I'm often asked what tools and resources I use in my resume writing business. Here's a list of them!
Affordable, easy-to-use domain name registration (starting at $.99/year for domains, and $5.99/month for hosting). You can register multiple domain names and point them all to one website easily, allowing you to promote your different services and products but drive traffic (website visitors) to specific pages of your main website.
Every resume writer needs to build a mailing list with very little technical know-how. AWeber walks you through the process of creating your opt-in form (and will even host it on their site for you, so you don’t even need a website to get started with building your mailing list). AWeber offers both autoresponder messaging (you can pre-schedule a series of emails to go out at designated intervals when people join your list) and broadcast emails (send a message whenever you want). Your first month is just $1, and just $19/month after that (for up to 500 subscribers).
If you host free or paid teleseminars, are interested in podcasting, or want to create audio training programs, check out Audio Acrobat. Offers complete ease in creating and hosting audio clips — no technical skills required! Offer client coaching? Record the calls and offer them as a bonus to your client! And check out “sizzle lines” — record special content and give prospects or clients access. Free 30-day trial, then $19.95/month for the Basic Plan.
An online market to bring buyers and sellers together. If you create an information product, Clickbank is a great way to find affiliates to promote your offer. If you’re looking for affiliate offers to promote, Clickbank is a great way to find relevant products to recommend. It’s also a great way to research what clients will be interested in — find products that are hot sellers!
The most popular solution for building a mailing list. A more “user-friendly” email list management program than AWeber...with social media management tools built in. If you’re looking for a program that will allow you to easily create a client e-mail newsletter and the ability to send broadcast emails easily, check out Constant Contact. Offers a free 60-day trial, and prices start at just $20 after that.
Looking to outsource some things you can’t — or don’t want to — do yourself? Elance is a great place to go to find project-specific vendors, including website designers, copywriters, transcriptionists, researchers, and more.
Need an ebook cover or website banner made? Check out Vikiana on Fiverr.com. Don’t be put off by the poor grammar on her page — she does excellent work, fast, and starting at just $5.
The easiest way to offer free or paid registration for your next live or virtual event. There’s no cost to you if you don’t charge for the event, so if you want to host your first free teleseminar, consider using EventBrite. If you’re charging for the program (again, in-person or online), you’ll pay a small fee to EventBrite for each ticket sold, plus either a PayPal processing fee (if you want registration funds to go through your PayPal account) or you can use EventBrite’s credit card processing (with associated fees). Total fees add up to about 6% of sales, but you only pay for what you sell, and the registration pages are extremely easy to set up.
If you have a blog, Fotolia is an extremely inexpensive way to acquire photos and illustrations to accompany your posts. It’s also a fabulous choice for photos to use to illustrate your information products (ebook artwork, for example). A stock photography site, it offers a massive amount of choices, starting at about $1 per graphic. Make sure you purchase the correct “rights” for how you want to use the graphic. (For example, you’ll pay a bit more for graphics you want to use on an ebook you’re selling than on a blog post.)
If you've been thinking about adding one-on-one or group coaching to your resume writing services -- or you want a platform to deliver a home study course or training program, I recommend JigsawBox. Created by a coach, you can set up paid or free training modules without a lot of technical know-how. Offers a LOT of training and support.
The easiest way to sell digital information products (ebooks, special reports, forms, guides, audio programs, etc.) online. The Payloadz Express option is for low-volume sellers and is a great way to get started. The full Payloadz option offers an affiliate program to help you find folks to promote your products, and their online store will also provide additional visibility for your products.
Some people hate it, some people love it … most just see PayPal as the easiest way to accept credit cards without having a full scale merchant account. I gave up my traditional merchant account so I wouldn’t have to deal with the hassle of PCI compliance, and PayPal has been a great solution. It also processes recurring payments for my BeAResumeWriter.com membership site.
If you’re looking for ways to get free publicity for your résumé writing business, you need to check out Joan Stewart’s offerings. She’ll teach you “tips, tricks, and tools” for free publicity.
I’ve been using Robert Middleton’s marketing ideas for service providers for years — he offers extensive training for how self-employed professionals can attract their ideal clients. His free, 24-page “Marketing Plan Workbook for Attracting Clients to your Professional Service Business” is the best guide to defining your ideal client and creating a client-attracting core marketing message is the best I’ve ever seen.
Blogging and article writing are two of the best ways to attract clients (and generate website traffic) as a résumé writer. This self-paced, 15-week program is a great step-by-step guide to either starting a new blog, or improving your existing blog. Although she emphasizes WordPress as a blogging platform, many of the techniques can be applied to any blog.
Your resource for inexpensive, high quality marketing materials (business cards, fliers, signage, specialty products, and more) for promoting your résumé writing business.
If you want to create a membership program for your résumé writing business, Wild Apricot is a robust solution that is also extremely easy to get started with. It offers a free, advertising-supported level all the way up to multiple professional levels (depending on the number of subscribers you have).
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