WFH Resources

WFH Resources

The resources on this page can save you the trouble of reinventing the wheel. Short-cut your business setup with advice from those who have already done what you are trying to do, and tools and tips that streamline your workflow. Other resources include software and products that let you do things that professionals would charge hundreds to thousands of dollars to do for you.

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Video Marketing Software: Video marketing is the hottest new trend in promotions. And now you can create your own promo videos, intros, outros, and YouTube videos like a pro. This software goes by several names: whiteboard videos; explainer videos; doodle-sketch software; animation; or motion video creation software. I’ve even used this software to create entire lectures in some of my video courses, so it’s uses are far from limited.

Video marketing promotions are one of the most popular marketing techniques. But we, small businesses, don’t have thousands to pay someone to do this for us? Now you can purchase or subscribe to software and do it yourself, with full rights to use and reuse. I recommend visiting all of the products’ websites and making comparisons for yourself. They all do what they say, and all do it very well. They seem to leapfrog in the features they offer, so if one is offering something that you can’t live without, rest assured that the others will soon offer those same features.

Some of these programs offer some starter images, cartoon characters, backgrounds, music and other assets. Their offers change periodically, so you’ll have to check their websites for the current offer and bonuses. Rest assured, there’s no shortage of free and paid media assets to purchase to keep your marketing content fresh.

Explaindio Video Creator: While this one used to be a straight out purchase, with their newest version, it’s only available by annual subscription. This link takes you to an introductory offer of $57/year, but I don’t know what renewals will cost you.

I purchased version 1.0 in 2014, and it worked nicely, but it isn’t my favorite. On the other hand, those who use it regularly stand solidly behind it, preferring it over my favorite. It’s biggest flaw, in my o[inion is that it’s much clunkier to use, and especially more complicated to add your media than the other choices. But then, if I mastered the technique, it would probably seem fairly simple. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be so popular.

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Other Training Resources: The next two links take you to two of my most highly recommended sites. I haven’t listed everything these sites offer because there are simply too many programs. Many are outside the scope of those on this site but are still great freelance resources, business startups, and other helpful sites.

American Artists and Writers, Inc.: AWAI is one of the most innovative, informative, and on-target sources of training we’ve ever come across. We’ve listed only a few of their programs on this page, but there’s much more where these came from. AWAI offers home study courses, online courses, workshops and seminars on dozens of writing careers, photography, videography, graphic design, marketing, Internet research, complete with skills training, business setup plans, marketing and pricing your services, and getting paid quickly and without a lot of investment of time or money. To browse them all, visit AWAI…

CTC Publishing Programs: We’re listing CTC again under resources because Bob Bly just offers something for everyone, including resources. This link takes you to a list of some 180 affordable programs and resources for writers, copywriters, marketers and many other freelance business services. Bob offers training manuals on a broad range of careers, including many that don’t fit the categories we list here. Bob’s list of resources continues to grow. Take a look at CTC Publishing’s startup manuals, and check back there frequently …

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Grant Writer’s Tools: These Grant Writer’s tools are specialty systems that can help a Grant Writer or NPO to quickly organize all the necessary tasks into a smooth-flowing, time-saving system that helps get proposals submitted stress- and error-free. You can also use this program to project a funding plan five or more years ahead so that you don’t use a critical funder for the wrong purpose.

Strategic Grant Management and Planning Toolkit. Every grant writer, manager and planner struggles with the problem of how to manage their grant funding system. This simple but thorough system includes all the tools needed to set up and run a stress-free, “never-miss-a-deadline” strategic grant planning and management system. Save yourself hundreds of hours working out your own system and developing your own tools, and put that time into writing your winning proposals knowing you’ll be tracking them from concept to project completion with a well-integrated grants management system. Course includes the full Win More Grants by Becoming Grant Ready and CQI/TQM for the Rest of Us courses. Our flexible database, forms, checklists and planners are included as downloads in this updated and enhanced video course. Read more about it …

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Some of these resources are listed in this section exclusively, and some are listed in career categories above (if they were appropriate as both a career path and a resource for your own business.)

How to Create Irresistible Offers: As important as your copywriting skills are, there is another, often overlooked but essential factor that determines how successful your sales letter will be. That is your offer. Bob Bly shows you when and how to use the different types of offers, which works best for lead generation and which for getting your customer to “buy now.” Bly covers everything from creating strong titles for your free reports, to making marketing videos, to refining your offers to different buyers (e.g., consumers vs. CEOs.) Did you know that changing a single word, avoiding certain words, or including other words can make the difference between making a sale and losing one? Bob tells you all about it. And at this price, it’s practically a gift. As usual, Bob Bly delivers more in one book than you might learn from a year of experience.  Learn more about Creating Irresistible Offers …

Freelance Website in Four Days’ Express: Whether you’ve put off creating your website, or have one that isn’t performing as well as you expected you can jump this hurdle in just four days with Rebecca Matter’s step-by-step guidance. In just 4 days you can have an active website with a design, colors and message that reflects the business services you offer with your unique flare. Find out how you can get your Internet presence in just 4 days …

Do-It-Yourself Public Relations: As a new business you’ll want to take advantage of every public relations opportunity, and this resource will pay for itself many times over. Not only will you learn the tricks for writing effective press releases yourself, saving you hundreds of dollars to pay another professional to write, but you’ll learn dozens of other ways to promote your business, position yourself as an expert, getting articles published and many other public relations secrets. With knowledge like this, you could add another income stream to your business doing PR for other businesses, too. Find out how to turn a basic business necessity into ongoing business relationships that bring you great profits …

Social Networking: The 21st Century Way to Find New Clients: Social media is more than just keeping up with friends. Social Networking is essential for staying competitive, but most people either don’t use it to find new clients, or use it the wrong way. Find out how to use social networking to build relationships that keep the work coming your way. You never know where your next assignment might come from so check out how to make social networking work for you …

Selling Your Services-CD: Those who make the most money in any field, industry, or profession are not necessarily those who have the most knowledge, are most experienced in their craft, or sell the highest quality service. No, those who make the most money, charge the top fees, and are constantly in demand are those who are best at selling and marketing themselves!

It doesn’t matter what you are selling – professional, creative, trade, or technical services – or what your profession is.  Bob Bly’s 5-step Selling Your Services process is packed with business-building selling techniques that will enable you to gain the selling skills you need to be more confident in selling, enjoy it more, generate a flood of leads and inquiries for your services, stand out from your competition, and get more and better clients to hire you, more often, for bigger fees.

YOU can increase your personal income $100,000 to $200,000 a year or more – simply by becoming much more effective at selling your services to potential clients, at the fees you want to charge. For more information, on this audio program, combined with 2 FREE BONUS CD’s, click Learn more about Selling Your Services …

The Super Productive Writer: Here’s another of Bly’s many resources to help you get up, running, and productive ASAP. One of the secrets to making a nice living as a freelance writing is high productivity. Bly details dozens of simple secrets that the most productive freelancers use to complete jobs quickly, get more work from employers who need fast turnaround, and keep their plates full. Find out how to double, or even triple your income by becoming a Super Productive Writer …

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Memberships, Subscriptions and Clubs: These resources offer a variety of services ranging from support and encouragement to hard leads. Each is packed with valuable information, guidance, tips and ongoing support for one or more freelance careers to help you get and keep the edge on your competition. Most are monthly subscriptions that you can unsubscribe from at any time and don’t obligate you to any long-term financial investment. Some offer a free trial period. Either way, if you try for even just one month you’ll walk away with far more value than what you paid.

The Wealthy Web Writer: The mission of the Wealth Web Writer, one of my favorite membership sites, is to “provide you with a roadmap for you online writing career.” This resource will keep you abreast of everything going on in the web-writing industry. Along with the ability to network with like-minded people, you’ll get a monthly newsletter, access to a vast library of information that you can use to promote your services, create a blog, write email copy or a landing page, earn more doing what you already do, choose a niche, market your wares, publish information products, create promo videos, advice from some of the most successful pros in the business, and, well, a lot more than we have room to list here. The Wealthy Web Writer is a month-to-month membership with no minimum subscription requirement. Give it a try. At this price you can only gain advice worth thousands of dollars for what you’d pay for dinner in an ordinary restaurant.  Learn more about the Web Writing Opportunities …

The Barefoot Writer: Membership in the Barefoot Writer offers such versatility that you won’t be confined to one stream of income. Whether you like writing copy, emails or just researching for information, this club membership will help you find ways to make money doing what you enjoy most, and keep you current on which niches are paying the most or are in highest demand.

Membership includes special opportunity reports: “Copywriting 101: Secrets for Launching your Million Dollar Writing Career;” “The Secret of the 1-Hour Work Week;” “The $500 Email Secret;” “Get Paid to Surf the Web;” “The Lazy Writer’s Path to a Six-Figure Income;” “Get Paid to Eat, Travel and Stay at Luxury Resorts;” “122 Amazing Perks and Freebies for Barefoot Writers (and Ho to Get Them!)” This little known, almost secret publication could have an immediate and profound impact on your career … specifically the amount of money you can earn writing. But because of the small “niche” it serves, you won’t find it on any newsstand. You must be invited to get it. Check out the many benefits that go with this membership. Learn more about The Barefoot Writer …

The Professional Writers’ Alliance: The First-Ever International Association created especially for Direct-Response Industry Writers boasts the most renown and successful copywriters in the world as members offering guidance to fellow members. And that’s not all. As professionals you gain credibility by membership in a national organization that provides education on industry changes and the power to lobby for the interests of the profession. There’s simply too many benefits to list here, including being able to apply the membership fees you’ve paid toward any AWAI purchase, but, see for yourself … you can find out all about membership in a single click. Learn more about The Professional Writers’ Alliance and the many benefits of joining TODAY! …

The Action Plan Marketing Club: is a membership service from Robert Middleton, one of the industry’s most successful Internet Marketing Leaders, and another pro who can show you the ropes and get you on the fast track. This monthly membership starts with a 7-day free trial. Your first month’s paid membership gives you access to ten powerful resources: 4 marketing programs; the Website Toolkit; and 5 ongoing services including two live coaching calls, a marketing forum, resources, reports, and many more tools to help you market your business. Take a moment and look at the value Robert Middleton’s Action Plan Marketing Club offers …

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