Business Tools & Resources
Some of my favorite Online Education & Training:
3-day Event. ~ 8 hours per day.
I personally attended via Zoom Feb, 2021 and way blown away!
The price at the time was $147.
Having attended a variety of other 2 - 3 days events, it's easy to
recommend Two Comma.
Without a doubt, it the best business
training event I've ever experienced by a lot shot,
easily worth 10x the price of admission.
Click here for full details. Two Comma Live:
(Note: Although, it's a "Clickfunnels" event. Everything I learn there can
be applied to the software of your choice.)
OFA: One Funnel Away (30 days) $100.
The OFA online trainings begin every 2 weeks or so.
I enrolled for the one beginning: March 8, 2021
Be check the link above for other start dates.
Intense for sure. 30 days of AM video's lessons followed
by daily homework assignments and accountability provided
with a private facebook group. Russels Team is over the top
supportive with set hours throughout the week to provide
real-time answers to your questions.
*Although the books and online training knowledge can be applied to any business or software, Russel obviously wants you to use his Clickfunnels software, and then to stick with it after the training.
Should you pay for Clickfunnels (CF) ?
I would say, try it (free trial), and then decide.
After demoing many all-in-one platforms including:
CF, Dropfunnels, Kartra, Groove, Influencersoft and Builderall...
and considering all aspects, included features, loading speed, price, support, etc,
I'll be moving everything over to Builderall.
We're talking about two different things.
Training & Software.
Learn from Russels books (and / or trainings)
Then choose your favorite tools to build your website, funnels,
and email automations.
My personal recommendation?
Begin with One Funnel Away. The training is intense and life changing. You and your business, should you accept the challenge, will be transformed. Russel consistently over-delivers and backs it all up with a money back guarantee. OFA: One Funnel Away
Clickfunnels, Dropfunnels, Groovefunnels, InfluencerSoft
Where a nice website makes...
an ideal brochure for your business with ability to access everything you offer...
your products, services, about, photo gallery, etc,
Funnel builders focus on...
converting your visitors into customers.
No doubt you've experienced funnels before. You arrive on a page.
The menu bar is sparse or none existent.
There are very few options, minimal distraction.
Acting like a digital consultant presenting you with a clear path
to solve your problem.
Funnel builders are often referred to as "all in one" platforms
including website building,
Thank you pages,
LMS (Learning management System)
for delivery of you courses or membership portal.
Some builders also include
a email sequence builder.
The Funnel builders:
InfluencerSoft: The most visual interface. The best price for a large email list.
Clickfunnels: The most popular, most well known
DropFunnels: Offering fast page loading
GrooveFunnels: Big claims, but most of it is in beta (buggy) mode.
Prices range to use their software: $97 to $297 per mo.
The most well known funnel builder.
- Allows you to build funnels quickly with drag and drop simplicity
- Huge active support community
- Unmatched training by Russel Brunson.
Regardless of what business.
Regardless if your business is online or an offline brick and mortar,
Russels books and training programs produce ROI.
Whether or not you go with Clickfunnels, be sure to read
all of Russels books. ALL are outstanding!
Although you could get them on Amazon, be smart and order them direct via the link for 2 reasons. 1. You'll get bonuses, and 2. You'll get to "experience" Russels funnel from a buyers perspective. I do suggest that you move slowly through each page, and pay close attention to the videos, headlines, and offers to add to your cart. Notice the layouts, headlines, choice of words (ad copy), and how smooth it all works. Realize you're not just making a purchase, but seeing genius at work.
$49 and up. Dropfunnels is unique in that it's built on wordpress and loads faster than most funnels.
- Dropfunnels All inclusive features:
- Drag & Drop Visual Website builder
- Your own Blog
- Hosting included
- Funnel Builder that auto links pages as a simple "next step" in your page sequence.
- A Cart to accept payment with built-in features like order-bumps, and 1-click upsells that typically increase total sale by 20-30%
- Digital Course Builder + Membership builder included.
- Unique in that it's built "upon" a managed wordpress environment.
Translation: You get all of the Wordpress advantages (SEO, Speed, flexability) and
without any of the typical wordpress maintanence.
- No dealing with plugins or security. They handle it all in the background. To my knowledge, Dropfunnels is the only one offering this. If you're current using Clickfunnels, you'll be happy to know they have a 1-click funnel importer to bring your clickfunnels into Dropfunnels.
My recommendation: Try it. Click the link above and use their 14 days trial. Use it, test it.
Be sure to mark your calendar or set a reminder for 12-14 days out from today so you'll remember cancel or to continue. I personally tried it, and decided to continue. : )
Dropfunnels 14 Day Trial
Value: That $49 a month includes everything!
Without Dropfunnels, you're likely paying...
$20 for hosting, $80 for course builder,
$50 mo for a shopping cart like SamCart or Thrive Cart,
$15 for a link-tracker,
$? for theme, $? for sitebuilder, etc.
A flat $49 per month for all of it, is a better deal.
Groove: Complete suite of integrated apps
Their free forever plan is amazing.
Website builder: Free
Shopping Cart: Free (which can be hosting on their site, or embedded anywhere)
Should you use it??
Considering you can get it today, right now, Free, with NO credit card needed,
YES, honestly can't think of a single reason not to get it now.
Click here >>> GrooveFunnels: Free forever plan <<< sign up free
use it, and if you love it, then may considering upgrading to their paid version.
Keep in mind, you can opt to just stay with the free version forever.
You can either build now and use work-arounds,
or... just sign-up and then park it until it's out of Beta.
The Grove suite of apps sounds impressive.
GroovePages, GrooveMail, GrooveDesk, GrooveSell, GrooveBlog, GrooveAffiliate, +++
You can get a free account right now, with NO credit card info.
Thus try it, and later decide to keep the free, delete your site, or to upgrade.
Me? I heard about it and immediately signed up for the free. I like free. Sometimes. : )
GrooveFunnels: Free forever plan <<< Click and Get it free.
Highly Visual and thus Unique "Funnel" Builder.
For $97 a month, you get:
Unlimited: domains, funnels, pages, websites, LMS, and
100,000 contacts, allowing you to send 1,000,000 emails a month.
Email List Building / Email Service Providers (ESP)
There are many services to choose from. A few popular ones...
InfluencerSoft: 100,000 contacts included.
ConvertKit: 1,000 contacts free.
Booking / Scheduling Apps
Calendly. My current favorite by a wide margin. (used on this website)
Calendly offers a free version. Good place to begin to see if like it. If you have a real business, I suggest getting the paid version ($12-$15 month) to remove their branding banner, and to get their text reminders feature.
Book Like a Boss. (aka BLAB).
I used this one for a month. Although the client experience was great, I found the back end configuring to be too complex for my needs. For me, Calendly was far more intuitive and thus the one I'm using now.
That said. Test out a few options and decide which you prefer.
Course Creator Platforms & Hosting:
Need FREE everything?
Combine: Thinkific free plan along with Convertkit free plan
and you can do it all for free until you're generating more than enough
revenue to move up to paid platforms.
Although Libsyn may be the most well known, Buzzsprout won me over with their
support, youtube videos, and friendly user interface. Using this BuzzSprout link
allows you to signup for free (90 days), and then if / when you upgrade to a paid
plan, they'll send you a $20 Amazon gift card. As will most services, take advantage
of every free trial you can (test it for yourself) and put a tight limit on research time.
Tests shows that WPX is the way to go if maximize site speed along with top customer service is important to you. I've been using WPX since June 2020. Their customer service support team replies within less than 1 minute! Often times less than 30 seconds. Although you'll likely pay $20-$25 month. The page loading speed and support is worth it. When building a website, needing customer support is likely, and if you have to deal with the typical back and forth emails with budget hosts, you'll being paying a far high cost due to time lost.
Priced right, fast, 24/7 Phone support! Website issues can
be scary and downtime costly and that's why I LOVE Siteground. Always available
when I need them!
Possibly the best builder to create a "pretty website". complete with all the spinning, flipping, abundance of animations. Used it previously, but found Thrive more intuitive and more importantly, I found thrive much far better for "conversion". Meaning... better to help me turn visitors into fans and customers.
Although Elementor is popular,
I much prefer the UI and features of Thrive.
Thrive Architect and Thrive Membership
offers what's arguably the best
integrated conversion focused website tools. This website, MindsetBliss, was built using Thrive. The video below is a complete walkthough of building a website with Thrive.
Check out Thrive Here: >>> Thrive Themes Builder. <<<
Although still new with some issues, their cloud platform is unique. Planning to revisit their state of development in mid 2021.
Which to use?
The most popular page builder , and also my favorite is Elementor.
If you can budget $49 (1 site) or $99 (3 sites) then for sure,
get Elementor Pro Version.
If you're not yet sure, begin with the Elementor Free Version.
Video Hosting and Editing
Dubb "Video for business communication"
An app and service that makes it super fast and easy to create customized videos
for individual clients, or for your website.
Although Youtube is far more popular, When it comes to embedding videos on a website
Vimeo always you to disable showing related videos, with the ability to sway out a video
using the original link. Vimeo or Youtube? Use both!
My favorite tool for ultra quick and easy screen casting /recording. $0 to $5 a month.
Screencasting App for Mac and ios
Marketing your Live & Virtual Gigs:
This is the online academy created by Donald Miller (of StoryBrand)
$275 a year gives you access to all 4 of Donald Courses.
Just 1 of his courses is worth more than $275.
If I had College age kids, which I don't, they'd be signed up.
Yes, it's that good!
Once you click the link, visit their page, and see their list of courses taught by some
of the most famous people on the planet, you'll wonder what took you so long!
Craig Valentine Speakers Academy
Craigs Valentine Humor Course.
Darrin Lacroix's STU Programs.
Both Craig and Darrin are Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking,
both are outstanding instructors, and both offer online and offline training.
Chase Sapphire Reserve
If you think a $450. Annual fee is crazy, then you'll want to check their card
and your calculator will quickly show you how much money you've been losing
not having this card in your wallet. Some benefits include. $300 annual travel
credit, TSA "Pre" and Global Entry reimbursement, Lost baggage, and flight delay
insurance, ++++. Bottom line, if you fly at least a couple of times a year, the relative
fee is $0.
Accepting Online Payments:
Paypal is my favorite for invoicing options,
Square wins for in-person CC swipes,
and Stripe (along with paypal) seems to be the best options for selling products
and services online.
Task Management Apps
Developers sometimes list their Apps on Appsumo with lifetime deals which are
not available even on their own websites. The deals appear and disappear quickly.
Some links on this page use referral links. The ones that do, are one's
we're currently using or have used, enjoy, and thus happy to recommend.