Module 06 – Hardware
In this module, I want to touch on hardware.
I’ll show you the hardware that I’m using within my business. I think the equipment that I use and the way I’ve got my office set up, probably doesn’t matter, but I think it’s worthwhile at least showing you my setup and just how I guess basic the setup is, because it could be some interpretation of what it takes to make half-a-million dollars a year.
Again, here’s a screenshot of my office, and as you can see, pretty straightforward. I’ve got an IKEA desk, got my filing cabinet that’s full of god knows what. I have a printer. I print off my run sheets, and that’s something that we’ll touch on shortly. I have a $600 laptop, computer screen that I’ve had for about 10 years or something, headphones to listen to some tunes while I’m working, but that’s just about it.
That aside, I guess the only specialised piece of equipment that I do use, and I’m in fact using it to shoot these videos, is my Rode Podcast Microphone. This is something that I use heavily within my business. I use it for my sales presentations where I pitch for each campaign. I use it for end of month strategy calls. I use it when, meeting, client calls. I use it for staff meetings when I jump on and have a call with staff members. I also use it for gathering content. We’ll touch on that in an upcoming module. I use it a lot. I use it just about every day.
I think it’s definitely a key piece of equipment, regardless of whether you use a PC, a Mac, you’ve got a desktop, a laptop, whatever. I guess I have to say I did spend some money on my chair ’cause I spend quite a few hours sitting in it. I think I spent about $600 on a decent office chair, but outside of that, everything else is pretty straightforward. Again, the Rode Podcaster is definitely a piece of equipment that I highly recommend.
Here’s a closer shot. It’s called the Rode Podcaster, just have a look on Google, you’ll be able to get yourself one of these. I can’t recommend this highly enough, and especially the way in which I’ve got it set up with my boom mic so I can just swivel it out of the way when it’s not in use. I have used the Blue Yeti in the past, and I found that thing a little bit cumbersome because it was desk mounted, so it was right in front of me, and I found myself plugging it in-and-out, in-and-out and over time the connection wore away. I like the Rode Podcaster, especially on the boom or the swivel arm, just leave it plugged in constantly and I can just swivel it out of the way when it’s not in use.
Here it is. This is the Rode Podcaster. The actual microphone comes with just the actual microphone itself and the mount and the USB cable. I can’t remember how much I paid for just the microphone itself, but I think in total with the shock mount that you see in the middle there, the boom swivel arm which just mounts to the desk, and the actual microphone itself, I think it cost me about 600 dollars Australian in total.
That’s my office setup, pretty straightforward, I spend quite a lot of time in here. It’s certainly nothing fancy. Through that doorway there, I can see out over the bay ’cause I live up in a complex in a block of units up the top and I can look out over Broken Bay, so I get to see the ferries and the water and everything else. It’s quite nice.