5 Music Funding Secrets – How Can I Fund My Music Projects Without Working a Regular Job?

The phrase “starving artist” has become a cliché because it’s often true. Indeed, it can take a long time before an independent artist starts earning enough from their music to make a living. Musicians often find themselves in the proverbial “catch-22” of having to take a regular job to fund their music but then not having enough time or energy left at the end of the day to pursue their musical endeavors. The good news is, there is a way! There are music funding “secrets” any artist can use to start earning passive income to fund their music projects.

Secret #1: You need a system that does the heavy lifting for you. Think of the word SYSTEM as an acronym for “Saves You Some Time, Energy, and Money”. That’s because a good system, once setup, will continue to do the work for you while you focus on your music. To succeed in making money online as a musician, you need to make use of a special type of system known as a “funnel”. You may have heard this term before and scratched your head wondering what it is. A funnel is simply a system that collects the contact information (an email and/or phone number) of someone interested in whatever you’re offering and then “funnels” them through a follow-up sequence. Funnels are always used by the top online marketing gurus because they are proven to work.

Secret #2: Your funnel system should initially focus on affiliate programs where you don’t have to provide any product or services. You merely recommend certain tools to others like yourself who will benefit from them just as you have. In turn for your recommendation, you earn a commission. However, you can’t just pick any old’ affiliate program to plug into your funnel. This is one of the biggest secrets of all to make money online as a musician. You need to be selective and focus your efforts on promoting high quality tools that will pay you recurring monthly income. Did you catch that? It’s crucial and bears repeating: the secret to music funding is in recommending tools that will not only benefit other musicians, but also earn you recurring income month after month. You don’t want to be spending your time chasing new sales each month. You need to be able to keep earning from your funnel system’s referrals month after month, year after year. Recurring monthly income is the key!

Secret #3: You need a funnel system that will automatically follow-up for you with those whom have entered your funnel system Again, you can simply use email or, for added punch, also utilize SMS text messaging which gets much higher open rates. Are you starting to see how, once setup, your system will be doing all the heavy lifting for you? That’s the magical leverage of having a funnel system!

Secret #4: Your system should provide training on how to use the tools you promote. While setting up a funnel is something just about anybody can do, it can be helpful to have step-by-step training videos to make the process easier, especially for those who are less technically adept.

Secret #5: You can then leverage your music funding funnel and the skills you’ve learned from it to create other funnels for promoting your own music, merchandise, virtual or live concerts, “pre-saves” on streaming platforms like Spotify, and on and on it goes! Just like with your music funding system, you can create a sequence of follow-up emails and SMS messages to engage your new potential fans and lead them back to your music, video, social media profile, merchandise offer, or whatever else you want them to check out.

Having a music funding system is the ideal way to support yourself as an indie artist and answer the question “How to fund my music without trading hours for checks?” It’s a great solution to generating income from home so you don’t have to take a job that drains you of the time and energy needed for your music projects. Then, when you’re ready to promote your next song or album, your system will be there for you to do that as well!

Appointments – Manage Your Time Better At Home to Be Effective

What would happen to you if your home life was more organized than it is right now? Can work-life balance be achieved? What are the tools at our disposal? Could scheduling appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize?

What is the challenge we face? I sometimes find that time spent at home can be the busiest time, especially in the times we live in. Imagine someone working from home, home-schooling children, and sometimes even doing a side hustle. Imagine also the full-time home-based entrepreneur. How do they manage to do all they need to do in a day?. We are living in a time when many entrepreneurs and even company employees have adopted work- at – home culture. This comes with its challenges as the lines become blurred between home and work. These blurred lines and constraints on the limited resource called time result in over-worked, under-rested, burnt-out individuals. Whilst good time management has been encouraged and indeed, embraced in the workplace, I believe more needs to be done in changing the mindset for the elusive work-life balance to be achieved.

What are the tools at our disposal? To manage time effectively at home, there are many interventions one can employ including setting goals for the day, prioritizing wisely, setting a time limit for every task, organizing oneself, and instituting the discipline of appointments. Yes, an appointment at home! We can spend time pontificating on the pros and cons of each intervention, however, I believe we need to focus on appointments and see how this can powerfully change the course of one’s day regardless of whether it’s a workday or weekend. Life is busy as it is without any intrusions. The question is how do you handle the one who announces that they are at the gate. These can be friends, neighbors, a salesman of some product you do not even need. I am not promoting regimentation here but rather a culture of filling your day with what’s important. Everything that we succeed at is because we carefully plan and execute it. I am a firm believer that you cannot manage time if you do not manage yourself thus I implore you to incorporate planning and appointments into your repertoire. I am not talking about something I do not do. I have to achieve many things in a day therefore I set appointments with my work, others, and myself.

Could scheduling appointments and keeping them on the home front help us save time and prioritize? Whereas we have established that it is a normal business practice to set appointments and keep them, we need to abandon the liberal open-door policy of allowing all and sundry to have access to us as and when they please on the home front. Please understand where I am coming from. We each have greatness within us but for us to achieve it we need to culture great habits. Employing the use of appointments at home and seeing only those people you had agreed to see removes non-essential encounters especially during the most productive hours. I know this will vary with culture, geographical region, or even level of affluence, whether you live in a low density or high-density residential area, but doesn’t negate the need to be organized and effective. Controlling access determines how organized you are and how well you will work and rest when the time for scheduled rest comes.

What do we need to do differently? We need to be disciplined and diligent, learn to say no, now is not a good time, let’s make an appointment for next week. What are the benefits of this approach? You are not always fire-fighting to meet deadlines, You are not always tired because you have not taken time out to rest. You have set aside enough time to spend with your loved ones or a loved one. If you are a busy person, I am sure you appreciate what I am saying. Whether it’s time to work uninterrupted, family time, or “me-time”, it takes some kind of order to enjoy it.

I am not saying that those that come unannounced are bad people. No, not at all, they probably are people you enjoy spending time with. Nevertheless, there must be prior communication so that you can attend to your visitor(s) when it is convenient for both you and them. It can be quite disrupting and a whole day can just pass by without achieving anything that you had planned to do.

As we grow older we begin to appreciate that rest and recovery need to be scheduled. The fact that I am relaxing doesn’t mean that I don’t have anything to do. One therefore cannot assume that just because you are at home you are available. Maybe you have scheduled that time to rest. That is important. You need to make an appointment with yourself, spouses need to also set aside time for each other. Parents need to schedule a time to spend with their children. When you have some sort of order in your life you determine who sees you and who you see. It also means that your relationships will be healthy and that makes you a happier person.

In conclusion, I believe that the work-life balance can be achieved. There are many tools at our disposal just like it is in the workplace.I believe we could do more and be happier if we are disciplined enough to make only the commitments we can keep.I am certain that setting appointments and keeping them at home help us save time and prioritize.