To mark this very special occasion, we wanted to invite a very special guest.
Not only has he listened to over 200 episodes of Life Skills That Matter, but he’s also edited them!
Scott Donnell, our podcast editor, shares solopreneur lessons from his own journey as a freelance audio editor and lessons he’s picked up from listening to our podcast guests.
He started his business Run and Drum Media 5 years ago to help make people sound awesome and to make their lives easier. As one of his clients, he does exactly that and we are so honored to collaborate with him! Thanks for making me sound so good Scott!
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why freelancing became the more viable option when he graduated from college.
- The pros and cons are of looking for clients on freelance job sites like Upwork.
- His primary source of business is via referrals. (That’s how I was originally introduced to Scott! I got a referral from Fab Mackojc, who I interviewed in episode 046.)
- Learning from everyday entrepreneurs versus super successful entrepreneurs.
- Some insights into how Scott, Tara and I work with each other.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Reframe your mindset
- Build your community
- Practice self-awareness
How Scott Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:00 – 7:00 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Communicate effectively and aim to respond to anything within one business day. 2) Getting the actual work done and keeping everything on schedule. 3) Forcing himself to take at least one day a week completely off.
- Ideal work environment: At his desk with a second monitor, audio interface, and a window to look out of.
- Gets Unstuck by: Breaking goals and targets down into weekly and daily increments to stay on top of it.
- 1 year goal: Set a growth goal based on this year’s revenue and set up the infrastructure to start bring on people to work with him.
“That’s one of my favorite things about getting to work with podcasters is getting to learn about such diverse material that I may not otherwise.”
“I try and take care of the people I’m working with and they usually take care of me, in turn.”
“Podcasting allows you to get into more of those ‘everyday entrepreneur stories’ and smaller niches.”
Feel overwhelmed or burned out? Scott shared this advice for getting back into your groove:
1) Change something about what you’re doing, like what he listens to when running or how he schedules his day.
2) Experiment with the change and evaluate the effect it has.