Though I write about health and wellness now, I’m what I call an “entrepreneur to the core”, having spent the past 15 years building businesses from home while raising my three kids.
My entrepreneurial experience includes:
- Freelance copywriting (my first business)
- Inventing two baby blankets called Swaddleaze and Blankeaze, which I sold to Summer Infant in 2008
- Creating and selling a mobile apps portfolio (apps were an epic fail for me)
- Founding, building, and selling TheMogulMom.com, the leading website for mom entrepreneurs
- Being interviewed and featured in The New York Times, Working Mother, Fox Business News, ProBlogger, Entrepreneur, Visa Business Network, Daily Worth, Etsy Blog, Simple Mom, American Express OPEN Forum, SheKnows and YellowPages.com, as well as several best-selling books including The $100 Startup, The Digital Mom Handbook, and The Well-Fed Writer: Back for Seconds
Since I love to talk shop and people still ask me what business tools I use, I thought I’d share them all in one place. :)
The links below that are marked with an asterisk (*) are affiliate links, which means that I will earn a small commission (at no additional cost to you) when you click on these links and make a purchase. Please know that I only recommend things that I personally use + love, and that I feel may be useful to you as well. And, these commissions help keep me in wine and non-fiction. ;)
WordPress: In my book, WordPress is the absolute best publishing platform. It’s free, easy to manage, and has a great community. You can set up your own WordPress site for about $150.
*Siteground: Super fast, secure, affordable hosting. Get your self-hosted WordPress site up and running in minutes! My site runs on the Grow Big plan with the annual billing option which costs just $71 per year!
*Genesis: Genesis is a WordPress framework that provides a secure and search engine optimized foundation that’s easy to customize and very user-friendly. Learn more about the Genesis framework with this beginner’s guide.
GoDaddy Bookkeeping: When I started my first business, I didn’t track income or expenses. What a nightmare that turned out to be when I was audited by the IRS. Since 2010, I’ve used GoDaddy Bookkeeping (formerly Outright), and it makes my life, business, and tax time infinitely easier. You can be up and running on GDB in about 10 minutes, and with just one-click, you can have your Schedule-C done + ready for Uncle Sam at tax time. Every serious business owner needs GoDaddy Bookkeeping.
*MailChimp: MailChimp is awesome for email marketing! They have a “forever free” account for up to 2,000 subscribers and it includes all of their amazing features like automations, pop-ups, landing pages, campaign reports, and tons more! Check out MailChimp now.
*SmarterQueue: After using a different, more expensive service, I have switched to SmarterQueue for my social media scheduling. With SQ, my social media updates never go to waste. Create categories for your social updates, design a custom posting schedule for each of your social networks, and build a library of social updates – then, SmarterQueue takes care of the rest. Get a free 30-day SmarterQueue trial right here (and then it’s just $19.99 per month!).