Peep this: Nearly every week we are asked about the different tools and resources we simply cannot function without.
And since there are ohhhhh 629 tools (rough estimate!) we use on an on-going basis, we thought it would be easiest—and most helpful for you!—to create a mammoth list of all the tools, apps, software, and resources we cannot live without.
(We even included a few of our own wildly-helpful resources we think you might love!)
So with that being said…behold! The list of tools to end all lists of tools!
We hope they help you on your journey to taking that 9-to-5 of yours and screwing it.
Let’s dive in…
STARTING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE
What do we use?
It’s the hosting we use for each and every website we have, including our other business outside of The Screw.
Their hosting is reliable, their customer support is great and they don’t cost an arm and a leg!
And dude, it’s $5.95/month and you get free backups with it.
Simple answer? We use Siteground for this as well!
After all, why make it complicated (and have to change nameservers) if you don’t have to?
You can buy your URL through siteground.com for $14.95 per year and be done with it.
Quick and easy.
Just how we like it *wink*
When it comes to prettying up a website and making it your own, we looooove us some Divi!
It’s stupid-easy to customize, plus their customer support is ah-maze-ing and we’re big fans of the drag-and-drop features.
Craving a straight-forward website theme that isn’t a real b**ch to customize?
Hit this (hard) and get to know Divi!
How To Build a Website Step by Step
Prefer some over-the-shoulder training to show you how to build this site of yours?
Take a spin through our step-by-step training, One Day Website!
We even brought our designer, Danielle Joseph on to walk you through how to create a pro-looking site on a DIY budget.
Because you ain’t got time to waste trying to figure out how to code, am I right?
Let’s keep it real: Nothing sucks more than knowing you want to start a business, but not knowing what kinda business you want to start or if your idea will even make money.
Enter Idea Inspriation!
It’s a quick 5-lesson program that walks you through how to come up with an idea for your business AND validate it to make sure it will actually work.
If you’re ready to nix the guesswork and find a kickass idea you know is going to kill it online, tap this like you mean it!
Creating a Business Plan
Ohhhh ahhhhh! Market research.
It sounds sexy, doesn’t it?
But seriously, when you’re starting your business online it can be over-freakin’-whelming trying to figure out where to start and what to focus on first.
To fix that, this 6-lesson program shows you how to create a rock-solid plan for your business—including uncovering the specific platforms you can use to get your business in front of the people who are perfectly aligned with what you have to say and sell.
Want the deets?
Straight up, we love Convert Kit as an email service provider when you’re first starting to grow your business.
Coined as “the power of Infusionsoft, but easier to use than MailChimp”, we use Convert Kit as our go-to email provider in our second business and love the simplicity of it.
Plus, the basic automation abilities makes it a great fit for any entrepreneur looking for a simplified, straight-forward email service provider!
Add to that the fact that it’s only $29/month up to your first 1,000 subscribers and you’ve got a gem of a tool on your hands.
And I’m not done yet!
Image Design and Creation
When it comes to DIY design, Canva is our go-to tool when it comes to creating fun and funky images with different text overlays and free-to-use image-based backgrounds.
If picture quotes are your jam, you’re going to love Canva!
I also love their different template options, such as Instagram images, personalized cards, Facebook ads, PDF templates and just about any social media cover photo you could ever want!
GROWING YOUR BUSINESS ONLINE
Now that you’ve got the foundations of your business built, it’s time to grow that baby!
Here are some of our can’t-live-without tools we’ve used (and still do use) to spread the word on The Screw and grow our business beyond our wildest dreams!
Building an Audience and a Movement
If there is one thing we know to be sure it’s that if you can build an audience of believers around your brand, you can build a movement.
I mean, just look at Screw the Nine to Five for example!
It’s a movement helping employees transition into entrepreneurs and we have a loyal community of thousands of Scroupies, each chasing a similar dream.
But how do you even start building an audience that turns into a movement?
For this we loooooove us this free book, Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson (creator of ClickFunnels)!
Inside he breaks down the steps to creating a CULT-ure around your brand people can’t resist.
And since he’s a walking, talking example of this, I figured you might find it hella-useful!
You can grab the free book here…just pay shipping & handling and he’ll send you out a physical copy of the book to highlight, mark up and make all the notes in!
By now you probably know that I looooove me some free Facebook groups as a way to build our audience and spread the word on our brand.
And while some people may think “groups are dead”, I beg to differ.
In fact, they ain’t dead in the slightest.
They’ve just changed.
So how do you build a group AND engage your members so you’re not left with a group full of crickets?
You take a spin through Engage and learn the basics of how to create and grow a Facebook group!
Or if you already have a group, but you’re looking to take it to the next level and learn how to use it strategically to build your bottom line (without sacrificing your community), dive into Beyond 30,000!
This is my 5-part series that I hosted with Amanda Bond (our Ad Strategist at the time) that walks you through 5 advanced strategies for building hyper-connected and wildly-profitable FB groups.
Because community is where it’s at.
We got back into the podcasting game after a nearly 2 year long hiatus and since then have been using PodBean as our audio hosting platform.
So far they’ve been perfectly reliable, their support has been helpful and it was a breeze getting our channel set up, tricked out and published!
Thinking of starting a podcast for your business?
Make it easy on yourself and check out PodBean!
Livestreaming and Webinar Software
You know what’s been a clutch live video software that we’ve depended on for the last year and a bit?
And more specifically Zoom Webinars.
Not only do we use it for webinars…
We use it for FB Live Broadcasts.
We use it for our monthly live coaching calls inside our exclusive membership community, Screw U.
Hell, we use it for interviews during our launches and promotions.
I mean, we use Zoom for damn near every single thing we do for video outside of our Podcast.
Marketing Automation & Sales Funnel Creation
This one is the easiest recommendation I could possibly ever give because when it comes to all things sales funnels and marketing automation, we live and die by ClickFunnels.
From our opt-in pages to our sales pages, webinar registration pages to digital course membership portals, we have been using ClickFunnels for damn near everything since 2015.
And we know how wildly helpful it can be in your business when used right!
(New to the world of sales funnels and aren’t sure what the eff they are all about and why you need them? Snatch up a free copy of this book and let Russell break it all down for you!)
If the thought of sell, sell, sell…and then selling some more makes you want to break out in hives, and you’d rather automate the whole damn process, take a spin through this page and check out everything ClickFunnels can help you do!
The Perfect Sales Funnel
Want to make more sales without feeling “salesy”?
Itching to automate the whole process so your funnels work FOR YOU, instead of the other way around?
If you’re nodding your head yes at your screen, you need to check out Perfect Sales Funnel!
In this program we walk you through the simple sales funnel system that we’ve used to power the Screw brand for the last 2 years!
No tech headaches.
Just straight up step-by-step training that shows you HOW to create a sales funnel that sells.
Need that in your life?
Digital Course Creator
That means we house every single digital course, live call replay, strategy session, PDF and downloadable inside one platform, powered by Thinkific.
Not only is it sooo-oooohhhh easy to use and customize, but their customer support is hands-down the best we’ve ever dealt with.
The Thinkific team is always there to help and they truly care about their members, which we absolutely love!
Bonus: You don’t have to pay for video hosting as you can host everything inside Thinkific without any extra fees.
Wanna check ‘em out?
PHEW! That was a LOT!
I’ll continue to add onto this list as we expand our business and tools roster, but for now take a spin through those tools and hit us up over here if you have any Qs!