I’ve spent many years experimenting with different tools and resources on my path towards financial independence. This page list some those that have helped me the most, and therefore, are the ones I can recommend with confidence. In the interest of full disclosure, please note that some (but not all) of the links below are affliates that I am associated with, and I get paid a small commission if you decide to click through and make a purchase.
Stockguy22.com: Frank (better known as Stockguy22) is a down-to-earth swing trader who taught me to be a calm and cool when it comes to the markets, and I have learned more from him than anyone else. The best part is he’s just an all around nice guy with an eagerness to teach others – there’s no “hard sell” and he offers a ton of free advice through his twitter handle.
eCommerce store templates:
Without PhotoStore by Ktools.net, I don’t think I’d have made anywhere near as much passive income as I have to date. This all-in-one stock photo store template is ready to go right out of the box, and I was selling images just hours after installation. Their support is top-notch as well. I’ve never had to wait more than a day for responses and solutions to my questions.
Stock Photography sites (for buying and selling images):
Shutterstock.com: I’ve been selling my stock images at shutterstock for years, and they are the best of all the online agencies in terms of monthly royalties. They sell a LOT of my images every month, and I highly recommend them to anyone just getting started selling stock photos.
Dreamstime.com: these guys are in the #2 spot behind Shutterstock, and their friendly staff has made me a happy contributor for many years. This is also the site where I buy most of my stock photos for my other projects.
Stockfresh.com: I like Stockfresh simply because they are the most generous to contributors such as myself. They pay the highest royalties, and therefore, I try to support them as much as possible.
Legal issues (for setting up things like trademarks and LLC’s):
LegalZoom.com: There are some things in life that I just can’t seem to wrap my head around, and complex legal issues are one of them. LegalZoom has literally saved me hundreds of hours by making complex trademark and LLC applications seem easy, and they are my go-to source for any business-related legal issues I have.
HostGator: I’ve used many different web hosts over the years, but I have found HostGator to be the best I have ever dealt with. Their customer support is top-notch, and they have always been able to fix my problems or answer my questions in less than 24 hours. I am definitely a happy customer.