I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your online business needs. I’ll add to it as I learn more, but you’ll notice that in the future I will reference this page quite often. I recommend bookmarking it for your reference and convenience. Enjoy!
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Need to register a web address for your business? There are hundreds of services available, here’s a few I have used.
- Names Cheap – The best option on the market. Great for bulk search, cheap and good support.
- Web4Africa – Great for Africa centric TLD’s e.g. .com.ng, .gh, .ng, .co.za etc.
Once you buy your domain name you’re going to need a place to host your site. While i’ve tried many in the past there are 2 options worth mentioning in my opinion
- Siteground: Affordable and user friendly. Easy to get up and running in minutes.
- Host Gator: Another great option. I’ve never used them but i’ve heard nothing but good things.
There are many free options like Blogger and WordPress.com. The best options for what i do are listed below.
- WordPress: The #1 Blog Publishing Platform. Free and easily customizable with wonderful support. All of my blogs use WordPress.
- Thrivethemes: The ultimate resource for premium looking WordPress themes and plugins.
- The Genesis Framework : This is the WordPress theme and framework that the eCommerceRunz Blog runs on. Genesis promises out-of-box search engine optimization, faster page load times, maximum readability to engage and hold reader’s attention, and point-and-click design and font controls.
Photography & Design
- Pexels: Shutterstock is the leading free stock photography site. All you need to do is search by keyword, and related photos will appear.
- Unsplash: You will find virtually any type of photo you need here. Cost is free
- Canva: You can design nearly everything you will need for your business on Canva. It’s mostly free but you may have to spend a few bucks for some nice templates .
- Open Cart: Easier to use and quite cost effective. You can be up and running with minimal programming knowledge.
- Shopify: Nice hosted platform. Can be setup in minutes. Great for concept testing. Does not integrate with African mobile payments/bank accounts yet but you incorporate work arounds easily.
- BigCommerce: Similar to shopify. Easy to setup and run . But since its not native to Africa you need to set up some work arounds . All in all not a bad option.
- Woocommerce: A word press plugin for ecommerce. I hear it’s good but have yet to try it.
- Charles Schwab: The best online bank in the business. No ATM fees anywhere in the world
- Simple: Another excellent option for all your banking needs.
- Chime: Another excellent internet only bank.
- Stripe: Need to collect payments from clients & sell digital products Stripe can do it all for a modest fee.
- Square: Another great alternative to Stripe.
- Paypal: The big daddy in payments.
- Gumroad – If you want to sell digital products online, this gets it done in a beautiful way. Gumroad is a simple and effective tool for independent writers, designers, software developers, musicians, artists, teachers, filmmakers, and anyone in-between.
Podbean – My favourite podcast hosting platform. $9 a month to host unlimited audio files.
Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone – My Go-to microphone. Absolutely the best thing out there for recording audio.
Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone – Extremely portable microphone for on the go recording. The Yeti is far too big to travel with, and this Samson mic is very high quality and easy to carry.
Logitech HD Webcam C525 Portable HD 720p – This just makes everything pop. Much better than the laptop standard.