Now that you’ve read about the importance of systems in a business, it’s time to implement them into your career so you can succeed at scale.
1: Get your music catalog organized.
I’m sure you see me plugging my business often, but I can’t stress this enough. If your music isn’t cataloged and managed, you will miss out on licensing deals, sync deals, collaboration deals, and so much more. If you can buy Netflix for $9.99/month, you can afford our cheapest plan to organize/manage up to 10 songs in your catalog from $3.99/month. Invest in yourself. Sign up here
. Once you’ve signed up and subscribed to a plan, you’ll immediately be able to organize and track your entire catalog, along with all of your catalog metadata in one central place.
2: Automate Promotion
If you’re a musician that wants to focus on content and song creation, you have to automate your marketing and promotion. One simple way to do this is by creating a spreadsheet with a list of playlist owners, YouTube reaction channels, Blogger’s, etc.
Next, learn how to use a free tool like Hunter Campaigns
. This service allows you to send personalised and automated emails that you can send to all of the people in your spreadsheet.
Once you’ve set this up, every time you release a song, you can send a custom email that explains a little about your track (with a link) and that you’d love to know if they’d consider promoting it.
This will save you hours/days of time every release cycle.
3: Automate Branding/Tasks
For every E-book Musicspace releases, we’ve created a Photoshop document (PSD) that allows us to replace one book cover image with another. Doing so allows us to speed up graphic design processes for when we release a new E-book.
Think about ways you can automate branding elements with your career, for example:
- If you use a vintage/grain overlay on your videos, save it as a preset so your editor (or you) can quickly edit your videos and make them look similar and unified.
- Create and save an email template you send to your newsletter subscribers so they can always expect a familiar template/design.
- Use a platform like later.com to schedule your Instagram content, or a platform like feedhive.io to schedule your Twitter content. This frees up time to ensure you focus on music.
4: Financial Software
One of the best things to come out of the world of technology is accounting software. Suddenly, after years of manually inputting data into confusing spreadsheets, we now have access to accounting services that connect to our bank accounts and ensures we stay compliant when it comes to tax season.
We recommend Google searching, “Simple accounting software” or “affordable accounting service”.
For reference, Musicspace uses a company based in the UK called “The Accountancy Partnership” (TAP). TAP helps us automate our expense tracking and income so that finances are no longer a headache. This area of your career is so important to automate and understand (it’s one of the main things that bankrupts musicians).