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Getting Started Online
The intial first step would be to register a domain and learn about online business.
The second step would be to get your website hosted. Here are some hosting companies that I recommend.
Building Your Email List
Business Growth & Management
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.
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!
Looking to create landing pages quickly? Great for book offers, promotions, or lead collection.
Video Tools, Cameras, & Equipment
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!
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).
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!
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.
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).
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
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)
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!
If you are running multiple monitors, a stand like this is helpful to attaching and arranging all those displays.
Shopping Carts & Payments
People & Team
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.
Social Media Tools
Print & Design
If you need an eBook cover, logo, product packaging, business cards, web layout, or any other design – its great!
Fantastic for any type of physical print work like business cards, flyers, post cards, and other print material!
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).
One of the best podcasting mics out there in the business. This is the one I typically use for audio-only related projects.
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.
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!
These are the markers I use on my glassboard.