Arman’s Toolkit:

My Top Recommended Resources

When I initially began my journey, I found myself constantly researching and experimenting with new tools, products, services, and courses (and I still do). It’s important to have the very best products in your toolbox. There are blog posts on the site about many of these tools, but I thought it would be helpful to give you a one-stop resources page for all your needs. I recommend bookmarking this page for your reference.

The Best of the  Best

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ThriveThemes

Is everything. Thrive Themes is WordPress Themes and Plugins focused on making your website convert more visitors into subscribers, customers & clients. I have a full membership and use all their products — Themes, Leads, Landing Pages, Headline Optimizer (so amazing for bloggers), and more. Everything is super customizable and they are constantly evolving the product. Note: Yes, I’ve used them all — LeadPages, SumoMe, OptimizePress, etc. Thrive wins, by a lot.

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Neil Patel

Neil is the co-founder of four multi-million dollar companies (Kissmetrics, Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and Quick Sprout) and in this free webinar he breaks down his 9 best marketing tactics for growing your blog (without paying for ads) and acquiring new customers and raving fans. I personally helped put this webinar together, and believe this is one of the most valuable free resources out there today.

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HostGator

All of my websites are hosted with Hostgator today. This is the first thing you need to get your website running and I highly recommend them, with no reservations. Check out my free tutorial video on how to start a blog or website in 7 minutes. Click here to learn more, and use coupon code “wilghosting” to get 25% off your order.

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Screenflow (Mac)

I absolutely love Screenflow. I use it to create screencast videos, and it’s even great for light video editing. You can export videos directly to YouTube, Vimeo, .mov, .mp4, and more. The software is really intuitive for non-technical people like me. Windows users should check out Camtasia.

Creating a Self-Directed  Life

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Capitol One 360

I can’t imagine managing my finances without the greatest bank on the planet! I said goodbye to old school brick and mortar banks years ago. ING Direct was acquired by Capital One, and not a thing has changed. 100% free. No fees, ever. Automatic savings, free checks, free person to person payments, and so much more. I highly recommend opening a free account with Capital One 360. Use this link to get a $50 bonus just for opening your account.

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Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking

You need a checking account with Schwab for one reason: Unlimited ATM fee rebates worldwide. Yes, you read it right. I haven’t paid an ATM fee in years. This is also an amazing hack for overseas travel, since getting cash from the ATM is the easiest and best way. Simply connect this to your existing checking account (use Capital One 360 above!), and transfer some ‘ATM funds’ over.

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Fancy Hands

U.S. based virtual assistant service. Oh Fancy Hands…how I love thee! This is the next best thing to having a dedicated personal assistant. At only $29.99 a month, it’s a steal, and will make your life so much easier. I’ve saved countless hours of my time. See my full review and use this link to get 50% off your first month.

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Virtual Staff Finder

This amazing service helps you find, test, interview, and hire a virtual assistant. Chris Ducker is the man behind this operation, and he is leading the way in this space. He’s written a new book, Virtual Freedom, and will give you everything you need to get started with hiring virtual assistants.

Solopreneur & Marketing  Tools

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Follow

My favorite (free) competitive intelligence and analytics tool. Get insights and a high-level overview about any website across a variety of sources (I love this part). Follow is the fastest and most dependable way to get intelligence about any website, including your competition.

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HostGator

Once you have your domain, you’ll need hosting (this is what stores all your website’s information). All of my websites are hosted with Hostgator today. Here’s a free tutorial video on how to start a blog or website in 7 minutes. Sign up here to use coupon code “wilghosting” and get 25% off your order.

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Namecheap

Forget GoDaddy. This is the site to use when you buy your domains. They are a trusted name in the industry. Keep your domain registrar (Namecheap) and your hosting (Hostgator) separate. You may outgrow your hosting, but you’ll want to always keep your domains in one place.

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Podcasters’ Paradise

Check out this free podcast workshop webinar by John Lee Dumas, creator of the Entrepreneur On Fire podcast (best of iTunes). Podcasters’ Paradise is an online community and video course that will teach you how to create, grow, and monetize your podcast.

Travel

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Hotel Tonight

If you need to book a place last minute, Hotel Tonight is your new best friend. This wonderfully designed app gives you incredible deals at hotels worldwide. The app now also allows you to book in advance, not just the same day. You can download the app here and use my promo code AASSADI3 to get $25 off your first booking.

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Airbnb

Stop. Just stop getting hotels when you travel. Grab yourself a room, apartment, bungalow, or airstream on Airbnb the next time you head out of town. I’m a traveler and host, and I love it. Sign up now with this link to get $25 toward your travel.

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Lyft

The days of traditional car rentals are long gone, and the on-demand economy is here to serve our every need. Want a car to pick you up from anywhere in minutes? You need Lyft. I find that the drivers are sociable, and the experience is similar to getting a ride from a friend of a friend. Lyft is currently only in the U.S., but expanding globally. Here’s a full list of cities. You can download the app here and you’ll also receive $20 in Lyft credit towards your first ride.

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AirbnbUber

The more widely available, professional cousin of Lyft. Uber is available in 58 countries. Not cities. For example, I used Uber all throughout Rome during a recent trip for cheaper than a taxi. Here’s a full list of cities. Uber is a fast, reliable service you need to keep in your back pocket (smartphone). You can download the app here and even claim a free ride worth up to $20.

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Productivity  Tools

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Mixmax

This is genius — by far the best Gmail add-on out there. Mixmax essentially brings together all your favorite features and does it in a beautiful way. I no longer use Yesware, Boomerang, or Sidekick thanks to Mixmax (although they’re still great). Read receipts on emails, an incredibly simple meeting scheduler, email templates, send later, awesome integrations, giphy’s and more.

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Wunderlist

Wunderlist This is my one and only to-do app, and it works oh so well. I’ve tested around a dozen different solutions and have landed on Wunderlist. It’s free, works with every device, and syncs instantly.

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Workflowy

An organizational tool that allows you to sort ideas, to-do’s, projects, etc. in lists. My brain thinks in lists, and if yours does too you’ll love this. So, so simple. Yet so effective. Make sure you grab the mobile app also, it syncs across devices.

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Slack

The ultimate tool — all your communication and collaboration together in one place (great for working with your team, assistants, or freelancers). Slack is incredibly intuitive and easy to use, has a free version, and integrates with just about everything. Use this link to get $100.00 in free credit.

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Coach.me (formerly Lift)

A very cool app for habit forming/tracking. Coach.me is great for getting that dopamine release, the feeling you get when you check something off the to-do list or accomplish something. Add your habit—e.g. going to the gym—and check in that you’ve done it that day. There’s solid coaching, a community, and data to keep you going.

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Evernote

A no-brainer. Use Evernote everywhere, all the time. The more you use it, the more you’ll understand its power. These days, I can’t imagine working without Evernote. Make sure in addition to the standard desktop version you have the, mobile app, and most importantly, the web clipper.

Knowledge

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The Complete Guide to Building Your Blog Audience

ThIf only I had known about this amazing free resource when I first launched my blog, by Neil Patel of Quicksprout. This free (complete) guide has been more valuable to me than 90% of the resources/ courses I’ve paid for. You will be far ahead of the rest if you simply implement everything Neil shares in this guide.

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CopyBlogger: Internet Marketing for Smart People

A free course from the very knowledgable folks at this awesome company. I highly recommend checking this out if you’re getting started online.

Favorite  Gadgets

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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones

These are the headphones I use daily, they are essentially a wireless version of the QC 25. I especially use them for work and traveling to block out noise and bump awesome tunes.  I love ’em!

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Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone

The best and most well-recognized microphone there is. The Yeti gets the job done, very nicely. In my opinion, sound is even more important than video.

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Samson Go Mic Compact USB Microphone

I use this extremely potable microphone on the go. The Yeti is far too big to travel with, and this Samson mic is very high quality and easy to carry.

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Logitech HD Webcam C920 Portable HD 1080p

I upgraded from my laptop’s standard issue webcam recently to this very portable Logitech HD webcam. It was well worth it. I get compliments all the time on my video quality.

Books

I’m always reading books. These are just my absolute favorites.

Self Improvement

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War of Art

Steven Pressfield delivers an incredibly powerful message about overcoming your fears and learning how to cultivate your creative side. I’d recommend this book to just about anyone. But, if you’re a writer, entrepreneur, or artist—you’ll love this book.

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Flow

This is more than a book. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the global leader in positive psychology, delivers his pioneering manifesto based on decades of research to show people how they can get the most fulfillment and enjoyment out of life. Read it.

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The Art of
Non-Conformity

I recommend this book by Chris Guillebeau for one (big) reason: I agree and resonate with practically every idea in it. We all deserve to live fulfilled lives that we choose. Chris agrees, and he wrote an incredible story about it.

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Mastery

Mesmerizing. It’s hard to pick a favorite on this list, but Robert Greene’s masterpiece — Mastery — might be it. A beautifully researched book with illustrative and inspiring stories that will have you clinging to every word. Your eyes and mind will open.

Fiction

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War of Art

Steven Pressfield delivers an incredibly powerful message about overcoming your fears and learning how to cultivate your creative side. I’d recommend this book to just about anyone. But, if you’re a writer, entrepreneur, or artist—you’ll love this book.

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Flow

This is more than a book. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the global leader in positive psychology, delivers his pioneering manifesto based on decades of research to show people how they can get the most fulfillment and enjoyment out of life. Read it.

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The Art of Non-Conformity

I recommend this book by Chris Guillebeau for one (big) reason: I agree and resonate with practically every idea in it. We all deserve to live fulfilled lives that we choose. Chris agrees, and he wrote an incredible story about it.

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Mastery

Mesmerizing. It’s hard to pick a favorite on this list, but Robert Greene’s masterpiece — Mastery — might be it. A beautifully researched book with illustrative and inspiring stories that will have you clinging to every word. Your eyes and mind will open.

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