Listener Question – BOSS Fix #1

This week the Bosses kick off a new series – BOSS FIX! Our question this week comes from listener Kae, who in addition to binge listening to the Bosscast for a 300 mile road trip, was wondering about how to handle a new, but unseen client with a potentially large amount of VO work. Kae is working her butt off with 50+ hours a week of VO work for this client but there is a lot to consider before taking the leap to making this regular hire her main source of income. 

Should Kae take the jump to full time work?  Is that financially viable AND reliable? Is there enough time in the day to handle that work load and if not, what is the next step? Anne and Gabby break it all down and share some great ways to tackle a growing VO business. 



Takeaways

Quick Concepts from Today’s Episode:

  1. Make sure you have a contract (or money upfront) from a new client with a potentially large workload.

  2. Ask yourself, how would I handle this if I was a VO agent? You need to wear many hats while developing your VO career.

  3. There need to be open lines of communication between yourself and the client from the get go.

  4. Don’t get suckered by the promise of ‘a ton of work’ without a contract. Stick to your guns (and rates) especially when starting a relationship with a new client.

  5. There is nothing wrong with giving a long standing client a spot for free or a break on rates once and awhile (in fact it can be a good practice down the line), but not at the beginning of a professional relationship.

  6. Never stop marketing yourself!

  7. Don’t be afraid of hiring an editor to free up more of your time.

  8. You have to invest (time and money) in your own business if you want to succeed.



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Transcript

Announcer: Today’s voice over talent is more than just a pretty voice. Today’s voiceover talent has to be a boss, a VO BOSS. Set yourself up with business owner strategies and success with you host Anne Ganguzza along with some of the strongest voices in our industry. Rock your business like a boss, a VO BOSS.

Gabby: Hey, guys. It’s Anne and Gabby. So you know, we get asked an awful lot how people can work with the BOSSes and get more boss in their life, and so we decided we should team up even more to give you guys what you want.

Anne: If you want to be brilliant, you need BOSS Brilliance. This is a team consult with both myself and Gabby, where we will activate our Wonder Twin powers just for you. It is the two of us teamed up. We are ready to help you guys take it to the next level, whether you need help with sales, branding, marketing, infrastructure, whatever it is.

Sign up for a BOSS Brilliance consult with us today.

Gabby: Find it on our website at voboss.com.

Anne: And now on to today’s episode. Welcome to the VO BOSS podcast. I’m your host, Anne Ganguzza, with my VO BOSS bestie, Gabby Nistico. Hey, Gabby.

Gabby: Hello.

Anne: Today we are introducing something very unique and special to the podcast.

Gabby: Yeah, brand-new feature, I love this.

Anne: BOSS Fix. Get your BOSS Fix.

Gabby: We’ve been for a while kind of prompting you guys to submit questions, and give us your input and feedback, and to communicate with us, and um we’ve got a little stockpile, right?

Anne: Of questions.

Gabby: That’s what we want, right? We want to hear problems. We want to hear the things that hurt, what’s painful in your business right now, where do you need help?

Anne: And we’re here to give you solutions in the BOSS Fix. So Gabby, I’ve got a question from a listener, Kay.

Gabby: Let’s do it.

Anne: So Kay writes, “hello, I just listened to your podcast for 300 miles yesterday.” Wow.

Gabby: Whoa, what? Oh my God. So wait, wait, wait, wait, so it was a VO BOSS road trip? That’s amazing.

Anne: [laughs] I love that she opened with that. “I listened to your podcast for 300 miles.” So I want to know how many episodes that was. [laughs]

Gabby: Yeah, Kay, you need to like, you need to get back and tell us exactly how many episodes.

Anne: Exactly. Yeah, and thanks for listening. After that [laughs] she continues. “It was fun. I learned a lot and only got turned around twice.” [laughs] I love that. [laughs]

Gabby: It was probably my fault, I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

Anne: You distracted her. “I started full-time in October, and I’m a coparenting mom with six-year-old twins.”

Gabby: Oi.

Anne: “I’ve got an RH” — I’m going to assume that’s going to mean —

Gabby: Regular hire, I would think.

Anne: There you go, ok. So “I’ve got an RH who pays me every week to narrate a book. I pay all the bills for our whole household by myself. The kids are clothed and fed, the house and car function. It seems like I should be spending all of my time getting these books out. The RH, an enigma I have never met or spoken with via