…the resources you need to succeed, all in one place…
YOUR PERSONAL TOOLBOX
…it’s about growth, freedom and living a fulfilled life…
Welcome to The Hub!
No matter where you are in your business, there are resources to help you build and grow your business, these tools can help you be more efficient and effective, so you can focus on what you do best: helping clients and connecting with potential clients and centers of influence.
The trick is knowing the right ones to use so you don’t end up with unnecessary expenses or things you really don’t need.
My commitment to you is that I will always go first. I continually explore what’s needed to build and grow my own service-based business. I experiment with what works and what doesn’t and then share with you the tools that can help you reach your next level of success.
I believe that anyone can accomplish anything, that everything is possible. And my mission is really clear: ‘To empower people who want to change their lives and who want to go to the next level with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to succeed.’ I couldn’t find a place like The Hub when I was growing my business, so I just created it – for me, for you, for all of us to share!
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the right tools for whatever stage your business is at…
MARKETING & BRANDING
Create a free website for your business in minutes. Strikingly is a website creator that allows the user, with little or no development experience, to design a site optimized for mobile devices in minutes.
Motivate your website visitors to share your site with a ShareThis button, this type of call to action is very common today – a must!
Other service provider: addtoany.com
WiseStamp, the email signatures that works for you! WiseStamp allows you to create an email signature. You can easily customize everything: social profiles, automatic sharing of your messages, blogs, quotes, news, bookmarks and much more…
It’s a great place to get inspiration for designing your email signature!
Create and print business cards, stickers, and brochures with MOO. They offer different styles and finishes. This is where I got my business cards printed and I get very good feedback on their quality (in addition, the service is very affordable).
Ask for your batch of samples that contains almost all MOO products as well as the types of papers and finishes so you can feel them and choose what’s right for you.
You are looking for promotional items for your business? Zazzle is the place to visit, from the t-shirt to the coffee mug. In fact, anything you can think of in order to promote your business, you will find it on Zazzle.
Need quality images for your website, your newsletter, your blog or something else? Pixabay is my favorite site to find images, they are professional, original and… free!
COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL MEDIA
Mailchimp provides marketing automation for e-commerce businesses. Send beautiful emails, connect your e-commerce store, advertise, and build your brand.
Hootsuite helps you do more with your social media marketing. With the ability to manage all of your social networks and plan your future postings, Hootsuite greatly simplifies the supervision of your social media activity. This is the tool I use to generate our presence in LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
I love Hootsuite a lot. However, it does not replace the networking aspect of your communication strategy. You still have to keep a connection with people, comment their status, follow group activity, etc.
Other service provider: Buffer
It is possible to share articles while adding names to your list of potential customers. With Sniply you can integrate a call to action on every page you share and promote the content of other people to your network while developing your list of potential customers.
For businesses that share a lot of content on social media, Sniply is an easy way to get more emails. (I admit that this is one of my favorite tools!)
Bitly.com, formerly bit.ly, is basically a URL reduction service used on microblogging sites like Twitter. In addition to its URL shortening service, the site provides tools to display statistics about the number of users who follow the generated links, which helps to determine which are the most popular on the web.
Other service provider: TinyURL
Pocket allows you to save interesting web content, such as articles and videos, for later viewing. Once the items are saved in Pocket, the content list is accessible on any device: phone, tablet or computer even if you are not connected.
A great way to keep images, videos, text or other content and it’s free.
PRODUCTIVITY & EFFICIENCY
A service that keeps your files safe, synchronized and easy to share. Save your files on your computer and access them from your phone while on the move. Everything you put in Dropbox automatically synchronizes to all devices connected to your account.
I use Dropbox constantly, allowing me to share access with my team to different files and this, depending on the role they have in the team. It’s fantastic to have easy access to your client’s files while traveling.
An essential app to have on your smartphone. With CamScanner, your phone literally becomes a portable scanner – you can archive all your paper documents, receipts, notes, discussions on a whiteboard at any location and at any time.
What’s more, it allows you to get a better visual quality of your document.
Other service provider: Genius Scan
Focus @ Will is a subscription service based on a neuroscience principle that uses an instrumental music playlist arranged in sequential phases to improve the productivity of the user. If you are easily distracted by ambient noise or if you really want to concentrate on your tasks, this tool will help you. The music included in the playlist is designed to maximize productivity and increase concentration.
So if you really need to be “in the zone,” put on your headset and concentrate!
Never ask “What time works for you?” again.
Clients can quickly view your real-time availability and self-book their appointments – and even pay online, reschedule with a click, and eliminate 100% of the drudgery.
This is the platform I use with my client to schedule meetings and the free discovery call I offer on my website.
SimpleMind is a mind-mapping application that really relies on simplicity and ease of use. There are several sites and mapping applications of the mind, but nothing is as simple as this one.
If you ask me to see my 20-year vision plan for my company, I confirm that it is with this application that I created it!
WeTransfer is the easiest way to send your larger files.
This is an online platform for transferring files that are too big for email; easy to use, trouble-free and at no cost.
Breather is an application that allows you to book a private space, according to your need, for an hour, a day, wherever you are, at any time.
Ottawa, Montreal, New York and several other cities. You only have to access the app from your smartphone to book a nice space for the period of time you need, either for a meeting or to work on a big project.
LastPass is a password manager. You only need to remember one master password, and LastPass takes care of the rest. It can suggest strong passwords, memorize them, reset them and even analyze the effectiveness of your current passwords.
This free and easy-to-use tool also allows you to share access with a third party (member of your team, family) without disclosing your password.
Online courses for financial services and products professionals
Take courses that will give you professional development units recognized by the CSF, IQPF, CHAD, etc.
Online Forex Program
Get a structured, clear, complete, and organized approach to let you learn at your own pace, without pressure, all from an honest and experienced trader/economist and award winning university teacher (a friend of my, he’s absolutely brilliant!)
*Use promo code sg3143 for a special discount
learn at your pace, when and where it’s convenient for you…
The best online coaching program to build and grow your service-based business.
• You want to build a business that runs like a business, freeing you to focus on your expertise, your service, your message?
• You want tools that have been tested and proven, so you don’t have to spend hours upon hours creating them?
• You want to surround yourself with people just like you, people who want to build and grow their businesses?
Then, join others just like you in The Mastermind.
From creating a solid business foundation, putting in the proper framework and structures that will free you on a daily basis, to positioning you and your business in the marketplace and letting you really stand out from the crowd. From marketing, prospecting to delivering memorable client experience strategies – we’ve got you covered.
It’s the headquarters for professional entrepreneurs.
THE COPY CURE
by Marie Forleo & Laura Belgray
This course completely transformed the way that I write my copy – let it be on my website, newsletter or articles.
This is an outstanding course, even the free version is transformative. Click here for the free mini-course (then you can decide for yourself if the full course is for you!)
exceptional people I get to work with, they’ve helped me in my business, and I’m sure they can help you as well!
MARKETING & BRANDING
Need a more advanced website for your business (perhaps a CMS, an intranet or other features?) Well, Nixa is the place to go. Their design team is out of this world and their tech team makes sure your site is done on-time and within budget.
COMMUNICATION & SOCIAL MEDIA
Even though I consider myself to be a fairly good writer, sometimes you just need an expert’s touch. I love working with Eric, the owner of Write On, a boutique copywriting and editing agency. Eric and his team help you find the right words for your website, blogs, social media posts, and other content so that you can build your brand, spread the word, and convert potential clients.
PRODUCTIVITY & EFFICIENCY
Looking for a virtual assistant, someone who will work remotely and you can reach out to when you need it? Well, send a description of the tasks you need to get done on Le Réseau Professionnel des adjointes virtuelles. They will share your project with their list of virtual assistants and voilà! This is where I found my VA 7 years ago and where I continually go when I need occasional help.
Willa Silver ● Author, Sales Coach & Professional Certified Coach
Wondering how to book more qualified meetings? What to say on the phone? About some follow up strategies? How to ask for a referral?
How to transition from a social conversation to a formal meeting?
Turn seminars into assets?
Look no further. Book a private 1:1 coaching call with Willa to improve your sales performance right now
Fares Chmait ● Professional Development for Real Estate and Mortgage Brokers
Real estate and mortgage brokers operate in a fast-paced and unpredictable industry. Successful real estate professionals stay ahead of the competition by regularly updating their knowledge base and increasing their professional skills. Moreover, by expanding their aptitudes, professionals gain the confidence that is needed to flourish in this industry.
Pascal Bédard ● Business Economist, Financial Market Expert, Advisor, and Coach, Speaker and Trainer
For investment advisors and advisor firms seeking to elevate their game, Pascal offers conferences and consulting services on subjects about business and financial trends, risks, and opportunities.
He’s the 2016 winner of the grand prize for course quality and teaching excellence at the University of Quebec in Montreal (40 000 students, 2000 total teaching staff) and I also teach at Hautes Etudes Commerciales of Montreal, Canada.