Hobby or Living?

  1. 4 years ago

    Sound Variety

    19 Aug 2015 User since 2015 USA + 865 RP

    Just curious to know how many of you produce and sell beats as a hobby or to make a living?

  2. legendarybeatz

    19 Aug 2015 Power Contributor User since 2015 + 1972 RP

    Right now it's a side gig. I just got married a few months ago and moved to another country, so I can't really work until my papers go through, but I have been getting some sales.

  3. OxygenBeats

    19 Aug 2015 Power Contributor User since 2015 + 3556 RP

    living! full time :D

  4. Royal

    24 Aug 2015 User since 2015 San Diego California + 328 RP
    Edited 4 years ago by Royal

    Depends what you put in I guess. You put in full time effort, you can make it into a full time job. Part time effort...part time job. Consider yourself lucky if you just sell beats. Most people diversify and offer multiple services related to producing.

    Others build up a catalog. set up Soundgine and let the supplemental money come in. You can have a full time job somewhere and let your website, beat store make you money while your working and sleeping.

  5. OxygenBeats

    24 Aug 2015 Power Contributor User since 2015 + 3556 RP

    If you want to do music full time, I think you have to get really good at it. To get really go at something, you have to do it a lot. To do something the most you can possibly do it, you have to do it full time. And to do something full time when you're on the come up, I think you should minimize your costs of living.

    Stop going out to eat. Heat up some potatoes for lunch, they're the cheapest source of carbs; much cheaper than noodles or rice. Eat a couple cans of tuna for dinner. Stop driving a car, ride a bike; save on gas, insurance, and gym bills. Stop partying. Stop going out on dates. Stop buying games. Stop playing games. Find the cheapest place to live that can function as a place to make music. If you need more space, scrap your bed and sleep on the floor (I sleep on the floor, because a while back when I moved into this small studio, I didn't have room for my equipment AND a bed, so naturally I chose my equipment). Apply for food stamps. Get back some of those tax monies you paid!! Apply for any other government funds you think you might be approved for.

    Then, once your living costs are low enough to do music full time... you can get better, grow your business, and eventually, you can slowly start bringing back in some of those things you sacrificed as you see fit.

  6. Soundgine

    24 Aug 2015 Administrator User since 2014 Los Angeles + 17780 RP

    Legally I can't tell you who is making good money with Soundgine but after working with clients, helping them out in the admin, adding features, we get a feel of who is making the top money on Soundgine.

    It's the people that grind it out everyday, that simple. We've seen the majority make about $500+ a month. While people that take their business seriously make about $6k+ a month. Let me take back what I said about "take their business seriously" You can take your business seriously and not make that much. What I mean, stay consistent and work through the growing pains.

    We get tons of people that sign-up to our service and cancel after one month. Most of these people have a "I'll just put up a beat store and get rich" mentality. If only it was that easy.
    @OxygenBeats' Going out to eat is stupid expensive. You're right, starting your business means you must sacrifice.

  7. OxygenBeats

    24 Aug 2015 Power Contributor User since 2015 + 3556 RP

    '@Soundgine' Yeah, I find it ridiculous how many people get discouraged and quit when they don't make money in the first month, two months, six months, year... etc...

    I think if you want to win it all, you have to be willing to take the risk of losing it all. You have to have the "I'm either going to win or die trying" attitude. Because without a doubt, you're going to encounter rough times ahead. And during your low points, you're going to want to quit. But quitting can't be an option. If you quit when you have it rough, you'll never get to see the reward for pushing through it all.

  8. Sound Variety

    25 Aug 2015 User since 2015 USA + 865 RP

    Cool guys! I was just curious, because I know everyone has their reasons why they produce and if it's a hobby or a full time gig. I personally do it as a hobby and love to create a variety of sounds. Helps me release my creativity and meet some interesting people :)

  9. LoonyBinBeats

    27 Aug 2015 Power Contributor User since 2014 + 1461 RP

    I've been making beats since I was 12 years old and now I'm 23 going on 24, I'm not exactly living off of my music quite yet since I'm only half way through my second year selling but I wouldn't really call it my hobby either, It's my life. I love music and I love the feeling I get when someone can use my music to express themselves and chase their own dreams. I know one day very soon I will be living off my music, not struggling, not scraping by but actually living the way I want because I'm determined. Last year I knew nothing about how to make a website, or mailing lists or even how to properly promote yourself on social media, but I can now say that I did what I set out to do, I'm no where near where I want to be but everyday I'm one step closer. Hope you guys are as hungry as I am, stay up everyone!!

  10. last year


    13 Oct 2018 User since 2016 Washington + 384 RP

    I'm bringing this thread back from the dead instead of starting a new one since my question is similar to the OP. Do you think selling beats is a realistically a part-time gig? Just seems really hard making this business a full time thing.

  11. Will

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2017 + 79 RP

    Obviously, I can't speak for everyone and I know more than a few that do this full time on Soundgine but for 60-70% (I'm guessing) of people selling beats online it's a side hustle. Sure, I'd love to sell music full time but my job offers guarantee pay and health insurance.

    I let me beat store bring in residual money and it's automatic money. The amount of money that comes in every month is random. Sometimes $130 a month, sometimes $400, perhaps if I marketed better that would rise.

    The point is, it's so worth it to leave your beat store up and get that extra side money.

  12. Kate

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2016 Los Angeles + 144 RP

    (whistle) (whistle) (whistle) (whistle) (grin)

    I don't make enough to have it pay for rent but it does pay for most of my other bills and I'm A-OK with that. I don't put much into marketing myself either but it's nice getting that side cash.

  13. Derrian

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2015 + 373 RP

    Noticing that the people that do this as a hobby don't aggressively do any marketing or put in serious work, maybe there's a connection.

  14. killtraxxx

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2017 SF + 662 RP

    Living. I've been through hell and back establishing myself and many times asked myself why I was dumping time and money into this. I stuck through it and came out great.

    Selfishly, I prefer it being a hard journey because if it wasn't I would be out of business with all the new guys coming in. You still have to have fun though and treat the process like money isn't the driving force.

  15. Berengere

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2016 Lisbon + 267 RP
    Edited last year by Berengere

    Hobby here

    I do make enough to more than cover my monthly subscription, but I just love creating. I model full time though and that's why I think I don't sell a ton so I think you get what you put in.

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  16. DEVIZE

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2018 Qld, Australia + 593 RP

    A living hobby

    I can afford to live of music if need be but I don't as I already have a full time job

    6 weeks of holidays a year
    Sick leave
    Super annuation (nest egg)
    Get loans easier

    None of that comes into play if you wanna do music fulltime, especially as an upcomer. Some of you sacrifice food, going out, leisure etc? so basically you're not living at all & dreaming.

  17. Royal

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2015 San Diego California + 328 RP

    If you got the finances, do it full time. The dream is to do what you love. Most don't have that option. Selling beats takes care of my car payment, cell phone bill, cable and water.

    So file me in as Hobby.
    My full time gives me the health insurance I need for my health issues.

  18. Kate

    13 Oct 2018 User since 2016 Los Angeles + 144 RP

    For me it's getting the energy to make new music, all I want to do when I get home is sleep.


  19. DEVIZE

    14 Oct 2018 User since 2018 Qld, Australia + 593 RP

    @Kate' For me it's getting the energy to make new music, all I want to do when I get home is sleep.


    I hear that. I work fulltime, 2 kids and often nap on couch after work. Its finding the right time, for example I may make a beat at night in phones then on my days off master the beat and always upload 1-2 on the weekend , sometimes showing peeps on FB/IG the beat in progress to get them interested. Creating 1 min beat vids on completed beats has got me a massive sales increase & also engaging artists on instagram.


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