One of the things you must aim for as an online business owner is to use the right tools. Tools that make your business more successful and easier. A big problem most people have though, is knowing which tools are the best to achieve that! Let alone how to find them.

You see, there are hundreds and thousands of tools available, and it’s confusing when you’re starting out to know what’s right for you, or what’s just going to burn a hole in your pocket.

We’ve been there and done that, so we’ve filtered our list down to what we think are the best tools available today. We wouldn’t suggest something to you if we didn’t use it ourselves, and these are tools we personally use every day to streamline our online business.

One of the things you must aim for as an online business owner is to use the right tools. Tools that make your business more successful and easier. A big problem most people have though, is knowing which tools are the best to achieve that! Let alone how to find them.

You see, there are hundreds and thousands of tools available, and it’s confusing when you’re starting out to know what’s right for you, or what’s just going to burn a hole in your pocket.

We’ve been there and done that, so we’ve filtered our list down to what we think are the best tools available today. We wouldn’t suggest something to you if we didn’t use it ourselves, and these are tools we personally use every day to streamline our online business.

Tools

Tools

DBL

The Digital Business Lounge is not just another internet marketing platform. It's a collaboration community of marketers, thinkers, creators, innovators and freelancers, and we all love to have fun while we make sales too.

It's the ultimate creators platform which provides everything you need for internet marketing.

Depending on your membership level you'll have access to services like domains, website hosting, Wordpress, security, business email, education, research, funnel builder, graphics, SEO, support.

A free, basic DBL membership is included in the SFM membership.

DBL

The Digital Business Lounge is not just another internet marketing platform. It's a collaboration community of marketers, thinkers, creators, innovators and freelancers, and we all love to have fun while we make sales too.

It's the ultimate creators platform which provides everything you need for internet marketing.

Depending on your membership level you'll have access to services like domains, website hosting, Wordpress, security, business email, education, research, funnel builder, graphics, SEO, support.

A free, basic DBL membership is included in the SFM membership.

Aweber

Don't be ashamed if you have no clue yet what email marketing is. We were just like you, until we started our online business. But without realizing it, we were on several email lists for years, because we signed up for them, maybe even years ago.

Internet marketing has a lot of different ways, but one of the most effective ways is having an email list. "The money is in the list", is a much heard sentence. And until a certain point it's true. But it all depends on your own approach and mindset, the people you attract, and how you nurture your list.

They can't help you to get the right mindset, but Aweber provides you all the tech stuff you need. It's an easy to use, fully automated email system that gives you lots of ways to grow your list, provide value, and monetize that list too.

Aweber

Don't be ashamed if you have no clue yet what email marketing is. We were just like you, until we started our online business. But without realizing it, we were on several email lists for years, because we signed up for them, maybe even years ago.

Internet marketing has a lot of different ways, but one of the most effective ways is having an email list. "The money is in the list", is a much heard sentence. And until a certain point it's true. But it all depends on your own approach and mindset, the people you attract, and how you nurture your list.

They can't help you to get the right mindset, but Aweber provides you all the tech stuff you need. It's an easy to use, fully automated email system that gives you lots of ways to grow your list, provide value, and monetize that list too.

Convertri

Whatever strategy you use to attract people into your business, if there's one thing to scare them away it's a slow website...

We started with our website only on Wordpress, but pretty soon it got clear that it was good for blogging and so on, but not for landing pages to send people to from an ad on Facebook or Youtube. People clicked the ad, and then had to wait 5, 10, 20 seconds (or more) before the page loaded. 

Since we started to use Convertri, slow pages are history. Take this page for example, it's build on Convertri, and it performs like a rocket. We choose to use the tool for specific pages, and leave our Wordpress site in place, but you can build a complete website with Convertri.

Building webpages was difficult in the past, but not anymore, not today. It takes a little learning but you'll be up and running before you know it.

In the Pro version of DBL the Pro version of Convertri is included!

Convertri

Whatever strategy you use to attract people into your business, if there's one thing to scare them away it's a slow website...

We started with our website only on Wordpress, but pretty soon it got clear that it was good for blogging and so on, but not for landing pages to send people to from an ad on Facebook or Youtube. People clicked the ad, and then had to wait 5, 10, 20 seconds (or more) before the page loaded. 

Since we started to use Convertri, slow pages are history. Take this page for example, it's build on Convertri, and it performs like a rocket. We choose to use the tool for specific pages, and leave our Wordpress site in place, but you can build a complete website with Convertri.

Building webpages was difficult in the past, but not anymore, not today. It takes a little learning but you'll be up and running before you know it.

In the Pro version of DBL the Pro version of Convertri is included!

iUbenda

Rules... It's almost like normal life.... Depending on your type of online activity, there are rules you must follow. 

For example, if you build an email list and ask people for their email address, name etc. there are international laws to protect privacy. For paid advertising you have to be compliant to the rules that platforms like Facebook and Google have. 

There are a lot of free tools out there, to help you to get started. Know that there's also a lot of bullshit, and you never know if it's good enough. With free stuff you can also forget the idea of contacting a support desk or something like that. 

Since we're not lawyers, we decided to use the services that iUbenda offers for cookie solutions, privacy policy, cookie policy. Just to make sure it all is in place like it should. 

Pricing? About 1 Starbucks coffee a month. A no-brainer.

iUbenda

Rules... It's almost like normal life.... Depending on your type of online activity, there are rules you must follow. 

For example, if you build an email list and ask people for their email address, name etc. there are international laws to protect privacy. For paid advertising you have to be compliant to the rules that platforms like Facebook and Google have. 

There are a lot of free tools out there, to help you to get started. Know that there's also a lot of bullshit, and you never know if it's good enough. With free stuff you can also forget the idea of contacting a support desk or something like that. 

Since we're not lawyers, we decided to use the services that iUbenda offers for cookie solutions, privacy policy, cookie policy. Just to make sure it all is in place like it should. 

Pricing? About 1 Starbucks coffee a month. A no-brainer.

Thrive

Our domains/websites are hosted by DBL, and running on Wordpress. We played around with a number of building tools over the past years, and in the end we returned to our first 'love', Thrive Architect.

Thrive offers a theme for your website but we didn't want to use a theme. We wanted to create everything ourselves, from scratch. And we want to be able to change it easily. That happened a lot! LOL

Wordpress is originally a blogging website, and does not offer good tools to build pages exactly like you want them. But the beauty of an open source platform like Wordpress is that other creative people jump in and make it available for you. All those additions are called 'plug-ins'.

The people at Thrive created Architect, a beatiful builder with an amazingly easy to use interface. If you take a look at jolandaruud.com or jolandaruud.nl you can see what we did with this tool. 

Jolanda was very hesitant to build websites, but wit Architect she did it. And she loved it!

Thrive

Our domains/websites are hosted by DBL, and running on Wordpress. We played around with a number of building tools over the past years, and in the end we returned to our first 'love', Thrive Architect.

Thrive offers a theme for your website but we didn't want to use a theme. We wanted to create everything ourselves, from scratch. And we want to be able to change it easily. That happened a lot! LOL

Wordpress is originally a blogging website, and does not offer good tools to build pages exactly like you want them. But the beauty of an open source platform like Wordpress is that other creative people jump in and make it available for you. All those additions are called 'plug-ins'.

The people at Thrive created Architect, a beatiful builder with an amazingly easy to use interface. If you take a look at jolandaruud.com or jolandaruud.nl you can see what we did with this tool. 

Jolanda was very hesitant to build websites, but wit Architect she did it. And she loved it!

DJI

DJI is a global leader in aerial video and photograhpy. In other words, drones. Drones with cameras. For all kinds of purposes. 

They also produce gimbal stabilizers to make amazing videos with your phone. And more...

In the past few years we used the DJI Phantom drone, and the DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal. With beautful results. 

This year we replaced both, and got the DJI Osmo Pocket. A wonderful small gimbal with 4K camera. it really fits in your pocket.

We always carry DJI gear with us.

If you take a look at this playlist on our YouTube channel, you can see some results of the DJI tools.

DJI

DJI is a global leader in aerial video and photograhpy. In other words, drones. Drones with cameras. For all kinds of purposes. 

They also produce gimbal stabilizers to make amazing videos with your phone. And more...

In the past few years we used the DJI Phantom drone, and the DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal. With beautful results. 

This year we replaced both, and got the DJI Osmo Pocket. A wonderful small gimbal with 4K camera. it really fits in your pocket.

We always carry DJI gear with us.

If you take a look at this playlist on our YouTube channel, you can see some results of the DJI tools.

ZOOM

Yes, chatting with friends on Skype, Messenger or Facetime is cool. But what if you, like we do, often have calls/webinars with people from all over the world? What if you want to record a webinar for the ones who couldn't make it? 

That's where ZOOM comes in. Video conferencing for your home office, your business office, on your phone, 2 attendees, 100 attendees...

We use our ZOOM several times a week to connect with people, do webinars. The recording is done with 1 click of a button, and can be uploaded to your Facebook group, or your YouTube channels. Whatever you want to do with it.

This tool brings our global friend into our home. Cool!

ZOOM

Yes, chatting with friends on Skype, Messenger or Facetime is cool. But what if you, like we do, often have calls/webinars with people from all over the world? What if you want to record a webinar for the ones who couldn't make it? 

That's where ZOOM comes in. Video conferencing for your home office, your business office, on your phone, 2 attendees, 100 attendees...

We use our ZOOM several times a week to connect with people, do webinars. The recording is done with 1 click of a button, and can be uploaded to your Facebook group, or your YouTube channels. Whatever you want to do with it.

This tool brings our global friend into our home. Cool!

ManyChat

Yes, we're still a fan of email marketing, but the communication via Messenger is a booming phenomenon. While opening rates of emails can be pretty low, this platform reaches up to 85% or more!

And of course, you can't manage that all by yourself. That's why the chatbot is developed. A lot of online interactions you have with companies are already done by bots, did you know that?

In the old days you made a phone call and had to press 1 for this, press 2 for that. That was sort of bot, basically...

ManyChat makes it possible to let people subscribe to 'a list' but then on Messenger. In other words, Facebook Messenger. You don't ask people's email, you let them connect with your Facebook page. And you send them you content, automated. 

It's a bit of a learning curve, but it's also fun to create the flows in the chatbot. You can get started for free. If you scale up in numbers, or you want to use more advanced features, there's a small monthly fee.

Get in touch with us on our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

ManyChat

Yes, we're still a fan of email marketing, but the communication via Messenger is a booming phenomenon. While opening rates of emails can be pretty low, this platform reaches up to 85% or more!

And of course, you can't manage that all by yourself. That's why the chatbot is developed. A lot of online interactions you have with companies are already done by bots, did you know that?

In the old days you made a phone call and had to press 1 for this, press 2 for that. That was sort of bot, basically...

ManyChat makes it possible to let people subscribe to 'a list' but then on Messenger. In other words, Facebook Messenger. You don't ask people's email, you let them connect with your Facebook page. And you send them you content, automated. 

It's a bit of a learning curve, but it's also fun to create the flows in the chatbot. You can get started for free. If you scale up in numbers, or you want to use more advanced features, there's a small monthly fee.

Get in touch with us on our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

SFM Six Figure Mentors 

Although the items on this page are in random order, this one has to be on top of the list. It's almost disrespectful to call SFM a 'tool', because without this amazing education platform, and the people in it, our online journey would probably never have started at all. It's more an asset...

The SFM was not only our biggest resource to re-educate ourselves and start our online business. Of course, the new skills, and learning how to make a living online, creating multiple passive income streams, are important in how we've changed our life.

But it's also a life-changing experience to be part of a community with thousands of like-minded and supportive entrepreneurs from all around the world. Coaches and mentors who have already walked the path, and now share their experiences and wisdom with us.

To satisfy your curiosity, you can watch the free workshop videos we have for you. Just leave your email HERE to get free access.

SFM Six Figure Mentors 

Although the items on this page are in random order, this one has to be on top of the list. It's almost disrespectful to call SFM a 'tool', because without this amazing education platform, and the people in it, our online journey would probably never have started at all. It's more an asset...

The SFM was not only our biggest resource to re-educate ourselves and start our online business. Of course, the new skills, and learning how to make a living online, creating multiple passive income streams, are important in how we've changed our life.

But it's also a life-changing experience to be part of a community with thousands of like-minded and supportive entrepreneurs from all around the world. Coaches and mentors who have already walked the path, and now share their experiences and wisdom with us.

To satisfy your curiosity, you can watch the free workshop videos we have for you. Just leave your email HERE to get free access.

Filmora

Video editing has become Ruud's biggest passion. Since we started our online business, he produced hundreds of videos, most of them with the Wondershare Filmora video editing tool.

It doesn't matter what goals you have for your videos. Of course, internet marketing, and especially YouTube, needs quality videos. But also when you have a business and want to create promotional videos, or want to create videos for private use from holidays, weddings, kids... Anything... You can do it with this great editor for Windows and Mac.

Filmora won't cost you a fortune, and you can even try it for free.

Ruud has done a 10-part webinar series, exclusively for the SFM community, to teach other members how to use Filmora. Thousands of people benefit from those workshops. A more extended version of this Filmora training is available for everyone outside of SFM. 

Filmora

Video editing has become Ruud's biggest passion. Since we started our online business, he produced hundreds of videos, most of them with the Wondershare Filmora video editing tool.

It doesn't matter what goals you have for your videos. Of course, internet marketing, and especially YouTube, needs quality videos. But also when you have a business and want to create promotional videos, or want to create videos for private use from holidays, weddings, kids... Anything... You can do it with this great editor for Windows and Mac.

Filmora won't cost you a fortune, and you can even try it for free.

Ruud has done a 10-part webinar series, exclusively for the SFM community, to teach other members how to use Filmora. Thousands of people benefit from those workshops. A more extended version of this Filmora training is available for everyone outside of SFM. 

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We recommend products or services that we use in our online business, and which are provided by other businesses. Most of the time we've used our affiliate links above, so we will receive compensation when you purchase a product with this link. The price you pay is the same, no matter if you buy via our affiliate link, or direct from a company's own website.

Products and Services that we own ourselves are clearly marked as our own products. For any other products or services, we will mostly receive some sort of compensation if you purchase through our link.

We never recommend products that we don't use or believe in ourselves. We appreciate it very much if your buy is based on our recommendations and through our affiliate links and banners. You help us continue to provide free content for you on all our online channels. 

Compensation Disclaimer

We recommend products or services that we use in our online business, and which are provided by other businesses. Most of the time we've used our affiliate links above, so we will receive compensation when you purchase a product with this link. The price you pay is the same, no matter if you buy via our affiliate link, or direct from a company's own website.

Products and Services that we own ourselves are clearly marked as our own products. For any other products or services, we will mostly receive some sort of compensation if you purchase through our link.

We never recommend products that we don't use or believe in ourselves. We appreciate it very much if your buy is based on our recommendations and through our affiliate links and banners. You help us continue to provide free content for you on all our online channels. 

LinkedIn Learning 

Online education is one of the most booming industries, and it will probably continue to be for a long time. With 4.5 billion people online every day there's always demand for knowledge and skills in any area.

Booming... Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016 for 25 billion. So, no doubt about the potential...

LinkedIn offers more than 14000 online courses on countless subjects from knitting to car mechanics to management training to website building to blogging to fingerpainting... Name it, it's there. 

A LinkedIn subscription will cost you around $30 a month. 

Know that this subscription is included in your SFM membership!

LinkedIn Learning 

Online education is one of the most booming industries, and it will probably continue to be for a long time. With 4.5 billion people online every day there's always demand for knowledge and skills in any area.

Booming... Microsoft bought LinkedIn in 2016 for 25 billion. So, no doubt about the potential...

LinkedIn offers more than 14000 online courses on countless subjects from knitting to car mechanics to management training to website building to blogging to fingerpainting... Name it, it's there. 

A LinkedIn subscription will cost you around $30 a month. 

Know that this subscription is included in your SFM membership!

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