My 2021 Accomplishments: Predictions that will become RESULTS

my accomplishments for 2021

I previously shared a review of my accomplishments from 2020.

Today I share with you my Accomplishments for 2021.

You are probably wondering, “But Steve, how can you share Accomplishments that haven't happened yet?”

You see, I’m one of those people who see New Years Resolutions as “wishes”. Wishes almost never come true – because there is no action behind a wish other than throwing a quarter in a well or blowing out a candle.

I like the idea of calling my goals “Accomplishments” because it's kind of the “Think and Grow Rich” thing – but with less of the “woo woo” factor.

When you visualize something happening, and you see it coming true in your mind, then you naturally tend to make small moves in that direction.

I also pray over my list, although I could be doing a better job of leaving this in God's hands – or listening to what He wants for me instead.

I'm a work-in-progress 🙂

So here we go with my plans for the year 2021!

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My Accomplishments for 2021

#1: Create 52 more courses & resources for the Podcast Editor Academy

The Podcast Editor Academy (PEA) is a membership site for individuals who want to grow their podcast editing skills into a successful business.

The PEA will become a bigger focus for me in the coming years.

There are already a ton of great resources and live demonstrations in the membership website, but in order to make the PEA better I need to continue building it out with courses on:

  • How to use Project Management Systems like Airtable and Trello
  • How to share DropBox and Google Drive files with your clients
  • How to get clients
  • Software for Podcast Editors

52 more courses and/or resources means I need to add an average of 1 per week. We already have 3 live streams scheduled for January 2021 – and it's still December 2020 at the time of this writing. #wegotthis

Behind the scenes: One reason my revenue was down in 2020 was due to all the time I spent creating content for PEA when I could have been editing. PEA isn't a big revenue generator for me – less than 2% of my profit in 2020. HOWEVER, I benefit the same way as the members…from all the stuff I'm learning from the live streams and content we add to the membership.

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#2: Document detailed steps & processes for each of my clients‘ shows

The thought of documenting all the steps it takes to serve a client is daunting.

However, it's important so I can hand the work over to one of my contractors in case of emergency.

Documenting the processes would also serve as training material when I have them do the entire episode production from start-to-finish.

My greatest challenge in turning this into an Accomplishment will be my tendency to avoid big projects, because this is going to take some serious time to complete.

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#3: Update my website

Here is a laundry list of things my website needs:

  • Take down the Audacity Workshop. It's old – and I just don't have the time to update it
  • Change out the home page image
  • Build a Resources page
  • Build a better “Find an Editor” page
  • Top menu should be: About/Blog/Find An Editor/Resources
  • Bottom menu should be: About/Blog/Portfolio/Social/Contact
  • Social page should include follow buttons and list of groups
  • Create Portfolio page listing all the podcasts I work on

The overall goal is to make it easier for people to navigate my site and improve performance.

If you could see the back-end now, you'd be as lost as I am 🙂

Behind the scenes: I was building a Financial Coaching business for 8 years before becoming a Podcast Editor. SteveStewart.me was the home base for the Money Plan SOS podcast, but needed a rebranding once I transitioned into this new career. There are still pieces of “my previous life” that need to be removed or added to MoneyPlanSOS.com instead.

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#4: Promote “Find an Editor”

Help people find an editor that isn’t me?

This sounds counter-intuitive, but there is a great benefit to offering this free service.

Not everyone that comes to me is a good fit. I’m either too expensive, my terms are too restrictive, or they aren’t in the personal finance/investing genre.

Also, I subscribe to the belief that if you help others get what they want, you will get what you want. 

And it’s absolutely true. Here’s how:

I run the largest community of podcast editors. I also am co-founder of the Podcast Editor Academy – an educational membership for professional podcast editors.

> Sharing potential jobs with Podcast Editor Academy (PEA) members helps them grow their business
>> The PEA becomes more valuable
>>> Others will see the growing value in the PEA and want to join

See? I help the Podcaster find a competent Editor that meets their needs, the Podcast Editor finds a new gig that’s a fit for them, and memberships to the PEA grow.

Behind the scenes: You can see the current “Find an Editor” video and instructions at https://SteveStewart.me/findaneditor

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#5: Grow new house savings by another $40k

As I shared in my previous post, we didn't hit our savings goal.

But going to try it again. I mean, what's the worst that can happen? We only save $30k?

Our #1 financial priority is to save for our move to the mountains – so we should be able to turn this into an Accomplishment in 2021!

I mean, c'mon! Just look at this view!

Behind the scenes: The town we have our eyes set on has a population of 620. I estimate there is approximately 110 square miles for every resident in the county.

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#6: Generate $10k income all 12 months, and profit $7k for at least 9 months

As stated before, I am not motivated by money. However, I should set revenue goals.

With more of my focus going to growing the Podcast Editor Academy, less can go towards my Podcast Editing business. So I’m lowering my expectations for 2021.

Behind the scenes: Gross revenue is good, but contractor expenses are high. This should come as no surprise, as the greatest expense for most companies is payroll. However, I do feel good that my contractors are paid a fair wage.

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My overall focus for 2020 was originally “Niche-down, work less, and still make more”.

The focus in 2021 is still to work less and make more, but less so.

2020 was such a mentally challenging year for everyone that I'm making my word for 2021: ONWARD!!!

Join me in tackling 2021 and accomplishing more than you ever imagine possible.

There is much to do in 2021!

It's a good thing we have a whole year to work on it 🙂

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