Amy Recommends

Virtual Solutions

(Full disclosure:  I use and believe in these companies, therefore, after consideration I decided to become an affiliate.  I also get a lot of questions from people asking who I use or who I recommend.  If you use my affiliate link(s) below and purchase a product or service, the company says thank you to me with a referral reward.  The rewards aren’t huge but who doesn’t like to get thanked for referrals? Right?) 
  • Instant Teleseminar – This is the company I use to provide teleclasses.  Top three reasons I use them: 1) I can create hold events with web simulcasts and/or teleseminars 2) I can record and have instant reply for people who cannot attend live 3) Participants in US/Canada/UK/Australia can call in at local phone rates!
  • aWeber – I started using aWeber after a few referrals.  I checked out many programs and decided it was right for me.  I like it because: 1) It was easy to create and put the sign up form on my website 2) They have great customer service.  I’ve had to use them a couple times because I was stuck on something and they helped me immediately 3) When someone signs up for my newsletter they are set a series of emails from me — without my having to do manually (which I did for years!)  4) More affordable and manageable than some of the robust systems others are using!
  • Ace of Sales – I use this mainly for fun follow-up emails and some thank you cards (with treat/gift cards) for referrals, etc..  I like them because: 1) They help you create eye-catching emails, newsletters or printed cards/postcards to help you stand out against the competition (you can even add gift cards or sweet treats to packages!)   2) It is really easy to use.  You can use to reward referrals with gift cards or treats! 3) It is only $20 a month (plus direct costs for for printed cards, postcards gift cards, etc.)
  • BlueHost – I was referred to BlueHost by a marketing friend of mine and have been very happy.  I like them because: 1) They have videos and instructions on how to do everything (which is important for a low-techy like me) 2) You can park or redirect websites easily (at no additional cost other than website registration) 3) They have great customer service when you need to speak to a person live!
  • E-JunkieI just recently started using this for my shopping cart.  I like them because: 1) Low monthly fee (as low as $5/month!)  2) You can sell downloadable products (like e-books, etc.) 3) Easy to use even for a low-techie like me!
  • TimeTrade – I’ve been using TimeTrade for a while now.  I like it because: 1) You can put “recurring times” for different kinds of appointments (like I schedule coaching clients Mondays & Tuesdays, Networking Fridays, etc.) 2) It syncs with your Outlook calendar and reads that you have time blocked so will never double book you 3) Very affordable (I’m paying per year what I was per month with another program) 4) It send a reminder email the day before to the person you are meeting with (reduce no-shows)
  • EventBrite – I’ve been  using Eventbrite for years.  I like it because:  1) It is super easy to put an event out there & sell tickets  2) You can collect RSVPs for free events (no charge)  3) You can provide discount codes, or use many ticket types (like early bird pricing) and have put time/date on when those will expire

Book Recommendations

Entrepreneur & Small Business Development:

  • Endless Referrals by Bob Berg
  • The 4 Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (or Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham)

Leadership Development:

  • Authentic Leadership by Bill George
  • First, Break All the Rules by Marcus Buckingham
  • From Good to Great by Jim Collins
  • Leadership and Self Deception by The Arbinger Institute
  • Managing Transitions by William Bridges
  • The Carrot Principle by Adrian Gostick andChester Elton
  • True North by Bill George

Personal Development:

  • The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • Slow Down to the Speed of Life by Richard Carlson
  • Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath (or Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham)

More Coming Soon!

 

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