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I love apps. My business partner says I have an app "problem." Guilty as charged! I tested and helped develop apps at the corporate level. I guess I've never stopped testing (and buying!) cool stuff. Now you get to explore my fave tools and tech.
✨ Fave Apps
I use these almost daily
- Book Like a Boss*: my go-to appointment scheduler
- Pocket: here's where I save links to articles I don't have time to read
- Canva Pro / Adobe Creative Cloud: I use both (for different things)
- Grammarly: it's starting to get a bit invasive; and, it saves me (and my grammar) all.the.time.
- TubeBuddy: YouTube channel optimization tool
- Peppertype.ai: I use this as a starting place for YouTube and podcast descriptions. I always refine AI copy to my voice
- Brain.fm: binaural beats to help me focus
- Calm: a little meditation never hurt anyone
📬 Email Marketing
ActiveCampaign* (right now) is the best email marketing platform for Women Conquer Business and Epiphany Courses. I am also a fan of MailChimp (great integrations), Revue (capturing subscribers from Twitter), and Ghost.
Teachable* we 💙 Teachable for Epiphany Courses because it easily integrates with AppSumo and allows for multiple teachers.
🎧 Podcast Tools
I 💯 recommend Captivate*. They're constantly adding new functionality like show notes templates, podcast episode planning, and dynamic ad insertion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Customer service.
- Audio editing: GarageBand (free!) plus Waves Content Creator Audio Toolkit (always seems to be discounted)
- Filler words removal + Transcript: Descript (as easy as editing an MS Word Doc)
- Podcasting + Everyday Mic: Shure MV7* USB/XLR
- When I feel fancy: Shure SM7B* XLR (requires CloudLifter* and Focusrite Scarlett 2i2* or SOLO*)
- XLR Cables: can't go wrong with Pig Hog*
- Everday camera: Logitech C922x* webcam + Logi Tune app (free!)
- When I feel fancy: Canon Creator Kit*
- Camtasia: editing + pulling video clips together
- Descript: editing + removing filler words + transcript
💎 Social Media
Lately.ai uses artificial intelligence to help you not only write and post content, it's a dream for content creators (podcasters, YouTubers, etc.) who want to share clips of their work. Lately.ai will edit and generate video or audio clips to accompany your posts. 🤯🤯 CoFounder Kate Bradley Chernis shared startup and writing secrets on the Women Conquer Business podcast.
MissingLettr*: I've used it for years to quickly generate social media campaigns for blog posts. I absolutely LOVE the Curate feature, which allows other creators to share my content with their audience. I interviewed the founder, Benjamin Dell, on my podcast.
🌐 Web Tools
- Women Conquer Business: Ghost I 💙 its incredible publication features
- Epiphany Courses: WordPress because of its flexibility
Plugins, Hosting & Security
- Studiocart* Epiphany Courses' shopping cart. We love the direct connection to Teachable
- Studiocart creates sales funnels in WordPress. It's also founded and operated by Nicole Evans, a woman of color, which is awesome! 👏
- Thrivecart I use Thrivecart to create sales funnels for Women Conquer Business
Search Engine Optimization:
RankMath its free version is full-featured and easy for the layperson to understand
🗄️ Ultimate Space-Saving Desk Setup
If you're curious about the entire space-saving desk setup I'm currently using, I've included it below.
Why? Because I suspect many of you don't have my patience — nay, stubbornness, curiosity, budget — to try numerous configurations for 3 years. I know, I know...
Here's what I'm working with:
- Room size: 8' x 10'
- Desk size: 48" x 24"
- Computer: 16" MacBook Pro, laptop stand, Trackpad, Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
- Misc: Podcast mic, webcam, lighting for video calls and streaming
I wanted space to work at my desk WITHOUT giving up access to my whiteboard, closet, or office windows.
Here's how I did it:
- Desk: FLEXISPOT EG1 Electric Sit Stand Desk 48" x 24"*
- Headphones: Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO 250 Ohm*
- Headphone Stand: Avantree Metal & Silicone Headphone Stand*
- Laptop Stand: Nexstand Laptop Stand*
- Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam*
- Webcam/DSLR Camera Stand: JUSMO Camera Desk Mount Stand with 360° Ballhead*
- Mic: Shure MV7*
- Mic Stand: Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand for Shure SM7B*
- Lighting: Lume Cube Edge LED Desk Light (Pack of 2)*
- Removable Desktop Power Center: 3 AC Outlet Desk Clamp Power Strip*