These are some helpful links and resources to help you get your business started and keep it running smoothly.

Some of these links are “affiliate” links, which means if you click through and purchase something, I receive a small commission. I only recommend products and services that I have used, and know are helpful.

BlueHost – My Recommended Website Hosting Company
I use to Bluehost to host this site, and many of my other projects,  and I recommend it to many of my clients. They have excellent, 24/7 support, and phone support too, not just the email ticket system you get with some companies. They have plans with plenty of space and bandwidth and unlimited email accounts starting at $5.95 a month. It’s easy to get your site started with their click and go WordPress Setup, and they’ll even transfer an existing site for free.

My Recommended Email List Manager
This is the company I use to manage my Email List and Newsletter.

My Recommended Resource for filing legal paperwork to establish your company- Limited Liability Company (LLC) OR Corporation
This company will file the paperwork for you to establish your company, for a fraction of the cost of an attorney.  They have real people doing the work, and a great customer service line where someone can answer any questions you have along the way.

My Recommended Service for a Virtual Phone Number and Fax line
I’ve been using this service for over 20 years.  It’s an affordable, hardware-free phone system. You get a toll-free or local number that answers calls with your recorded greeting, or you can forward them to any “real” line you have, like your cellular or land line. It will also detect if it’s a fax call to receive faxes. Yes, believe it or not, I still deal with business that use faxes. Plans start around $17/month and they have a 30 day free trial.

United States Patent and Trademark Office
You can check to see if your business name is available to register as a trademark, and get an application to register your trademark.

4 replies
  1. Andrea says:

    I entered my email address to join up and get the business plan template free and a notice told me I can’t use this email address. My email service is yahoo, and I would like to know if this is the problem and if it is, what email services do you accept? i am also wondering if its just a problem with your site.

  2. Medina Frank says:

    This is a very good site for anyone who is looking to start a business.  Startupdaddy recommended a book called the E Myth by Michael Gerber, which made a profound impact in my life and my perspective of what a business is and is not.  Thank you Ian for dedicating your time to helping others, you absolutely helped me get a great start.  


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