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  • SubGenre:Home-Based Businesses
  • Language:English
  • Pages:550
  • eBook ISBN:9780996062015

Making Money In Your PJs

Freelancing for Voice-Overs and Other Solopreneurs

by Paul Strikwerda

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Making Money In Your PJs offers a unique look at what it takes to be and stay in business as a voice actor or other type of creative freelancer. It covers topics such as transforming your hobby into a profession, successfully promoting your business, turning potential clients into customers, pricing services for profit, getting paid on time, and how to stand out from the competition.

The sheer depth, breadth, and quality of the information on the pages of Making Money in Your PJs makes this book an obligatory resource in your library of voice-over and freelance success-building.


Audiobook sales reached $1.6 billion in 2013, and are steadily growing. That’s one of the reasons why voice acting is hot at the moment.

Year after year, thousands of hopefuls are led to believe that they can build a lucrative career as a narrator using a cheap microphone, a computer, and an internet connection. Others invest a hefty sum in expensive studio equipment, coaching, and demos, only to get nowhere.

Making Money In Your PJs takes a revealing look into this booming industry where many are invited and very few are chosen.

Author Paul Strikwerda: “Every day, I see aspiring voice-overs treat their new dream job as a hobby and fail miserably. It’s not as easy as it seems. People need more than pleasant pipes to make a living as a voice actor. They have to have business acumen in order to succeed. It's the stuff nobody teaches you in voice-over school that can make or break a career. That’s precisely the focus of this book.”

Making Money In Your PJs is neither a “get-rich-quick by doing voice-overs guide,” nor a step-by-step course that will take the reader from voice-over novice to top talent in three days. Rather, it is a practical, personal, and often humorous account of what life is like behind the mic. It’s written with insight, intelligence, and a healthy dose of realism.

About the author

Born and educated in The Netherlands, writer, coach, and voice-over professional Paul Strikwerda started working the mic for Dutch radio at the age of 17.

After a career in international broadcast journalism (BBC, Radio Netherlands), he became a sought-after media coach. In 1999, Strikwerda moved to the United States and founded Nethervoice, providing voice-over services in Dutch, English and German. 

In his studio in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, Paul records audio books, videos, virtual tours, commercials and documentaries for major clients on all continents. His weekly blog deals with issues facing voice-overs and other solopreneurs, and is read by thousands of people every month. 

Paul is an expert-contributor to Internet Voice Coach and the New York headquartered Edge Studio, as well as to the International Freelancers Academy, and recordinghacks.com. 

Previous books include Building a Vocal Booth on a Budget, and Boosting your Business with a Blog.

For Paul’s blog, audio samples and more, please visit nethervoice.com.