Welcome to the Escape The Job Life Resources section, a curated list of the tools and resources I strongly recommend for building and optimizing your business.
I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial to running my business (or were crucial to developing successful businesses for private clients)
Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:
Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.
This one is the easiest recommendation I could possibly ever give because when it comes to all things sales funnels and marketing automation, I live and die by ClickFunnels.
From my opt-in pages to my sales pages, webinar registration pages to order forms, and even full blown membership sites, I have been using ClickFunnels for damn near everything since it first came onto the scene, 2012 maybe?
And I know how wildly helpful it can be in your business when used right!
(New to the world of sales funnels and aren’t sure what they are all about and why you need them? Snatch up a free copy of this book and let Russell break it all down for you!)
If the thought of sell, sell, sell…and then selling some more makes you want to break out in hives, and you’d rather automate the whole damn process, take a spin through this page and check out everything ClickFunnels can help you do!
Most all of my websites are hosted on either Bluehost or Hostgator … they are sister companies. Why? Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.
You can use your Bluehost or Hostgator account to host multiple domains—no need to pay more for hosting when you’re ready to start another website. Also, they provide outstanding customer service. Phone is best, they are happy to talk direct.
I highly recommend using Bluehost and or Hostgator for your website, and you can get started now at $2.75/month.
ConvertKit is my number one recommendation for email list management.
ConvertKit makes managing your email list and setting up autoresponders so easy and user-friendly. Segmenting my email subscribers into groups so that they get content specific to their individual needs has never been more simple.
They aren’t perfect (but what is) … but I do believe they are the best option for anyone just starting out. They provide some really great marketing automation, that other inexpensive systems can’t … and it is drop dead easy to use.
Add to that the fact that it’s only $29/month up to your first 1,000 subscribers and you’ve got a gem of a tool on your hands.
And I’m not done yet!
First I need to disclose that I used Infusionsoft in my personal business for 8 years .. until just recently I moved over to ConvertKit. With that said, Infusionsoft is still the clear winner when it comes to automation (hands down). I am a big fan of the system and of the company.
So if you have a lot of processes that could be, and should be automated ...and you need a full blown CRM then I highly recommend Infusionsoft.
This is by far one of my favorites. It works great. It is easy to use! They have great support! And there is no monthly fee 🙂
SamCart is another fantastic option for handling your order forms and checkout processes. It might be the easiest to use shopping cart. SamCart may also have better sales page templates for easy setup.
I am pretty new to Thrive, but have to say I have been impressed with the ease of use, but most impressed by the continued training info that the creator puts out. No other company or person is even coming close to what he is doing. So if you are looking for a great looking theme, easy to use, and plenty of easy to follow video trainings I encourage you to get Thrive Themes today.
I was using this exclusively until I made the switch to Thrive Themes, it comes with Thrive Leads (a very similar system to Optin Monster). Both work really great. If you have another WP theme that you love, then I would recommend getting OptinMonster. You will love it.