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

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Podcast Cheatsheet

Keep track of Show Settings, RSS Feed URL, Podcast Directory URLs, Social Media Links and more.

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  • Post-Launch Strategy
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Tools & Services


FreshBooks: Beautiful Invoicing & so much more.

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


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 on public WiFi.

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

Creator Tools (Adobe)

Adobe Creative Cloud: My ‘everything’ creative toolbox

Email Newsletters

MailChimp: My preferred email service for newsletters, etc.


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

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

Online Education

Domestika: Library of online courses.
LinkedIn Learning: The former  
SkillShare:  Great resource for learning new skills.
Teachable: The platform for my online courses.

Pen & Paper

Muji Gel Pens: My favorite all-purpose pens.
Sharpie Felt Tip: I like having these around
Sakura Micron: Excellent Pens. They make me feel artsy.
Moleskine Cahier Journals (3-pack): Love the size and soft cover. 
Midori Notebooks: Simple & small. Nice paper.


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

Tutorial Making

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

Screenflow by Telestream


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
Scrivener 3: Writing app of choice.
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: Writing app. Excellent, but Scrivener is my favorite.



Divi by Elegant Themes:  The incredible WordPress theme I use.
GoDaddy: Where I buy way too many domains.
Pretty Links: Plugin I use to create branded affiliate links.
SiteGround (Hosting): My website host. Highly recommend.
Sucuri: Firewall & Malware protection for website.
WordPress.Org: The CMS I use for my website.


Travel App I use for accommodations in Europe.



Podcasting & Audio Gear

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


Photo, Video & Lighting

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



Tech & Accessories

  1. Anker USB C Charger (150W) ($120 on Amazon)
  2. Apple 14″ M1 Max MacBook Pro ($3499 on Apple)
  3. Apple 10.9-inch iPad Air Wi-Fi 256GB ($749 on Apple)
  4. Apple Magic Keyboard + Number Pad ($129 on Amazon)
  5. BlackMagic Atem Mini Pro ($499 on Amazon)
  6. CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Element Hub ($249 on Amazon)
  7. Elgato Stream Deck ($130 on Amazon)
  8. Elgato 4K CamLink ($113 on Amazon)
  9. Felt Desk Pad ($19 on Amazon)
  10. Ergotron VESA Monitor Desk Mount   ($189 on Amazon)
  11. GodSpin Vertical Laptop Stand for Desk ($29.99 on Amazon)
  12. iPhone Metal Tripod Mount ($27.99 on Amazon)
  13. iPhone Stand for MagSafe Charger ($17.99 on Amazon)
  14. iPhone Stand for MagSafe Charger ($13.99 on Amazon)
  15. Labeler (Self-Laminating) ($16.37 on Amazon)
  16. LG UltraFine 5K Display ($1295 on Amazon)
  17. Logitech MX Masters Mouse ($99 on Amazon)
  18. Logitech MX Keys Mini for Mac ($99 on Amazon)
  19. Microphone Stand Rack Tray for StreamDeck ($14.99 on Amazon)
  20. OWC Thunderbolt 4 Dock ($299 on Amazon)
  21. Samsung T5 Portable SSD 1TB ($119 on Amazon)
  22. Samsung T7 Shield 1TB SSD Drive ($99 on Amazon)
  23. Tetzia Foldable Laptop Desk Stand ($25 on Amazon)
  24. Under Desk Cable Management Tray ($24.95 on Amazon)
  25. Wali Tray Desk Mount for RodeCaster Pro ($45.99 on Amazon)
  26. Whoosh! Screen Cleaner used in Apple Stores ($19 on Amazon)


Cables & More

  1. Alestor Surge Protector with USB Ports ($19 on Amazon)
  2. Apple USB-C to Magsafe 3 Cable (2 m) ($49.99 on Amazon)
  3. Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter ($69 on Amazon)
  4. Apple USB-C to USB Adapter x2 ($19/ea. on Amazon)
  5. Apple USB-C to 3.5 mm Headphone Adapter ($8 on Amazon)
  6. Anker USB C to USB 3.0 for Logitech Brio ($15 on Amazon)
  7. Belkin Surge Power Strip Protector ($38.99 on Amazon)
  8. Cable Matters Ultra Thin HDMI Cable 2-pack ($17.99 on Amazon)
  9. Canon M50 II  Dummy Battery ($18.99 on Amazon)
  10. Canon M50 II Micro HDMI to HDMI for ($11 on Amazon)
  11. Fender Deluxe 10′ Instrument Cable – Tweed ($19.99 on Amazon)
  12. Furman PST-6 Line Conditioner ($88 on Amazon)
  13. Rode USB-C to USB-C for RodeCaster Pro ($19 on B&H Photo)
  14. Rode TRRS to TRRS for RodeCaster Pro ($29 on Amazon)
  15. Smolink Cat8 Ethernet Cable  ($25 on Amazon)
  16. 6ft (2m) HDMI 2.1 Cable 8K ($29 on Amazon)
  17. 3ft USB C Cable Data Cable ( ($25 on Amazon)
  18. UGREEN HDMI Cable 4K Braided ($14.99 on Amazon)
  19. USB C to Ethernet Adapter  ($19.99 on Amazon)
  20. Y-Cable Splitter (3.5mm to 2x 1/4″ Mono) ($16 on Amazon)
  21. Zoom H6 (5v) AC DC Adapter Compatible with ($13.99 on Amazon)




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