58 | 5 Reasons Starting Your Own Business Will Help Your Music Career

Sick of working an unfulfilling job that does nothing to further your own goals? Learn all about why starting your own business can accelerate your music career!

I worked a day job where for many years where I left at 5pm and didn’t have to think about work after hours. This worked for me for a long time. Even though the job wasn’t fulfilling, I figured I’d quit my job when my band went full time. However, it’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll and after 5 years in a dead-end corporate job, I needed a change. I felt like I’d lost a lot of control over my life and I was super unhappy.

So I asked myself, how can I create the lifestyle I want – that of a musician – without waiting around for my band to ‘make it‘.

The answer was my business.

5 Reasons Starting Your Own Business will help Your Music Career
✔️ Don’t have to ask for time off
✔️ Takes the pressure off ‘making it’ in music
✔️ You create your own work hours
✔️ Spend more time doing things you like to do
✔️ Can raise your personal brand in the scene

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Show Notes:

Getting Caught In The Daily Grind:

“Honestly a lot of the time that I was sitting at my desk I was thinking about my band and often during my downtime or, at the very least, on my lunch breaks I would be booking tours, I’d be organizing artwork, and doing all the back-end admin stuff that bands and musicians need to do.”

Let’s face it, we’ve all worked jobs that we weren’t absolutely passionate about. It’s a grind, but we tell ourselves it’s a means to an end. We’re just grateful to have a source of income that we can use to support our musical endeavors.

I’ve worked many day jobs over the last 10 years that I really wasn’t passionate about. I just clocked-in and clocked-out and really didn’t think about it after I left. I was just happy to have a paycheck that I could use to invest in my band and my musical projects.

I always told myself that I would quit my day job when my band went full-time. Then one day, sitting in my corporate office, in my corporate clothes, in my corporate role, I thought to myself: “Fuck, when is this actually going to happen?!”

How could I create the lifestyle of the musician that I wanted?

Working jobs that are under-stimulating (and especially underpaid) can really erode our self-esteem. It takes attention away from doing the thing we love, that’s in our blood, and it can be really soul-destroying.

This is one of the reasons why I’m so passionate about starting your own business.

Learn how to live life on your own terms:

When I decided to make the change and transition from corporate to marketing, I was thinking about how I could create the lifestyle of the musician that I wanted. Which was the freedom and flexibility to be able to live life on my own terms, schedule my day how I wanted, and to travel the world. 

How could I create that now and also create a source of income that would support my musical endeavors, allowing me to kick those band goals?

Starting my own business wasn’t easy. I side-hustled for a long time. I was working a day job, I had my band, and I had my business. But I’ve learned a lot along the way now you can too with my free workshop!

Create Your ‘Hell Yeah’ Business

Part 1 – Finding your profitable business idea

  • Do you wish you could be an entrepreneur?
  • Do you like the idea of running things to your own schedule? 
  • Do you want a source of income that supports your musical projects?

Whether you have an idea of what that’s going to look like or not. I’m going to help you expand on your ideas and clarify your goals.

Part 2 – Crafting the life and business you really want

This is all about your long-term strategy. How to pave the way to your end goals and achieve the kind of life you want to live – on your own terms!

You can have a really, really, great lifestyle now prior to your band or project becoming big.

Work From The Tour Bus

This course is ideal for people who are just starting out OR if you have a new business and you’re trying to figure out how to make a profit from it. 

Each week you get a new module on creating your product, marketing, sales, growing your business.

My exclusive course is only open to 5-10 people and includes 5 weeks of Live Coaching! 

Two spots are already taken so act fast, because after this round I’ll be raising my prices – so get in quick!!

Sign up to my Create Your ‘Hell Yeah’ Business free workshop HERE to learn how you can create your own side-hustle that supports your musical endeavours!

The Create Your ‘Hell Yeah’ Business workshop is a prelude to my Work From the Tour Bus course.

I only have 5-8 spots left in the Work From the Tour Bus course! Sign up now for a special price HERE

Reason #1 to start your own business: Don’t have to ask for time off

Asking for time off is a pain. Trying to coordinate time off between all your bandmates is even more difficult. Not having to ask for time off takes off the pressure and you can focus on being a musician.

“There is nothing more painful than having to ask your boss for time off to record, to go tour, or even just to play a one-off show.”

Reason #2 to start your own business: Takes the pressure off ‘making it’ in music 

When a musician or a band is trying to ‘make it’ in the music industry, you end up putting too much pressure on yourself and on your band. All your eggs are in one basket and you drive yourself into the ground trying to chase success. You burn yourself out. 

When you remove that stress you’ll find you can produce much better quality work, make better decisions, or see new opportunities. You have a clearer-head, you’re coming at things from a more balanced standpoint and your strategies will benefit.

Reason #3 to start your own business: Spend more time creating

We all know that feeling of coming home on a Friday and slumping on the couch and the last thing that you want to do is touch your instrument, or practice vocals, or whatever you need to do.

One of the hardest parts of working a day job is when you have a spark of inspiration and you can’t bring it to fruition

Guess what happens when you have control over your own hours? You’ll have more time to create music and do what lights you up!

Reason #4 to start your own business: Have time for ‘life-stuff’

So much “life-stuff” can get put on the backburner. When your whole life is taken up by your day job and your band, there isn’t much room for anything else.

Personally, when I was working an office job my fitness totally suffered. After work I was either playing a show, or going into the rehearsal studio, or just too wiped out to do anything. 

When you run your own schedule you can schedule in the things you like to do. If you’re not running between a job and your home it’s even easier. Leaving you with more time to spend with the family or your partner, focus on your fitness, or whatever it is for you.

That just contributes to your overall happiness, and prevents burnout, and makes sure you can stay in the game a lot longer.

Reason #5 to start your own business: Raises your personal profile

If you’re a freelancer in the music industry it can raise your personal brand in the scene, and this can reflect positively on your band.

If you were to get your foot in the door, music journalism is really one of the best places to start

I was a music journo which gave me incredible connections with media outlets, other bands, labels, managers… So many people who were in the music industry. It became super advantageous in doing my own bands PR campaigns, and then later client PR.

People in the music community will get to know you through what you do, and when they know you then they know your band, and that will strengthen your overall profile.

Links & Resources:

Create Your ‘Hell Yeah’ Business Workshop – sign up HERE

Work From The Tour Bus Course – sign up HERE