In the Beginning

Most of what I write on Income School is tips and techniques.  I like to skip over the fluff and just write what you need to know to increase your income.  But in this podcast episode I’m welcoming you into my life.

In episode 1 I invite my wife Emily to join me on the podcast and we talk about where we started the blog from, the struggles and successes we saw along the way, and where our blog has taken us today.  I thought it would be helpful to have Emily on this episode because she provides such a more personal touch than I do.  I really wanted this episode to be a bit more intimate and open than my usual tone.

Hope you enjoy the episode,



  1. Awesome story! Great to hear amazing success from a solid Husband and Wife team. Really enjoyed listening in and I really like the detail on the podcast resources page – I’ll be digging in.

  2. Hey Jim & Emily, I ❤️ your testimony!
    I found you first on your course podcast 101, from searching for ‘setting up a podcast’. Your youtube video was the most helpful of what I had found. Being a newbie, I was encouraged to go the extra step to consider using an external recorder. My favourite tip was keeping the RSSS feed, which was like finding gold when I heard your reasons. My journey is quite different but yet similar. I am almost retired from my current duties, and am in the process of writing a historical fiction novel since 2012. Last April 2016 we went to Scotland as a research trip for my 16th century novel inspired by family heritage. 12 days after returning home I sustained my 2nd concussion (multiple concussions are worse). I had recovered from the first one caused by a car accident. Now, almost 12 months later, I am still working through the post-concussion symptoms. Podcasts became important because that was all that I could do was listen, not read or have screen time. Through the struggles and much prayer, I am seeing not only light at the end of the tunnel, but new ideas and invention having been birthed out of this recovery. My book will get done, in the meantime I can handle a podcast, which I previously had never considered. I am making my list of equipment to purchase. A few questions about equipment. I have headphones, computer and iphone. I want to purchase the ZoomH6 recorder. My podcast will sometimes be a solo production, but mostly with a co-host interviewing someone. I wasnt sure if I needed two separate microphones, or if I purchased the tower microphone that attaches to the top of the recorder, if that would work. Do you recommend that the mikes have stands? Or handheld? Or a lapel mic, instead?
    Thankyou for your time. 😊🇨🇦

    1. Hi Linda,

      First of all, I’m glad to hear you’re making things happen. A lot of us have dreams of writing, or traveling, or any number of other things, but most people fail to take the steps to get moving. You’re taking those steps while overcoming life challenges. Good for you.

      Now, let me get to your questions. First of all, the Zoom H6 is a good recorder, but I wouldn’t use the tower microphone to record podcasts. You’re going to pick up too much noise from the room and your audio quality will suffer for it. I strong recommend that each person have their own microphone. That said, I don’t think you need to spend a fortune on the Rode Procaster. We recommend the Audio Technica ATR2100 microphone with a stand and a basic pop filter. That said, if you want to go with a lapel mic instead, that can be a good option, especially if you’re recording video too. But for the best sound quality, we really like using a mic on a stand and then talking with our mouth less than an inch away from the microphone.

      For recorders, the H6 is really nice because it’s so portable. But if you’ll be recording in an office or room in your house every time, then we actually really like the Behringer UFX1204 mixer/recorder. It’s about the same price as the H6 and record more audio inputs and give you a lot more flexibility to adjust levels on the inputs than the Zoom H6 does. We actually recorded a review of the Behringer UFX1204 on YouTube and you can watch it here.

      For all of our podcast setup recommendations, check out our recommendation page at

  3. Can we talk to you . We have a ministry and have a great radio show we want to get out. We are on podbean, but need guidance. Could we pay you for a phone meeting?

  4. Hey Jim,

    Really enjoyed this one,. They are all ace but this one was cool because of your story. Things aren’t quite as bad as you had it but I live a hand to mouth existence and am also determined to make my photography work for me!

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