Check out my favorite resources!
Tools & Training
Who are these resources for?
I love to share resources and tools that I’ve found useful or that help me do business better online. I’ve spent a bit of time and energy curating this list, so that you don’t have to.
Here are a few that I’ve found most helpful, as I’ve pursued the path of freelancing and working virtually as a writer, virtual assistant and more!
There are some affiliate links below (which means if you make a purchase Horkey HandBook may be compensated), but these are ALL products I highly recommend – i.e. I won’t put anything on this page that I haven’t verified and/or personally used.
Tools For Launching and Building Your Business
SiteGround Web Hosting
When it comes to taking your business online, I’m a big fan of SiteGround Hosting.
As a new online business owner, the last thing you need to worry about are tech challenges or trying to figure out how a new hosting platform works, right?
SiteGround offers an affordable, reliable and fast WordPress hosting solution! Oh, and did I mention they have awesome customer support as well!
It’s no secret that we’re big WordPress fans here at HorkeyHandBook. But with so many different themes available, deciding which one is right for your VA business can be a time-consuming challenge.
If simplicity, time to launch and affordability are a few of your concerns, Elegant Themes might be the solution you’re looking for.
Elegant Themes offers an affordable annual subscription, good customer service and their Divi Theme will make launching your website easy.
FreshBooks Cloud Accounting
FreshBooks is the all-in-one accounting application to help you manage your online business activities.
I’ve used FreshBooks for my invoicing needs since the beginning and swear by it. Create clients, projects, invoices and timesheets quickly and easily.
The best part? Pair it with PayPal and decrease your fees ASAP!
You can get up and running in a few minutes and test drive it for free by taking advantage of their free 30-day trial.
Price: Free 30-day trial (paid plans start at $9.95/month)
The Yahoo! Style Guide
There’s a lot of information packed into The Yahoo! Style Guide.
Information that will help you write better for the web. (And as a freelance writer, this should be one of one of your main priorities!)
While other style guides and manuals have kept the topics of writing, user-interface, webpage coding and SEO separate, The Yahoo! Style Guide brings it all together – making it a one-stop guide for a solopreneur or any member of a digital team.
Price: Pick up a used copy for $10 or less on Amazon
Websites, Courses & Awesome Resources
Double Your Freelancing
Brennan Dunn is the marketing genius behind Double Your Freelancing.
Brennan’s a wealth of knowledge and has done everything from freelance on his own to run a million dollar agency and successfully built an online products business. If you’re a freelancer (doesn’t matter what type) looking to raise your rates or take on more of the right kind of clients, this site is for you.
Make sure to check out Charge What You’re Worth, his free nine lesson email course geared towards helping you increase your rates.
Copywriting is a skill you’ll never regret acquiring. The ability to persuade, convince and sell has the potential to benefit both you and your clients. Neville Medhora has been around the block more than a few times when it comes to copywriting.
If you’re interested in learning (almost) everything there is to know, Kopywriting Kourse (we’ll be posting a full-review on our blog soon) is a great place to start.