What are your favorite business and personal resources?

I am frequently asked questions about the tools I use to keep our business, family, and personal lives managed.  This list is a few of the tools that I’ve found particularly helpfu.

      • I would like to get your advice on my business or new product idea. Can we schedule a call or get together for coffee? This is a very frequently asked question right now. After years of avoiding it because there just isn’t time to be able to say yes to everyone, I’ve finally set up a way so you *can* book a consulting time. I only open a few slots up each week. Register and pick a 15 or 30 minute time that works well for you. This website automatically adds the details to my calendar. I can’t wait to meet you!
      • I know you travel frequently. What is your favorite airline? I almost always fly Southwest Airlines. I have earned A-List Preferred status and a Companion Pass every year for the last four years. Southwest treats it’s passengers well, regardless of the type of ticket you’re flying. A-List Preferred status prioritizes my boarding pass when I check in (without paying an extra fee). Southwest Airlines always takes my bag, even when I’m running a few minutes late. The Companion Pass ensures that my husband can fly with me for free creating a great opportunity for an occasional weekend away (at no additional travel cost) when I have to travel for a meeting. We now also maintain a Southwest Airlines credit card to ensure that purchases are earning points. That credit card earns 50,000 free points when you sign up. When we shop fare sales and plan trips early, those points turn into as many as 4 free round trip plane tickets. Click here for details (affiliate link): Southwest Airlines
      • I like your outfit! Where do you buy your clothes? – I don’t have very much time to shop, so I occasionally get boxes from StitchFix (affiliate link). I also occasionally shop at Nordstrom when I need to get a couple of nicer new pieces. I buy shoes from Nordstrom Rack because I can often get them for at least 40% off. My Nordstrom stylist is Megan Perry. She works out of the St. Louis Galleria location. Megan is good at picking conservative, trendy looks that are business and stage appropriate without making me too formal.
      • Where do you vacation?  Our family’s favorite place to spend a vacation is Big Cedar in Branson, Missouri.  We’ve been going to Big Cedar for years.  It’s centrally located to St. Louis, Kansas City, Tulsa and within driving distance of several other major cities.  Bookmark this eBay link (affiliate link) to keep track of search results showing current timeshare time available for purchase from timeshare owners.  Prices are always lower than reserving through the Big Cedar website. If you buy auctions from eBay sellers with lower feedback ratings, you’re more likely to get a great price.  We’ve done spring break for as low as $115 per night.
      • Affiliate Summit, Inc. – Last year, I researched affiliate programs in a lot of detail, looking for a program that would fit our business well. During Affiliate Summit, I found ShareASale (affiliate link), the network we now use to grow our company’s blogger-focused affiliate program. Affiliate Summit gave us a great perspective on affiliate programs for the business, but as a blogger who maintains affiliate relationships in an effort to drive personal income, I found the conference helpful for business networking and learning how to turn my blog into an opportunity to drive revenue.
      • How do you find time to read? I rarely read an entire book. Instead, I read executive summaries. getAbstract (affiliate link) publishes executive summaries of books that are valuable to business managers and business owners.  These books are available in PDF, audio, Kindle, and text formats. getAbstract also publishes summaries of the latest research published on specific topics.  In addition to staying on top of the latest in business publishing, I receive weekly economic summaries.
      • ShareASale – Learn how we can increase your sales, develop your brand, and generate interest (affiliate link) in your site.