Many who know me know that, beyond being a success coach I’m a veteran indie musician. Having made money from my professional music endeavors I’m often asked by other independent musicians how they can jump off into making music their full-time living. It is possible, just about anything is possible, however, being a musician, a designer, an artist, writer or other artistic creative professional often means you’re going to be a solopreneur – someone running a single-person business without employees. And yes, if you’re an artist interested in making a living from your craft, you are in business.
I recently read a blog post, titled, 5 Top Characteristics of Full Time Musicians, written by Dave Cool. If you read the post think about the ideas from your artistic perspective. In other words, read it with your own craft in mind (i.e. artists, writers, designers, etc) even if you’re not a musician.
Characteristic number four stood out to me most because I think it is a misconception that solopreneurs run their business completely alone. While many outsource various aspects of their operation to others who run their own separate businesses (i.e. a virtual assistant, an accountant, a lawyer, a business coach, etc.), those outsourced resources are actually the solopreneur’s “support staff,” without whom their operation would not be as successful.
Below is characteristic number four from the previously mentioned post, in it’s entirety:
“4. They have supportBeing a DIY artist doesn’t mean you have to or should do it all on your own. Derek Sivers, the Founder of CD Baby, wrote a great blog post talking about this subject:http://sivers.org/diyEssentially, Derek says that DIY shouldn’t mean Do-It-ALL-Yourself, but instead should mean Decide-It-Yourself. This is so true, and all the artists I know who are making a full-time living have some kind of support team in place, either a manager, agent, small label or assistant to help them with their career.They didn’t necessarily start out with these people in place, but over time they developed a team to help them manage their careers. In some cases they are life partners, sometimes close friends, but more often it’s a professional manager and/or agent who got on board once they reached a certain level in their career development.”
Who is part of your solopreneur support team?
Posted by: Nick Venturella