The gear, tools & services I use to run my content creation business.

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Podcast Cheatsheet

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  • Notion Template
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  • Post-Launch Strategy
  • Library of learning resources

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Tools & Services


BuzzSprout: My podcast host. Top-notch support & tutorials.
Auphonic: Great finishing tool to ‘sweeten’ audio + match loudness standards.
Descript: The transcription tool I use for podcasting.


SiteGround (Hosting): My website host. Highly recommend.
Divi by Elegant Themes:  The incredible WordPress theme I use.
GoDaddy: Where I buy way too many domains.
Sucuri: Firewall & Malware protection for website

Tutorial Making

Screenflow: The screen-casting tool I use for all of my tutorials.
Reflector 4: Wireless share my iPhone & iPad screens for tutorials.
Bartender 4: Keep your menu bar clean when recording screen.

Screenflow by Telestream


Ecamm Live:  My new favorite live-streaming and multi-purpose tool.
OBS: Free open-source live-streaming software I use for testing and backup

Music & Stock Footage

Epidemic Sound: Where I get music for videos & live-streaming
Envato Elements: Unlimited downloads of amazing creative assets

Adobe Creator Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud: My ‘everything’ creative toolbox


Writing & Productivity

Apple Notes: My brain-dump Inbox.
Bear: Great for markdown and formatted notes
CleanShot X: Great Mac-only utility for taking screenshots.
DayOne: Journaling App
Medium: The internet blog where I write how-to articles
MindNode: Mind-mapping utility
Notion: The all-purpose tool I use to create cheatsheets, checklists, SOPs, etc.
ProCreate: The best iPad app for creating digital artwork. Hands down
Storyboarder: Free storyboarding app that’s pretty awesome for organizing tutorials and classes.
Things 3: My to-do app of choice and tutorial idea bank
Ulysses: The writing app I use for podcast episodes and long-form content



Business & Security

1Password: The best password manager. Period.
Authy: The awesome tool I use for 2-factor authentication
Backblaze: Peace of mind back-up. $7/month unlimited.
Bartender: Mac utility to keep Menu Bar Clean

Calendly: Scheduling tool that integrates with Google Calendar.
Daisy Disk Handy Mac app to recover disk space.
Google Workplace:  A must-have for all businesses.
Nord VPN (61% off): Safe web browsing traveling and public WiFi (Coupon code: mikemurphy)

Text Expander: Snippet Tool using keyboard shortcuts
Transmit 5:
FTP Mac app I use to access the backend of websites.
Trust & Will: Create a Digital Will (10% off following link)

Nord VPN

Online Education

Skillshare:  Great resource for learning new skills.
Teachable: The platform for my online courses.


FreshBooks: Beautiful Invoicing & so much more.

Email Newsletters

MailChimp: My preferred email service for newsletters, etc.

Books I go through a lot of audiobooks.
Libby: Free audiobooks from your local library
Mike’s Picks: View some of my favorites

Travel If you are traveling in Europe, this is the site to book accommodations and other travel needs.



Podcasting & Audio Gear

    1. RODECaster Pro Audio Interface ($599 on Amazon)
    2. Focusrite Scarlett 4i4 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface ($249 on Amazon)
    3. Zoom H6 Handy Recorder ($349 on Amazon)
    4. Sony MDR-7506 Headphones ($98 on Amazon)
    5. Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone for Broadcast ($399 on Amazon)
    6. Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone ($99 on Amazon)
    7. Samson Q2U USB/XLR Dynamic Microphone ($69 on Amazon)
    8. Cloud Microphones CloudLifter CL-1 Mic Activator ($149 on Amazon)
    9. RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm ($99 on Amazon)
    10. Canare L-4E6S Star Quad XLR Cables ($34 on Amazon | $22 on BH Photo)
    11. MEE audio M6 PRO Musicians’ In-Ear Monitors ($49 on Amazon)
    12. Shure RK345 Black Replacement Windscreen for SM7 Models ($14.99 on Amazon)
    13. Mic Clip for SM57/58/86/87-by-SHURE ($7 on Amazon)
    14. OnStage Microphone Ball-head Accessory ($12.99 on Amazon)
    15. 12 Pack-12x12x2 Inches of Black Wedge Studio Foam Tiles ($26.99 on Amazon)
    16. On-Stage 6″ Microphone Gooseneck ($8.95 on Amazon)
    17. Headphone Hook Holder Hanger Mount ($12.99 on Amazon)
    18. Pro Cover for RODECaster Pro ($49 on B&H Photo)
    19. RodeCaster Pro XLR Colored Rings ($10 on B&H Photo)
    20. Shure A26X 3″ Extension Tube for SM7B Mics ($9 on Amazon)


Photo, Video & Lighting

  1. Canon EOS M50 Mark II + 15-45mm Lens ($699 on Amazon)
  2. Sigma 16mm f/1.4 Lens ($368 on Amazon)
  3. Canon EF-M 22mm f2 STM ($249 on Amazon)
  4. Logitech Brio 4K Webcam ($149 on Amazon)
  5. Aputure 120D II LED Light ($500 on Amazon)
  6. Aputure Amaran AL-MC LED Lights x2 ($99 on Amazon)
  7. Lume Cube Edge LED Desk Light  ($119 on Amazon)
  8. Elgato Green Screen ($159 on Amazon)
  9. Aputure Light Dome II Softbox ($219 on Amazon)
  10. Aputure Lantern Softbox (2.2′) ($89 on Amazon)
  11. BenQ Monitor Light ($109 on Amazon)
  12. Manfrotto LUMIMUSE 8 LED Light ($93 on Amazon)
  13. Philips Hue Premium Smart Bulbs ($69 on Amazon)
  14. Neewer Quick Release Plate QR Clamp ($19.95 on Amazon)
  15. WANBY Articulating Friction Magic Arm ($18 on Amazon)
  16. Manfrotto 244 Friction Magic Arm x2 ($145/ea. on Amazon)
  17. Manfrotto 035RL Super Clamp ($35 on Amazon)
  18. Impact Rolling Light Stand ($149 on B&H Photo)
  19. SmallRig Mini Ball Head ($30 on Amazon)
  20. JUSMO Camera Desk Mount  ($47 on Amazon)



Tech & Accessories

  1. Blackmagic Atem Mini Pro ($499 on Amazon)
  2. Elgato Stream Deck ($130 on Amazon)
  3. Elgato 4K CamLink ($113 on Amazon)
  4. OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock ($299 on Amazon)
  5. CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub ($249 on Amazon)
  6. LG UltraFine 5K Display ($1295 on Amazon)
  7. Ergotron VESA Monitor Desk Mount   ($189 on Amazon)
  8. WALI Tray Desk Mount for RodeCaster Pro ($45.99 on Amazon)
  9. iPhone Stand for MagSafe Charger ($17.99 on Amazon)
  10. Logitech MX Masters Mouse ($99 on Amazon)
  11. 14″ M1 Max MacBook Pro ($3499 on Apple)
  12. 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 256GB ($749 on Apple)
  13. Apple Magic Keyboard + Number Pad ($129 on Amazon)
  14. SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 1TB ($119 on Amazon)
  15. Under Desk Cable Management Tray ($24.95 on Amazon)
  16. GodSpin Vertical Laptop Stand for Desk ($29.99 on Amazon)
  17. Microphone Stand Rack Tray for StreamDeck ($14.99 on Amazon)
  18. Stand for MagSafe Charger ($13.99 on Amazon)
  19. Rite-On Self-Laminating Labeler ($16.50 on Amazon)
  20. Non-Slip Large Felt Desk Pad ($19 on Amazon)
  21. iPhone Metal Tripod Mount ($27.99 on Amazon)
  22. HellermannTyton Label Dispenser ($16.37 on Amazon)
  23. Samsung T7 Shield 1TB SSD Drive ($99 on Amazon)
  24. Whoosh! Screen Cleaner used in Apple Stores ($19 on Amazon)


Cables & More

  1. Dummy Battery for Canon M50 II ($18.99 on Amazon)
  2. Micro HDMI to HDMI for Canon M50 II ($11 on Amazon)
  3. Anker USB C to USB 3.0 for Logitech Brio ($15 on Amazon)
  4. Y-Cable Splitter (3.5mm to 2x 1/4″ Mono) ($16 on Amazon)
  5. Rode USB-C to USB-C for RodeCaster Pro ($19 on B&H Photo)
  6. Rode TRRS to TRRS for RodeCaster Pro ($29 on Amazon)
  7. 6ft (2m) HDMI 2.1 Cable 8K ($29 on Amazon)
  8. 3ft USB C Cable Data Cable ( ($25 on Amazon)
  9. Smolink Cat8 Ethernet Cable  ($25 on Amazon)
  10. Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter ($69 on Amazon)
  11. Apple USB-C to USB Adapter x2 ($19/ea. on Amazon)
  12. Apple USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Adapter ($8 on Amazon)
  13. USB C to Ethernet Adapter  ($19.99 on Amazon)
  14. 2-Pack Cable Matters Ultra Thin HDMI Cable ($17.99 on Amazon)
  15. UGREEN HDMI Cable 4K Braided ($14.99 on Amazon)
  16. (5v) AC DC Adapter Compatible with Zoom H6 ($13.99 on Amazon)
  17. Belkin Surge Power Strip Protector ($38.99 on Amazon)
  18. Furman PST-6 Line Conditioner ($88 on Amazon)
  19. Alestor Surge Protector with USB Ports ($19 on Amazon)
  20. Fender Deluxe 10′ Instrument Cable – Tweed ($19.99 on Amazon)




  1. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (Amazon)
  2. Awareness (Amazon)
  3. What to Say When You Talk to Your Self, Shad Helmstetter (Amazon)
  4. The Courage To Be Disliked, Ichiro Kishimi (Amazon)
  5. The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber (Amazon)
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Steven Covey (Amazon)
  7. The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz (Amazon)
  8. The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle (Amazon)
  9. How To Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie (Amazon)
  10. Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy (Amazon)
  11. Essentialism, Greg McKeown (Amazon)
  12. The War of Art, Steven Pressfield (Amazon)
  13. Vagabonding, Rolf Potts (Amazon)
  14. The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferriss (Amazon)
  15. Tool of Titans, Tim Ferriss (Amazon)
  16. Principles, Ray Dalio (Amazon)
  17. You Are A Badass, Jen Sincero (Amazon)
  18. I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi (Amazon)
  19. The Latte Factor, David Back (Amazon)
  20. Anything You Want, Derek Sivers (Amazon)
  21. StoryWorthy, Matthew Dicks (Amazon)
  22. Building A Story Brand, Donald Miller (Amazon)
  23. Crushing It, Gary Vaynerchuk (Amazon)
  24. Jab, Jab, Right Hook, Gary Vaynerchuk (Amazon)
  25. Healing Back Pain, John Sarno (Amazon)
  26. How To Podcast on WordPress. com, Mike Murphy (Amazon)
  27. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant (Free)
  28. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse (Amazon)
  29. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig (Amazon)
  30. The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger (Amazon)
  31. Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut (Amazon)
  32. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson (Amazon)
  33. Still Life With Woodpecker, Tom Robbins (Amazon)
  34. Another Roadside Attraction, Tom Robbins (Amazon)
  35. To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee (Amazon)
  36. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Amazon)
  37. Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck (Amazon)
  38. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck (Amazon)
  39. Kane & Abel, Jeffrey Archer (Amazon)
  40. As The Crow Flies, Jeffrey Archer (Amazon)
  41. Ikigai by Hector Garcia (Amazon)