This is part of a special daily series I'm doing until April 4th to offer you some light, fun actionable business advice and a sense of stability, inspiration and escape during these next couple of uncertain weeks.
Today we're chatting about: Fun, creative and mostly free promotions online business owners are running for their communities right now. (Tomorrow we'll talk about what special things you can do)
For a full list including activities for kids & teens, homeschooling along with a couple of other business finds
I've created a Facebook Post with even more free & low cost resources. Feel free to add your own in the comments.
Inbox Besties Podcast - (Me) - Special Series 8-10 minute Daily Episodes - I'm doing this at least until April 4th to offer you some light, fun actionable business advice and also A LOT of candid behind-the-scenes moments of what’s going on in real time. It’s my hope to give you a sense of stability, inspiration and escape during these next couple of uncertain weeks. Listen on Apple Podcast | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play
The Hirsh Marketing Underground Podcast - Special Edition Podcast Series will have daily episodes to support your biggest marketing + business strategy decisions, starting now until all of your questions are answered* *Source: Hirshmarketing.com
Gretchen Rubin (author of the Happiness Project + the 4 Tendencies) & her sister hollywood writer Liz Kraft: Coping with COVID-19 Conversations [Instagram Lives - Monday-Friday] Join them at 4pm EST / 1 pm PST for live conversations, ideas, tips, and strategies for coping with COVID-19. They will be live on Instagram Monday-Friday to chat with their #HappierPodcast community.*
*Source: Gretchen Rubin
Pat Flynn - Daily YouTube Live Streams at 8 am PST - here’s what Pat had to say: "I’ve been broadcasting live on YouTube at 8:00 am Pacific the last few days, and I’ll continue to do so, every day, for as long as we are all self-quarantined and need connection. I’m there to answer questions, be there for support, and hopefully add some entertainment and fun during this time. It’s family friendly (although I can’t control the chat, just FYI!)
$0 & Heavily Discounted Courses, Ebooks, Coaching & Co-Working events
While I know a lot of us online entrepreneurs still do need to make a living since we are at the forefront of what's going to be a thriving economy. It’s still fun to surprise and reward our audience with extra bonus treats while things are crazy.
There’s a couple of creators who decided to go the discounting route:
Ditch The Ish - Propel Your List & Get Rich Audio Sales & Copywriting Course [Pay What You Feel] by Me - I love this little yet dangerously impactful course. If you feel like you need a little more of a butt kicking (and a simple sales page template) along with list building strategies, this audio bootcamp is what you need to get you out of your head, do the scary stuff and see results. Click here to pay whatever you want for it.
The Affiliate Program Toolkit - Pay what you can - $47 Minimum (Normally $497) by Zoe Linda
Zoe is the queen of showing online business owners how to create, design and manage affiliate programs for their own products. With swipe files, video lessons and detailed guides - Zoe will get your affiliate program up, running and profitable. I can tell you I’ve done the WORST job of supporting my affiliates so when I saw this crazy deal come through I scooped it up FAST.
All the rest of her products are "pay what you can" too including the
Referral Toolkit For Service Providers ($27 dollar minimum normally $147), Black Friday Affiliate Booster Pack ($9 minimum normally $47)
Brit & Co - All programs FREE (normally $29 - $97) Use the Code SELFCARE. This is one of the most generous deals I've seen. Brit & Co have a variety of courses, from several different creators, featuring everything from productivity, to hand lettering, drawing, to small business finance and even cake decorating.
Just make sure that you use the category selector at the top because "all classes" barely shows you a quarter of what they offer.
Personally, I used this more as a buy one, get one deal - since you can use the code SELFCARE an unlimited number of times over the next couple of days. I wanted to support a business that is really showing up in a big way for people who have lost their jobs or don't know where their next clients are coming from. But you can turn it into an all free, buy 1 get 3, 4, 5, 10+ deal. It’s all up to you.
They have alot of ads running on their site right now. So I'm sure they're monetizing their traffic well.
Amazon Success Class ($1) Andrea Thomas
If you’ve been thinking about selling products on Amazon but you're not sure where to start this special live masterclass by Andrea Thomas is for you. Not only will she tell you where to find products you can easily sell on Amazon but if you click over the sales page she has an AMAZING free class (no opt-in required) you can watch right now. And if you like her style you can "upgrade" (it cost a cool 5 dollars) to get access to her other lives trainings including:
Smart from Scratch® - How to Find a Winning Business Idea & Land Your First Customer FREE (normally $247) - Pat Flynn Smart Passive Income.
For a limited amount of time Pat Flynn is offering his full fledged beginner’s course on how to start a business completely for free. Smart From Scratch® is a hands-on, comprehensive course that enables you to develop a business idea, validate it, and determine if that idea is viable to pursue. Learn how to test whether or not there's an audience for your business idea.*
*Source: Smart From Scratch Sales Page
Loom - Removes all video recording limits for all free accounts until June and slashing Pro-Rate by half
Like I needed another reason to love Loom. This Google Chrome extension allows you to create, store and send screen recordings & face only videos with ease. I LOVE replying to emails and questions in my Facebook group with Loom. It's so fast. No typos. And it creates a stronger connection with my audience because they know it’s actually me replying.
Reach Summit 2020 - Hosted by Teachable
While technically a Virtual Summit I thought the uniqueness of the way that they are arranged in speakers warranted me actually telling you about it.
From March 24th - 26th Teachable is hosting themed-day workshops:
Day 1 - Is for Content Creators
Day 2 - Is for Freelancers
Day 3 - Is for Coaches & Tutors
Some speakers include - Roberto Blake, Kara Stevens and Melyssa Griffin.
The Creator Fund ConvertKit has established a now $150,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of 4 areas -
Medical — medical expenses related to COVID-19. These might be prescriptions you need to fill, testing based on symptoms, care for illness, etc
Groceries — normal groceries or reasonable supplies to prepare for quarantine. If you are struggling with tradeoffs between providing your family nourishment versus covering other essential expenses, you qualify.
Childcare — babysitters or other childcare needs due to your schools being canceled or keeping them home out of safety concerns. If you have increased childcare costs, you qualify.
Rent or mortgage — having a safe home environment in times like these is perhaps more important than anything. If you’re struggling to pay your rent or mortgage, you qualify.
You will need to show proof of your expense and validity of your business. Please note they're already received over 6000 applicants so they might not be able to help everyone but if you are in it is still worth a shot to put something in.
So I hope these resources help you pass the time and get inspired.
Got a questions or concerns you want to me tackle during this special series? DM me on Instagram Kate_Doster