My 27+ Recommended Online Business Tools

Let me take you “behind the scenes” so to speak and share the tools I use to run an online business. This page will be updated regularly as my team and I continue to to make helpful tutorials regularly for YouTube as well as full length blog posts.

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Web Hosting

You need a website or online store at a minimum. To do that you’re going to need a quality web host for that. Anyone who’s watched my tutorials videos know I have a few go-to recommendations.


Best hosting for starting a blog with WordPress. Excellent introduction price. Beginner friendly, good hosting, good pricing and a free domain name.


My current host. They are a managed WordPress host ideal for high traffic websites. They provide reliable hosting, great support and staging for design work. Move to them after Bluehost.


One of the best web hosts I’ve used for launching an ecommerce website using WooCommerce and WordPress.

Website Builders

Website builders are a fantastic, all-in-one options for anyone not wanting to deal with the technical aspects of setting up and managing a self hosted website using a web host.


I use Ghost for my own personal blog and membership website. It’s a blogging platform with a strong focus on paid subscriptions and email marketing.

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Shopify is an ecommerce website builder. They provide all the features you need to create and grow an online store.

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Squarespace is a “do everything” website builder. You can build any type of website, sell products and do email marketing. A great alternative to WordPress.

Domain Names

You need a domain name in order to have a website, blog or online store. While you can get a domain name through a web host or website builder, I do use and recommend Namecheap because their domain name prices and renewal rates are cost effective.


Low prices on domain names, low renewal rates, free WHOIS protection and good support. I use Namecheap for all my domains.

Blog Content

To scale a blog you need to hire writers or use an AI tool to create content more easily. I highly suggest you find websites with authors you like, use LinkedIn to network with content managers and use Job boards.

While there are a lot of tools and resources, here are my go-to options:

Conversion AI

This is an AI writing tool that helps myself and any writer I bring on to create quality content more quickly. A total game changer in my opinion and worth the price of entry.

Problogger Jobs

My go to spot for finding high quality writers for long term projects. You’ll need your own process to setup and manage writers.

Email Marketing

Email marketing is how you turn a blog and YouTube channel into a business. Make more money through selling your own products, driving target traffic to affiliate offers and just helping people achieve their goals through your helpful content.

Convert Kit

My preferred email service provider of choice. Advanced funnels, clean user interface, great looking landing pages and an incredibly helpful tagging feature.

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Convert Box

Create pop-ups with customized offers per blog posts. Drive traffic to an affiliate offer or grow your email list.

Lead Pages

I use this tool to create landing pages to grow my email list and one time offer pages for selling products to new subscribers.

Content Optimization

No you can’t just “wing it” and create whatever content you want. You must have a keyword research process to find content topics people are actually looking for.

Surfer SEO

The best on-page SEO tool. It breaks down what your writing compared to what’s ranking and how best to improve your content.


A decent, “one time price” keyword research tool. You can do Ubersuggest and do competitive research and basic keyword research.


The best keyword research tool available today but costs an expensive monthly fee. Get backlink profiles, your competitors top content, YouTube video keywords and a deep dive into keyword research.


Creating videos changed my life, not even an exaggeration. While depending on what you want to do will determine the specific tools you need, here is what I’ve found quite helpful. If your on Mac, then obviously I suggest

Vegas Pro

I do edit my own videos usually. I’ve tried a lot of editors and I personally like Vegas for my workflow. I can create and edit a 2 hour+ tutorial video in an afternoon.

Open Broadcast Software

OBS is what I use for screen recordings. It’s free, you can record at a high framerate, connect external audio like a USB mic and even use a mirrorless camera as a web cam.


This is my go-to video collaboration platform of choice. When you hire a video editor you need some way to communicate on the end product. Frame is made for this task.


Great for more attractive power point style presentations for videos if you’re on Windows. Optional, but if you want something that looks better than Google Sheets then this is it. If you have Mac then just use Keynote.


A cheap, and very good screen capture tool. While I usually use OBS, I love how fast Snagit is and how it uses a variable frame rate so your files are small and efficient. I use this for client work primarily.

Site Authority

Site authority is based on a lot of factors, one of the most important are backlinks to your website. You want to get high quality, difficult to get links from real websites. You do this primarily by building relationships and writing guest posts for high traffic, authoritative websites. However there are a few services I can suggest you checkout.

Business Tools

Running multiple websites and managing a YouTube channel starts off simple enough but will eventually grow into a proper business. Here are the essential tools I need to help me stay focused, organized and on top of everything.

Google Workspace

Workspace is the paid version of a free Gmail account. You get an add free experience, professional email accounts that you need for business and email marketing, and content management tools.


You’ll need Quickbooks as your business grows. It helps you manage your income, profit and loss and makes tax season stress free.

Microsoft to-do

Windows 10 and 11 come with a great little to-do app I use to plan what tasks need to get done. It’s simple and a great way to stay focused.


A great project management tool for small teams. Overwhelming if you’re a solo creator, but very helpful if you work with 3+ people regularly.


Canva is my “Photoshop” alternative. With it you can make YouTube thumbnails, blog post feature images, ebooks, presentations, infographics, banner images and more. I would be lost without Canva.

Selling Digital Products

Doing affiliate marketing and running paid ads is a great way to monetize a niche website . But what if you’re trying to build a profitable personal brand based around your knowledge and experience? Selling products and courses adds another revenue stream to your business.


Website Creative Pro, my online course website is powered by Teachable. Good landing pages, cross sells, coupon codes, your own affiliate program and a great UX. Can sell ebooks, memberships, coaching offers and of course, online courses.