Turning a hobby into a paycheck? 

I have been thinking. I can write music. I got some music production chops. I also have quite a bit of nice gear to record with. When I ask for feedback about my music, I usually get positive comments about my production quality (many people are actually surprised it comes from a so-called ‘bedroom’ studio). Now that got me thinking. Why don’t I generate some extra revenue with it?

I got some ideas to generate some income from this (warning, incoherent stream of thought ahead):

Set up a monetized YouTube channel.

This might sound simple, but it actually isn’t. Besides coming up with content to post (music? blogs?), there is also time lost in editing and processing video. And what the hell do I talk about? I’ll probably won’t do tutorials because has been done to death by everyone else. I could do some sort of diary thing and point to sources that I’m using. I could review the gear I already have.

Finish and release unfinished music.

I’m currently sitting on a venerable mountain top of musical ideas. I record myself a lot. I should just get off my ass and finish some songs and release them through sites like Distrokid. Also, I’m playing with the idea of making BMPS a subproject of the Ninth Circle Alliance and releasing the BMPS material under that banner. Also, I’d have to monetize the songs too.

I like what Ola Englund does with Feared. When you buy music by Feared, you also get the raw DI tracks, impulse responses, VST presets, and all sorts of other goodies. This might be a nice idea for hooking into something like Patreon.

Stop providing services for free.

I’m a generous guy. When someone needs some web space in a pinch or needs a domain registered, I usually offer those services for free, but that is bleeding me money. Maybe I should stop doing that.

Look into Patreon

Patreon is an interesting model. Basically, you can have people donate to you for what you release whenever, whatever  and however they like. When they do, they can get some extras. I would have to figure out what would be worthwhile.

I have no illusion that this probably won’t replace my actual work (even though it would be nice if it would). But I’d like to be rewarded for my efforts.