Outsourcing the Pain of Podcasting

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There are many ways to get help with your podcast:

  • Hire a podcast editor
  • Acquire the help of a virtual assistant
  • Ask your listeners if anyone wants to help produce the show

This was the main topic of my presentation at the Podfest Multimedia Expo in 2019.

Download my slides from Podfest Multimedia Expo 2019

There are also many ways to make money as an “outsourcer”:

  • As a podcast editor
  • Writing show notes
  • Managing social media
  • Contacting/scheduling guests
  • Website management

You don't need a degree to offer services, you just need to do good work and deliver excellent service to your clients.

How to find a Podcast Editor

If you are looking for a podcast editor, feel free to schedule a call to see if we are a good fit.

I offer packages to help you launch a podcast or produce your show on an ongoing basis.

However, I may not be the right person for you.

I serve a niche group of people in the personal finances space and my rates are higher than most.

So, if you need help and I'm not the right person for the job, let me help you find a podcast editor:

  1. Write a 2-3 paragraph summary of what you are looking for. Be sure to include information about the length of your recordings and how often you publish.
  2. Create a Google Form or other type of online application
  3. Ask questions like, “How many episodes do you produce per month”, “What is your turn-around time”, and “Provide a link to a before/after example of your work”.
  4. Send the 2-3 paragraph summary to me via email with the link to your Google Form.

I will post the “job opportunity” in my Podcast Editors Facebook group, and you only have to contact those who complete the Google Form and fit what you are looking for.

This process can save you HOURS of responding to complete strangers who email or private message you.

The cost of a podcast editor:

A survey conducted in 2018 showed the average cost to hire a podcast editor for 60 minutes of recorded audio was $100 USD.

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How to find a Show Notes writer

There are a number of online resources to help you find someone to listen to your recordings, take notes, and craft your show summary.

You might also be looking for someone to craft a full blog post and create featured images.

The following is a list of business and online directories for show notes writers:

Note: A survey conducted in early 2019 showed the average cost to hire a show notes writer for a 30-minute recording was $50 USD.

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How to find a Virtual Assistant

The need for VAs (virtual assistants) with general skills can be more affordable – and more useful – then going through the expense of hiring a podcast editor or show notes writer

Where do you go to find a VA?

Many of the links provided above will offer other services like social media management or help scheduling guests.

Online services can also help you find someone for a one-off job or to work on a consistent basis

Tip: Are you looking to become a VA?
Take the 10kVA course run by Kalya Sloan: https://tenkva.com

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Opportunity Costs and Outsourcing

Is outsourcing some of your work worth the cost?

EXAMPLE:

  • You can earn $20 an hour working in your side-hustle
  • It takes you 2 hours to mow your lawn
  • The kid down the street will do it for $25
  • You are ahead by $15 ($20×2= $40, cost is $25)

EXCEPT THAT YOU ACTUALLY SAVE MORE!

There are other factors to consider when outsourcing:

  • The contractor might do a better job than you
  • You don't have to own the materials (aka: lawn mower)
  • You can accomplish more by leveraging the time of others

Today's economy is also perfectly suited for being an “outsourcer”:

  • Often you can work from home
  • You control your work schedule
  • You get to do work you LOVE

There are many reasons to outsource. The biggest one is TIME.

Give people their time back and you will be rewarded handsomely.

What will you outsource?

Sponsorships = partnerships. Otherwise you're just wasting time and money
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