6 Figure Home Studio: A Home Recording Business Podcast

By Brian Hood and Chris Graham

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Do you have a passion for producing, recording, mixing, or mastering music? Do you want to quit your day job so you can focus on your studio full time? Most us are simply musicians who fell into this because of our passion for creating art in the form of better music, better mixes, and better recordings. Very few of us went to business school, have any sort of formal business training, or have experience running businesses in the past. Throughout The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Brian Hood and Chris Graham will help you learn what actually matters in this confusing world of business. Don't let the “business stuff” hold you back from running a successful home recording studio.

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#80: How To Get More Customers Through Your Website
01:00:45

So you spent hours and hours carefully crafting your website. Your friends and clients tell you it looks great.

The only problem is that no one is filling out the form on your website to get in touch with you.

What the hell is going on?

It could be a few things, but the most common are pretty simple to figure out… If you know what to look for.

Find out why and how you need to optimize your site to ensure you have a sustainable business that can last into the future!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need to fix bottleneck on your website
  • What momentum will do for your online success
  • How tracking your website stats can 10x your results
  • What you need to pay attention to on your website stats
  • Why you need to address problems before your income declines
  • How to understand the mind of a musician
  • What a slow site shows potential customers
  • What questions potential leads will need answers for
  • Why you need to target the right people
  • Why capturing contact info is one of the most important things

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/80

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 21, 2019
#79: Why Mastermind Groups Are The #1 Best Way To Find (And Fix) Your Biggest Blindspots
58:00

Every single person has strengths and weaknesses. It’s what makes us human.

Weakness isn’t necessarily going to hurt your business or ruin your life.

Sometimes we choose to improve our weaknesses by actively focusing on self-improvement.

Other times, it may make more sense to simply avoid tasks that involve our weaknesses.

The silent killer, however, is our blindspots.

These are the areas of our life that need drastic improvement, but somehow we fail to notice.

The reason they’re so harmful is that we can’t do a damn thing about a problem that we don’t know exists.

This is why we think Mastermind Groups are one of the best ways to find (and fix) our biggest blindspots.

This episode is all about answering this question: How can you find your blindspots before they wreck your career?

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need to avoid the pitfalls of taking advice that doesn’t apply to you
  • How “THIS is the only way to do it” hurts you
  • What moving to find a mentor can do to boost your life to new heights
  • Why it’s vital to participate in a mastermind group
  • Why mastermind groups need to be diverse
  • Why you need to have an abundance mindset in your mastermind group and in general

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/79

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 14, 2019
#78: Motivation, Mindset, And Getting Out Of Your Own Damn Way: With Andy J Pizza of Creative Pep Talk
49:00

“I’m a failure. I should just give up. This industry is oversaturated. I could never compete with the other people in this city. I will never be good enough”

If you’ve ever had thoughts like this, then you may have a dangerous condition known as a “Fixed Mindset.”

This is where you believe your skills, abilities, and talents are capped.

“I can never get better than this at these things”.

If you allow a Fixed Mindset to take over, then your career may be over before you even started.

It’s extremely important for your business, your career, and your life, that you don’t wave a white flag before you even try!

Instead, there’s something called a Growth Mindset.

In this episode, Andy J. Pizza explains how to make the switch from a Fixed Mindset to a Growth Mindset.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What toxic creative mythology is and how it hurts your career
  • Fixed mindset vs. growth mindset
  • What the TV show Oak Island has to do with your career and why troubles
  • Why you can’t let roadblocks discourage you
  • How a mindset can boost your life exponentially
  • Why making your goals SMART is key to your success
  • Why you need to live a life that your kids want to know about

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/78

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 07, 2019
#77: Winning The Sustainability Wars: Three Crucial Ingredients For A Sustainable, Long-Term Career
52:30

We’ve all seen musicians or athletes who seemed to have “all the right stuff”.

 

They had raw talent, industry connections, mentorship, and the “perfect” personality or body type... but they burned out or gave up before ever reaching their full potential.

 

We’ve also seen the musicians and athletes who, on the surface, seemed like nothing special.

 

They weren’t especially gifted in any way. They had no industry connections. You could pass them on the street without ever noticing them…

 

Despite all that, they went on to have wildly successful careers.

 

What separates those who “make it” from those who don’t?

 

What separates those who squander their potential from those who make it work despite their slim odds?

 

It’s all about sustainability.

 

Without sustainability, no amount of talent, skills, connections, or physical gifts will matter.

 

There’s a reason the term “10- year overnight success” exists.

 

Whether it takes you 1 year or 10 years to become successful in audio, one thing matters above all else: If you give up, burn out, or go broke before you have a chance to succeed, you’ll never make it.

 

You have to set yourself up for a sustainable career.

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How walk-away power can make your life 100X better
  • What cutting expenses, both personal and business, will do for your life
  • Why you need an emergency fund so you can reject bad clients before the project begins
  • Why you might need to sacrifice in the short term to make gains in the long term
  • What Star Wars has to do with your creativity as an entrepreneur
  • Turning your weaknesses into your strengths with creative thinking
  • What extremism does to hurt your business and how you can avoid it
  • Why education (or lack thereof) can hurt your business if you take it to the extreme

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/77

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 30, 2019
#76: How To Raise Your Rates, Improve Your Work/Life Balance, And Increase Your Profit Margins
56:37

Have you been waiting for some magical moment to raise your rates?

Maybe you think you need a Grammy before you’ll be able to charge more, but the reality is...you may be ready right NOW.

Every day that you put this off is a day that you’re missing out on earning more, weeding out bad clients, and achieving a better work/life balance.

It can be scary, but if you follow the advice we share here, you may be pleasantly surprised.

In fact, it could be the best thing you’ve ever done for your business.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What three fears can prevent you from raising your rates, and why you need to overcome them
  • How to understand when it’s the right time to raise your rates
  • Why you should potentially raise your rates
  • How being cheap can hurt your business
  • What not raising rates can do to jeopardize your work/life balance
  • Why you should quote rates rather than publish set rates on your website
  • Why you want to get rejected for most of the quotes you send out

When it might not be time to raise your rates

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/76

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 23, 2019
#75: Why You're Scaring Away Clients With An Inconsistent Story, And How You Can Clarify Your Brand By Learning To Say No
38:18

If you had cancer, who would you rather go to for treatment?

The Specialist: Someone who been working with the exact type of cancer you have for the past 30 years and has an amazing reputation…

Or…

The Generalist: Someone who can “treat any type of cancer, and detail your car, and fill cavities, and help you invest in the stock market.”

The answer is clear...you’re never going to put your life into the hands of The Generalist.

The problem is that your business probably has more in common with The Generalist to than The Specialist.

You offer mixing, mastering, editing, producing, songwriting, AND you can even help them get on Spotify playlists.

The issue is that no one is going to put their songs into the hands of a generalist like that.

This is not the way to build your business, and it’s likely the main reason people look at your website/Facebook/Instagram and simply leave… never to return.

This week, we tackle the issue of defining your studio’s “Brand Story”, and sticking to it (even when it means saying NO to money).

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why your story is so important to your business
  • How focusing on a specialty is a massive benefit to your image
  • What on earth (or Middle-Earth) you can learn from Lord of the Rings
  • How being a jack of all trades will hurt your career
  • Why being unique is just as important as being consistent with your story
  • How creating and releasing music is an intensely emotional experience

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/75

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 16, 2019
#74: Our 5 Favorite Ways To Prevent Stress And Anxiety
01:01:35

Be honest with yourself for a second...how stressed are you? Does stress affect your work, life, relationships, and/or business?

What about anxiety? Do you have a constant cloud of anxious emotion following you throughout your day?

If so, there are things you can start putting into place to reduce, eliminate, and prevent stress and anxiety in your life. In this episode, we talk about our 5 favorite ways to stop stress and anxiety before it starts.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you shouldn’t work 15-hour days
  • How success can stress you out and make you miserable
  • Why planning an end time for your workday is vital
  • Why you must stick to your boundaries
  • What our diet can do to reduce or eliminate stress
  • Why you need to work on your mental health
  • What your car’s gas-gauge has to do with your mental health
  • Why you need to be able to walk away from some projects
  • What you can do to prevent working with nightmare clients
  • Why every single one of your projects should snowball into more work

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/74

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 09, 2019
#73: The Struggle Of Running A Successful Studio At Home With Your Family
51:53

Brian records an episode in Florence, Italy, in his triumphant return to this podcast. Topics covered include how you can balance your work/home life while working from home, and what boundaries you might need to have in place to make your family life a success!

Life transitions like getting married or having a child have a massive impact on your living situation, and being prepared for those changes is key to a happy life.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to run a home studio like an adult
  • Why you need to have boundaries in your life
  • How unspoken expectations can be detrimental to your home
  • What EIA! Means for you
  • How traffic cones could save you from lots of frustration
  • Why you need to be gutsy and have tough conversations
  • How being consistent with your yesses and nos will improve your life greatly
  • What your gas tank is

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/73

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 02, 2019
#72: How To Make Impostor Syndrome Your Friend
14:31

In this first-ever solo-hosted episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris Graham tackles the issues of impostor syndrome and how you can overcome it. Since this is a topic many audio engineers struggle with, it’s practically required listening!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why impostor syndrome uses a false premise to psych you out
  • How artists face the same issues with impostor syndrome
  • What you can do to mitigate the fears that impostor syndrome causes
  • Why impostor syndrome is a high school bully

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/72

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 26, 2019
#71: The Future Of Spotify And How It Will Affect Your Business - With Trevor Hinesley
01:19:11

Trevor Hinesley, best man of Brian Hood and Founder/CTO of Soundstripe, joins Chris on the podcast while Brian is traveling through Europe on his honeymoon. Some of the topics discussed include sync licensing, Spotify and streaming royalties, and Brian’s most embarrassing moment.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why Soundstripe’s model is successful as the music industry changes
  • Why streaming royalties might not be a bad deal for writers and artists
  • How digital marketplaces democratize music creation
  • What you can learn from software development companies who use Agile Software Development
  • Why artists should release content regularly, rather than albums every year or two
  • How artists can “hack” Spotify royalties to get larger payouts
  • Why you’re giving Spotify free content if your song is more than 31 seconds
  • Why you need to adapt with changes instead of becoming a stick in the mud
  • How creative people will win in the modern world
  • Why you should identify the jumps you can make it stay successful through change

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/71

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 19, 2019
#70: The Best FREE Marketing Tactic In The Galaxy - With Björgvin Benediktsson
50:50

Björgvin Benediktsson joins Chris and Brian to discuss the importance of email marketing and some steps you can take to improve your email skills.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How to overcome potential fear and harness the best and cheapest marketing channel you have
  • Why a free nugget of value in exchange for an email address is vital for your business
  • How to ensure you have the right ratio of value to sales pitches in your emails
  • Why you need to have quality content that is well-targeted to your list
  • Why emails need to be carefully crafted, not just random information
  • What kind of content/value you can send out to readers
  • How to set expectations for your emails and the schedule you use to send them
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid of unsubscribes

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/70

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 12, 2019
#69: Sales Skills: How Joe Gilder Turned A Sales Job Into A Thriving Audio Career
01:08:18

Joe Gilder of Home Studio Corner joins Chris and Brian to chat about building a YouTube channel, adding value, and why sales experience will help you immensely in your career.

 

Dive in as Joe shares his story to find helpful info abound. Listen to the podcast now!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Joe’s sales background helped him “sell” his YouTube videos
  • Why creating content in the form of a podcast or YouTube videos, etc. can boost your business
  • How multiplying yourself lets you work more hours when your content works for you
  • Why what’s popular with your friends and family isn’t necessarily what your fans like
  • Why a Call To Action is essential to have (in moderation)
  • How to get over the fear of asking
  • Why giving out free content is a good idea to build trust
  • Why you need to know your audience
  • How sharing art is different from sharing photos of yourself
  • The one thing you can do to improve this podcast!

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/69

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 05, 2019
#68: Using Instagram Marketing To Build Recurring Income As A Music Producer - With Mark Eckert
01:00:01

Learn how to get clients on Instagram, and turn them into recurring income in our interview with Mark Eckert.

Mark Eckert joins Chris and Brian to discuss his success using unique methods in everything from education to business. He’s now the go-to-guy in his niche and can afford to be extremely selective with who he works with.

To find out more about how Mark has made a successful career for himself, and how you might be able to use some of his methods in your own niche, listen to this episode now!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Mark got a college-level education from Berklee professors for a much lower cost than paying for a Berklee education
  • Why you need to consider every single one of your friends and followers as a lead
  • How tailoring your work to each artist benefits both parties
  • Why offering unique services lets you avoid price competition
  • Why the difference between intrinsic and practical value matters
  • How having multiple layers of clients at different stages of each project helps keep your business income steady
  • Why long-term goals are more important than short-term gains
  • How the mental shift from a scarcity mindset to an abundance mindset can boost your success
  • Why we need to get past the fear of failure

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/68

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 26, 2019
#67: 18 Quick Tips For Running (And Growing) A Successful Studio
58:26

If you’re a regular listener, you’re well aware that The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast is an advice buffet. This week, Chris and Brian take it to the next level and offer a plethora of quick tips to help you in your studio.

Which ones will apply best to you? Find out by listening now!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need to have a great system for follow-ups
  • How checking in with leads you lost a project to can result in more business for you
  • How a CRM could save your career
  • How standardizing your revision process can save time and relationships
  • Why you need to properly set expectations
  • How you can process your aggression without burning bridges
  • What not sticking to your word does to your reputation
  • How discounts can be dangerous
  • Why long hours are detrimental to you
  • How email templates can give you back most of the time you spend on emails

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/67

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 19, 2019
#66: The Future of Gear and The Power Of Networking
38:00

Learn about where the music industry is headed, why going to conventions and conferences will boost your career, and why being a gearslut is going to be even less profitable in the future.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How attending meetups, conferences, and conventions will help you in a variety of ways
  • How technology has changed (and will continue to change) the music industry
  • Why we shouldn’t take anything for granted
  • What could happen to the industry in ten years, and what it means for gearsluts
  • What pitfalls can make testing gear at NAMM difficult
  • How manufacturers fund R&D for more affordable products
  • Why getting out of your cave and attending a conference is good for mental health
  • How finding other people who face the same challenges will help you
  • What a mastermind group can help you learn

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/66

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 12, 2019
#65: Kickstarter, Marketing, And Networking: How To Help Your Clients Succeed - Chris Greenwood
34:24

Do you come across a TON of broke bands? Do the artists you spend weeks recording get ANY amount of traction with their music? Are your recordings ever ACTUALLY being enjoyed by a large audience?

Chris and Brian interview Chris Greenwood, aka Manafast, and discuss artist development. If you take the time to A. Help artists fund their music with Kickstarter B. Help them market their music so it ACTUALLY gets heard and C. Connect them with an industry expert that can help their career, you can help your career immensely.

The bottom line is this: If they win, you win.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why engineers and producers have an easier job than artists
  • Why we rely on the success of artists
  • How you can make good connections to further your career
  • Why artists need producers, not engineers
  • Why you have to ensure that artists have money left over for marketing
  • Why you need to focus on the long term success of your clients
  • What you need to understand about the future of the music industry
  • How the “arms race” in audio has changed in the past decade
  • Why learning about crowdfunding can help you get more clients



For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/65


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 05, 2019
#64: How To Have Your Best Year Ever By Creating A Scoreboard For Your Studio
32:27

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian discuss the importance of having a financial scoreboard for your business and what it can do to motivate you or keep you in check.

Every business needs to have a scoreboard, and studios are no exception. Listen to the episode now!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need to have a scoreboard for your business
  • How you can measure the success (or failure) of your business
  • Why you need to focus on leading indicators, not lagging indicators
  • How your business relates to football
  • How a scoreboard will help you reign in your inner gearslut
  • Why you can’t let fear stop you from creating your scoreboard
  • How to hold yourself accountable to work on your business, not in your business

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/64

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 29, 2019
#63: How To Profit From A Rising Trend In The Music Industry
34:44

Brian and Chris discuss the ever-changing environment of the music industry and discuss their prediction of the state of the industry for the coming years.

In 2019, artists are figuring out that content needs to be released on a regular schedule. Don’t be like the major labels in the early 2000s and stick your head in the sand — adapt, stay ahead of the curve, and profit off this trend before everyone else!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Where the music industry is headed so you can prepare your business
  • How you can pitch your services to artists under the new model of the music industry
  • Why a subscription model is beneficial to artists and studios alike
  • Why having a band on a treadmill is good
  • How consistency will boost your business
  • How you can make pitching your services easier
  • What opportunities the changing industry brings you

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/63

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 22, 2019
#62: How To Fix Your Stagnant Income By Asking Yourself 6 Hard Questions
40:33

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast Chris and Brian talk about 6 of the most important questions you have to ask yourself to make the most of your audio career.

If you neglect to ask these questions, you might be entirely unaware of what’s wrong with your business — or worse, burying your head in the sand, hoping the problems disappear.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How performing this gut check can improve your career
  • Why you need to be critical of yourself more than you’re critical of others
  • Why eating reality for breakfast is vital to your business
  • Why learning new skills can actually hurt your business
  • What American Ninja Warrior has to do with the skills needed for your business
  • Why some opportunities should be skipped
  • How relying on motivation will cause problems for your career

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/62

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 15, 2019
#61: How Fear Holds Us Back From Being Better Audio Entrepreneurs
47:58

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian discuss fear. Whether we realize it or not, everyone has a fear that is holding them back from making progress in their life.

 

Even Chris and Brian open up and share their fears, showing that fear is ever-present, no matter where you are in your career.

How can you overcome fear? Listen to this episode to find out!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How fear is ultimately holding you back
  • Why it’s so difficult to overcome your fears
  • What the number one fear tends to be for audio engineers
  • Why some people create failure by disqualifying themselves
  • Why getting a definitive yes or no is better than a maybe
  • Why some people deny reality instead of facing their fears
  • What “fear of man” issues are
  • How accountability can help you get over your fears
  • Why you need objective goals for accountability
  • How Chris can help you in 2019...if you’re committed enough


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/61


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 08, 2019
#60: How To Build A Kickass Portfolio (And Get The Most Out Of It)
43:50

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian discuss the importance of your portfolio and how you can build yours to showcase your best work.

Without a portfolio, a studio will have no way to show what they are capable of and anyone browsing the studio’s website will likely move on to the next option. A weak portfolio is just as bad. Make sure you absorb the content in this episode!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need a portfolio in 2019
  • What the “eyebrow test” will show for your portfolio
  • How knowing your strengths and creating work around those strengths can launch your career
  • Why you need to update your portfolio frequently
  • Why what works for one person might not work for everyone
  • How you can build relationships with other studios by asking for tracks to practice on
  • Why you need to build your portfolio step by step
  • Why you must build relationships that aren’t one-sided and set boundaries in those relationships
  • What to avoid when you’re just starting to build your portfolio

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/60

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 02, 2019
#59: How To Build An Audio Career 100% Online From Anywhere In The World: With Austin Hull
01:02:38

Chris Graham and Brian Hood are joined by Austin Hull, a full-time producer from our own Facebook community. In this holiday-postponed episode, you can learn how Austin harnessed his own Facebook community to act as a nearly-endless source of leads — even though he never intended it to be one in the first place.

 

Austin has worked with over three-hundred clients in the past year, and every single one of them came from his group. Find out more about this impressive feat by listening to this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast.

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Austin grew his business, as a college student with a full-time job at Barnes and Noble, into a six-figure full-time mixing business
  • What Austin did to more than triple the size of his community from 5,000 to 17,000 in just one year
  • How the metal and pop communities are different, and how that’s an advantage for both, but in different ways
  • How Austin turned his un-branded group into Make Pop Music, a successful business
  • Why Austin doesn’t need to read The Go-Giver, but everyone else should
  • What dentists and recording studios have in common
  • How Austin maintains his short turnaround time for clients
  • How Austin juggles up to thirty clients simultaneously
  • What creating your own lead source can do for your business

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/59

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 26, 2018
#58: The 3 Roads To 6 Figures (Choose Wisely)
01:17:21

In this episode, Chris Graham and Brian Hood discuss three main business models you can use to build your studio to six figures. Though you can try to use several models instead of choosing one, it is typically easier to focus on just one.

 

Listen in to hear the pros and cons of the three business models which could boost your studio to new levels if executed correctly!

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why choosing a business model will benefit your business
  • What you can learn from Chris and Brian’s mistakes when they were starting their businesses
  • Why having an emergency fund is incredibly important, especially if you use the high-dollar, low-volume business model
  • Why statistics are vital to high-volume businesses
  • How marketing should be handled for a high-volume business
  • Why a “student of life” will beat out the naturally awesome audio engineer
  • What makes systems key to a low-dollar, high-volume business
  • What the fastest way to six figures is
  • What the major setback to a recurring business model is
  • How ripping someone off might be a great business model

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/58

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 18, 2018
#57: How Recording Studios Can Get (and Stay) Out Of Debt
49:31

Brian and Assistant to the Regional Manager, Chris, discuss a big topic for people worldwide: debt. Many people struggle with debt, and Brian and Chris have had their fair share of experience on the topic. They give their advice on the matter so you can learn from their mistakes.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Good debt vs. bad debt
  • Why you should not buy gear you can’t afford
  • How taxes can bite you
  • How sports relate to finances
  • What you can do to get out of debt
  • Why we gravitate towards things we’re good at and ignore things we’re bad at
  • Why you should get credit early… and use it responsibly
  • Why you should audit your expenses regularly

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/57 If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 11, 2018
#56: Three Fundamentally Different Business Beliefs That Will Make Or Break You
32:02

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio, Chris rants about irresponsible business partners and contractors. Brian brings the discussion around to talk about the three business beliefs that can make or break your business.

 

Listen to the episode to hear Chris and Brian discuss the ways that you can nurture or kill your business.

 

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What you can learn from John D. Rockefeller’s business model
  • Why you need to keep your word and be trustworthy
  • Why the end doesn’t always justify the means
  • How random outcomes can affect your decisions
  • Why cause and effect can mess you up
  • Why you should under-promise and over-deliver
  • How adding value affects your relationships
  • What you can do to turn customers into evangelists

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/56

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 04, 2018
#55: Can You Have A Successful Career By Ripping Off Other Producers?
36:50

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian talk about the danger of getting stuck ripping off someone else’s work.

To have a long-lived career in audio, you have to ensure that what you’re doing is unique and original to you. Imitation is not the way to go for long-term success, though it may be necessary when you’re first starting out. Listen to the episode to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the three phases of your creative career should be
  • Why copying the exact sound on a reference is bad
  • Why you should mold the sound around the project, not mold the project to the sound
  • How to transition from imitation to innovation
  • What is profitable and marketable vs. what is creative
  • Why there is no “flow state” when you’re ripping off a sound
  • How music is a universal language that is better than words
  • Why you need to say “no” when bands want you to copy another engineer

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/55 If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 27, 2018
#54: What Drug Dealers Can Teach Recording Studios
35:36

What does your studio have in common with the neighborhood dealer? You might be surprised!

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian discuss how you can adopt a drug dealer’s business model to hook people on your studio’s services for life.

Listen to the episode to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why the system drug dealers use is viable in the studio world
  • How you can think of “bite-size” pieces of your product to give clients a free sample
  • When a free sample isn’t necessary
  • Why some people have a tough time giving out free samples
  • Why you need to be a giver
  • Why you need to have a boundary when it comes to free samples
  • How giving a free sample can avoid issues down the road

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/54

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 20, 2018
#53: The Six Figure Home Studio's Guide To Gear (For Recovering Gear Sluts)
01:07:57

Deviating from the norm, Chris and Brian do away with the Gearslut Alert and devote an entire episode to gear. They discuss the obvious interfaces and microphones, but also tools to make productivity while traveling easier, desks, and more.

Listen to this episode of the podcast to find out what tools they recommend for every studio owner, the answers might surprise you!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What imposter syndrome is, and why it will hurt you
  • The 80/20 principle when it comes to gear
  • Why you should only purchase gear that you will use almost every day
  • Why you should seek out gear that makes you work faster
  • How you can improve your morale and workday by using a standing desk
    Why you should not follow Brian’s lead and buy a cheap chair on Amazon
  • What your mindset should be when considering new gear
  • Why you should go for the plugin version of your favorite gear
  • Why you should never go into debt to buy gear
  • How your favorite equipment could be holding you back

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/53

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 13, 2018
#52: Why Every Home Studio Owner Should Have A "Do NOT Do" List
39:35

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast Brian Hood and Chris Graham discuss the benefits of a do not do list. Having this list and checking it twice before moving on to your to-do list can help you structure your day and life in a much better fashion to become more productive.

Listen to the episode now to find out the benefits you can reap following this system!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you need policies of not doing certain things in your life
  • How these boundaries for yourself will help your life and business
  • What Winston Churchill and Harry Truman did that you can do too
  • The danger of updating your systems on a Friday
  • How to 80/20 the unhealthy tendencies in your life
  • Why you might need to take advantage of parental controls on your phone
  • What you need to do to recognize your weaknesses and ensure they don’t cause your downfall


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/52

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 06, 2018
#51: Why Are Audio Engineers So Bad With Relationships?
40:59

Chris Graham and Brian Hood discuss the abysmal track record audio engineers have in their relationships, both personal and business.

Find out some key tips on how you can improve your relationship skills to improve your business and your life simultaneously!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why many audio engineers struggle with long-term relationships of any sort
  • What common issue artists have with engineers
  • How tunnel vision will ruin your business and your life
  • Why audio engineers need to acknowledge that focusing on what you’re good at is a bad coping mechanism
  • Why you need to use more than one tool in your toolbelt
  • Why being emotionally intelligent is more important than intelligence itself
  • Why building habit and routine will help nurture and preserve relationships
  • How avoiding time wasters will positively impact your life

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/51

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Oct 30, 2018
#50: Help! My Clients All Want To Do Their Own DIY Recordings
39:49

In this episode (recorded live in The Six Figure Home Studio Facebook Community), Brian and Chris discuss a dilemma faced by many engineers: artists who wish to record themselves.

With more and more artists choosing the DIY option these days, how can you add value to them while still providing a service that they can’t do themselves?

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why telling an artist “don’t record yourself” is a bad idea for both parties
  • How you can tactfully work with an artist to help them while helping yourself
  • Why being afraid of rejection will cause you to fail every single time
  • Why you absolutely should not focus on chasing one single client
  • How asking questions will open up new opportunities for you
  • Why you, as a creative, need to take options A and B and find option C
  • How knowing the right services to pitch to an artist working on a DIY project can make or break the deal
  • How coaching and going out of your way to help will get you the job

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/50

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Oct 23, 2018
#49: How To Answer THE Most Important Question: Why Should Someone Hire You?
48:51

In this advice buffet, podcast hosts Chris Graham and Brian Hood discuss how you can make your business stand out from the crowd. Find out why you need to be unique and what the best methods of doing differentiation are.

Answering this one question will set your studio leaps and bounds ahead of the “me too” studio down the road.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why you shouldn’t take revision requests personally
  • Why you need to avoid being overly gear-focused in your marketing
  • How being a “good hang” is more valuable than a $100,000 console in your studio
  • What being “Instagramable” will do for your studio
  • How you can be more convenient for your clients to set yourself apart
  • Why doing revisions quickly will boost your customer satisfaction
  • How being cheaper is the worst way to differentiate your business
  • What Henry Ford and Elon Musk have in common and how it affects your business
  • Why you need to show your leads how your studio is different


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/49

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Oct 16, 2018
#48: Side Hustles You Can Use To Transition Out Of Your Day Job (And Into Full-time Audio)
44:49

Podcast hosts Chris and Brian discuss the plethora of methods studio owners can use to supplement their income during dry spells. Join them to find out how you can get through the rough patches so you can stay as close to full time as possible in your studio!

Chris also announces his brand new business that will help audio engineers and home studio artists alike - listen to the podcast to find out more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why having a side hustle isn’t selling out
  • Why you need to consider what your side hustle is so you don’t devalue your studio work
  • What skills can be gleaned from side-hustles that benefit your studio
  • Basic non-audio side hustles that can earn you cash
  • Audio-related side hustles
  • How you can harness the “sharing economy” as a side hustle
  • The new business that will let you use your audio skills in the sharing economy while helping home studio owners achieve their dreams

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/48

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Oct 09, 2018
#47: How Every Single Studio Can Build A "Referral Team" For Free
37:32

In this episode, Chris and Brian cover the importance of building a team not only for yourself, but for the added value to your clients. If you have the connections to a solid team of freelancers who you can refer artists to, you are adding value to both the artist and the freelancer, strengthening connections and creating a win/win/win situation.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How you can start to build your team
  • Who some of the key people on your team are
  • Why you can and should hire freelancers with a client’s money (and why it’s not sleazy)
  • How the meaning of producer has changed over time
  • Why being a traditional producer will boost your career
  • Why Chris is confident that your team will be almost entirely virtual within just a few years
  • How getting things off your plate will help you focus on the work you’re best at
  • What Berry Gordy did to build Motown to be a $100,000,000+ business and how it ties into your career

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/47

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Oct 02, 2018
#46: Graham Cochrane Teaches Us How One Free Source Of Marketing Can Change Your Business Forever
58:05

In this episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Chris and Brian go in depth with Graham Cochrane, founder of The Recording Revolution and www.grahamcochrane.com.

They discuss topics such as making time for the important things in life, tips for content marketing, and much, much more!

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • How Graham harnessed content marketing to build his businesses.
  • Why a group of people who respect and listen to you is valuable, big or small.
  • Why creating content is a commitment that needs to be managed well.
  • How to target your content effectively.
  • Some easy ways to understand your audience.
  • Why having a set schedule will help you run your life the way you want to live.
  • How the 80/20 Principle and Parkinson’s Law tie together.
  • Why saying no to things will help you run your business.
  • How having one main priority in your life will be a benefit to your work/life balance.
  • Why you need to know how much money is enough.


    For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/46

    If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com
Sep 25, 2018
#45: How Studio Owners Are Multiplying Their Income And Minimizing Their Headaches Using The 80/20 Principle
57:10

In episode 45 of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast, Brian and Chris discuss the 80/20 principle. This is something that affects not only your business but your personal relationships, your health, your hobbies, and so much more.

Learn to harness the 80/20 principle in your life so you can increase your income, happiness, and time available for the valuable productive time in your life.

You will also learn how to use the 80/20 principle to reduce the negatives in your life, from toxic people to gear addictions and bad clients.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • What the 80/20 principle means for audio engineers.
  • How to avoid the black hole of obsessing on gear and why the right gear will increase your efficiency.
  • Why systemizing and automating your work is the key to a successful career.
  • Why a small portion of the issues you face cause most of your headaches.
  • How using proper communication channels will solve many of your miscommunication issues.
  • Why you can stack the principle to become more and more efficient.
  • How you can apply the 80/20 principle to your relationships.
  • Why you should 80/20 your personal fitness.
  • Why you need to 80/20 this episode to focus on the most important things in your life first. 


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/45

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Sep 18, 2018
#44: The Three Awkward Client Conversations You Cannot Skip If You Want To Enjoy Your Career In Audio
39:33

Have you ever agreed upon a rate with a client, only to be told at the end of the project they don’t have the funds?

Has a client asked you to complete their work with a certain style, only to reverse course after the first draft is completed, forcing you to start from scratch?

In this episode, Brian and Chris cover the three hard conversations you need to have with every client in order to set the precedent from day one. These conversations will ensure your relationship can last not just through the project, but for the rest of your career.

Learning how to navigate these difficult conversations and utilize them to build good, lasting relationships with repeat clients will help your studio immensely. After all, repeat business is the key to a successful career!

In this episode you’ll discover:

· How having an awkward talk before beginning the project is vital to long-term success.
· Why doing the hard things first is better than saving them for last.
· Why you have to choose between a career in audio or a career in debt collecting.
· Why talking about creative vision before beginning a project will save you time.
· What an artist thinks they want vs. what they really need.
· The psychology of understanding the client’s goals and why this is important.
· Understanding the biggest weakness of every single artist you work with.
· What extremely specific revision notes from a client really mean and why this sparks an important conversation.
· How to use “the sh*t sandwich” to deliver a hard truth.
· What to do to set boundaries between yourself and your client.
· How to set the client’s expectations and ensure they are prepared for their session.
· How to make these three conversations part of your system to make them less awkward and amateur sounding.
· How to frame the conversations in a way that will keep the artist happy to encourage the best creative state possible.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/44


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Sep 11, 2018
#43: How To Get More Clients For Your Studio (Part 2)
50:50

Last week we showed you five different strategies you can use to generate leads for your studio. The problem is this...

If you don’t know the right way to convert someone from a lead into a paying customer, none of those lead acquisition strategies will matter.

In part two of this series, we’ll be discussing how to sell your services to these new leads in an ethical, effective, relevant way.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/43

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Sep 04, 2018
#42: How To Get More Clients For Your Studio (Part 1)
41:16

If you ask any struggling studio what their number 1 problem is, the answer will almost always be “we need more clients”. This is because no studio can survive without a consistent stream of paid work.

That is obvious.

What isn’t so obvious is the solution to this problem.

How can the average studio find a consistent source of paid work?

How do you get enough clients so you can finally make the leap to full-time audio entrepreneur?

How can you build a large enough client base to have the peace-of-mind to sleep well at night?

In this series, we’ll be tackling this issue head-on.

Our goal is for this series if for you have clarity on what steps you need to take in order to make this career an attainable goal instead of just a pipedream.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/42

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Aug 28, 2018
#41: Why It's Important To Have Small, Measurable Goals For Your Studio - Lessons From The Chinese Bamboo Tree
18:25

Striving towards a big overarching goal when starting your business is great to aim for. But without the ability to test and measure your progress along the way, there’s no way of knowing where you might end up.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/41

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Aug 21, 2018
#40: How We Use Checklists To Boost Our Income, Creativity, And Consistency
29:30

Checklists may seem dull and boring, but the reality is this:

Checklists help you to systemize tasks in your business which frees you up to focus on the things that actually matter. The things that actually push the needle in your business.

In this episode, Brian and Chris explain their thought process behind some of the checklists in their business and how you can start implementing them in yours today.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/40

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Aug 14, 2018
#39: What Fortnite, PUBG, and Other Video Games Can Teach Us About Running A Successful Business
40:16

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, the popularity of video games like Fortnite and PUBG has exploded over the past year.

Is it possible to take what we learned from these games and apply it to running a business?

You bet your sweet ass it’s possible, so enjoy this ridiculous episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/39

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Aug 07, 2018
#38: 10x Your Business By Identifying And Eliminating Your "Single Point Of Failure"
01:05:20

Imagine this: You own the most incredible recording studio in the world, you’re the most skilled producer on earth, you’re a marketing genius, and you’re completely debt free…

Sounds great, right?

Now imagine this: You have all those things, BUT you’re an abrasive asshole that nobody wants to be around, you’re an alcoholic, you have a horrible diet, have ZERO energy, you lack any sort of social skills, and your reputation has been trashed.

Ouch.

How do you think your career will pan out in this scenario?

I know this is an extreme example, but this is to prove a point…

The point is that you cannot be successful if you fail to address what we call “single points of failure” in your life.

One of these alone could severely hamper your chances for success.

In this episode, we explore many different potential “single points of failure” in our lives.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/38

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jul 31, 2018
#37: The Niche Domination Checklist - Implement This Into Your Business ASAP!
48:59

We’ve all heard the phrase “the riches are in the niches”.... While this may be true, it’s important that you do a few specific things in order to make the most of your new audio niche.

In this episode, we give you a checklist of things you need to implement ASAP in order to give yourself the best chance for success.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/37

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jul 24, 2018
#36: Sync Licensing: The Gateway To Passive Income For Audio Entrepreneurs - With Travis Terrell
01:13:37

Passive income is the Holy Grail of income types, but it’s something that eludes most audio entrepreneurs. Most of us simply trade dollars for hours.

One way to start building passive income is to venture into the world of sync licensing. The issue, however, is that it’s rapidly-changing, hyper-competitive, full of pitfalls, and a complete
“black box” for the average audio engineer.

In this episode, we interviewed the CEO Soundstripe – a rapidly-growing micro sync licensing platform. He helps break down the wall of confusion and helps us make sense of what’s working in today’s world of sync licensing.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/36

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jul 17, 2018
#35: The Secret To Happier Clients, Fewer Revisions, And Faster Projects
41:05

This episode is for anyone who’s ever gone “batch it crazy.”

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/35

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jul 10, 2018
#34: What Does The Future Hold For The Recording Industry?
40:03

If you look back at how much the recording industry has changed in the past 20 years, few people would have ever predicted what would happen.

Software has all but replaced the need for much of the popular hardware from 20+ years ago. What little hardware that is required to get started keeps getting cheaper and cheaper.

Recording budgets have been shrinking, and many major studios have shut their doors.

While many people have struggled and failed to adapt, massive opportunities have been opened up for the average home recording studio.

In this episode, Brian and Chris do their best to predict where the industry is headed, and how you can prepare yourself for what the future holds.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/34

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jul 03, 2018
#33: 5 Studio Niches Ripe For The Taking
48:45

Working on BIG records for major artists is probably a dream for a lot of you and most likely a big reason why you got into this industry. The hard truth is that for most people, this won’t happen quickly.

So listen as Brian and Chris break down 5 audio niches that you maybe didn’t know existed and could take advantage of today (even if you’re trying to break into another niche).


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/33

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jun 26, 2018
#32: The 5 Types of Audio Income
46:25

Consistent income is something that all of us strive for but most of us struggle with. While there are plenty of ways to make money in the audio industry, how do you know which one is right for you?

Well in this episode, Brian and Chris break down the positives and negatives of the different ways that can help you pull in a consistent income.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/32

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jun 19, 2018
#31: Overcoming Self-Doubt, Imposter Syndrome, And A Lack Of Self-Confidence In The Studio
47:51

Self-doubt is hands down the biggest enemy to success that we see in our community. This is something that has prevented so many of us from achieving our biggest goals.

If you’re unable to get out of your own damn way, then no amount of marketing, gear acquisition, audio training, or networking will make up for it.

This episode explores the root cause of self-doubt, as well as some potential “seeds” of self-confidence that you can plant today in order to start the long journey of overcoming this crippling problem.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/31

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jun 12, 2018
#30: 11 Highly-Effective Negotiation Tactics Any Audio Professional Can Use
52:33

Whether you realize it or not, you negotiate with people nearly every day of your life. Even if you refuse to negotiation, you’re STILL using negotiation tactics. In today’s episode, you’ll learn 11 negotiation tactics you can use in your career today, in order to earn more.

So before you negotiate the rates on another project, buy another piece of gear, or sell off some unused equipment, this episode will help you improve one of the highest “dollar per hour” skills you could ever use.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/30

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jun 05, 2018
#29: 12 Amazing Tools To Help You Run A Profitable Home Studio
48:59

We’ve all heard the quote “The right tool for the right job.” Well this especially true if you’re looking to optimize your business and grow it at an exponential level.

In this episode, Brian and Chris break down their 12 favourite tools that have helped them both grow their businesses to where they are today.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/29

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 29, 2018
#28: Warren Huart: Advice From A Multi-Platinum Producer With 196,000 YouTube Subscribers
34:19

Warren Huart has worked with bands like The Fray, Korn, and Aerosmith, and he’s worked on movies like Inglourious Basterds and Transformers. Further adding to his clout is his success on YouTube. With over 196000 subscribers and 17,000,000+ views, his tutorials are some of the most popular you’ll find online. If you’re ever lucky enough to meet someone like Warren, it’s best to do a lot more listening than talking...

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/28


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 22, 2018
#27: Saving Over $3,000 Per Month By “Downsizing To Profitability”: Matt Boudreau’s Story
01:01:28

If you had the chance to run your studio out of a fancy commercial facility designed by Bill Putnam, would you take it? Most of us would jump at the chance...but is this the right move?

Matt Boudreau was given this chance in 2007, and in this interview, you’ll hear how this quickly shifted from an opportunity of a lifetime, to one of the lowest points in his career.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/27

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 15, 2018
#26 Systems You Can Implement TODAY In Order To Help Your Business Run More Efficiently
01:03:04

Building great systems into your business will eliminate many of the unnecessary friction points that are holding you back from reaching your true potential. In this episode, Brian and Chris break down the systems they use in their companies and why they think it’s important for you to implement them in yours.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/26

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 08, 2018
#25: What If You Were Starting Over In A New City WITHOUT Friends, Connections, or Gear?
57:49

In this episode, Chris and Brian live out a hypothetical scenario where they join the witness protection program, move to a new city and start their audio careers from scratch. Find out what they would do and how they would do it if they had to start all over again.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/25

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

May 01, 2018
#24: 10 Ways To Wow Your Clients And Keep Them Coming Back For Life
53:32

This episode challenges you to see the upside of selfless service to your clients. Brian and Chris offer ten ways to help connect with your artists on a more personal level, ultimately nurturing relationships and showing how selfless service can really change the way your artists respond to your services.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/24
If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 24, 2018
#23: Why You MIGHT Need To Advertise Your Studio
43:18

In this episode, we will talk about why paid advertising is an important skill to develop in this fast-changing recording industry. We also discuss who should be investing time, money, and effort in paid advertising, and who should NOT be bothering with it.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/23
If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 17, 2018
#22: How Emily Got Hundreds Of Clients By Combining Two Passions To Create Her Niche
01:10:20

This episode also kicks off a new series where we interview people who took two passions and combined them in a way that created a unique niche. On this week’s episode, you will learn how Emily has used unique niche to work with hundreds of clients and build a life that has allowed her to do what she loves...day in and day out.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/22
If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 10, 2018
#21: The One Thing That Will Guarantee Your Studio's Failure
49:22

Whether you run a small home business or a large multi-million dollar business, you will run into roadblocks. Your ability to “figure it the f*ck out” will be a large reason behind whether or not your company is successful or fails miserably.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/21If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Apr 03, 2018
#20: Should You Quit Your Dayjob To Start Recording Full Time?
47:49

Trying to run a recording studio AND maintain your day job? We get it...quitting your day job is not an easy decision to make. You could end up ruining your life by jumping ship at the wrong time or in the wrong scenario.

The goal for this week’s episode is for you to have a better idea of whether it’s time for you to finally quit that damn day job or not.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/20

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 27, 2018
#19: n00b Website Mistakes That Will Choke Out Your Business
56:20

Your studio’s website sucks and we can help.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/19

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 20, 2018
#18: It’s Tax Season: Don't F*ck This Up
38:42

Taxes have always sucked ass, and they always will suck ass. Unfortunately taxes are impossible to (legally) avoid if you’re a freelancer, and the repercussions for evading taxes far outweigh any benefits you could ever gain from cheating.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/18

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 13, 2018
#17: The 5 Stages Of A Successful Recording Career
01:01:39

Everyone is going to be in different stages of their company but it’s important to know exactly what stage you’re in. Understanding these 5 stages and properly accessing which one you’re in is crucial for the next steps of your career.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/17

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Mar 06, 2018
#16: How To Avoid Nightmare Clients By Watching For These 8 Red Flags
52:59

When a new client contacts you, your immediate reaction is to take the money no matter what. The problem is that some projects can quickly turn into an absolute nightmare.

 

This episode of The Six Figure Home Studio Podcast talks all about how you can spot nightmare projects before they start. Instead of saying “yes” to every single project, learn how saying “no” just might be the best thing you can do for the long-term enjoyment of your career.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/16

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 27, 2018
#15: How To Conquer Burn Out And Prevent It From Ruining Your Career
59:28

At some point in your career, you’ve probably experienced some form of burnout. It’s something everyone will experience at some point, and it can drain you both physically and emotionally.

Understanding exactly what you can do to minimize or eliminate burnout is crucial if you want to push past it and have a long-lasting, happy, and healthy career.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/15

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 20, 2018
#14: Social Skills: If You Don't Get This Right, Your Home Studio May Pay The Price
39:55

You’ve probably spent countless hours studying recording techniques, the nuances of different gear, and maybe even learning how to run your business effectively.

You probably have NOT put much thought into the effect your social skills have on your business. The thing is... social skills can have a much bigger effect on your income than any other single skill.

Your ability to get people to like you can go a long way when it comes to growing a home studio business, and that’s the topic of today’s episode of The Six figure Home Studio Podcast.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/14

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 13, 2018
#13: How Social Skills Helped Billy Decker Dominate The Nashville Mixing Scene
01:31:37

Billy Decker is one of Nashville’s top country mix engineers and has worked with a large list of labels and independent artists. But more than just mixing, Billy is known to be one of the most kind, generous and passionate persons that you will ever meet.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/13

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Feb 06, 2018
#12: How To Choose a Profitable Niche For Your Studio
43:03

Answer this question: When it comes to your studio, what is the one thing that you're known for?

If you can't answer that, it may be time to find some way to "niche down".

Most people think that "niching down" means you’re going to be turning away money even when you aren’t making much to begin with.

The reality is this: Your fear is keeping you from seeing the bigger picture. "The riches are in the niches," so this episode is all about helping you choose a profitable niche to dominate.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/12

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

 

Jan 30, 2018
#11: How To Earn More From Your Studio (Without Raising Your Rates)
58:40

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/11

We’ve got good news and we’ve got bad news...The bad news is that no matter how hard you work, there’s always someone in the world that will work harder.

The good news is that there’s a difference between working “hard” and working “smart”.

In this episode, learn all the ways you can use automation, delegation, or elimination to outsmart your hard-working competitors.


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 23, 2018
#10: Keep Clients From Ruining Your Life Using These 7 Boundaries
54:09

Are you tired of clients and tasks sucking the life out of you and your business?

Well in this episode, Brian and Chris give you seven specific boundaries you can implement today, that will positively impact your business and ultimately lead to a happier, healthier you.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/10

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 16, 2018
#9: The 7 Crucial Habits That Will Help Your Business Grow
51:23

It’s a new year, a new you, and your motivation to succeed is at an alltime high. The problem is that motivation is a temporary force that disappears when life gets tough.

This is the reason every Planet Fitness location has an average of 6,500 paying members, even though each location only holds 300 people.

This episode is all about harvesting your current motivation, and using that energy to implement long term healthy habits into your life.

These are 7 habits that will truly push the needle in your business this year, and it’s the stuff you’ll keep doing even when motivation is gone.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/9

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that via email to podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 09, 2018
#8: Why Marketing is NOT The Solution For Most Struggling Home Studios
01:07:20

When business is not going well for your studio, the initial reaction is that you need to "improve your marketing". The thing is...this is NOT the solution for most struggling studios. There is a very specific set of problems that need to be addressed in a very specific order. This episode covers each of those areas in detail.


For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/8


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Jan 02, 2018
#7: CRM: Billion-Dollar Companies Use This Software, and So Should You
36:09

In this episode, learn what a CRM is, why it’s absolutely essential that your home studio business implements one, and how you can use it to help grow your business in 2018.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/7


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 26, 2017
#6: The Business of Running A Home Studio Business (Part 2)
50:01

So many home studio owners are extremely creative, talented, and great at what they do, but they have NO idea how to run a business.

This podcast series will be covering many of the topics that home studio owners need to learn about if they want ANY sort of sustainable career.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/6


If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

 

 

 

Dec 19, 2017
#5: The Business of Running A Home Studio Business (Part 1)
43:01

So many home studio owners are extremely creative, talented, and great at what they do, but they have NO idea how to run a business.

This podcast series will be covering many of the topics that home studio owners need to learn about if they want ANY sort of sustainable career.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/5

 

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

 

Dec 11, 2017
#4: How To Get More Online Reviews For Your Studio (And Stand Out From Your Competitors)
37:35

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/4

Are Google and Facebook reviews REALLY that important for recording studio owners? In this episode learn how Chris Graham has managed to gather nearly 200 five-star reviews for his mastering studio, and how this sets him apart from his competitors.

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Dec 04, 2017
#3: The Journey From His Parent's Basement, To Depression, To A Six Figure Home Studio - Brian Hood
01:11:43

In this episode, they discuss Brian’s story and how he went from recording local bands in his parents basement to becoming the successful entrepreneur he is today.

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/3

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 01, 2017
#2: How Chris Graham Grew His Mastering Studio To Six Figures Using Google Ads And Apple Scripts
01:05:05

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/2

Chris Graham shares his story and how he went from living in “the hood” to becoming the successful six-figure business owner he is today.

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

Nov 01, 2017
#1: The "Old Model" Is Dead - The Future Is In YOU and your Home Recording Studio
34:59

For full show notes, go to www.thesixfigurehomestudio.com/1

In this episode, Brian and Chris discuss how the audio industry has undergone a MASSIVE change, and how this has opened up some great opportunities for you. They also shed some light on how educational resources, like podcasts, have been crucial to their success, and why going to audio school might not be the best investment.

If you want to suggest a guest, an idea for the podcast, or you have some general feedback, then you can submit that here at podcast@thesixfigurehomestudio.com

 

Oct 29, 2017