Over the last few years I've tried a lot of different tools to build my side hustles. Some of them were great and some were a waste of money.
This page is a compilation of everything I recommend to help you build a side hustle. Some of these links are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you click on them and end up buying the product but there's no additional cost to you. Thanks for your support 🙂
Building Affiliate Websites
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Where To Buy A Domain Name
The first step to getting an affiliate site going is to figure out a domain name. If you don't have a specific name in mind, you can use Shopify's domain name generator or NameMesh, which will give you tons of new ideas.
After you've got the name you want to register, you can use NameCheap or GoDaddy to register the domain. There are a lot of horror stories about GoDaddy's hosting online but I've never had an issue with them. NameCheap comes pretty highly recommended from almost everyone who uses it so if you have to pick 1, go with NameCheap.
Where To Host Your Website
I host my websites with WPX Hosting but they aren't cheap! My plan lets me host up to 10 websites and it costs $40 per month. I upgraded to WPX to make my site load faster. They also will migrate your site over for you which is really nice if you aren't familiar with how to do it (it's pretty complicated if you're new to it).
If you're just getting started you could go with one of the budget hosting companies. They're all about the same, around $5 per month and your site won't load very quickly but when you're starting out that doesn't really matter. Once you're making money, you can upgrade and switch to a faster host. Here are some of the options I've used when I was starting out and ones I still use for some of my affiliate sites:
I get my WordPress themes from CSS Igniter. Their themes look good and don't require any changes to get them up and running. I've used Genesis themes before which is recommended by a lot of people, but after spending $99 just to get the basic theme, I realized I would need to shell out thousands to get a developer to customize it and make it look good. No thanks.
If you join CSS Igniter, you can download any of the themes on their site. As of mid 2018, they have 90 different themes to choose from and they're all included in the price you see up front. They also usually have coupons for 20% off so make sure to track one of those down.
Books I Like
My favorite books on business, retirement, life, etc. can be found here. Here's a quick run down:
The End of Jobs
Great introduction to entrepreneurship and why building a business is the best way to create wealth. Also a great reality check on why the 9 to 5 is not as stable as most people think it is.
The 4 Hour Work Week
Ignore the cheesy title and you’ll find a great book. Tim Ferriss is an interesting guy and a great storyteller which makes this book an easy read. This will open your eyes to a whole new world of automation and outsourcing and how you can apply the lessons to your own life or business.
The Millionaire Fastlane
I don’t know why everyone goes for these cheesy titles (actually I do, and they explain why in the book). This book is another great eye opener into starting a business and how the value you get from creating an asset will outperform any other investment available to you.