Okay fellow female entrepreneurs. This is it. You’ve got vision and expertise. You’re ready to build your online course and share your incredible knowledge and know-how with the world! It’s an exciting journey — one that all of us here at Moxie would love to embark on with you!
We talk a lot about building out your course curriculum and all the technical fun that goes with it, but in today’s post, we’re going to bring it back to the basics.
After pivoting to remote learning and classes, the whole world has had to get a little bit savvier and more creative with home offices and spaces. And as a daring and imaginative entrepreneur, we know you’ll want to keep up with the trends and set your business up for success!
Whether you’re connecting with your audience through a webinar, Facebook Live stream, or a coaching session, you need a professional home studio to share your wisdom. So, before you get too far into the nitty gritty of course building, we’re going to give you a list of 10 must-haves to begin building recording at home — we promise this will make building a course a breeze!
The space doesn’t have to be a fully dedicated home office. In fact, it can be a corner of your living room or a guest room. No matter where it’s located, consider the environment. Ideally, you want it to be free from the distractions of home — TV, main traffic patterns in the house, etc. — You’ll be spending a LOT of time in this space, and you want it to ignite your creativity, not stifle it.
Have a little fun decorating and designing the space to inspire you. Grab a few quotes that speak to your entrepreneurial spirit; invest in some plants or candles; and be sure to surround yourself with some of your favorite colors and textures. Make it your happy place!
As you’re selecting your space, consider the lighting — you’ll be recording after all. When you arrange your desk and chair, try to position them so that they face a window; you never want bright light behind you. If you’re on a side of the house that faces tons of natural light, that’s great, but invest in some quality blinds that can block out some of the sun so that you don’t have a harsh glare on your screen. Be sure to add a lamp or two for some soft light.
A little extra help goes a long way. And who doesn’t want to look good on camera, am I right?! One of the best (and most reasonable) investments for recording courses, interviews, webinars, and live sessions is a ring light with an adjustable tripod stand and a couple of c-clamp dimmable light stands. (We’re partial to Softbox lighting!)
Here are a couple of our favorite products at different price ranges:
Softbox Lighting Kit ($69)
Invest in a webcam
We’re not suggesting that you break the bank, but a good webcam showcases your beauty AND is arguably the most important piece of recording equipment that you’ll purchase. Don’t worry about the microphone when you’re making this purchase — top-notch audio quality actually comes from a standalone microphone.
Logitech BRIO – Ultra HD Webcam for Video Conferencing, Recording, and Streaming ($191) Smartphone with a DSLR-like camera (prices vary depending on your carrier/preferred brand)
Don’t skimp on sound
It’s easy to ignore an extra microphone, but we advise against it! Sound is SO important when you’re creating your online course — after all, your audience is listening to you over and over again — you don’t want the message to get lost due to garbled or muffled audio. There are countless options on the market, but we just want to bump up the quality a little, not blow your budget! A “pop filter” will actually soften some of the air blasts that accompany your S, B, and P sounds. Boom arms and suspension stands brings the mic closer to your mouth and helps you gain coveted desk space.
Blue Yeti ($130)
Microphone Pop Filter ($10)
Blue Yeti Mic Cover ($8)
The right software
After you set up your home studio, it’s time to get into the software tools that you’ll need. You could use Zoom to pre-record your lessons, but Loom has a better end-user experience which helps elevate your brand and increase your referrals. There are plenty of options to suit your budget and needs, so we’ve put together a list of recommendations!
Zoom for coaching sessions (Free)
Demio for live and evergreen webinars ($49/mo or $411/annual)
Loom for recording lessons ($10/mo or $96/year)
Canva for slide decks (Free/$119/yr or $13/mo)
Snagit for screen capture ($49 one-time fee)
Vimeo for video storage ($84/yr or $12/mo)
Have a mobile hotspot ready to go
If you’re recording live, it’s crucial to have a hotspot ready to go. Unfortunately, Wi-fi isn’t foolproof, but there’s a way to make sure that your recording isn’t interrupted — no matter what! Never feel panicked again (but do keep in mind your data usage and overage fees).
iPhone users: Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot, tap to turn it on. Simply follow the on-screen instructions.
Android users: Menu names vary, but the order should look something like this: Settings > More > Wireless & Networks > Tethering & Personal Hotspot. Choose from different options and even encryption.
Be cognizant of time zones
If you’re going live, make sure you keep your audience’s locations in mind. You don’t want to accidentally set something during an off hour World Time Buddy is an easy way to work through different time zones. Of course, if you can’t accommodate everyone, they can certainly tune in after the fact! In a remote age, we’re craving all of the human interaction we can get — not to mention live sessions are excellent for engagement.
There you have it! You’re totally prepared for at-home recording. Now, what’s the next step? Building out your online course! Lucky for you, Moxie happens to know a thing or two on the subject. Please feel free to reach out, we’d love to help you get started!