- Julie Eickhoff
Starting your own VO business
The landscape of the business world is shifting as employees are demanding CHANGES TO THEIR WORK/LIFE BALANCE. Corporations are struggling to find qualified employees who want the standard 8-5 job, with long commutes and rigid schedules.
PEOPLE NEED FLEXIBILITY and are often much more productive when they have it. As a byproduct of this intense need for a change away from the grueling corporate environment, more and more people are exploring ways to either structure a flexible schedule with their employer or ditch the corporate world altogether and find a way to work from home.
Google "work from home jobs" and you'll not only find limitless scams that try to lure you in with promises of paychecks for doing nothing more than sending out emails or answering surveys, to legitimate web-based work from home jobs that you can do OFTEN TIMES WITH A LITTLE TRAINING OR FURTHER EDUCATION.
Once someone gets the desire to find a way to work from home, it's hard to put the thoughts aside. Their brains start buzzing with all the ideas on ways to do it...should I start a BLOG? Could I do some CONSULTING? I could do SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING for other people, I could do ACCOUNTING, VOICE OVERS ...and on and on.
You get really excited and spend hours and hours online researching, dreaming and making yourself believe that you can really do it. If you're wise, you start talking to your spouse or family about the idea of a big change and work to get them on board as well.
You continue dreaming, wishing, imagining and spending hours upon hours researching, NOT REALLY KNOWING HOW TO TAKE THE FIRST STEP.
So how do you TAKE THE LEAP and actually get started on your work from home journey? You need to DRAW OUT YOUR PLAN ON PAPER (or on a dry erase board - I love looking at my plan in big print on the wall). Write out STEP BY STEP everything you need to do to make this dream a reality. Literally, every step.
Next, take those steps and SCHEDULE THEM ON YOUR CALENDAR. And create a budget. Know what expenses you will have and when you will incur them. Knowing exactly what you need to accomplish each day and being ready to pay for equipment or education along the way will help you create the work from home job you've been dreaming of.
If you're lucky, someone has ALREADY CREATED A PATH FOR YOU. Someone has created a course that not only teaches the necessary skills for your work from home job, but provides you with an easy to understand path on how to get your business up and running. There are EXCELLENT ONLINE COURSES out there for just about anything you want to learn. This is true now, more than ever.
Years ago when I began my work from home job doing voice overs, I didn't have a path like that to follow. I spent months researching, questioning, and worrying about how to proceed. It was confusing, it eroded my confidence and slowed down the entire process. I wish someone would have shown me a simple path to follow and one that didn't cost an arm and a leg.
So, I decided to create one myself for ANYONE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A VOICE ARTIST AND WORKING FROM HOME. I've taken everything that I've learned through the years and put it in a course that teaches step by step how to set up your voice over business. I actually have a teaching degree and used to be a teacher, so I know how to break down the content and explain it in ways that makes students successful.
You can click on the links in the menu at the top of the page to learn more about it. There's a FREE mini-course - Intro to voice overs that will give you a quick overview of what working as voice artist is like and then the full course takes your step by step through creating your recording space, to getting equipment, to learning how to use your equipment, through auditioning and more.
Whatever your work from home business idea is, I hope you take the time to see if someone has created an easy path for you to follow. I LOVE WORKING FROM HOME and I hope you get the opportunity to as well.