American Society for Indexing
The ASI website is a fantastic resource for people interested in book indexing, for publishers looking to hire an indexer, and of course for professional book indexers. ASI has numerous resources for learning more about and staying on top of the profession through publications, courses and networking.
I will be honest - it took me awhile to understand Twitter. But finally it clicked. Twitter is one of the most useful tools for staying on top of whatever it is that you are interested in. It is news in real-time. I use Twitter to stay in contact with publishers, to find new publishers, and to connect with other indexers. Twitter has opened my eyes to the world of publishing and has introduced me to a myriad of resources useful to the profession.
Yes, I discovered Freelance Folder on Twitter, and I really can't say enough good things about this site. The articles are always useful, cutting edge, and thought provoking. The site also has a job board and forums.
Freelance Switch is similar-ish to Freelance Folder. For awhile, they had a podcast for freelancers, but that ended recently. You can still access the nearly 50 podcasts that they ran, and these are fantastic to listen to while working on other things.
I love statistics, and I love Google Analytics. If you have a website and you want to see who's visiting, how long they stayed and how they got there in the first place, then check this out. There is a slight learning curve, but it's worth taking the time to figure it out.
If you want your ads to appear in a Google search, sign up for Google AdWords. This is the only site on the list that you'll have to pay for, but you can choose exactly how much you're willing to spend per month so it can be as affordable as you want it to be.
I love Weebly. I really, really do. And I can't believe that it's free. I am a walking promoter of the site and honestly love my website, thanks to the simplicity of Weebly. Their customer service is fantastic, too. I had one (and only one) issue with setting up my website, and within 24 hours I not only had someone tell me what was wrong, but they also fixed it for me! Fantastic.
YouTube has been such a grea tool for working from home. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars to get someone to set up a website for me, I went to YouTube and learned how to set up my Weebly site. I am currently learning how to more effectively use Google AdWords. When I was new to Twitter, I found a fantastic tutorial to get me started.
And for fun:
The Oatmeal has some seriously funny comics, and some relate to grammar and business. They can be a bit crass, so please be aware!