Tools of The Trade

Running an online business is hard. There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle. I like puzzles and figuring out the best tools to get stuff done. My criteria are usually nice design, easy to use and affordable. I pay for quality, but I like free or cheap best. This page is a list of everything I use (some more than others). It’s always changing.

My Gear on Kit



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Sony MDR-7506

My Headphones

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KYn4Lp

Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

USB 6-Channel Audio Interface

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KZIPdX

Zoom H6

My Favorite Recorder

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KYfi4g

Cloudlifter CL-1

Add Clean Gain to Dynamic Mics
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2KXzeEg

Rode PSA1 Swivel Boom

Desk Mounted Swivel Boom Arm
Amazon: http://amzn.to/2eOJOOo

Auray Sheepskin Earpads

Replaces Sony MDR-7506

Canon M50 Mark II

DSLR Mirrorless Camera
Amazon: https://amzn.to/3IfAzU7

Logitech Brio

My 4K Webcam of Choice.
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Kp9kwZ

Web Tools

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe CC is the lifeline of my business and I consider it a bargain at $50/month for what you get. Photoshop, Lightroom, inDesign, Illustrator Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition….


FreshBooks is the easiest way to invoice and manage your expenses and track your time. Make getting paid easy, use FreshBooks. It’s going to cost you $25/month which is tough at first, but it’s so worth it to not have to stress about sending invoices. I’m a fan. Visit FreshBooks.

SiteGround Web Hosting

SiteGround. This is my web hosting company of choice. Click here to learn more.



$.99* .COM Domain! Get going with GoDaddy!

GoDaddy. I own a lot of domains. I buy them all from GoDaddy.
Tip: Get the free Chrome extension Honey to check for discounts at checkout (it works).

Elegant Themes


Elegant Themes is the best. One price for unlimited themes with no limit to the number of websites you make. This site is made with Extra Theme, but MikeMurphy.co is on Divi 3.0, which is the flagship theme. Extra is more magazine style, which I wanted for Podcaster Toolkit.

Design & Graphics

Envato Elements

Millions of Content Creator Assets. Unlimited Downloads for $198/yr


Where I buy icons, illustrations, patterns, textures, web elements, product mockups…

Fonts & Lettering

Great resource for hipster and hand-drawn and brush fonts and slab-serifs.

Online Education


Teachable The site I am using to create online courses. Click here to sign up for free!


Screenflow is the screencasting tool I used for a long time. It works great, but I find the interface a little confusing and not as fun to use as Camtasia. I still use it for some purpose and it has some features I like better than Camtasia, but it’s now my #2 screencast tool.


Wirecast is a professional live broadcasting and live-streaming tool made by Telestream, the company behind Screenflow.

Big Resource List


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

Productivity Tools

1Password: Password manager. Would be locked out of everything without it. Game-changer.
Backblaze: The best cloud backup solution I have used. Unlimited backups $5/month!

Calendly: Very cool scheduling tool. Integrates with Google Calendar.
Dropbox: No explanation needed. A must-have
Google Apps For Business: If you do one thing for your business, install Google Apps.
Medium: Write & publish articles. Love Medium.

Podcast Hosting

BuzzSprout: Great podcast hosting company with excellent support and how-to info. 


Ecamm Live:  My new favorite live-streaming tool. Go live to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch…
Wirecast by Telestream: The industry standard for live-stream broadcasting and switching.
OBS: Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) is the free open-source alternative to Wirecast. Even though it’s free, it is a powerful tool.


Online Education

Audible.com:Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks
Skillshare: One of my new favorites for tutorials.

Audio & Video (Editing)

Adobe Audition: The best audio editor. Period.
Adobe Premiere Pro
: The tool I use to edit video.
Adobe After Effects: The fun tool I use for motion graphics.
Auphonic: A bit of magic. Upload a file and it spits out a really good quality file. Impressive.
Descript: Transcription and more.
GarageBand: Oldie but goodie for making music and editing audio.
Screenflow: Powerful, easy-to-use screen recording and editing software for Mac.


SiteGround (Hosting): The best hosting company with equally as good customer service.
Divi Theme by Elegant Themes:  Words cannot say enough about how great this theme framework is.
Extra Theme by Elegant Themes:  This site is built on Extra. I rather like it :D.


FreshBooks: Beautiful Invoicing & so much more.

Email Newsletters

MailChimp: My preferred email service for newsletters, etc.

Stock Photos & Graphics