Manage Your Entire Content Creation Process in Notion.
Creator's Companion turns Notion into your central tool for creating YouTube videos, blog posts, podcast episodes, and more.
Stop Juggling Tools. Start Working Faster.
Tired of shoving ideas in Evernote, managing projects in Todoist, and tracking completed projects in Google Sheets? Yeah, me too.
No more jumping between different tools for writing scripts, collecting ideas, and managing tasks. Creator’s Companion is an advanced, expansive template that turns Notion into a truly all-in-one tool for managing your content creation process.
Capture ideas and prioritize the best ones, plan your editorial calendar, collect research, write scripts, optimize for SEO, analyze content performance, and even manage your brand deals from one place.
Plus, with optional integration with the Ultimate Tasks template, you get a full-fledged task & project manager built into every content project.
When your whole process happens in Notion, you work faster as a result.
This is the Tool I Use Myself.
Hi, I’m Thomas Frank, and I’ve been a full-time YouTuber, podcaster, and blogger for more than 8 years.
Together with my team, I’ve built a YouTube channel with over 2.4 million subscribers and 136 million views, a blog with 400k monthly visitors, and a long-running podcast.
In 2018, I stumbled across Notion after spending years juggling multiple apps to manage our content process.
Over time, we started using Notion for more and more – replacing other note-taking apps, task managers, and spreadsheets we used in the past. Today, we use Notion for the entire content creation process across 5 active web properties.
Creator’s Companion is the exact system my team and I use to manage all of our channels today. It’s the product of over three years of real-world use and testing.
Go from Idea to "Published".
Creator's Companion helps you improve the speed and efficiency of your content creation process.
You'll find features and views that aid in idea capture, SEO, research & scripting, editing, publishing, and more.
💡 Capture Every Idea
Never lose an idea for a video or blog post. The Idea view lets you quickly capture and organize all of your content ideas.
If you haven’t worked on an idea in a while, it automatically goes to a safe archive. No more adding new ideas to a list three miles long.
With the Audience Submissions form, you can even let your audience submit ideas using Notion’s integration with Typeform or Google Forms (via Zapier).
🏆 Get More Views
The three keys to crafting a successful video are title, thumbnail, and topic.
Not every idea is created equal – so if you want to get more views and waste less time on ideas that don’t work, you need to validate your ideas.
Validation view helps you figure out which ideas are worth the investment of your time and effort. Then, you can see only your best ideas in one place and prioritize them intelligently.
📋 Get Organized
Creator’s Companion helps you build a content pipeline, helping you stay on top of every project and publish more (while keeping your content quality high).
Project Manager view shows you the status of every project across all your channels, and lets you easily manage your content calendar.
📚 Build an Archive
Need to reference an old script? Want to see every video sponsored by a certain brand? Trying to remember when you took a certain piece of b-roll?
Other project management apps don’t do a good job at turning your finished projects into a library.
Notion excels at that job, and Creator’s Companion uses to Notion to add your finished projects to a useful, per-channel archive.
Tasks, Sub-Tasks, and Projects
Want to integrate your task management directly into your content planning?
The upgraded Tasks & Projects version of Creator’s Companion fully integrates my Ultimate Tasks template. Every video, podcast, or blog post project gets a task view where you can add task (and sub-tasks).
These tasks will show up in your Inbox, Today, Next 7 Days, and other smart views.
Put simply, if you’d like to add tasks directly to content projects AND see them amongst all your other tasks, this version is for you.
Creator’s Companion + Tasks & Projects is the ultimate version of the template. The Base version comes at a reduced price and is intended for creators wanting to use a separate task management app.
Tutorials and Support
It's dangerous to go alone! Fortunately, you won't have to.
Creator’s Companion includes exclusive access to a private support community on Circle.
In the Tutorials section, you’ll find a full quick-start guide with videos showing you exactly how to set up your channels, capture ideas, and start producing content.
You’ll also find in-depth reference videos explaining every part of the template. I’m not marketing it as a Notion course, but it might as well be.
You can also get answers to your questions in our Support section, add suggestions for improvements, and swap ideas with fellow creators.
Buy Creator's Companion
This is a sales page, not an ice cream shop – but you’ve still got flavors to choose from.
Base includes all the core views and features. Manage as many YouTube channels, podcasts, blogs, and social profiles as you need.
Ultimate Tasks Edition includes everything from Base and also integrates my Ultimate Tasks template (used by more than 10,000 people!) directly into Creator’s Companion.
Executive Edition also gets you two hour-long, 1-on-1 coaching sessions with me. Use these to get help with Notion, growing your YouTube channel, etc.
All Creator's Companion features
Tutorials and Documentation
Access to an exclusive community where you can get support and exchange tips with other creators
All Base features
Add tasks and sub-tasks to any project
See all current tasks in Project Manager view
Tutorials and Documentation
Access to an exclusive community where you can get support and exchange tips with other creators
Everything in Ultimate Tasks Edition
Two 1-hour Notion coaching sessions with Thomas - get help with Notion, YouTube, or business
Free access to monthly Office Hours calls (normally $29/mo). Ask questions, get feedback, and stay accountable.
Access to Best Practices - a growing collection of pages from my team's actual wiki (set design, YouTube optimization checklists, etc.)
😎 Important Note: Our support community runs on Circle. If you already have a Circle account, enter the same email you use there at checkout to have our community automatically added to your Circle account!
If you don’t already have an account, you’ll receive an invite to create one.
Get Notified on Launch Day
Creator’s Companion will launch into a limited beta (with beta pricing) on August 31, 2021. We’re doing it this way so we can update support materials before fully launching.
If you’d like to be the first to know about the beta launch and get Creator’s Companion at beta pricing, sign up for the notification list:
Frequently Asked Questions:
Yes! After purchase, you’ll get an invite to our support community on Circle, which has an area that will allow you to upgrade to the Ultimate Tasks Edition by just paying the difference.
The Executive Edition gets you everything included in the Base & Ultimate Tasks editions, plus two one-hour Notion coaching sessions with Thomas (me!).
After purchase, you’ll receive an email that will let you schedule your first coaching call. This is conducted online through Zoom (or a similar tool).
During these sessions, you can ask me anything you want about Notion or content creation! You can get help building your Notion workspace, onboarding your team, or upgrading your YouTube game.
The two hours of coaching are split into two one-hour sessions in order to give you time to implement ideas and suggestions from Session #1, and then get feedback on them in Session #2.
Please note that my scheduling software is set up so that coaching sessions must be scheduled with at least 3 days’ notice. This is due to my content creation schedule and other commitments! I may be able to accommodate shorter-notice sessions if you reach out directly, depending on my schedule.
Executive Edition also gives you free access to Tom’s Brain – a private community with two main features: 1) A monthly group office hours call and 2) the Best Practices wiki – a growing collection of articles from the actual wiki my team and I use for our content and business. You can also access this community for $29/mo or $199/year without buying any Creator’s Companion edition.
Nope! Everything in Creator’s Companion will work flawlessly on Notion’s free plan.
In Notion, any page can be made publicly available on the internet. It can also be set up so that others can duplicate it – i.e. add a copy of it into their own workspace.
Creator’s Companion is an expansive template which contains multiple pages and databases.
When you duplicate Creator’s Companion into your own workspace, you’ll have an exact copy of it that you can then start using.
Absolutely. However, because this is a Notion template, you’re literally copying it into your own workspace.
This means that updates won’t automatically apply to your version of Creator’s Companion. For that reason, each update includes a detailed video upgrade guide which will show you exactly how to make any changes I’ve made to the template.
Absolutely! Creator’s Companion is a Notion template, which means it becomes yours the moment you add it to your workspace. From then on, you can make any tweaks that you want. (Just please don’t share it with others, as it’s a paid template and part of my livelihood!)
However, be aware that making changes to the template may make it harder for you to integrate any updates that I make to the template down the road. I create detailed upgrade guides for all changes, but they can only show how to make those changes from a common starting point.
When you buy Creator’s Companion, you’ll be automatically added to an exclusive Circle community where you’ll find tutorials and documentation. You’ll also be able to ask questions, make suggestions, and interact with me and other creators using Creator’s Companion.
Yes, 100%. All transactions go through Gumroad, which uses secure encryption and doesn’t store your payment details. I never receive or see that information.
30-day refunds are available for the Base and Ultimate Tasks editions, minus PayPal fees if PayPal is used for payment. The Executive Edition is non-refundable.
Please read the details here as PayPal makes this complicated.
I’ve worked incredibly hard to make Creator’s Companion the absolute best content planning system for creators. I also do my best to answer support requests in a timely manner – so please, reach out if you’re stuck!
However, if you’re still not satisfied after asking for support, I’ll happily refund your money within 30 days of purchase. You can simply reply to the email confirmation you get after purchase to request one.
Important note: Full refunds are available only if you use Gumroad’s default payment gateway. If you choose to pay with PayPal, note that PayPal does not refund the seller’s fee they take when product refunds are sent.
Therefore, if you use PayPal and request a refund, I can only refund the amount you paid minus the PayPal fee (typically around $8-$10).
Example: PayPal’s fee on the $199 Ultimate Tasks Edition is typically around $10.50. Therefore, I can only refund $188.50. (this amount may vary slightly if PayPal’s fee changes)
Many other template makers simply do not offer refunds on their products, since they cannot be “returned” and access cannot be revoked. I believe in offering refunds, but I can’t take an actual loss in income from them.
Therefore, if you would like the option of a 100% full refund, you must use Gumroad’s payment option when purchasing instead of PayPal.
Creator’s Companion makes it easy to manage multiple “channels” – my catch-all term for YouTube channels, blogs, podcast, and other publishing avenues.
You could very easily create channels for each client – or even copy the Sponsor database and create a Client database out of it.
However, you may hit a snag if you want to give a client access to all their projects in a central place. Creator’s Companion uses a central database for ALL your content projects. Right now, Notion does not provide a way to set permissions based on filtered database views – only for the entire database.
You can get around this by keeping the whole database private, then manually sharing individual pages. But it’s not possible to share a “client” page with a Linked Database view that filters for their projects – you’d have to share the entire Content Tracker database with them, and that may not be ideal.
Of course, you could also simply duplicate the entire Creator’s Companion template as many times as you need, and give each client their own copy.
Yes – all digital products sold to EU customers are required to include a VAT charge, and Gumroad (my payment processor) automatically calculates this charge.
However! If you have a business with a valid VAT number, you can get that VAT charge refunded after purchase. See this Gumroad support article for details.