Editing podcasts can be a lot of work, and when clients provide files late or make last-minute changes, it can be frustrating.
As you already know, getting late files can be a HUGE disruption to your business and your life. But what should you do about it? Should you charge a punitive fee? Should you push back due dates? Should you just fire the client?
Yeah, there are options, but navigating them isn't necessarily easy and, ultimately, it's up to you to decide what's best for your business.
If you find that late files are becoming a regular problem, it may be worth instituting a policy that charges extra for them. This will help to offset the extra work that you have to put in, and it will also send a message to your clients that such behavior is not acceptable.
So what do you think? Should editors charge extra for late podcast files? Listen and share your thoughts.
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- Podcast Editors Conference - A one-day immersive and collaborative in-person event designed to build and grow your service based business.
- Podcast Editors Academy - The place where you belong includes a community with knowledge and support for Podcast Editors who take their service offerings seriously.
- India Inc.’s Day Care Experiment – Foreign Policy - The study that Steve referenced. Adding a late fee didn't curb the unwanted behavior, it converted it from a relational faux pas to a transactional cost; the result was MORE tardiness.
- Podcast Editors Club (on Facebook) - If you're a podcast editor, THIS is the group you need to be part of in order to connect, collaborate, and learn alongside other professional editors.
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Steve Stewart is a podcast editor, and cofounder of both the Podcast Editors Club and the Podcast Editor Academy.
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