FAB RESOURCES 


(Some of these resources contain affiliate links. This means if you sign up using my link then I’ll receive a small fee for referring you.  Please note that I only recommend products that I use myself or have tried and know will help you)

USEFUL STUFF I LOVE & RECOMMEND

  • BLUEHOST

    One of the biggest global hosting companies, these guys can provide you with a domain name and host your website as well. Their prices are standard and they also have a pretty good reputation.  

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  • MOZY 

    It’s essential to back up your computer. I pay £4.99 a month for a ton of storage and back up my entire laptop into the cloud. Whatever you use make sure it’s reliable because your external hard drive WILL fail you!

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  • CONVERTKIT

    This is the email provider I use to send out my newsletters. I tried a ton before settling on this one and the ability to set automation rules and labels is invaluable. It's the industry leader by far in my opinion.

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  • AWEBER

    AWeber served me well for many years and I think they're way better than MailChimp. They're also considered one of the best email marketing platforms for broadcasts and autoresponder sequences.

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  • DROPBOX 

    Online storage and a great way to collaborate remotely. A lot of your clients will use this so you should really know how it works. I also upload a scan of my passport and insurance docs for when I'm travelling.

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  • INVOICELY 

    There are many invoicing systems out there but Invoicely is simple, easy to use and has a clean interface. The free version is fine but you can also pay to have the branding removed if you want to.

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  • BUFFER

    I use this to schedule content to post on social media so I'm not online all day and I'm covered when I'm away. I have the pro version for more features but the free one is still great. Get this if you post on social media.

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  • FEEDLY

    This is a lovely little RSS reader that I use to aggregate new posts from websites I follow. I then use Buffer to schedule interesting content to go out on social media so I don't have to spend all day posting stuff.

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  • LASTPASS

    This is an absolutley incredible free and secure online system that keeps all your (and your clients) passwords safe. I use this every single day and would be completely lost without it. This is a must for any VA.

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  • HOOTSUITE

    Hootsuite is a fantastic free social media management system that allows you to monitor different metrics as well as create and schedule updates to a variety of different social media platforms.

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  • CAMSCANNER

    This is a free phone app that lets you scan documents, turn them into PDFs and then email them straight from your phone. I use this both for myself as well as scanning and emailing docs to clients.

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  • CANVA

    God knows what we all did before Canva! It's basically a free / cheap way to create gorgeous designs from social media graphics and business cards, to blog header images and promotional flyers.

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  • SNAGIT

    Snagit allows you to both take a screen capture and then draw on it, and to record your computer screen. I use it to make my screencast explainer videos. It's $50 to buy forever and you can also trial it for free.

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  • DOODLE

    Doodle is an awesome way to arrange appointments between various people instead of manually doing it yourself. It's free but you can also pay to have the ads removed and to send automatic reminders. 

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  • WE TRANSFER

    WeTransfer is a handy way to safely send large files to clients. It's completely free and is perfect for when you need to send an attachment or video that is just too big to attach to an email.

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  • SENDOWL

    SendOwl are the guys I use to deliver my free and paid downloads. If you (or your client) want to sell or give away memberships or digital and physical products, these are the people to use. 

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  • TRAVEL WHILE YOU WORK

    This book doesn't teach you how to start a business but it does show you how to take your existing business and your family on the road. It has loads of advice as well as 13 real life case study interviews. 

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  • THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES

    I set up my business within a week of reading this book. A little cheesy in places, it’s really inspirational and I still dip in and out of it. It's absolutely awesome and I can’t  recommend it highly enough. 

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  • BE A FREE RANGE HUMAN

    A fantastic book by the incredibly inspiring Marianne Cantwell on how to escape the 9-5, create a life you love and still pay the bills. Her business and brand are also really female-friendly. 

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  • THE 4 HOUR WORK WEEK

    This (very famous) book changed my life and I know it will change yours. The title is a little misleading but it definitely shows you how to create the kind of free living lifestyle you want. This is my bible. 

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  • RELAX! IT'S ONLY SOCIAL MEDIA

    Essential reading for any VA who uses social media, this is a no-nonsense guide to social networking that shows you how to research, evaluate, plan and execute your approach in order to get results.

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  • THE WEALTHY FREELANCER

    Filled with real-world examples from successful freelancers, this book gave me loads of ideas on how I could offer more value to my clients, provide upsells, bundle packages and make more money.

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  • HOW TO PROTECT YOUR TECH

    This is a fantastic guide to safeguarding your digital life and ensuring you're safe online. It also has tons of ways to protect your data including how to safely use cloud storage like Dropbox and Google Drive.

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  • REFUSE TO CHOOSE: BOOK FOR SCANNERS

    Scanners are people who can't seem to commit to one line of work and always have hundreds of projects on the go. Being a VA is perfect for Scanners as the work is so varied - reading this book was like being diagnosed!

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  • MY YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    My YouTube channel has loads of tips, training, walk-throughs, live Q&A sessions, interviews with new VAs and lots of other useful business stuff I think you'll find interesting. Why not subscribe while you're there!

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  • 6 MINS FOR THE NEXT 60 YEARS OF YOUR LIFE

    This incredible video by the indomitable Gary Vaynerchuk on why a 40-70 year old has way more chance at succeeding than an 18 year old will change the way you look at your life forever. Now go do it!  

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  • HOW WOMEN SELL VS HOW MEN SELL

    This is a fantastic video on how women deal with money and sell stuff. Men just ask for money whereas women want to give everything away for free! Definitely worth a watch if you find money a difficult subject.

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  • CASEY NEISTAT'S GUIDE TO LIFE

    I love Casey Neistat and this is one of the most inspirational videos I've ever seen. It totally matches the way I see life and the way I want to live it - I especially like the bit about risk 4 mins in. 

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