I am a mac user – so let's get that out of the way right off the top… however, most of these tools aren't platform specific (and when they are, I'll let you know). Note some of these are affiliate links tho the point isn't to make money, the point is to share what I know.
(latest update: 2018-03-10)
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Contest / Giveaway Stuff
We should start with the best tools on the planet right? Building your email list is the #1 job you should be doing for your business.
Upviral – the best contest tool in the universe with the best support as well. Of course, that's ME! LOL
Upviral Webinar – so maybe you don't know much about upViral, well Wilco (the guy who developed upViral) has a great webinar to get you thinking about how you can use it.
BookMe – if you need help getting set up with upViral, buy upViral thru my affiliate link and I'll give you 1 hour of training!
Vyper – another very good and popular contest tool – tho I still prefer upViral for most campaigns.
letSpinIO – a new player on the market. Does ‘wheel-of-fortune' type of sidebar for your site to let the visitor ‘spin the wheel'
HostDuplex – the best web hosting on the planet – astounding customer service!
Dropbox – I think everyone knows about dropbox, but if you don't, it is a great file storage service in the cloud where you can share and access files from all your devices.
PopupDomination – best WordPress popup subscription box
SumoMe – FREE WordPress plugin with several awesome tools like a free popup box
WebinarIgnition – tool I use to host and ‘sell' webinars
Heat Map Tracker – Amazing tool for tracking your visitor's eye movements and to visualize where on your site your visitors go (including screen recording of cursor movements and clicks).
MailChimp – an email autoresponder that kicks butt! Simple to use graphic interface walks you thru the complicated stuff – free for first 2000 people on your list
Active Campaign – a bit more sophisticated than MailChimp, for more advanced users with bigger lists to manage
ClickFunnels – outstanding tool for creating sales “funnels” (a series of sales and lead gathering pages). Much better than leadpages.net if you ask me – may be a bit more expensive tho. Also includes membership pages and you can even create video courseware (i may quick using KajabiNext and use clickfunnels exclusively and cut my costs in 1/2). They even have said they're adding email autoresponder service soon!
Training Course Sales
KajabiNext – best training on the planet
Focus@will – listen to music at work but still get distracted by the music? Focus@will is all instrumental and allows me to not think about the tunes much but still get motivated and bouncy.
Hubstaff – tracking time for staff – great tool – also hooks up to Asana so your team can charge against the individual tasks in asana. Perfect.
Asana – project management. Free for teams under 15!
Xero – accounting for the simple minded (like me). My father was an accountant. It didn't get passed on to me. Accounting with debits and credits doesn't make sense to me. I use their invoicing and have connected to paypal so my vendors pay me thru paypal but I invoice thru Xero and then the reconcile process links everything up and I know how much money I have!
Simpleology – web based personal task management. I like it because they make you go thru training repetitively to ingrain the methodology. They also make you think about long and medium term goals while your setting your daily task list. Nobody else does that. There are plenty of “todo” list services but none make you think about what the hell you're writing down like simpleology.
Keyboard Maestro – Super keyboard tool – record entire sequences of things you do repetitively and execute them with one keystroke.
Fluid – create a mac app for any web based site (I use it for hubstaff dashboard, Facebook, asana, etc)
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Typinator – amazingly easy keyboard shortcuts for the mac. I use it about 6000 times a day. For example, type an entire paragraph with “xyz.” Another example… an email address… how many times do I type “planetMitch@planet5D.com“? Zero! HA trick question… I type “pma” and typinator replaces that with planetMitch@planet5D.com. SIMPLE!
Shopping and stuff
B&H Photo/Video – photo and video gear – my favorite online store
AMAZON – i list it here because I'm an affiliate and you can get anything via this link and it helps support my family 🙂
MonoPrice – Cheap Cables for all your electronics