As a Virtual Assistant, utilizing the best online business tools and resources is paramount to streamlining business for my clients. This list is constantly being fine-tuned as I discover new “really cool” software, so check back often. I can highly recommend the services on this list as I have been using most of them for years. I hope these tools will help you manage and grow your business successfully.
Teamwork Project Manager is an easy-to-use project management software application that helps team members collaborate, track projects and work together more productively online, from different locations. I love this software and use it every day. (Free Plan Available)
File sharing service. Easily share large files that can sync between multiple users. Ever run into problems with emails not showing up because a large file was attached? Use Dropbox and just email the link to someone. (Free starter plan)
Fantastic website platform. You can build a great website or blog for free! Started as a blog software, now it’s better described as a website builder. Tons of great themes and plugins available to make it whatever you want. I created this site in the WordPress platform. (Free) – See Training area for WP training opportunities.
Website hosting and where you buy domain names, ideal for any type of site. They assist you in easily starting a WordPress site or blog. They do the basic install. A very reliable service. I use this service for this site. ($6.95/month)
Website visitor tracking software. If you have a website you must install this right away. Even if you don’t know how to use it yet, get it tracking the data. (FREE)
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All-in-One eCommerce Solution. Secure shopping experience for your customers. Powerful tools to promote and grow your business including email marketing. Open Your Online Store in Minutes. Try It FREE for 30 Days!
Simple way to setup a shopping cart for a basic store without needing to get approved by a payment processor. Also, a great way to send money to independent contractors. (Pay per transaction)
Amazon Superstore VIP service, free 2-day shipping on almost everything. As an entrepreneur, time is money. Daily errands can suck up so much time and energy. Buy as much as you can online to save time. With Amazon Prime there is no minimum order amount for the free 2-day shipping. Set up a product “subscription” to have Amazon automatically ship you products you know you will need again. Also, members can borrow a Kindle for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows with Prime Instant Video. (Free Trial then $79/year)
Amazing email list software. My top recommendation for building a subscriber list and staying in touch with them. AWeber will collect and organize all of the contact info, allow you to sort it into lists and send out your communications. A excellent one-stop shop for everything you need to control and manage a very powerful email marketing campaign, not to mention powerful tools for automated follow-up. I use this with all my clients. (First month $1)
Web-based social media dashboard. Manage all your social media accounts from one place. If you are really into monitoring your brand or image socially, this is a great tool. (Free starter plan)
Innovative online survey software with customized branding for your business. Create simple or advanced surveys in minutes. (14-day free trial)
Live webinar software. Great for doing a screen presentation to an audience all around the nation to teach or discuss a new topic. (30-Day Free Trial)
Chat/Video conferencing software. The top choice for chatting with other business people virtually face-to-face. The next level up from a phone call. (FREE)
Screen recorder tool. Need to walk someone through how to do something on a computer? Use this to give feedback on a webpage or graphic design. Record you pointing to an area and talking about what you want to see done differently. Very powerful way to communicate changes you want made. Bonus – send the video via Dropbox. (Free starter plan)
Assist University (AssistU)
Professional Training for Virtual Assistants
A comprehensive 20-week training and mentoring program teaching all aspects of launching a solid and sustainable Virtual Assistance practice, close VA community relationships and continuing education in this specialized field.
VA Classroom Training Center
Training for Virtual Professionals
An in-depth 6-week course for Virtual Professionals covering social media marketing, efficient systems and implementation on the six biggest social media platforms – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest and Google+.
Website Creation Workshop
WordPress Website and Blog Training
This 10-week online modular course combined online assignments, videos and group coaching to teach the process of creating websites and blogs using WordPress software.