This is an an ongoing list. I’ll try to let you know when I make major updates. I only list things that I have personal experience with. They are all free unless otherwise noted.
Audio Hijack – Record skype calls. Separate channels for guest and host.
AV Shop Talk – Nate Schneider’s podcast presents interviews with interesting people in the AV industry on topics from broadcast standards to home theatre install.
Free Sound – Sound design elements.
Mixitecture – Sound Design Live contributor Steve Knot’s site for Ableton Live producers.
Merlijn Van Veen’s Calculators – Some of my favorites are Subwoofer Array Designer, Sub Align, Spatial Distribution, and Delay Study.
Soulsound – Great collection of training videos plus £10m PLI Included in the annual membership for UK Residents.
Sound Forums – High-quality, in-depth articles and forums posted here.
TapeOp – This is the best magazine about creative recording. It’s free!
Theatre Sound Google Group – Good place to search and post technical and career questions about theatrical sound design and engineering issues.
Sleep Cycle ($0.99) – This is an alarm clock for the iPhone. It analyzes your sleep and wakes you in the lightest (least-disruptive) sleep phase.
Soylent ($3/meal) – Meal replacement. I keep one of these in my work bag for long days. Just add water.
Appointlet – Allow people to schedule meetings with you automatically using your free/busy time in Google Calendar. It’s free for one service, then $10/month for more. This is what I use to schedule initial consultations with prospective clients, client meetings, and short coffee dates.
Assistant.to – Gmail plugin to eliminate the back and forth of appointment scheduling.
Workflowy – One document for your entire brain. If you like making lists, you’ll love Workflowy, and it’s free.
Mailchimp – Email newsletters. This is what I use for the Sound Design Live mailing list.
Sanebox ($5/month) – Super helpful in curing email overload. It analyzes all of your past interactions with senders and decides who gets into your inbox, and who will be filed into a daily digest.
Shyp ($5/pickup) – A simple courier service that will pickup anything, package it, and ship it for you. I don’t know why, but I hate packaging stuff and going to the post office. It kills me. Now I use ship for everything I sell on eBay.
Streak – Full-featured CRM for Gmail, but you can use the free features to create email templates and schedule email reminders.
Zoom – This is what I use to teach my courses and have video conferences. It’s solid and there’s a record feature built-in.
Chimebank – Mobile banking
SquareCash – Send money for free. Requires bank account number or debit card. U.S. only.
YNAB ($50/year) – This is a desktop app for Mac and PC as well as an iPhone app. All of my expenses and income go in here and I use it to keep on-budget. You can use it to create a business budget as well. They have a simple methodology for managing your money, which you can read about here.
NorthOne – I haven’t banked with them, but it looks like an interesting product for freelancers.
Choose Yourself ($0.99) – Stop waiting for someone else to validate you and choose yourself.
Patreon – Connect with your audience and allow them to support you.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You ($11.99) – Methodical debunking of the passion principle. If you’ve been searching for your passion your entire life, you need to read this.
See the rest of my business books here.
FOH/MON Engineers FB Group – If you are on the west coast, especially the L.A. area, this is a great group to get involved with.