A powerful revenue stream for artists and musicians!
In this article, we are going to talk about a powerful revenue stream for artists and musicians and why it can be so beneficial to them at the ground roots of being a creative person and entrepreneur at the same time.
What makes this type of revenue beneficial?
The first thing we need to be clear about as artists and musicians is how we dislike the business side of things cutting into our creative time. We all know it takes many hours to build the relationship to an instrument in order to keep and maintain the brilliance of it on a daily basis and we do that because we love it not because it’s a “have to”. Does that mean I have to give up most of my creative time to build a business around my art and music!! Because if it does that would be like starving yourself as most musicians and artists love their craft just as much as they like food.
Time – Is the keyword here. Can I create in the day, and still make an income that would be able to support me?
I spent a week in France at a retreat center called Plum Village during the wintertime of 2017. The Monks and visitors on a daily basis would spend 8hrs sleeping from 9 pm – 5 am. They would meditate from 5:30 am to 6:30 am, have breakfast from 8 am – 9 am. Read, reflect and enjoy their time from 9 am – 11 am. We would learn from the teachers around 11 am to 12 pm and then get ready for lunch from 1 pm to 2 pm. We would spend the next 2hrs working in the gardens, or on the farms or helping with admin work in the offices to run the village. A little exercise and dinner, which then would lead us to an evening meditation and into bed by 9 pm. After a week I felt incredibly nourished. I looked back at this and noticed they spent 2hours a day working!
Ok, so I wanna spend a few hours a day working and using the other time to create. How many hours a day do you wanna work?
Can I do it on the go?
So I ask myself, ok let’s say I’m touring or I’m playing a few small shows all in the space of 3 months, or I’m exhibiting my artwork in a few different galleries in different parts of the country. How do I stay geographically free and still make money? The answer is easy. A laptop and Wifi. Great!! Damn, I love it that that’s actually a thing now.
So I’m looking at a Laptop, Wifi, and 2hrs a day. Cool, I’m really liking this vibe.
The Revenue Flow?
Let us look at 2 ways how we can create income while being geographically free and spending about 2hrs a day doing it.
- Affiliate Marketing – (Definition) Affiliate marketing is a type of performance-based marketing in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts. (Wikipedia)
So what this means is that you can refer people and customers to products and services which you like and use already and they are going to give you a percentage of their earnings. That’s awesome because I do that every day when I use something I like, I tell my mates about it.
How do you make it passive? Automation and subscription-based products that roll monthly!!
- Direct marketing – (Definition) Direct marketing is a form of communicating an offer, where organizations communicate directly to a pre-selected customer and supply a method for a direct response. (Wikipedia)
So what this means is that I’m able to communicate a message, solution or need to someone who is of a high probability to want that thing. This helps massively to save time, money and finding like-minded people who feel the same.
The Shadow side to it.
There are always two sides to the coin which we have to always look at. In this world today we are learning more and more how to live polarized with both sides of the spectrum. It’s not about flushing the bad stuff out and only keeping the good stuff cause that will just sabotage you at the end of the day or at some point along the road. And it’s not about just running with the bad stuff. It’s about looking at both sides and feeling integrated with them instead of being in a tug of war.
- In the beginning, its gonna take some time to learn a new skill, it is more about asking if it’s worth it. Will it be something that can help you generate income and add to the marketing of the very thing you love.
- You may feel like making money from things around your music or art means you ain’t making money directly from the sales of your art or music so you might not feel like an artist. That’s a totally valid feeling. I say Its always brilliant to link things you are in line with to your craft, eg if you are a piano player and you help sell a few great pianos and amps to others around the world who would have potentially gone out there and bought rubbish.
- It’s going to take a small investment to start your business. Investment in your education, understanding, skill development and building your trust up. Honestly, this was a hard one for me cause it felt like I was investing in something away from my craft until i changed my perspective on it and came at it from a different viewpoint.
The final point.
So we now have a way where we can travel and operate from anywhere in the world as long as there is Wifi. We can spend 2hrs a day or up to as much time as we would like to spend depending on how fast and hard we want to build something. We can line up with businesses and people who we respect and want to really back. We acquire a new skill and can then help other people do the same if we want to. We can make it passive and how much you make from it is unlimited.
It’s awesome to read a blog and go wow that sounds great let’s roll with this. The only way you really know if it works is to take something and try it on and see if you want to keep it or throw it away. This is one way, out of endless possibilities to what our stream of consciousness can create, to get what you want. I hope iv laid it out in the most authentic way possible for you to feel because we all know whats it’s like to read an article and go “Damn I hope that’s true”
To learn more about how an online business can give you time and geographical freedom, check out this free webinar with my mentor Stuart Ross