The following tools are a collection of websites, devices and accessories I have found useful in my home business adventures. I will try my best to keep this updated and add new tools as I run across them. Of course as with anything in life, use at your own risk
SEO is very important if your business is online, because getting customers to your website through SEO efforts can be the difference between huge success and constant struggles. Here are a couple websites/tools I use to help coordinate my SEO efforts.
- MOZ.com is an online software that helps analyze your SEO and just importantly your competitors SEO. It has tools to check the links pointing to any website, a tool to check the keyword difficulty of a word you are trying to rank for in Google, a tool that will crawl your website to find any errors, a tool that will track your keyword progress and a few other tools to help you with your SEO success. If you are serious about SEO and want to tackle it yourself then I highly recommend getting a subscription. The site also has useful forums that SEO experts will chime in with their advice on questions about SEO. They have a free trial so you can test it out.
- Ahrefs.com is a little more advanced than MOZ.com and my personal opinion is that it doesn’t offer as many tools and feature as MOZ. AHREFS is basically a huge database of links and what websites they are pointing to. So if you want to know all of the links that are pointing to your site or a competitor than AHREFS is the tool you need. They do offer a free trial as well, however I think for the beginner to average SEO enthusiast MOZ.com will be plenty for your SEO strategy.
- My husband and I primarily use oDesk.com for personal assistants. Many of the freelancers on oDesk.com are from overseas and their hourly wages are very inexpensive, typically around $2.00 and hour (or more) for a personal assistant. You simply post your “job opening” and you will literally get hundreds of applicants. You can interview them, ask questions, look at their reviews from past work they have done. I love oDesk.com
- Elance.com is great for projects you need done by freelancers. A logo, new website design, article writing, or even a video. This website allows you to post a project then freelancers will bid on this project. You can interview them prior to hiring and see their past work. All payments are held in a escrow account and the money is not released until the project is completed and both sides are satisfied. Again, most of the freelancers on Elance.com are from overseas, so you can get some great work done for very little money.
- Fiverr.com is a unique site, it is a site where freelancers will post their job/skill and you pay them $5 to complete it. Everything on the site is $5, however buyer beware. From my experience there are some great freelancers on the site and some real duds. Use this site with caution, however for $5 it sometimes is worth the risk.
- If you are just starting out with your home business and an ecommerce store is the route you want to take please take a look at Volusion. My husband started his first eCommerce store with Volusion and was very impressed with the ease of getting a website up and selling things.
- BigCommerce is a great option to Volusion. Both have great features and options to get your ecommerce site up and running, however Bigcommerce has different packages and a few different features than volusion. Both are worth checking out.
- A great place to get a 1800 number for your business. A must if you want your ecommerce store to look professional.
Here are a few gadgets I use in my daily life, nothing big here but sometimes people ask me what I use for productivity.
- Phone: Samsung Galaxy S3
- Computer: Google Chromebook (Samsung)
- Pros: its small, it loads fast, I don’t have to deal with windows 8 (which I wasn’t a big fan of), Inexpensive ($250).
- I use it with a 24″ monitor, dual screen, which I highly recommend since the screen on this laptop is fairly small.
- I love Google Drive, DOCs, etc. Everything I do is web based and I needed a little more functionality than a tablet. So far I am happy with my Chromebook.
- Cons: You can”t use any non webbased software, however Google has created quite a few apps that replace a few common applications that normally are not used via the internet.