This is a list of different resources I have used, and will use again. Some of these links are affiliate links that I make a small percentage of money spent on these pages, but I don’t put anything on this page that I have not used myself and endorse whole heartedly. Let me know if you think something else should be worthy of a spot here.


Refe –

I’ve used getrefe for many images on the site. They have many free images, as well as some paid images. I am not required to attribute their images, but they are such quality that I want to help increase their exposure.

Canva –

I use Canva for all kinds of images. Infographics, social media pages and posts, pretty much whatever you want to do they have something to help you make it. They have tons of free options as well as images that are pay to use.

PicMonkey –

Another site to create images. I’ve created all sorts of images with this, and I prefer it to Canva when I want to specify the size of the image, and it has more features, but you cannot save your images. If your browser crashes, you are SOL. ALSO, I learned the hard way that they do not support the Safari browser. You can make the image, but won’t be able to save it for whatever reason. But more options means I will come back to PicMonkey more frequently than Canva.

Shapes 4 Free –

Photoshop Shapes. I use these all the time, and this site has a pretty good selection for not costing me a dime. If you know what photoshop shapes are, and use them, then give this site a looksie.

Books I’ve read

The Bootstrapper’s Ultimate Bible To Social Media: 20 Social Media Hacks that Take 5 Minutes or Less, Updated & Expanded – 20 easy to follow action steps to grow your following, and increase traffic to your site without doing any SEO. There were places in here that I had never even heard of before, as well as a few really good ideas I use every day to increase my reach.

500 Social Media Marketing Tips: Essential Advice, Hints and Strategy for Business: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, and More! – Easy to understand ways to marketing using social media. Not all platforms are created equal, and knowing who you are targeting is a big deal. Once you have your target platforms, find the people you want, and get the correct content in front of them. Tips to help you know how to figure these things out, and links to places you can go to make your content shine.

Mobile App Marketing And Monetization: How To Promote Mobile Apps Like A Pro: Learn to promote and monetize your Android or iPhone app. Get hundreds of thousands of downloads & grow your app business – Written by someone who has been there and done that. I really liked how down to earth he is in writing this. Helps you understand what parts of the process are most important, but also gives an overview of the whole process.

How to GIMP – Easy to use guide to learning GIMP – a free image processing tool similar to Photoshop that I have used pretty extensively in the past. Definitely aimed at beginners though, so if you already have some skills, skip this book.

JavaScript for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming by Morgan, Nick(December 12, 2014) Paperback – Guide to learning JavaScript, written for beginners and children. One of my life’s goals is to come up with an easy, interactive way, to teach children to code. I think that this skill is incredibly valuable – even if you don’t code for a living. Being able to think the way you do when you code is really valuable, and will help our future leaders become more than they would be otherwise.

Podcast Launch: How to Create, Grow & Monetize YOUR Podcast: 15 Video Tutorials Included! – Inspiring book by John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire. He goes through the entire process of creating, launching, and monetizing a podcast. How to come up with your idea, equipment, how to get your podcast on the interwebs, the initial launch, monetizing, and everything in between. Great book that I recommend to anybody looking to start any sort of online business, because most of the things he covers in here apply to almost any business that creates stuff for people to use or consume.

More Coming as I Find Them

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