I use and recommend the following services.

Please be advised that a few of them do give me a modest referral bonus if you sign up using the links provided.  Rest assured, however, that I would recommend them regardless, and that I would never recommend a service just to try to make a buck.

Have you considered using a Virtual Private Network?  These days it’s the only easy and affordable way to keep your data safe and private.  I like Private Internet Access VPN, but you can compare the top providers at thebestvpn.com.

Affordable Hosting from Blue Host

Bluehost is an excellent, extremely affordable (less than $5/month!) hosting provider.  In spite of their low prices, Bluehost offers excellent live customer support 24/7.  Another benefit – the majority of my clients are hosted here, so I can do a Bluehost installation with my eyes closed.

99designs-logo

99Designs is an awesome way to get a logo.  It’s where I got my logo (I hope you like it), and everyone I have sent there has had a great experience.  For just $299 you get professional graphic designers from all over the world submitting concepts for your logo.  You give them feedback, play them off each other, and literally get 99+ designs and revisions before you are done.  In just 7 days time you pick a winner and you have a custom logo at an unbeatable price. I had a hard time choosing because I liked 3 of them so much.

Harvest time tracking

I use and love Harvest for the simplicity of tracking all my time, clients, and projects, and sending out invoices with a few clicks of the mouse.

Namecheap.com

I find Namecheap to consistently have the cheapest prices for domain registration.  They also have a user-friendly interface that is not constantly trying to up-sell you on your way to check-out.

Sucuri website security

If your website needs advanced security, Sucuri offers website integrity monitoring, malware cleanup, email alerts, and blacklist removal for only $89.99/month.

Free Dropbox account

Dropbox is a great, easy to use tool for sharing large files with anyone. Click Here for a FREE Dropbox account

FREE MailChimp account

Forget Constant Contact – I much prefer MailChimp and recommend it to all my clients who need an email manager.  MailChimp emails are easily customized, and your account is FREE up to 2,000 email addresses!  What’s not to love about that?