These are the resources that I use for my personal brand and when building Udemy courses. Here, you will find an assortment of valuable information, tools, software, and equipment. I’ve tried to list as many items as possible that I stand behind. I do not promote anything that I personally haven’t tried or know to be a bad product. I hope you find this information helpful!
Website Hosting and Tools
- Bluehost: Bluehost is one of the leading website hosting platforms and for good reason. Their site is extremely easy to use and their hosting integrates perfectly with WordPress. They also have great customer support and even chat live with a representative online. I stand firm behind this company and the services they offer, so check them out.
- Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone: The ATR2100 by Audio-Technica is probably the highest quality microphone you will find for the price! A microphone of this quality would normally cost you somewhere in the triple digits. Audio-Technica has done a tremendous job in providing an awesome microphone at a low price so that you too can begin your own courses or podcasts.
- Wacom Bamboo Splash Pen Tablet (CTL471): Wacom is the leader in graphic tablets and the Bamboo is perfect for everything I need it for. This tablet allows me to take my graphic design skills to the next level and also provide a useful way of displaying information in my courses. It’s sleek and beautiful with a gracious amount of drawing space. You can also use the Touch feature to make navigating the internet and software so much easier.
- Adobe Creative Cloud: I have been using Adobe products since I was a teenager. I have always loved their products and Creative Cloud now gives you the ability to get all of their software at one low monthly subscription. If you are going to be using any of these programs for an extended period of time, then I definitely would recommend signing up for Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Screencast-O-Matic: Screencast-O-Matic is my go to choice when recording my desktop. This affordable software is jam packed with tools to help making screencasts easier. It has everything that you need; including tools for making cuts, dissolves, or audio adjustments.
- GIMP: This software is the free version of Adobe Photoshop. I have used GIMP also for a long period of time and it even has some handy features you won’t find in Photoshop, such as making tileable textures. If you are just starting out or don’t have the money to pay for Adobe, then you should definitely check out this great piece of software.
- Inkscape: If GIMP is the free version of Photoshop, then Inkscape is the free version of Illustrator. This software will allow you to easily create vector graphics for online or print media. I’ve used this software extensively in the past for creating things such as logos and t-shirts.
- Canva: Canva is one of my newest and most favorite platforms online. This graphics program makes it ridiculously easy to create images for social media, presentations, eBooks, and so on. It’s versatile layouts, graphic database, and awesome photo filters makes it my go to software when putting together cohesive branding.
I try to provide as much value and information on this site for you as possible. A lot of the links given in this resources section are for free. However, it is also in my best interest to monetize the site so that I can continue providing education online. With that being said, I would like to let you know that some of these links are affiliate links and I will make a commission off of them. I thank you for your understanding and continued support of this site.