Ideas to generate more money for your music career

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Written by: Matt Lillywhite


Many people within the music industry are currently struggling financially to sustain their music career. Whether it’s working a day job, not generating enough money from Spotify streams or any variety of other reasons. But no matter what it is, there is something that the vast majority of producers have in common: the mission to generate a sustainable income from their careers so they don’t have to get a “day job”doing something they absolutely hate. After all, the majority of people aren’t a fan of travelling for hours each day just to sit at a desk in another town. Which is why during this article, we’re going to discuss multiple forms of income that you generate directly from your laptop.


Video production & editing


This method is pretty self-explanatory for anybody with a keen interest in music videos, films, tv shows, documentaries, and any other form of visual media. Essentially, you would be sent video files on s regular basis and would use editing software such as Final Cut Pro to tailor a product to the client’s specifications. Normally paying anywhere from $10 – $80 per hour, it is a very lucrative revenue stream for anyone with a few spare hours a week that doesn’t mind sitting in front of their laptop.


Web design


Another popular way of generating a side revenue stream is through designing websites for local businesses. Doing it directly from your laptop, you can build stunning websites for a small cost, whilst (often) charging at least several hundred dollars per design. If you are able to hustle and get several clients a week, it’s certainly a strong income stream which you can reinvest back into your career, and obviously any necessary living expenses.


Blog writing


If you have a passion for writing about topics in the music industry (or any other industry for that matter), then writing for a blog could potentially be a great way for you to make a bit of extra cash. Normally writing a few articles a week provides an amazing opportunity to develop a portfolio, and enhance your written communication skills. Plus a lot of the EDM publications allow you to attend festivals for free and develop a network of contacts throughout the entire music industry.




Personal Assistant


Throughout the entire world, there are people looking to save time within their busy schedules. For those people, virtual assistants are the answer to their problem. Working from your laptop from anywhere in the world, you’d essentially be answering emails, sorting out schedules, and other administrative tasks for your clients. Sites such as Freelancer, Fiverr, and Upwork a great place for finding new clients to work within literally any field you can think of.

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Many people in the music industry live all around the world. For example, there’s a lot of EDM producers in the Netherlands, France, India, and many other counties across the entire globe. Therefore, it’s absolutely an international industry with a lot of linguistic talent which you can use to your advantage. For example, if you are a Dutch producer who also speaks English, you could potentially write label contracts in multiple languages, or translate social media posts, and provide translation services to artists looking to be booked in the country. Ultimately, there’s a variety of ways.


Flipping items


Many people complain that they don’t have a cent in their bank account. They don’t have a way to make money. Yet despite all of the above services mentioned, flipping is a way to make money that literally anybody can do. One of the best ways to start is by going through your wardrobe, attic, and other parts of the house in order to find unwanted items that you no longer need. Then, just spend a few hours researching the value of them & listing them on eBay. Once you start making money, use that revenue to go to thrift stores, garage sales, and other locations in order to find items at a very low price. Often, there are brands such as Nike & Tommy Hilfiger selling at a fifth of their market value. Upon purchasing, list them for their market price, and generate a profit on a daily basis.


Another way to make money from flipping is by going to the Facebook marketplace (or craigslist) and finding items there. For example, you could pick up a sofa for free, take it back to your house and list it for several hundred dollars. With the right photos & description, most items are easy to sell. Then just wait for somebody to purchase it & arrange a pickup time.


A lot of people complain that they don’t have time to start a side hustle. However, theist majority of them watch Netflix for several hours a day or spend time aimlessly on their games console being unproductive. If you truly want to be successful, if you truly want to succeed, then you will be prepared to do literally whatever it takes to fund your music career – and make your dreams a reality.


Use these tips to brainstorm some ideas as to how you can generate money, and create a living in which you can comfortably live on. It is possible to generate a living from your laptop and create a sustainable income for yourself that you can reinvest directly into your artist brand. All you need to all yourself is how much do you want it? And are you willing to put in the work?



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