In order to help you achieve your greatest potential, I have sought out, reviewed, used for myself, and presented here a very long list of resources that are available to you (often very cheaply or free) that can help you with almost every aspect of your business. These programs, services, and models make up a large chunk of my daily life, so I can vouch for their validity, their usefulness, and their effectiveness.
If you have any resources that you use frequently and have found to be reliable and integral to doing business, please feel free to email me at Kevin@KevinBupp.com and let me know about it. I can’t promise an immediate review, but I will take a look at it when I get the chance, and add it to the list if I find it to be as incredible as you say it is!
These resources have been organized into the following categories:
Outsourcing Your Workload
Online Training/Free Education
Online Collaboration Tools
Easy as 1-2-3 websites
Marketing Tools & Resources
Graphic Design Tools & Resources
Free Public Domain Books, Audio, Photos, etc
PR and Press Release
Miscellaneous Web Resources
http://www.replacemyself.com/ – Free audio interview and other resources describing the benefits of outsourcing to the Philippines at as low as $2.50 per month.
http://www.elance.com – Post detailed job listings that will be viewed by thousands and thousands of qualified professionals, who will compete for the position by submitting proposals.
http://www.odesk.com – Similar to Elance, oDesk provides a community where you can find, assemble, train, and keep tabs on your very own workteam.
http://www.fiverr.com/ – A fantastic resource you should definitely be taking advantage of! Professionals and non-professionals can gather here to post up jobs they’re willing to do for $5. Includes copywriting services, logo design, SEO reports, audio and video production, and a whole lot more.
www.MomsLikeMe.com – This is a great community for moms who work hard to provide for their families. This site automatically hooks you up with groups in your area so that you can have friends and allies nearby.
http://castingwords.com/ – Transcription services to fit your budget.
http://www.guru.com/ – Similar to Elance and oDesk, you can visit this site to find a quarter of a million freelancers for hire across hundreds of specialties.
http://www.agentsofvalue.com/ – Outsourcing company that can provide you with IT solutions, writers, graphic designers, etc. for a flat monthly rate.
www.GrassHopper.com – Virtual Phone Service that allows you to set up a local or toll-free number, unlimited extensions for your directory, and will make sure that no matter where you are, you receive the calls you need to receive.
http://www.evoice.com/ – Similar to GrassHopper, eVoice boasts a six-month free trial to get you started with your virtual phone service.
http://callruby.com/ – A real, live virtual receptionist who pleasantly answers your calls, takes messages, and even providing helpful information to your callers while you’re away from your phone.
http://www.challenge.co/ – This site contains a terrific, easy-to-use, thorough course that teaches you how to monetize your business online.
http://www.articulate.com/ – Software which show you how to use every-day software to create online lessons and e-classes professionally and efficiently.
http://helpmybusiness.com/ – A long-running video podcast series designed to encourage new business owners to grow their business using both traditional and unorthodox methods.
http://freevideolectures.com/ – Free education in the form of downloadable lectures, courses, and videos from Top 20 universities.
http://training.seobook.com/ – Gives you access to the leading course material for accredited colleges in Internet marketing courses.
http://academicearth.org/ – Video lectures spanning dozens of subjects by professors at Ivy League and Top 20 universities.
http://www.ehow.com/videos.html – Homebrew how-to videos created and shared by users.
http://www.howstuffworks.com/ – The essential bookmark for anyone who needs to understand how stuff works.
http://www.howcast.com/ – User-created videos demonstrating crafts, construction, computing, graphics, and other useful techniques for the professional or the hobbyist.
http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/ – Create a free account and they will deliver the best deals in airfare to the destination of your choice every day.
http://www.vegas-promotions.com/ – Helps you locate and create your ideal Vegas experience on a budget.
www.Pandora.com – The original create-your-own station site which draws upon its innovative Music Genome Project to play you music that you will like.
https://www.createspace.com/ – Allows you to upload a book, musical album, or film of your creation for publication – absolutely free!
www.screencast.com – A complete sharing model that allows you to upload videos, documents, and other files to share with your associates. Also links to Jing, a screencasting program that’s free to download.
www.Twiddla.com – Markup websites, graphics, photos, and blank white boards online for real-time note-taking.
www.MindMeister.com – A creative and useful visual brainstorming tool that keeps and saves your notes and allows you to expand upon new ideas all the time.
www.gliffy.com – Diagram software that allows you to create flowcharts, mind maps, floor plans, org charts, Venn diagrams, and more.
http://www.edicy.com/ – Ridiculously simple website-building tool with a friendly interface and a lot of templates.
http://www.squarespace.com/ – Build-your-own-website tool that also handles registration and hosting.
http://www.weebly.com/ – Free website builder that provides hosting. It boasts a drag-and-drop interface, making it extremely user-friendly.
http://www.oneminutecoupon.com/ – Sign up for free to create and share your own coupons.
http://www.responsemagazine.com/ – The definitive publication for direct response marketing.
http://www.marketingprofs.com/ – Fantastic blog/article index created by expert marketers.
http://www.marketingexperiments.com/index.php – Provides free printable reports which describe various marketing techniques and their effectiveness under certain circumstances.
http://www.colorschemedesigner.com/ – Does exactly what it says on the box – allows you to create the perfect color scheme using best design principles.
http://www.customtwit.com/ – Provides custom Twitter backgrounds, along with additional social media services for consistent branding.
http://killercovers.com/ – Provides custom book cover creation.
http://99designs.com/ – Excellent design firm which provides logo design, web design, and pretty much handles all of your visual branding considerations.
http://www.ecoverdesign.com/ – Graphic designer who can handle all business-related graphics at an affordable cost.
http://www.coveractionpro.com/ – Purchase extremely useful software that enhances your existing copy of Photoshop and allows you to create covers for books, DVDs, and audio CDs that are truly stunning.
www.Ping.fm – A really handy little tool that enables you to cross-post to all your different social media networks at once.
www.Twitter.com – The ultimate in 140-character marketing and communication, Twitter allows you to share your thoughts and links with the world while “following” the Tweets of those you want to stay in touch with.
www.Facebook.com – Perhaps the first of this generation of social media marketing, Facebook started out as a way for old friends to stay in touch, but has turned into a massive, global marketing monster. Basically, if you’re not on Facebook yet, you’d better take care of that now.
www.Mashable.com – Widely recognized as the most up-to-date, impartial, and knowledgeable technology news site around.
http://apture.com/ – Blog and online news search site that allows you to view complete content without leaving the search page.
www.popupdomination.com – Product that enables you to add pop-up screens to your website, increasing user interaction with your information.
http://www.woothemes.com/themes/business/ – WordPress and other website themes available for download, one at a time or through a membership program. High quality, professional designs that will take your content a lot farther.
http://ithemes.com/ – Provides WordPress themes at low rates, and includes many free tutorials to help you optimize your WordPress site and make it run as smoothly as possible.
http://www.istockphoto.com/index.php – Service that provides high quality stock photos for your use in any publication.
http://ezinearticles.com/ – Provides a service that matches you up with professionally-written articles for your ezine.
www.DocStoc.com – Provides commonly needed documents for Small Business & Professionals.
www.GoBigNetwork.com – A huge community where start-up business leaders and investors can meet together, collaborate, propose, and invest.
www.PerfectBusiness.com – An online community where you can pitch your latest brilliant idea to experts and investors, all of whom can help you develop your product until it is ready to blast onto the open market.
http://www.nasaimages.org/ – A fascinating library of images taken from the Hubble Space Telescope and other satellites and telescopes.
http://www.pdphoto.org/ – Royalty free, public domain images and photos free for download.
http://www.gutenberg.org – Project Gutenberg is home to thousands and thousands of public domain works, all available completely free for viewing on the site.
http://www.archive.org/details/prelinger/ – Public Domain stock video footage for your use. Fantastic resource for those creating a video advertisement, a commercial, or an instructional DVD.
http://ebook-maniacs.com/ – Among the largest and most reliable sources for free ebooks on the Internet.
http://www.thefreelibrary.com/ – An online library that boasts over 18 million books and articles for free lookup and viewing on their website.
http://www.milliondollarbookshelf.com/ – “Free Ebooks on Creating Wealth and Living a Good Life.” This site offers a handful of free downloads of ebooks that have transformed lives and businesses. Definitely worth a look.
www.LegalZoom.com – Provides many, many legal documents for download.
http://helpareporter.com/ – Online community where journalists and sources can come together and get the story out.
http://www.rtir.com/index.html – Online community that connects radio and TV interviewers with experts wanting to be interviewed about their field.
http://www.prnewswire.com/ – A website that combines the power of multimedia with the intelligence of social media. This is a great place to go if you are really serious about getting some positive, professional public relations work done.
http://www.prweb.com/ – Professional press release services to fit any budget.
http://reporterconnection.com/?p=journalist_home – A free service that connects busy journalists with experts available for media interviews.
http://www.spotrunner.com/ – Metric-driven marketing services that can help you build your brand and drive leads to your site.
www.Animoto.com – Animoto automatically produces beautifully orchestrated, completely unique
video pieces from your photos, video clips and music.
http://www.audiomicro.com/ – Buy or sell stock music and sound effects very cheaply for your next audio/video project.
http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/ – Truly free stock footage – just sign up for a free account and download as many video clips as you want.
http://www.5min.com/ – User-created instructional videos limited to 5 minutes. Hosts a huge library of focused, useful how-to videos for any topic.
http://www.viddler.com/ – A user-friendly video platform for professional and personal use that makes online video a snap.
http://www.YouTube.com – Video sharing site that has really flooded the Internet with its popularity. Great place to upload video for free so you can communicate with colleagues or family, advertise your services, or even just kill a few minutes between tasks.
http://blip.tv/ – A place to create and view independent TV shows.
http://tubemogul.com/ – Provides free services to help you identify your video audience, locate them, and put the video in front of them.
http://trafficgeyser.com/ – This website helps you to use HD video creation to drive more traffic to your website. Includes free and paid training videos and services.
http://www.copyblogger.com/ – The consummate copywriter’s blog. Packed with useful information for anyone who has to write anything.
www.Aweber.com – Email marketing and management system. Extremely affordable, and provides user-friendly tools to help you manage your email list, create newsletters and e-blasts, and integrate sign-up forms on your website.
www.HostGator.com – My hosting company of choice.
www.GoDaddy.com – Widely known as the best value for the money when it comes to domain registration – it does not, however, handle hosting, so you’ll have to go somewhere else to host the domain you register with GoDaddy.
www.MarketSamuari.com – Traffic Hunting Software that helps you to focus your demographic, locate it, then draw it toward your site.
http://www.ideavillage.com/index.html – Corporate site for the company responsible for the most successful “As Seen on TV” products. Contains a link where you can submit your own brilliant product for consideration.
www.Hulu.com – Completely free website which contains episodes of shows currently airing and shows long canceled. Minimal advertising for a whole lot of fun.
http://contactanycelebrity.com – After signing up for a surprisingly affordable membership, you are given the official contact information for almost any celebrity you can think of. This is extremely beneficial if you represent a non-profit initiative and would like some celebrity backing at an event or in print.
http://www.motivatingquotes.com/ – Exactly what it says on the box – a collection of motivational quotes to help lift your spirits on a bad day.
http://www.pdftoword.com/ – Finally! This is a free downloadable program that accurately converts PDF documents to Word, including text, images, tables, and charts.