Since 2007, I was passionate about helping others through their personal finance challenges. At one point I was certain God was telling me to focus all my time into my Personal Finance Coaching business. One of the marketing arms of the now failed business was a podcast called MoneyPlan SOS. A podcast gave me the ability to reach people looking for help - and they got to know me before ever picking up the phone to call.
But the business never took off. While enjoying small wins along the way, I struggled to find my place in the personal finance industry.
Then lightning struck. Two very well-known financial bloggers, Paula Pant and J. Money, were working on putting their own podcast together. After months of planning and confusion, they contacted me for help. “Steve, we don’t know what we are doing. We just want to record. Would you do the rest”.
We launched the M.O.N.E.Y. podcast in February 2016 and immediately reached #5 in the Business category - which was UNHEARD OF! That’s just crazy-amazing!
The word was out that Steve Stewart knew how to produce podcasts. A second podcaster came on board, then another and another. Suddenly my time was consumed putting a polish on other people’s shows - I no longer had time to work on my own!
One year later, my portfolio of shows consisted of more than a dozen podcasts, including: Stacking Benjamins, Afford Anything, Master of Money, Martinis and Your Money, and more.
I love podcasting - both as a pronoun and a verb. It is a very intimate medium and people of all ages or walks of life can learn just about anything from the sea of shows available in iTunes.
I don’t know what God has in store for me now, but I’m looking forward to whatever it will be.
SIMPLY PUT: I make audio sound better.
My goal as a podcast producer is to make you and your guest sound confident, intelligent, and well-spoken. Not everyone is an expert speaker like Michael Hiatt, but that shouldn't get in the way of good content.
I excel in fixing cross-talk ( that's when more than one person speaks at the same time). While some podcast editors edit single tracks, I edit in multi-track mode. This allows more control over the recorded conversation and gives me the chance to silence the host's barking dog without interrupting the guest's speech.
More than 75% of clients give me access to their media hosting accounts. This enables me to upload and schedule their next episode so they can focus more on their business.
My clients also enjoy having an experienced podcaster help them with managing their RSS feed, an editor who can create new intros every few months, and suggest ideas for improving the entire process.
New podcasters benefit from direction I provide in the formatting their show - and with the submission process to podcatchers like iTunes and Stitcher. Occasionally I can hook them up as a guest on another show in their niche - the visibility helps expose their show to potential listeners.
I have more than 16 years editing audio with Audacity and I love it!
If you are looking to get your life back, consider outsourcing your production to a professional who loves podcasting (both the pronoun and the verb)!