As was pointed out at the beginning of the process, building a business is the same as building anything. Even if you are Yoda or the Hulk, you will need some tools and some help.
The tools include:
- A reseller host account. We use MDD Hosting. But there are others.
- WordPress. From WordPress.org.
- A domain name. We got ours through GoDaddy. But there are others (Spencer at 1wd.tv recommends GoDaddy).
- A way to manage multiple client accounts – ManageWP. Not essential but it makes life easier.
- A payment portal so you can be paid. Paypal and/or Stripe are both excellent. (Adding Woocommerce to your site would give you the ability to get paid directly through your WordPress site).
- bbPress to add a low-level of contact for client interactions.
- Some type of accounting system for the business. We use Quickbooks. But there are others.
- A spreadsheet to keep track of all the various bits of data needed to manage websites and client accounts. Google docs spreadsheet was recommended. We use a local spreadsheet – Numbers by Apple.
The help comes from:
- Spencer Forman at 1wd.tv and his merry band of experts. Joining is inexpensive and well worth the money and the support we get is second to none. They offer excellent advice, they respond quickly, and they are just plain nice. This is the place to start to get the “Full Monty” about how to set up your business. Spencer has a multitude of delightful videos that explain everything.
- MDD Hosting. Support which is also excellent and quick.
- WordPress.org forums. There are literally millions of wordpress users out there who are willing to help.
- And last, but not least, there is this website, which does have some good suggestions, we hope, based on our own experience and trials and tribulations. And we know all about the trouble with tribulations.
Later, there are other helpful