If you're in the business, you already know how real this article is about to be.
We hear it all the time, and we know how you feel. Money isn't easy to come by yet you want to do music so bad that you either spend it wisely or try to get everything for free.
As true as that might sound, working in the business and coming up as an artist isn't easy. It takes time, consistency and authenticity with money driving your craft.
So if you are an indie trying to figure out where to spend your money, when to spend your money and what to spend your money on, keep reading along as we give you tips on what to do with your cash a music artist:
Tip 1: Know Who You Are Paying
Research the person you are giving your money to. By research, this can be a simple 'Google' or Instagram check to see who they know or if they're any reference points. Has this person ever worked for someone you know? How long has this person been doing this? Can I pay installment? Can you create a proposal for me? -- In the end, ask questions and research the person you're paying before you dig in your wallet.
Tip 2: Compare Prices, shit, Negotiate if possible
You can't be scared to step out of your comfort zone.
It's okay to find cheaper ways to get things done rather than paying the higher expense but make sure that what you're paying for is actually worth it..
Tip 3: Can You Do It Yourself?
Pretty damn explanatory. However, if there is a job, you can do yourself, do it.
You will find yourself saving so much money if you learn how to create your own videos or graphics. However, keep in mind that you will need a person or team to help you with some things, so never be opposed to that.
Tip 4: Do You Have A Point-of-Person?
A point-of-person is someone who you go to for advice.
This can be a manager, PR or an experienced person who understands the business. Having someone willing to mentor and guide you will ensure your success for the future.
Don't cheat yourself.
Focus on creating good music and building your team in the process.