Resources

Some of my go-to resources for online business, or life in general.

This isn’t one of your traditional ‘Resource’ pages with loads of links to similar things in an attempt to earn some affiliate commission. I use, or have read / listened to, or follow, every single item on this list.

As and when I discover new tools to help grow my business, I’ll update this list.

Full disclosure: some of the links below are affiliate links. For more information on this, you can read my affiliate disclaimer.

I've split the page into these sections:

  • My three key tools
  • Website tools
  • Efficiency tools
  • Communities / newsletters
  • People to follow
  • Podcasts

A key resource for me that isn't on this page, as it's just too big, is my audiobook list.

My three key resources

Platinum University (community)

A community that builds each other up, helps push towards goals and is all about success. I'm excited to continue to grow with the team.

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WPMU Dev (web host)

WPMU are my web host provider. They also provide a lot of the speed-enabling and security software that is used on all of the websites that I build. Their support is incredible and they tend to go above and beyond to fix the issues that you’re having. In addition to this, there’s a strong community and training area for people to learn new skills.

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Notion

Notion is a note taking app that has huge benefits. It’s available as both Apple and Android apps, and is available through a browser. Your notes sync instantly across all devices. What differentiates Notion is the fact that you’re able to write notes, attach photos, voice clips, sort tables and databases and more.

Notion has become something that I can't live without.

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Website tools

WPMU Dev (web host)

WPMU are my web host provider. They also provide a lot of the speed-enabling and security software that is used on all of the websites that I build. Their support is incredible and they tend to go above and beyond to fix the issues that you’re having. In addition to this, there’s a strong community and training area for people to learn new skills.

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Elementor (page building software)

Elementor has quickly become one of the best page builders around. I think it’s THE best, which is why I now use it to build all of my websites.

It has a nice drag and drop interface to allow you to visually design websites, and comes with a plethora of features to build complex sites as well as simple one pagers.

One of the first things I do when setting up a new website is install this plugin.

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ConvertKit (email marketing)

Convert Kit is mailing list software, and is free for up to 1,000 subscribers. It’s also the best softwar I’ve come across in terms of delivering emails straight to people’s inboxes, rather than junk folders.

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Efficiency tools

Notion

Notion is a note taking app that has huge benefits. It’s available as both Apple and Android apps, and is available through a browser. Your notes sync instantly across all devices. What differentiates Notion is the fact that you’re able to write notes, attach photos, voice clips, sort tables and databases and more.

Notion has become something that I can't live without.

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Toby

Toby is a glorified bookmark manager, but manages them in such a way that it makes it easier to operate and keep minimal windows open. I used to regularly have up to ten windows open, now I often only have two or three.

Their website claims to save up to eight hours per week. While I think that’s an overstatement, there’s no denying that it has been beneficial to me.

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GSuite

Google’s suite of tools, such as Drive, Sheets, Docs, Calendar and more, offer fantastic syncing capabilities on lots of different devices. The tools also ‘talk to each other’ well, allowing integration between different pieces of software.

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Communities / newsletters

Platinum University (community)

A community that builds each other up, helps push towards goals and is all about success. I'm excited to continue to grow with the team.

Read the review

Trends.co

Trends.co is a newsletter, provider of trend analysis reports and a community of entrepreneurs looking to help one another, and share ideas about how to grow their businesses. There aren’t many places where founders of nine-figure companies offer their thoughts on your business plans or random business ideas. I’ve made many fantastic connections during my time there, and cannot recommend it enough.

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The Hustle

The Hustle is a newsletter that offers an update on all things business, be it the latest trends or just what’s happening in the latest tech news. It’s a really insightful daily read, and keeps me up to date.

They also own Trends.co

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People to follow

Gary Vaynerchuck

Gary Vaynerchuck has been known to tell people ‘don’t fucking count anything for the next ten years, but document everything’ – in a roundabout way. Gary states that by looking back, you allow others the opportunity to continue forward and surpass you. I agree with him, to an extent. I think that doing a weekly check on your stats and noting them in a spreadsheet somewhere is absolutely fine; the issue comes when comparing those numbers against other people.

In Gary’s book, Crushing It, he says how amazing it would be if some legends of the business world documented their stories and successes. Can you imagine seeing Stan Lee document his first Marvel comic? It would incredible to see, and there’d be an overwhelming sense of empathy. The people who are watching would resonate with it on a whole other level.

I’ve taken this to heart, and created this website. Let’s hope it works out.

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James Smith

James is known as the straight-talking personal trainer. He doesn’t beat about the bush on any subjects, and offers a lot of mental advice as well as physical.

His life philosophy is one that I envy in a lot of ways, and while we may have taken different paths, a lot of his routines are things that I have began to emulate. They’ve had a profound effect on my state of mind (as well as the audiobooks below) and I cannot recommend his book enough – ‘Not a diet book’.

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Podcasts

My First Million

This is a fantastic podcast where Sam Parr and Shaan Puri interview successful business owners and disect their pasts to see how their first million was made.

It’s inspriational, and offers a good insight to how to spot the ‘next big thing’.

This is from the owners of The Hustle and Trends.co

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Modern Wisdom

Chris Williamson (of Love Island fame) is a company director, business coach and someone who focuses on ‘maximising his existence.’

On his podcast he inteviews many different people from all walks of life and success levels, discussing everything from mindset to helpful software.

I’ve picked up some fantastic tips from his podcast and I’m sure I’ll continue to do so.

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The James Smith Podcast

James Smith, as mentioned above, as an online Personal Trainer, but that isn’t just what this podcast is about.

He covers a variety of topics and has a such an interesting take on life that his podcasts are always worth a listen.

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