Congratulations on your new business adventure!

Launching an online business can feel overwhelming, so I want to help make things easy for you. I've curated some of my top articles and podcasts to help you get started, added a selection of must-have tools and resources every small business owner needs, and created a free quiz to help you narrow down your business model. 

I hand picked these articles and podcast episodes to help you get started...

No budget for courses and coaches? Learn online marketing for free by following the strategy that’s won wars and launched companies. Find out how it works in this episode of the Tiny Course Empire Podcast.


Want to know which list-building strategies are working for online business owners right now? Tune in to find out the eight tactics I continue to use, plus one or two I’m going to be testing soon.


How do you market your online courses when you don’t yet have an audience and your ads budget is a bit… lacking? Here’s an easy, seven-step process to follow.


One of the most frequent questions I’m asked is, “How did you build that?” Here are the essential tools that keep my business running.


Still using those same old, boring lead magnets? Try some of these creative ideas for growing your list, courtesy of my brilliant friend, Lynette Chandler.


If you find yourself starting at a blank screen, with no idea what to send to your email list (or post to your blog, or share on social), here’s 49 things you can mail today.


My top three priorities for brand new business owners:

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Active Campaign

Every business needs a way to stay in touch with their community, and that means building your email list right from the start. 

Active Campaign is the tool I use and recommend at any stage in your business. It's newbie friendly and affordable even on a small budget, plus it scales as you grow. You can't go wrong with this email platform, but check it out yourself with a 14-day free trial. 

Create an Active Campaign account here


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Thrive Architect

If you're using WordPress as your website builder (and I recommend you do) then you'll also need a page builder to handle things like opt-in pages and sales pages, and maybe even your home page. 

I personally use Thrive Architect (it's what this page is built with) because I find it easy to work with and intuitive to use. It even comes with dozens of templates that make even the most design-challenged entrepreneur look good.  

Get started with Thrive Suite here

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Mom Webs Hosting

Number One: A website on a domain you own. 

If you're using WordPress as your website builder (and I recommend you do) then you'll also need a page builder to handle things like opt-in pages and sales pages, and maybe even your home page. 

I personally use Thrive Architect (it's what this page is built with) because I find it easy to work with and intuitive to use. It even comes with dozens of templates that make even the most design-challenged entrepreneur look good.  

MomWebs is the most newbie friendly host I know. They'll treat you well. 

Host With Mom Webs Here


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Words That Sell

Online business owners create a lot of content, and some of that content is designed to sell. This book has been a constant 

Order Words That Sell from Amazon

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