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.
If you have a Boss Fix for the Bosses to tackle- send it to firstname.lastname@example.org!
- Make sure you have a contract (or money upfront) from a new client with a potentially large workload.
- Ask yourself, how would I handle this if I was a VO agent? You need to wear many hats while developing your VO career.
- There need to be open lines of communication between yourself and the client from the get go.
- 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.
- 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.
- Never stop marketing yourself!
- Don’t be afraid of hiring an editor to free up more of your time.
- You have to invest (time and money) in your own business if you want to succeed.