Have you been thinking about starting a podcast? As a solopreneur, a podcast can help you expand your reach and bring in more clients. But just getting started can feel overwhelming.
Like you, Derrick Michaud is a solopreneur who has overcome his limiting beliefs. Derrick runs a full-service podcast production agency that helps beginning podcasters navigate the turbulent waters of this amazing communication tool.
If you have ever had the inkling to start a podcast you won’t want to miss this episode to hear tips on how to get started.
You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in…
- How Derrick got to where he is today [1:22]
- The ups and downs of starting an agency [7:26]
- The biggest challenges that Derrick faced [14:10]
- How Derrick overcame his limiting beliefs [17:00]
- The nuts and bolts of starting a podcast [19:46]
- Should you buy the best gear? [25:06]
- The money questions [29:25]
A lifetime of audio engineering led Derrick to build his podcast production agency
After years of picking up side hustles to supplement his earnings as a musician, Derrick Michaud stumbled into audio editing. Audio editing turned out to be a perfect way to use his audio engineering talents gleaned from years as a working musician. He quickly learned how to help podcasters improve the quality of their podcasts. In just two years Derrick took this side job to full-time work with a full plate of customers. That’s when it dawned on him that the only way to continue to grow would be to create his own agency.
That’s how Shelby Row Productions was born. Derrick hired other audio engineers to handle the extra volume of work that came his way then he began building a team of experts that could help him expand Shelby Row’s offerings. Now his production company offers packages that include show notes, video editing, graphic design, transcription, and more.
Work through your limiting beliefs
Derrick understands how intimidating it can be to grow a business. He never thought he would find himself as the leader of an organization with people working under him.
Starting a podcast is an endeavor that can push you outside of your comfort zone, so you may feel limiting beliefs holding you back. Derrick has some great tips for baby steps that will help you work through those limiting beliefs. Press play so that you don’t miss them.
Just get started
The first step in starting a podcast is to figure out the who and the why. What do you want to talk about? Who do you want to reach and how can you reach that audience? Understand the kind of podcast you want to build so that you can find your niche.
Once you know what you want to talk about, then you need to simply get started. Break through the fear and record yourself. Start with a simple mike setup, hop on Zoom, and press record. When you’re done, send the audio to a friend to hear what they have to say about your recording.
You’ll want to make sure that you have a title that is creative yet easily searchable. After you come up with the perfect title, it’s time to create the cover art. This isn’t as hard as you may think.
After you break through your fears, the rest is easy. There are plenty of people that can help you edit and publish your podcast.
Listen to Derrick’s advice for ways to find people to help you get started. Learn why starting a podcast isn’t as daunting as you might think.
Resources & People Mentioned
- PODCAST – Retirement Starts Today Radio with Benjamin Brandt
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