'@Liz Vega' Oh I know about paying bills, I went over my head a few years ago and now live within my means. Admittingly, you need a period of just investing in yourself which means time, payment for services like hosting, beat store, etc. It's not lost money, it's just investment that is usually standard when starting a business. If you sleep during this process then you're surely losing money.
@sontwisted' I'm a little old fashioned when it comes to marketing. I spent 3 months in Los Angeles and walked the streets of Venice and handed out business cards and CD's. I still do this locally. I have thick skin so I can handle rejection but I'd say 35% of the people check you out. My biz cards have a discount code to get them started, word spreads out from there.
No doubt social media is powerful, but I just don't use it.
@cfl' Truthfully, no. Selling beats is one hell of a supplement though and I'd say sales almost equals to a full time job but I have a mortgage, kids, dog the whole thing and I do work another job part time as a law assistant, but I enjoy it. The thing I like is that this is automatic money, set it and forget it.
Anyway, I am no way a professional and I emailed Soundgine and asked where I am as top earners and they said I don't even crack the top 50 earners, lol so this tells me there are some cats absolutely killing it, the problem is I don't think they bother posting on the forum. It's not Soundgine's style to use the success of producers as advertising tools to gain exposure (which I respect) so I can't tell you who they are otherwise I'd pick their brain.
My strategy has always been
Shut the door to my office for days
Work my ass off. There would be days where I couldn't tell if it was AM or PM because I was so damn focused. Ask yourself, do you have this dedication? I don't work as hard anymore because of what I put in initially, but it is smart to at least maintain from time to time. Trust me, there is ALWAYS something to do to make your business better without waiting for Soundgine to come up with new updates, all the tools are there.
Anyway, I'm off to the East Coast and boarding a flight in 30 minutes, but I'll answer any question in a few days.
Just have mad work ethic and create top notch beats. What I mean by that is create beats that are popular and current.
Much LOVE and remember I'm NOT BETTER than you.