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Getting Started Online
The intial first step would be to register a domain and learn about online business. If you are serious about your business – registering for a domain is a no-brainer. I use GoDaddy.com
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.
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
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!
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 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.
Crisp, Drift.com, Chatra.io, PureChat
Live chat software for your website can be fantastic to boost your customer service. We currently use Crisp.chat. 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!
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
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!
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
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.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 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 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 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!
Social Media Tools
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.
Print & Design
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.
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 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).
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.
Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Photoshop CC is a high quality imaging and design app. It allows users to create and edit photos with precision, versitilaty, and creativity. This software is perfect for graphic designers, photographers, and retouchers.
Adobe Premiere CC
Adobe Premiere CC is the premiere video editing software on the market. This program is you to make impressive professional content at an affordable price. Adobe Premiere CC truly sets the bar for creating and editing exceptional videos.
FileZilla FTP Client
FileZilla FTP Client is free, multi-platform software that allows for the transfer of files between clients and servers. This product is especially useful for reliably transferring large files.
Mouse Recorder is free software that allows you to record your mouse and keyboard movements as well as function as an automation tool. The automation feature allows users to create scripts that can automate tedious, repetitive tasks.
OBS Studio is free software that allows for fantastic screen recording and live streaming. This open-source software allows you to create one seamless video from varying sources including piecing together different videos, video game footage, a webpage from your computer, and much more.
SyncBackPro is a very powerful backup, restoration, and synchronization tool. This software is one of the best on the market, which is why many individuals, businesses, hospitals, and police stations all use SyncBackPro to backup their files.
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.