Recommended Tools

Over the years I have used numerous tools and software to grow my teaching side hustle. Below I have included those that I have used and thoroughly recommend if you want to start teaching online.

Please note, some of the links below may be affiliate links meaning I will earn a commission if you purchase through them. You can read more about this on our disclaimer.

Recording audio

Blue Snowball Ice

If you are just starting out then the Blue Snowball Ice is a great entry-level microphone.

Since moving to the Snowball Ice, my audio recordings in my video tutorials are much clearer.

Tencro Microphone Boom Stand

If you work on a desk then I also recommend investing in a microphone boom stand.

This stand fits the Blue Snowball Ice microphone and helps to position the microphone better.

InnoGear Microphone Pop Filter

When recording audio, a pop filter makes a huge difference. These inexpensive tools cover the microphone to prevent any Darth Vader breathing onto the microphone. Blowing onto the microphone while talking is a horrible noise that your audience will not appreciate.

This pop filter also fits the Tencro Boom Stand above.


Screen recorder and video editor

Camtasia

I believe Camtasia is the best all round screen recorder and video editor.

It is so easy to use and I really like the annotations feature – a must for how-to and educational videos.


Website hosting

SiteGround

I have used multiple web hosting providers and for me SiteGround comes out on top.

Their hosting is very cheap for WordPress websites, which is perfect when starting a new site. Also, their server response times are super fast! Nobody likes a slow website.


WordPress themes

GeneratePress

The guys behind GeneratePress have done a fantastic job in creating such a lightweight and beautiful theme.

There is a free option available for GeneratePress that will get you started. However, if you are looking for additional features then upgrade to their Premium addon – this is what is used on Side Hustle Teach.

Newspaper

Newspaper is the theme of choice I have on my niche website Top Tip Bio.

I really love their feature to have videos placed at the top of posts. I use this to include a YouTube video tutorial and include a written guide in the post below.


Online course creator

Teachable

Teachable makes creating an online course so easy!

All you have to do is to create the content and they will take care of all the financials.