What a year it’s been. Thankfully, the holidays are just around the corner. We’ve put together a holiday gift guide for the knowledge entrepreneur in your life.
It’s also fine if you want to buy some of these for yourself—after all we’ve been through in 2020, you deserve to treat yourself!
Reading materials as gifts
Reading and learning from others is the best way to sharpen your axe. Here are 5 great books we think every digital entrepreneur could benefit from:
Everyone knows they have to “build a brand” but what does that mean? Donald Miller’s Building A StoryBrand offers a research-backed method for creating an impactful brand that generates revenue and delights customers.
Donald teaches you the seven universal elements of powerful storytelling. He also gives you the tools to implement these with your brand and business. After reading StoryBrand, you’ll be able to turn your marketing into resonant messages about the value your business delivers.
This is also a favorite of Kajabi’s JCron and it’s been instrumental in shaping how the Kajabi team builds our marketing messages.
Get: Building A StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
The key to solving the problems in your business is to attack each one thoughtfully. Nancy Kline’s book provides a system, called a Thinking Environment, that will empower you to think out how you approach each problem.
This system is built upon building out your active listening skills. Listening to your customers, your employees and even to yourself. Nancy lays out her system in an easy-to-understand way that’s equal parts theory and actionable practice.
Get: Time to Think: Listening To Ignite The Human Mind
Every giant business today started small. Nike is a global phenomenon that sets the standard for athletic apparel and culture but it started with one man selling shoes from the trunk of his car.
Phil Knight was that person selling imported running shoes from his trunk. His memoir is a well-written tale of the trials and triumphs of creating a top business from scratch. It’s an inspirational tale of how creativity, business acumen and bold vision can transform the culture and lead to massive business success.
This is a favorite of Kajabi CMO Orlando Baeza. Orlando previously worked at Nike but said the inspirational takeaways in this book can apply to everybody.
Get: Shoe Dog: A Memoir By The Creator of Nike
Busy entrepreneurs often tell us they’re so busy, they don’t have time. There’s no time to update your social posts, to update your invoices, much less time to think or work out. That’s where Tim Ferriss’ universally renown book can help.
Tim’s book offers a step-by-step guide to automate many tedious tasks in your business and in your life. He includes more than 50 actionable tips for managing your time better, as well as templates and tools that will save you time and money.
Best of all, almost all of The 4-Hour Workweek tips are applicable to those running digital businesses. So, your knowledge entrepreneur is guaranteed to find something in this book that applies to their business.
Get: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere And Join The New Rich
As your business grows, so will your team. Radical Candor will help you become an amazing boss. Author Kim leans on the insights she took from her time at Google and Apple to deliver a management framework that relies on three principles: make it personal, get sh*t done and understand why it matters.
Even if you or the digital entrepreneur in your life doesn’t manage people, this book can still be valuable. It will equip you with a clear way to provide feedback to people you’re hiring, as well as others you interact with.
Get: Radical Candor: Be A Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
Gear to improve your digital business
Toys and gadgets are fun (we cover some great ones below) but the knowledge entrepreneur in your life may really appreciate things that help them do their jobs better.
Better audio for your online courses and videos
You don’t have to have the highest visual production values to sell online courses but you really should care about the audio quality. At $199, the Rode Wireless Go mic isn’t the cheapest option but we think it’s a great one to ensure your audio is broadcast-quality.
The wireless aspect is great because you can clip on a lavalier mic and never have to worry if you’re speaking in the right direction. This mic is also very lightweight and has proven to be plug-and-play. So, you won’t have to fiddle with your settings too much.
Get: Rode Wireless Go Microphone
Better lighting for your online courses and videos
Now that you’ve improved the audio quality, it’s time to take your visuals up a notch. A great bang-for-the-buck investment is in a lighting system. This system comes in at a friendly price, is easy to set up and will make you look much better in your online videos.
If you’re not ready to purchase specific equipment for lighting, you can use your existing setup. Here are a few tips for getting great lighting with things you already have.
Get: Neewer Ring Light kit
The right camera for the job
The quality of your video can make or break your training and courses. While you can make good videos with your webcam or phone, you can take your videos to the next level with a good camera.
Some of the features that make the Canon EOS M50 a smart option for knowledge entrepreneurs are 4K UHD 24p recording, dual pixel CMOS autofocus, interchangeable lens options.
Get: Canon EOS M50
The best iPad teleprompter for video recording
Nothing is worse than going blank as soon as the camera turns on. You won’t stumble over your words or forget important messaging when you use a teleprompter.
You’ll love the convenience of this iPad teleprompter. It’s lightweight and portable, and has one of the best glass beam splitters on the market. It also leverages equipment you probably already own: your iPad.
Cool backgrounds for your courses
It’s not always possible to take your videos on the road. But you can easily add exotic backgrounds and special effects with a green screen.
This muslin backdrop fabric is non-glossy, non-reflective, and absorbs light, so you get realistic video footage that looks like you were really there. The generous 10 x 12ft dimensions is a plus — big enough to let you move around as you record.
Get: Green screen for your courses
Gadgets knowledge entrepreneurs will love
We never outgrow our love of toys and gadgets. But as a knowledge entrepreneur, you’re now looking for something more sophisticated. These toys will definitely make your life easier.
Never lose your essentials again
If you’ve ever forgotten where you laid down your wallet, remote or keys, you’ll love the Tile Essentials 4-pack. It will help you keep track of all your important devices — and even find your phone when it’s on silent.
This bundle comes with one Mate, one Slim, and two Stickers. Tile gives you voice control through an Alexa integration and works with iOS and Android. It helps you find your lost items from up to 200 feet.
Get: Tile Mate
Stay connected no matter how far you roam
For on-the-go fun and productivity, you need a mobile hotspot device you can count on. Fortunately, with the Alcatel LINKZONE, it doesn’t have to break the bank.
Connect up to 15 devices simultaneously. And keep them connected all day long with an 1800 mAh capacity that gives you up to 6 hours of work time. Monitor all connected devices and manage everyone’s 4G LTE data usage using the Alcatel Web app, easily accessible from any web browser.
Get: Mobile Hotspot
Power up your devices
Just in case you run out of power, you’ll want a portable laptop charger that keeps you live and recording no matter what.
The Eggtronic Laptop Power Bank gives you multi-port charging that can boost your Macbook Air or Pro and two other devices at the same time. You get 63W total output power, a generous 20,000mAh battery capacity, and double the typical recharge speed — all at a stocking-stuffer price.
Get: Portable Laptop Charger
Clean air for clean recordings
When the air is filled with dust, pollen, smoke or even pet dander, you’ll be glad you’ve got a desktop air purifier. With an H13 true HEPA air purifier filter, it keeps your office air clean, so your voice will be strong when it’s time to hit “record.”
We love the Levoit because it’s quiet and doesn’t draw a lot of energy. It’s ozone free and has a sleep mode and odor eliminator.
Get: Desk air purifier
Less back pain, eyestrain, and hand fatigue
As a creator, you spend a lot of time at the computer. It’s vital that your workspace is as good for your back, eyes, and arms as it is for content creation.
This aluminum alloy, adjustable laptop stand will do just that. It has six adjustable heights and anti-slip silicone pads. It can hold up to 8kg (17.64lbs). Best of all, it can be folded up to fit in your carrying bag or stored out of the way.
Get: Portable laptop stand
For the knowledge entrepreneur, your choice of software matters. These resources will save you time and boost your creativity.
Keep your head in the game
Mindfulness can help you manage emotions and stress—making you a more effective creator and leader.
Headspace costs less than a counselor, and it’s available 24/7. Your subscriptions give you a new meditation every day, Move Mode for mind and body fitness, and sleep exercises and wind downs to help you rest.
Stay informed and inspired
Audible keeps you connected, informed, and inspired—without you needing to schedule time to read or listen. Listen to podcasts, audiobooks, guided wellness, and Audible Originals while you’re out and about or working.
Audible has reinvented the media category and is a driving force behind today’s audio entertainment revolution. If for that reason alone, it’s a good investment. You’ll stay on top of the trends and see what many of today’s top knowledge entrepreneurs are creating.
Unleash your inner designer
There’s no getting around it. Every day, you need more graphics for your videos, social media, slide decks, PDFs, and more.
The good news is, even if you failed your elementary school art class, you can create all the amazing designs you need with Canva. It has hundreds of templates, elements, photos, videos, and music to make the perfect visuals for your business.
A better way to do business
Kajabi gives you all the tools and resources you need to grow your business in one place: website, products, marketing, community, and more from a single dashboard.
This holiday season, give yourself the gift of simplicity. Kajabi is the best tool for knowledge entrepreneurs because it includes everything you need, all in one place. With Kajabi, you can finally put your energy into growing your business, instead of managing your apps.
Health and wellness
To be truly successful as a knowledge entrepreneur, you need to balance your work and health. These resources will help you build your health as well as your business.
Track your fitness 24/7
You don’t need to renew your gym membership to keep your health a priority. Apple Watch now gives you the same fitness experience you can get on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
Because you wear it on your wrist, you basically have a full-time fitness partner at all times. The Apple Watch measures all the ways you move, gives you meaningful health insights, and connects you to the people and things you care about most.
Best of all, it fits your style perfectly. Customize yours by choosing the case and band style you like best.
Get: Apple Watch
Want a more focused approach to fitness? Peloton has got your back with unlimited motivation, delivered daily.
As a member, you can use their bikes, treads, or the Peloton App to access classes that range in length and intensity level, so you’ll never run out of options to ride, run, flex, and tone.
You have two options for membership: the All-Access membership and the Digital membership. So no excuses. Take a break from the computer and get moving.
Elevate your life
As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to focus entirely on your business. But real success comes from a more balanced lifestyle.
The Five-Minute Journal will help you be happier and more optimistic, improve relationships, and focus on the good in your life — in just five minutes a day.
Updated and printed on sustainably sourced paper stock, it’s good for the earth too.
Get: The Five Minute Journal
Release pent up tension
Sitting at your desk for hours at a time, your muscles can get achy. But with Hypervolt, it’s like having your own personal chiropractor, ready to work out those aches and pains at a moment’s notice.
Use it to relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improve your range of motion, and promote circulation. It also accelerates warmup and recovery if your new Peloton course was a little more advanced than you expected.
Your favorite restaurants at your fingertips
Working late? Need a few extra minutes (or hours) to put the last-minute touches on your new video or training? No problem! With DoorDash, dinner is served.
Whether you’re craving fast food, a chain restaurant or local eatery, with DoorDash, all you have to do is order online and enjoy super-fast delivery or pick-up.
Get: DoorDash gift card