Wondering how you can be a podcast producer? Today I am joined by my online business manager and podcast producer, Melissa Swire. Go behind the scenes and learn all the things that Melissa does to take my audio files and create a full podcast episode.


In this episode, you will learn all the moving parts that go into producing a podcast. If you are creative, highly organized, enjoy listening to podcasts, then being a podcast producer may be perfect for you. Before we continue, let me share that you do not need any special certification to add this service to your freelance business. 


Excited now?  We will dig into why you don’t need any special audio skills, the moving parts that go into production, and the systems you’ll need to manage the podcast.  What you do need is excellent communication skills, the ability to manage a project, and consistent follow-through.  You’ll need to have the ability to listen with attention to detail and be able to pick out the things that will resonate with your client’s listeners.  Learn why we feel that podcast production is an excellent service for freelancers and the many options that you can offer to your clients.

Here are some things we covered in this episode:

  • What experience do you need to get started as a podcast producer
  • What goes on behind the scenes of producing a podcast
  • The different phases of production
  • Why you don’t need special audio skills
  • Batching your podcast episodes
  • The demand for podcast virtual assistants
  • Various options for freelancers to specialize
  • Why you don’t need a special certification
  • The importance of organizational skills
  • Project management skills and attention to detail
  • Why you must have communication skills and consistent follow-through 
  • How to strategically release episodes with your client
  • Signs a freelancer would like to produce a podcast
  • Things that you may be responsible for working for a retainer client
  • Why you shouldn’t invest heavily into a course
  • How to create your portfolio for free
  • Melissa’s favorite tools for podcast production
  • Melissa’s tips and suggestions on how to practice podcast production
  • Laura’s tips for getting started and getting your first client


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Laura Briggs is empowering the freelance generation. Through her public speaking, coaching, and writing, she helps freelancers build the business of their dreams without sacrificing all their time, family, or sanity. Laura burned out as an inner-city middle school teacher before becoming an accidental freelancer with a Google search for “how to become a freelance writer.” Since then, she’s become a contributor to Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and Writer’s Weekly. She worked for more than 300 clients around the world including Microsoft, Truecar, and the Mobile Marketing Association. She’s delivered two TEDx talks on the power of the freelance economy for enabling freedom and flexibility and how it’s being used to address the technical skills gap in the U.S. Laura is the host of the Advanced Freelancing podcast, a sought-after public speaker on the gig and digital freelance economy, and a freelance coach focused on aspiring six-figure freelancers. Laura’s books, courses, and coaching have reached over 10,000 people.

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