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Resources

African American Woman with iPad for resources and tools

This page was created to help you find the resources and tools you need to help you. This page will get updated as I learn more and discover more resources so you can Live. Build. Achieve.

Disclosure:  Some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please note that these are tools that I have personally used for myself and I would only genuinely recommend to you.

Accounting

    1. Quick Books Self Employed – This accounting app is great especially for the Solopreneur, Independent Contractors and Freelancers. The app manages your income and expenses. Helps you separate business and personal expenses in a single click and includes quarterly estimated taxes calculated automatically. Sign up for Quick Books Self Employed
    2. FreshBooks – With Freshbooks you can create and send invoices to clients. As well as track your time and the billable time other members of your team. Try FreshBooks Free for 30 Days
    3. Everydollar – Is a new personal finance budgeting app that I’m enjoying. There is a free version, however I am using the premium version. 
    4. Mint – A great personal finance, budgeting web-based app and it’s free to use. Manage your money with Mint by pulling in your accounts and credit card, track when bills are due, track investments and more.

Assessments

  1. Fascinate – You’re Fascinating! From Sally Hogshead amazing book How The World Sees You. This assessment changed EVERYTHING for me and how I viewed my brand. Everyone that I’ve introduced it to has said the same thing.  Find out how you fascinate. Go here: bit.ly/PF-YOU Please share with us how you Fascinate!
  2. Career Leader – The CareerLeader assessment helps you identify your business skills, interests, and motivators. Based on your results CareerLeader will define potential career paths and why you match these options.
  3. Clifton StrengthsFinder – The Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 helps you uncover your natural talents. There are 34 different talents called themes and the assessment provides resources that show you how to build your personal strengths into your work.
  4. Holland’s Self-Directed Search – Holland’s Self-Directed Search (SDS)  is a flexible assessment that categorizes you based on six types that can be applied to various work environments.

Books

I read a lot of books on a variety of topics and I share a lot of those books whether it’s personal growth, business, career or just for fun. Check out books I’ve read and recommended.

  1. Audible – I love, love listening to books because it helps me to get through books quickly. That’s where Audible.com comes in. They have a large resource of books to listen to. Use the Carry On Friends code to Download a Free audio book today and listen to some of my favorite Audible books: The Alchemist, How the World Sees You, Daring Greatly, Not For Everyday Use.

Business Support Organizations

  1. SCORE.org – the nation’s largest, network of free, expert business mentors. If you’re just starting a business, SCORE mentors can provide the practical action plan, education and tools you need to open your doors and establish a customer base.
  2. CACCI – Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Promote small business linkage between the Caribbean and The United States.
  3. Manhattan Small Business Development Center – The program offered through Pace University,  provides assistance to those who business reside in New York. The SBDC can maneuver you around the obstacles to success.

Branding & Design

  1. Canva – is an online graphic design platform where you can easily create beautiful designs + documents. It offers free access to a wide assortment of design tools and options, as well as premium options for paying customers.
  2. Coolors.co – I love this site. It’s a great site to create, find and share color palettes for branding or other creative work.
  3. Adobe Color Wheel  Another great site to create color palettes by playing with the color wheel.

 

Online Learning

  1. Lynda.com offers video tutorial courses in an amazing variety of software and business skills training on demand. On demand training means you have 24 x 7 access to courses to learn at your own pace. Back in 2013 I used Lynda.com to learn Blogging, improve on software skills like excel and iMovie. Find the topic you need to level up your personal and professional skills.  Try out all of Lynda.com’s courses with 10 days of unlimited free access!
  2. Massive Open Online Classes aka MOOC offers a large variety of online courses from Colleges and Universities around the World. MOOCs are aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. My favorite MOOCs are:
    1. Coursera – Partners with top universities and organizations worldwide, to offer courses online.
    2. eDX – Established by MIT and Harvard University also delivers free online courses from the “world’s best universities.”

Podcast

So You Wanna Podcast? – Listen to this episode where I answer my most frequently asked questions about podcasting and what I’d do differently.

Hosting

Podcast Host – Buzzsprout

Equipment

Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone

Audio-Technica AT2005USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone Bundle with Pop Filter, XLR Cable, Polishing Cloth

Shure Motiv 88 

Dragonpad USA Pop filter Studio Microphone Mic Wind Screen Pop Filter

On Stage Stands MS7701B Tripod Boom Microphone Stand

WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive – USB 3.0

Sony MDRZX110 ZX Series Stereo Headphones

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools

Software:

Audacity

Adobe Audition

Simple Podcast Press

ECAMM (Mac only)

Pamela for Skype (PC Only)

Productivity

  1. Boomerang – a plugin for Safari, Firefox and Chrome that lets you schedule when you send and receive emails. With the tool you can write emails and schedule it to be sent at a time of your choosing. It also reminds you when you haven’t received a response to an email.
  2. Buffer – is my favorite Social Media scheduling tool. It helps you to schedule, keep track and manage your many social network channels. You add updates to your Buffer queue and it will be posted for you well spaced out over the day – and at the best times.
  3. Evernote – is a digital notebook that can capture, store, and index just about any type of information you can think of. The information syncs to the web and across computers, tablets, smartphones etc. Read more here. Join Evernote and get a free month of Evernote Premium.
  4. PicMonkey –  is a free photo editor that works in your browser. Upload the photo and create collages, add different filters, text, frames and special effects.
  5. New Year GuideJullien Gordon’s annual New Year Guide is the must have tool that is used for setting and achieving your goals for the year.
  6. Wisestamp – lets you generate an email signature so you can market your online presence automatically in your email signature, by including a photo, links to your social media, blog and latest posts.

 Miscellaneous

  1. Fiverr – is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services similar to Upwork. The beginning cost of most services is $5 per job performed (which is how it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer services to customers worldwide. A word of caution – be sure to research, read reviews and feedbacks because not all sellers will deliver the quality of work you’re looking for.
  2. MailChimp – is an email marketing service that helps you design email newsletters.
  3. Moo – Moo sells business cards, flyers, cards and other stationary items. I love the design, the vibrant colors and the variety of the products. Get 10% off with your first Moo Order when you click this link: www.carryonfriends.com/moo
  4. Namecheckr – Use this website to check domain & social username availability across multiple networks.
    • When starting a blog, business or brand one of the most annoying, frustrating thing is to find out that the business name isn’t available for use on a social media platform. (Which is why the FaceBook page is link is “carryonfriendsofficial” because “carryonfriends” was not available. Save yourself the trouble and use this tool.
  5. Ring Central – is a cloud-based business phone and fax system. I use my Ring Central number as my official business number and it also doubles as my fax number. Yes, sometimes I still need to fax documents to the New York Dept. of State or to the IRS. It comes in handy.
  6. Zapier – If you use different web applications,  Zapier lets you easily connect the web apps you use, to automate tasks. Choose from popular frequently “Zaps” or create your own.

Stock Photos

Most of the sites featured post images that are free for personal and commercial use, listed under the Creative Commons Zero licence. This means you can use, copy and modify the images how you want without having to ask for permission. However, check the permissions for each site as some images will require attribution to the author.

  1. CreateHer Stock – The resource for black, female bloggers and creatives to find and share stock photo images for online creators of color.
  2. Unsplash – My go to resource for images because of its large library of high-resolution free stock images for use with any project.
  3. Death To Stock – delivers free photos via email subscription.
  4. Stock Up – Used to search free photos across 20+ sites.
  5. WOCinTech – To address the problem of not having visible representations of women of color engaging in technical tasks in stock image Women of Color in Tech (WOCinTech) created free stock photos of women of color in tech. Photos are available in this Flickr album.