I wanted to provide you a list of some things that I use with Command Your Business that I find extremely helpful. As I find more tools and resources, I will add them.
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Dropbox: I use Dropbox every day. I store all of the documents, audio files, spreadsheets, and anything else that I need to get to from multiple computers. I have a work computer, a home desktop, a laptop, an iPad, and an iPhone and the files are synced on every single one of them. You can also get access to these files from any computer on the web.
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- The Lean Startup by Erik Ries – Great book on building a business that customers want. Focuses on getting out a MVP or Minimum Viable Product quickly and learning from your customers.
- The Startup Owners Manual by Steve Blank – Not to be read from cover to cover, think of it as a reference manual for starting your business
- The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber – Dispels many myths of running your own business. Learn to work ON your business not IN you business.
- Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill – This book is from the early 1900s but really gets into the mindset needed to be successful.
- The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss – Not really about working 4 hours a week, it is about getting the most out of every day and focusing on the things that are important to you.
- Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell – I love all of his books, this one talks about how good our unconscious mind is.
- Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan and Chip Heath – How people think about change and how you can make it.
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek – Really gets you thinking about Why vs How.
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz – No sugar coating the entrepreneur experience…It is hard…great insight.
- HOSTING -I host my podcast on Libsyn. They have plans starting at about $5 per month. You will want to host your podcast somewhere besides your web hosting as your costs will likely skyrocket. The good thing about Libsyn is that it your cost does not go up the more your podcast is downloaded.
- MICROPHONE – You will want to get a microphone so that your podcast audio sounds good to your audience. After hearing reviews from several podcasters, I selected the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Mircophone . It sells for less than $50, connects to your computer via USB and the audio quality can’t be beat for the price.
- RECORDING INTERVIEWS – I record my interviews via Skype. Most guests have Skype, but for those that do not I have also purchased a Skype phone number for less than $6 month. I use a Skype add on ( eCamm Call Recorder $30 one time charge) to record the Skype audio. This is a Mac only product, but there are options for Windows as well.
- EDITING – I am on a Mac so I edit all of my podcast recordings in Garage Band