Are you trying to decide which shopping cart to use for your online store? What email marketing program to use to collect email addresses on your website? What designer to use for your product label? Or anything else that you might need to set up and run your product-based business? If so, check out this list of resources that I put together especially for entrepreneurs with physical products. I’ll be adding more resources as I come across them and, in the meantime, if there’s a resource that you absolutely LOVE, let me know and I’ll add it.
NOTE: Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that, at no additional cost to you, I get a commission if you click on the link and make a purchase. I only recommend products that I personally use and love and I decided to put together this list of resources because I am constantly receiving emails from the Launch Grow Joy Community asking me what programs I personally use.
Enjoy this list and I hope you find these products useful in your business.
GoDaddy – The first thing you need to do when you want to start a business is to register your domain name. GoDaddy makes it super easy to do so. I have used it for ALL of my businesses. Use code cjc2off30 to get 30% off your domain registration through October 4, 2014. Click here to get started.
BigCommerce – Looking to start your own online store? There are a few ways to go about it, but if you are looking for the simplest shopping cart to get your store online in just a few minutes, BigCommerce is my absolute favorite. I have used it for both my t-shirt business and soap business and it’s so easy to use. You don’t need to be tech-savvy to use it and it comes with SEO features built in, a great blogging platform, the ability to offer discounts to your wholesale clients and so much more. Click here to get started and get a 15-day FREE trial
Shopify – Besides offering beautiful templates for your online store (which means you can save thousands by not having to hire a web designer), Shopify also offers blogging features, lots of custom plugins, great analytics and credit card processing. Click here to get started and get a 14-day FREE trial
WooCommerce – If you’re not quite ready to invest in a hosted shopping cart, WooCommerce is a great alternative. You can download it and get started with your online store for free. It comes with many great plugins (some are free, but most are not) and it integrates with your WordPress site, so it’s super easy to use if you’re already familiar with WordPress. Click here to download it for free
PayPal – If you
MailChimp – If you have an online store, you HAVE TO have an email list and collect email addresses from your visitors. MailChimp offers a free account for up to 2,000 email addresses, as well as an easy way to add an optin form on your website (and it integrates easily with both BigCommerce and Shopify). Click here to get started for FREE
LeadPages – When you are ready to take your list-building to the next level, LeadPages is the obvious choice. I use it in all of my businesses and it has helped me to create quick optin and webinar registration pages that have a very high conversion rate. It works great with both WordPress and non-wordpress sites and it also allows you to integrate your optin page with Facebook. Click here to get started with LeadPages