Knowledge for Getting Started
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau – This book is an excellent starting point for getting going with a blog, with taking new risks in life, and seeing that a better life is out there just waiting for you. It’s a quick read and will give you an idea of what’s possible with business, travel, and creating a meaningful life.
The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau – Where Chris’s AONC book covers some of the basics of starting a business, The $100 Startup goes into a great level of detail with step-by-step instructions, detailed accounts of real life success stories, and actionable information so you can start generating income online and building your business.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss – Truly a game changer. This book covers lifestyle design, how to validate your ideas (and know there’s demand before building a product), and life hacks to save time and make more money. I read this book in college and before even finishing the book I was so pumped up I created a website, ran an Adwords campaign, and found a niche market that wanted the product I was considering building.
Creating a Website
Hosting – Yes… this is commonly recommended by lots of people out there, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that you do need hosting to create a website. While I’ve tried a handful of different options with various websites in the past, Bluehost has been the easiest and most user-friendly (and wallet-friendly) by far.
WordPress – A popular, easy to use, and free content management system (CMS) for building a website. I use WordPress for every website I’ve ever created. Whether you’re creating a blog, a membership site, an e-commerce site, or something else, just use WordPress.
Google Analytics – This free tool will tell you how many people are coming to your website, where from, how often, and more handy information that you can use to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. Takes 5 minutes or less to setup and then you’re done.