With almost a decade experience successfully running a Virtual Assistant Business, I have learned a thing or two about what products and services can be trusted and are cost effective. I am a total DIY’er from building websites, running a business, and on-line training / continued education. I value cost effective services that are easy to use and offer excellent support. I also factor data security and industry standards. I support smart business with smart solutions to deliver quality products while exceeding customer expectations.
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Starting a business usually means you’re dealing with a limited budget. If you looking to launch a new website, start a new business, or re-brand an existing business, I’m pretty sure you’re looking for the best deal you can afford that won’t result in a time-suck. Here’s my breakdown:
I hope you find this information helpful in your journey to finding your remote happiness in creating your online niche!
I strongly recommend registering a domain name separate from a web host. While many web hosts will include a domain name in a hosted plan, don’t be fooled thinking you’re saving a buck. Trust me when I say it’s a royal pain (minor nightmare) to untangle domain registration from your web host in the event you wish to change your host provider. I learned this the hard way. Updating the DNS record is easy, even if you never change host providers. Happily, all my domain names are registered with NameCheap. Other benefits:
I love SiteGround! After fooling around with assorted web hosted providers for years (who shall not be named) and making the decision to do it myself, I chose SiteGround to host my websites. My only regret is that it took me so long to figure this out. Self-hosting is way more simple today then it was 10 years ago. Again, I must stress I am not a coder, designer, or developer and found SiteGround to be amazing and very easy to work with. They’ve got all the tools you need and the support is outstanding! Other benefits:
This site is created with luv using GeneratePress. Responsive, fast, powerful, and easy to use. Easily customize the design without code. I purchased the Premium version (currently priced at $39.95/YR) for the support, upgrades, and extras. Worth every cent! The free version is pretty amazing. If you are a more advanced user or a creative developer, you may find this theme could be your ticket! Other benefits:
I also use the Astra Theme on my sister site TotalleeDee.com. I really like this theme too! Mobile friendly (aka Responsive) is the new standard and Astra delivers! Easily customize the design without code. Beginner friendly! I purchased the Pro version (currently priced at $59.00/YR) for the support, upgrades, and extras. Worth every cent! The free version is pretty amazing if you are just starting out with a limited budget. Other benefits:
I luv, luv, luv Elementor! This page builder is soo much fun to use and I find it to be very intuitive. The power is incredible and the sky is the limit. Whatever you can imagine you will be able to easily create. Elementor is one of the preferred page builders to sit on either the Astra or GeneratePress theme. The collaboration between these organizations is top notch!! Awesome for beginners and advanced users alike. I purchased the Pro version (currently priced at $49.00/YR) for the support, upgrades, and extras. Worth every cent! The free version is unbelievable! Other benefits:
From my Corporate days to current day, I prefer Microsoft Outlook and Office Suite over Google. As a one-woman-show, I have happily relied on Rackspace to provide my secure email hosting and Office Suite services. Rackspace is simply awesome! I have been a happy customer for 10+ years!!! The cost is a little more than a monthly Netflix account!! Extremely affordable for what you get!!! Rest assured your data is safe and you can access applications from anywhere!! Customer support and service is the best I have ever experienced!! Other benefits:
I’ve been with Jungle Disk as long as I’ve been with Rackspace – 10+ years! I never have to worry about my data being secure!! In 10+ years, I have not experienced one issue with this stellar service! It’s truly a plug-n-play type of service that I can not imagine not having. It’s beyond affordable – runs less than a monthly Netflix account!! I can’t speak to support since I have never had to use them, but the knowledge base is complete and very easy to navigate. No affiliation here, just that I have found this to be the best secure file management solution!! Other benefits:
Another great product that has been around for a very long time. Since my Corporate days to current day, Norton by Symantec has been a leader in protecting users from ransomware, viruses, spyware, malware and other online threats. I have trusted Norton to protect all my devices for 20+ years. Plan are extremely affordable based upon your needs. No affiliation here, just that I can’t imagine not having Norton in my corner to fight digital demons!! Other benefits:
For almost a decade, I relied exclusively on Egnyte to handle my sensitive content collaboration needs. Egnyte is a stellar organization and a leader in providing solutions for data protection and regulation compliance. If you are looking for a practical and affordable business solution to handle sensitive and/or confidential information, Egnyte will not disappoint!! I no longer need this service today, nor am I an affiliate. My experience using Egnyte was second-to-none and I would not hesitate returning as customer if the need arose. Other benefits:
Ebates is awesome!! I have been a happy customer for almost 20 years. I have saved $hundreds$! The big-fat-check really does exist!! It’s so easy to join and take advantage of ebate savings when ordering office supplies. Ok, it’s also a benefit for any online shopping needs you may have beyond office supplies. Think ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’. HUGE! I can’t recommend them enough and it really works!! With my affiliate, you get $10.00 off your first purchase of at least $25.00 just for signing up!! Other benefits: