Success Story: Choosing the right work for you with Anne Fickel

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Today I’m talking to Anne Fickel. A podcast manager and homeschooling mom who has successfully found a way to balance her career while managing health challenges. Anne shares her inspiring journey of venturing into podcast management, leveraging her radio and editing background, and building a thriving business despite battling cystic fibrosis.

Together, we discuss the importance of editing, involving others in the learning process, and the mental clarity gained from teamwork. Anne offers insights into finding clients through local connections and online groups, and the benefits of networking within the industry.

She talks about the flexibility of managing work alongside homeschooling, adapting to her children’s educational needs, and envisioning an expanded business with a cohesive team in the future.

Anne Fickel also provides valuable advice on finding the right niche, enjoying client relationships, and overcoming mindset blocks. Plus, she highlights the rewarding aspects of strategic planning and audience growth.

She also shares how having an innovative approach and commitment to thinking outside the box as propelled her success.

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In this episode, we cover:

  • Her transition from radio background to podcast management
  • Managing work alongside homeschooling responsibilities
  • Finding clients through local connections, established relationships, and online groups
  • Benefits of networking and supporting colleagues in the same industry
  • Potential benefits of editing and involving others in the learning process
  • The importance of finding a good client fit and focusing on a niche
  • An emphasis on thinking outside the box in work and life decisions
  • and, Anne’s long-term vision of potentially expanding her business and working with a team of women

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About Anne:

Anne started out in radio and video production out of college but shifted out of the workforce when she had some health struggles. She started working in young adult ministry and communications at her church and did this work for 10 years. Because of her health struggles, she has learned to be an advocate for her own life and work. Having homeschooled her two adopted boys from 2nd grade on, she learned the importance of making a life for yourself that fits your needs. While so many families decide to send their kids to school, she felt that homeschooling fit their life the best. This particular thinking led her to start her own podcast management business, as she needed to shift back into the workforce 2 years ago. Her company Surround Consulting is a perfect fit for her life and her past experiences. Her clients include podcasters in the health and education niche and a podcast coach who needed marketing help.

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