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Disclosure: Note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and are no additional cost to you. I may earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  However I only recommend them because they are great tools and companies who I have experience with and because I feel they are beneficial. Only buy them if you believe you need them or if you feel that they will help you achieve your goals.

Getting Started Online

The intial first step would be to register a domain and learn about online business.

GoDaddy
If you are serious about your business – registering for a domain is a no-brainer. I use GoDaddy.com

Hosting

The second step would be to get your website hosted. Here are some hosting companies that I recommend.

Blue Host
Blue Host is a great hosting company to start with if you are new to building a business online. It is very simple to setup a website, plans are cheap, and they have great support.
HostGator
HostGator is another great hosting company if you are just getting starting in the online business space. Similar to BlueHost. They are similar. Compare them and see which one you like best.

LiquidWeb
LiquidWeb is my go-to hosting now. I am on a dedicated server as my sites use more resources. However when you are new or getting started this is a bit overkill. Once you have some traffic you can move over to LiquidWeb.

Building Your Email List

Aweber Email Marketing
Aweber is my favorite tool for building and managing your email list for people who are getting started in the online business world. Constant Contact is another alternative.
ConvertKit
ConvertKit is a newer comapny for building an email list. It is a bridge between Infusionsoft/Ontraport and Aweber where it allows you to do triggers based on user actions. Another amazing tool!

Business Growth & Management

Crowdcast.io
Crowdcast.io is my go-to webinar platform. You can create events paid, call to actions, create multiple session webinars, integrate it into your website, and more! After trying dozens of platforms – it is my favorite webinar tool! Clickmeeting is my second favorite that I liked when I did my testing.
Followup Then
FollowupThen is a good utility if you want reminders at sometime in the future via email. Best of all it is free! Give it a try!
LastPass
LastPass is one of the best ways to manage your online passwords that you have to keep track of! It can even log you in automatically! – FREE
Quickbooks & Xero Accounting
Xero Accounting and Quickbooks are the top accounting tools for your business and keeping your books straight. We currently use Quickbook as we started before Xero was around. However both work well.
Freshbooks
Freshbooks is an accounting tool geared for self-employed individuals or more freelancers. It is developed for smaller businesses for things like invoicing, time tracking, and project management.
Acuity scheduling & Calendly
Acuity and Calendly are great tools for scheduling appointments, consultations, or time-based events. They both have a free plan, but each one has their advantages.
Instapage
Looking to create landing pages quickly? Great for book offers, promotions, or lead collection.
Drift.com, Chatra.io, PureChat
Live chat software for your website can be fantastic to boost your customer service. We currently use Drift. Choosing a service comes down to your needs. Other good ones include: Live Chat Inc, Chatra.io, & PureChat.
BaseCRM & OnePageCRM
BaseCRM and OnePageCRM are two great CRM systems for lead management. OnePageCRM is better for simple solopreneurs and BaseCRM is for more evolved companies or if you need more bells and whistles in a CRM.

Video Tools, Cameras, & Equipment

Panasonic GH4 Camera
This is hands down my favorite camera! I know many vloggers love the Canon 70D/80D for YouTube (I used to be a Canon fan) – but the GH4 kills the Canon for video. You can record for 30+ mins, 4K video, & use it as my web cam for webinars with the HDMI port!
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
This camera is the best pocket camera for vlogging, video, and photos around. The picture is amazing for a travel size camera. The only downside is there is no mic-input (hence why it isn’t my primary camera).
Panasonic Lumix G X 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens
This is my go-to all around lens! If I had to pick one lens for the Panasonic GH4 this one would be it. You need longer arms to vlog with this lens (so for vlogging the Panasonic 7-14mm is better in my opinion). Otherwise for everything else this lens is awesome!
Sennheiser EW 112-p G3
If I am working on my glass board or have some distance between my camera and myself, then I need to use wireless mics. This is the mic I use.
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripod
This is my primary tripod that I use. It is heavy duty, incredibly adjustable, tall, and has an extension arm that can be parallel to the ground (great for overhead shots).
CowboyStudio 2000 Watt Lighting Kit
This is the lighting kit that I use to light up my studio. The lights are great as they have multiple bulbs so even if one burns out you can continue to film (compared to some other kits that only have one special bulb).

Computer Gear & Equipment

Intel i7-5930K CPU
This is my CPU processor. Since I tend to run many operations at once with my computer, I typically choose the higher core count (this is hex-core)
MSI LGA2011 X99A Motherboard
These are the motherboards that I use within my computer. Another alternative that I like is ASUS X99-E LGA2011-v3 SafeSlot ATX Motherboard
Magewell HDMI Capture Device
Capture card for capturing my Panasonic GH4 video stream directly into the computer. Super easy to setup.
CyberPower UPS
I have a few of these CyberPower UPS. It is basically a battery backup for your computer. If the power dies completely during a storm – I can still run the system for about 30+ mins to wrap up what I am doing.
AMD FirePro W600 Video Card
This is my primary graphics card. It has 6 monitor output in the back. Fantastic card with low energy use. You can daisychain multiple cards together for even more displays such as 12, 18, 24, or even more monitors!
Quad Monitor Stand
If you are running multiple monitors, a stand like this is helpful to attaching and arranging all those displays.
HyperX II Headset (Gun Metal)
My headset for general use. Fantastic comfort, sound quality, and mic. They also have the red version: HyperX II Headset (Red) and in White: HyperX II Headset (White)

Shopping Carts & Payments

WooCommerce
WooCommerce is the best shopping cart system for WordPress. There’s a ton of flexibility with WooCommerce and it integrates really well with other apps and plugins!
Shopify
Shopify is similar to WooCommerce, but it is its own platform. It is a bit easier to get started if you are new to online business. However a bit tricker to customize once your store requires customizations.
PayPal, Stripe, Square
PayPal is one of the best credit card processing tools on the internet. The other two that I like are Stripe and SquareUp. Stripe is great for integrating with API or other apps. SquareUp is wonderful for retail merchants.

People & Team

Upwork
Upwork.com is typically my go-to place when I am looking to find team members. You can hire people simply for one project or you can build a relationship with them for the long-term. It is a great starting point if you need a helping hand.
Fiverr.com
Fiverr.com is great for micro-tasks. People post what they are willing to do for $5 and you can hire them for tasks like design eBook covers, business cards, podcast editing, and more. The great thing is you can also do tasks for other people if you are looking for some side-hustle money.
Freelancer.com
Freelancer.com is a great place to find hired help. If you are struggling to figure out something you can post your project or what you need done and people will submit their application.
#Slack
#Slack is our team communication tool. It is similar to a chat program, but for teams internally. You can directly message people, chat as a group, or video call. The app works fast, flawlessly, you can integrate apps, and it has a mobile app that kicks butt!
Paymo
Paymo is a great project management tool, to-do list, team management. It has invoicing, Kanban boards, Gantt charts, and more.

Social Media Tools

Hootsuite
Hootsuite is fantastic for managing your social media accounts and scheduling posts. It’s fantastic to message and reply back to the comments that you may get through various social media channels. Sprout Social is another one to check out although a bit more pricey.
BufferApp
BufferApp (Buffer) is fantastic for scheduling social media posts. I think it dominates Hootsuite in scheduling, but lacks the reply to messages abilities.

Print & Design

99 Designs
If you need an eBook cover, logo, product packaging, business cards, web layout, or any other design – its great!
Cafepress
Cafepress can screen print your logo or slogan on various products like t-shirts, mugs, and mousepads. The best part is you can order just a single item. Great for giveaways or to wear in your videos.
PsPrint
Fantastic for any type of physical print work like business cards, flyers, post cards, and other print material!

Book Writing

Nuance Dragon Naturally Speaking
The software is a huge timesaver. You speak and it types. Hands down – one of the easiest ways to write your book! I speak into my HyperX II Headset with this software and its quite accurate.
Createspace.com
Createspace is a great website for independently publishing your book as the company is owned by Amazon. When you list your book it automatically gets listed on Amazon after an approval process. This makes it efficient and the price per copy is unbeatable if you are looking to print your book (especially in black and white).

Podcasting Tools

Blue Yeti Mic
The Blue Yeti Mic is a great overall mic for various audio projects. Great starting mic for podcasting if you get the pop filter with it Pop Filter for the Blue Yeti
Heil PR-10 Microphone
One of the best podcasting mics out there in the business. This is the one I typically use for audio-only related projects.
Countryman B3 LAV Mic
This is a wonderful stealthy mic. It is tiny and a fantastic mic to hide on video. This is the one I often use when I am on video.
Scarlett Solo Audio Interface (2nd Gen)
You need an audio interface if you are using a mic like the Heil PR40. This is great for individuals. If you need interview or multi-inputs then Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) Audio Interface is another good one to check out.

Software Tools

Misc Items

Project Fi
Project Fi by Google is the ultimate cell phone provider company. You get international data at the same rate as in the USA, international texting, and credit back when you don’t use your data! Simply awesome. (See my video review here)
Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL
The Google Pixel Phones are the latest smartphones that work with Project Fi. A bit more pricey, but it is an exceptional device. If you can fork out the money this the phone to get with Project Fi.
Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P
Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P are the the older Google Project Fi cell phones – but they still work great as of 2017. If you want to save a bit of money you can use these on the Project Fi network.
TP-LINK Portable Battery Bank
When I travel – this is a battery backup that I use for my cell phone or any USB powered device. Always great to have backup power!
EXPO Neon Dry Erase Markers
These are the markers I use on my glassboard.