software in the list below.
The Pretty Link free plan gives you the flexibility you need, however, they do have paid options if you are looking for more flexibility.
What are my favourite recipes? I get notified when a top app becomes free in the Apple Store for iPhone. This allows me to get great apps for free, which are mostly productivity and business apps. I also get a reminder to drink water 3 times per day, which are times when I usually get busy or have other priorities. However, my favourite applet allows me to bid to UpWork jobs that suit my profile; when jobs are posted, I automatically get an email notification so I can apply right away.
I create separate accounts for most platforms for my clients so they have access to it and I keep my costs low, but I wouldnt be able to manage all these “xt3535ysfgajglsj” passwords without LastPass.
Some of my hobby hustlers can be run solely from my phone, and I thank Apple for allowing me to build a phone that is robust enough to build a business on it. I strongly recommend Apple if you are looking for a new phone, laptop, tablet or watch.