Save Hours of Time With These Recommended Resources!

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This resource page is a list of all the recommended services, products and companies that I use or have used that I KNOW are valuable. It includes my recommended blogging resources. 

 

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BUT… the number one goal, as always, is that they can all help you to save TIME!

 

Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money but you cannot get more time. Jim Rohn 

 

Recommended Time Saving Resources


Audible

Easily one of the best apps EVER! 

If you find it hard to find the time to read, check out Audible. It’s an amazing use of time (check out the NETIME life hack). 

Listen to some of the best advice from the worlds most successful people on your phone, laptop, iPad, Alexa anywhere ANYTIME!

I pay £69.99 for 12 books over a year. There are alternative memberships such as 3 books a month for a free 30-day trial then $14.95 after. 

If you don’t know what books to start with check out some of my recommendations here.

 

Podcasts

Fits in nicely with the above and you can find some amazing information for FREE using this app.

I mainly use the Apple Podcast app that comes with the iPhone for this. If you don’t have an iPhone or want another app then I would recommend Overcast. It’s great for customising playlists and has a cool “smart speed” feature that speeds up in silences and plays at a comfortable listening speed. 

 

Blinkist

Blinkist is NETime on crack!

Would you like to be able to read 4 books a day? With this app, you genuinely can get the best information from some of the world’s most productive people in 15 minutes. 

There is written and audio format so if you have a spare 15 minutes on the way to work you can get some amazing little gems of information here. 

I pay $89.99 for an annual membership for unlimited summarised books. 

 

Trello

Don’t you hate it when you get interrupted? Isn’t it impossible to remember the things you had to do from the day before?

This is one of the top recommended blogging resources!

This app how I plan my weeks, days and effectively my life… and Trello is FREE!

You can be as glamorous as you like with it but I keep it simple. 

I have a project for each quarter of the year. I then have a “to do” list, a “to do this week” list, “started” and “done”.

It’s amazing because you can move the tasks along as you go and it helps to remember to do all those pesky things that you usually forget like pay a bill, do a tax return or call your Mum (jokes… I always remember that Mum!)

 

Evernote

Ahhhhh my digital brain. If you don’t use this I literally do not understand how people cope any more!!

Have you ever been out and about for someone ask you what your date of birth is and you had a complete brain fart?! 

Evernote doesn’t EVER fart with its brain… EVER!

It remembers your passport details, your tax number, your companies address, that great article that you read on your phone when you were on the loo… it remembers everything and is another of my recommended blogging resources.

Some awesome benefits… 

  1. You can search for anything and it finds it (including handwritten notes!!) 
  2. It works offline and then stores it when you get internet again
  3. It’s FREE!

 

Grammarly

I’m not sure how I ever used to live without this one!

Grammarly fixes spelling, grammar and punctuation mistakes online so you can write freely knowing a big red line will show up whenever you misspell something simple!

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Money Saving/ Making Resources


Vanguard

If you live in the UK or the USA then investing in index funds through Vanguard is the best way to earn passive income. 

On average you will receive a conservative 7% a year on average (some years it may be much higher and some years it can be negative)

Read more about this here.

 

Saxo

If you are an expat or live somewhere else, then you can invest in index funds through ETF’s. Again read more about this here.

You will likely be able to invest through Saxo bank Saxo this. 

 

bullionvault.com

I’m not going to go in too much detail here about why to invest in gold and silver as I find people tend to fall asleep but if you want more information about this check out this post!

 

BullionVault stands out to other ways to invest because:

  • It has low storage fees (0.12% a year for gold and 0.48% for silver/ platinum)
  • The best prices you’ll find to buy gold or silver (it’s peer to peer trading- it will find someone who’s willing to sell for a price you want to buy it for)

 

Toshl

Toshl is another FREE app to track your expenses. 

It’s such a pain trawling through bank statements to see what you’ve spent each month, which is a big reason why people don’t do it!

If you put in your expenses each time you spend money on something toshly will put all of them into categories and neatly organise it for you!

 

Surveys

Would you like to get paid for filling out surveys online?

Sarah spent HOURS signing up to a heap of programs and getting the odd survey to fill out for a few $’s.

She has since tried Gold Opinions to receive $5 for her first 15-minute survey. Plus there’s more variety such as focus groups/ panels and longer (earn more money) surveys. It’s so much easier to get the survey’s sent straight to you without having to search for them by yourself!

It also comes with a free 7-day trial to see whether you’d like it. 

 

 

 

 

Recommended Blogging Resources


Wealthy Affiliate

Are you interested in making money online?

Maybe you’ve started a blog or maybe you have an existing business that isn’t being well promoted online. Or maybe you would just like to know where to start…

Wealthy Affiliate literally holds your hand into getting an online business set up and driving FREE traffic to your website.

The training, support and community are second to none.

This is my TOP recommended blogging resource!

If you’d like to learn more, check out my review here

 

Bluehost

Maybe you already know what you’re doing with blogging and you just need to get your hosting (essential for monetising your blog and getting it ranked on search engines).

Bluehost is super easy to use and you can start from $3.95 per month through this link

 

Canva

An amazing FREE graphic designer website. You can design some amazing pins (for Pinterest) blog cover pics and logos here. 

Graphic designers are highly recommended blogging resources.

The only thing is that I started using Snappa, and now Canva feels clunky. 

I know, I know time is more important… blah, blah, blah!

 

Snappa

Snappa is SUPER easy to use graphic designer website. 

The biggest difference to Canva is: 

  • Good background photos for you to use. 
  • Save templates so you don’t need to create your pin layout every time.
  • Easier to use

You do get 5 downloads a month for FREE but if you are into creating 5 pins per post this won’t go far! 

This is one of the best-recommended blogging resources. 

 

MailChimp

If you’re just starting out and you have 0 email subscribers, please join a FREE autoresponder such as MailChimp. 

I’ve actually heard some people say that it’s a big mistake to join a free autoresponder (a website that collects and emails your subscribers).

However, when you are getting started you still probably don’t KNOW if you even want to do this properly yet. So save your money for training and traffic (don’t throw money away on traffic too soon either!)

Plus you can transfer your list easily enough. The time-consuming part will be changing your opt-in forms wherever you’ve put them on your website but autoresponders aren’t cheap!

Autoresponders are crucial recommended blogging resources. 

 

 

 

 

Travel Apps & Websites 


BA Amex Card

Would you like to receive a FREE business class flight from London to New York each year?

By spending on this Amex and working with your partner you can easily get enough points to do this.

Click here to get a bonus 6,000 points when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months!

Plus it’s a FREE card… an absolute no-brainer!

 

Uber 

Imagine how would you feel if you could take your own personal driver anywhere in the world?

Well with Uber you pretty much can!

Plus it’s cheaper than a normal taxi

Plus it’s often quicker than to call a taxi

Plus you can often get in a NICER taxi

If you don’t already have it get Uber now… plus get a FREE ride with this link!

 

Airbnb

This is ALWAYS my favourite way to travel. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Often find cheaper places than hotels
  • Often get more space/ kitchen 
  • If you’d like to experience the local culture it’s much better than staying in a BIG touristy hotel
  • The hosts are often more personable and respond to special requests or may leave you some food/ drink to welcome you.

 

Keep changing for the better,

 

Mike

 

 

p.s. If you have any questions or thoughts please feel free to drop a comment below… or send me a message on WA here

8 Responses to “Save Hours of Time With These Recommended Resources!

  • Thanks Mike.

    Great List. I use a few already however I shall absolutely be checking out Wealthy Affiliate!!

    I will save this post to Evernote 😜

    S

    • Hey Shaun,

      Evernote is THE best!! I honestly have learnt so much since using Wealthy Affiliate. The community on there is second to none too!

      Let me know if you have any questions

      Mike

  • My favorites of the services you mention are Evernote and Grammarly. I use Evernote to keep track of chapters for book manuscripts and Grammarly to check spelling and grammar on EVERYTHING! I can’t even begin to calculate the number of hours I’ve saved thanks to Grammarly. Otherwise, I’d be going OCD-crazy re-reading all of my posts multiple times before publishing! 

    • Hi Tucker,

      What would we do without Evernote!!??

      I literally don’t think my brain could survive without it!

      Grammarly is amazing, if you have any other recommendations please do add them in!

      Take care,

      Mike

  • Sujandar Mahesan
    2 months ago

    This article has the best recommended resources even if it’s money, blogging , language or anything you can name. I went through the whole article and it has some really valuable choices down there. I can’t wait to try some of them. It was also easy to read and understand this article.

    Thank you so much for showing this article with us

    • Hi Sujandar,

      Thanks for checking it out, I do hope some of them will help you!

      I’d love to know if you use any or found any new ones that you hadn’t tried before.

      Take care

      Mike

  • This is a pretty helpful list that can save one a lot of time. I made use of some of them. One of my favorites is Grammarly. This has helped me a lot whenever I write for my blog. I don’t think I have been able to do without it. It’s very reliable and the fee is very reasonable. I would recommend this for all bloggers even though you are an expert in writing you would still need this tool to make your life easier.

    • Hi Jay,

      Couldn’t agree more Grammarly is a lifesaver!

      Let us know if you have any questions

      Mike

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