Here's a list of my favorites when it comes to blogging and running my businesses. Yes, I said businesses!
Make sure you bookmark this page for future reference. It's the perfect go-to resource for entrepreneurs who are ready to side hustle and start a blog or business.
How to Start a Blog in 3 Steps 👩💻
Read this tutorial on how to start a blog today for a full break down. Otherwise, here's the quick break down below:
- Pick your domain name for free and sign up for self-hosting with Bluehost.
- Purchase this Genesis theme. This is the framework theme needed for all the fun themes I recommend below.
- Pick a theme below!
Pick Your Blog Name and Self-Hosting With Bluehost ✅
Out of all the hosting sites out there, Bluehost was the smartest choice for this blog. I was able to get great low pricing with Bluehost and have great service for Believe In A Budget and my other blogs!
Because of my great relationship with Bluehost, I am able to provide #TeamBIAB readers an awesome low monthly rate AND a free domain name for only $2.95 per month if you use my exclusive link. Yippee!
If you click through one of my referral links for Bluehost web hosting and make a purchase, I will receive a commission at no extra cost to you AND you still get the lowest rate possible. Double yay!
Favorite Themes 💗
There are lots of great themes available for self-hosted websites. I use Genesis, which is the foundation theme needed in order to use all these fun themes below.
My go-to's are:
How to Start a Shopify Store 🖥
Whether you are creating digital products or selling physical products, Shopify is one of the best platforms to use as an eCommerce store.
I've found it to be the most user-friendly for non-tech people and the shop appearance looks clean and easy to use for shoppers!
I have two Shopify stores. Believe In A Budget sells digital products and Harpeth Trading sells physical products.
- Sign up for a free 14 day trial with Shopify.
- Select a free theme for your shop.
- Connect your Shopify store to your blog.
Newsletter Providers 💌
After setting up your blog or shop, starting an email list is one of the smartest things you can do!
Don't dismiss the power of starting an email list, even if you are a brand new blogger. This is the #1 regret from bloggers and business owners!
I use both providers – ConvertKit for this blog and Drip for my other website.
Free Blogging Resources 💻
These are the best free resources to use when starting a blog. I suggest signing up for all of them and downloading them or printing them out and putting the guides and worksheets in a binder.
Creative Resources 📋
If you are ready to get started on some creative projects, such as creating a digital product, a mini-course or full course, Pinterest pins or social media graphics, I use and recommend the following resources:
Virtual Assistant Courses 👩💻
Earn income online by working as a virtual assistant. Like most people, virtual assistant jobs start off as side hustles. For many people, this can turn into part time or full time work – it just depends on your wants and needs.
These courses are the best in the industry and will help you earn $1,000+ per month.
I got my start as a Pinterest virtual assistant and designing graphics, which lead to co-creating my best selling course Become a Pinterest VA TODAY!
There are tons of lucrative options to explore working online for yourself as a freelancer.
Explore all the various courses below to get a feel for what you think you would like to offer.
Reading and Listening List 📚
Whether you like to read or listen to audio books, this list is sure to inspire you. I've gone through most of these and have a few left on my download list!
If you are new to audio books, don't forget to sign up for your free 30 day trial with Audible.
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