Most people that have money worked really hard to get it. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, or gig to gig. Why would you want to waste money on things that won’t truly further you as an artist? If there is a way to save, do it. If you have to spend, spend it. Hopefully… these 5 Tips will help.
1. Don’t pay for something you can do yourself
There are a lot of times that I see people paying for everything they need done. Sometimes you HAVE to, but other times you are being lazy. For example, I have seen people pay other people to hand out flyers. That’s fine in theory, but if you are paying them to do a simple task like that, you BETTER be doing something else. Most of the time, people just don’t want to do the walking. Just the talking. If you can do it, or learn to do it, then you need to do it. Save your hard earned money for better things.
2. Don’t pay for likes, views, or followers
A question I constantly ask myself is, “why do people pay for likes?”. When you pay for that stuff, they, 99% of the time, aren’t real people. That’s means those 1,000 new followers you have won’t; 1. buy music 2. share your page 3. engage with you on social media 4. wont go to any shows…the list goes on. Paying for “fans” is a waste of time and money. It looks bad having a following count of over 1,000 and only having 2-3 people engaging online.
3. Make a plan/route while you tour
I know some people that tour state to state. Some do a lot of small shows, while other do a couple big shows. I also witnessed them traveling east a few hours, back west, and then back north east area. That a lot of wasted drive time. Sometimes, you can’t avoid the dates and times of shows, but I do know artists that plan their routes according to their schedule. The more driving you save, the more time you save, and the more money you save.
I love it when a plan comes together
4. You have to negotiate
When you are asked to do a show, it does not hurt, or look bad, to try to negotiate a price point that makes everyone happy. Some artists and musicians get walked on by venues, because they don’t know how to ask for more money. Do your research. Everywhere is different. You may be missing out on extra money in your pockets.
5. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there
This last tip could seem cheap. Could feel like a stretch to get a fifth tip, but it isn’t. If you go out and give 100% of yourself to your passion, nothing you do will be a waste. Be professional, be responsible, and be you. Do this and combine the other tips. Then, you will be a step closer to the success you are looking for