Musician Income Only

Being a musician only, relying only on my music career as a source of income and learning to survive on musician income only seems like a crazy idea. But I am of the belief that if you don’t try it, you will never make it there. So today I start my adventure of making it as a musician only.

I’m going to cheat a little at first and ease my way into this. I already have a ton of music equipment, a working band, experience, a reputation and a published CD being distributed all over the world. That said, I have made negative money every year that I have written MUSICIAN on my taxes. Why? Well, I guess I never told myself that I should be making money. I considered it an extraordinarily expensive hobby and always had three jobs on the side to pay for it.

A little about me: I am a twenty-six year old married stay at home mother of two homeschooled little girls ages seven and five. I am an on and off college student pursuing a pre-medical biology nursing degree. I have been a Scentsy consultant for two years. I am a home owner and landlord of five years. I have worked in offices doing administrative work and designing websites. I have owned a music store. I have been writing and performing songs since I was nine years old. I have been blogging as a hobby since I was thirteen and I really enjoy spreadsheets.

Basically, I wear a lot of hats. I have been for a while, but that ended yesterday. I had my sister move in and take over my landlord duties. I withdrew from my college. I turned down the next job I was about to take working for a few radio stations on nights and weekends. I will maintain my Scentsy business at bare minimum by continuing to buy my own laundry detergent and bath products. My children are both school age in the fall and I am not going to homeschool again this year. I am ready to go all in with music.

Why did I make this decision? I was at a Queen concert recently. In the middle of the song I Want it All, I knew with every bit of my soul that I NEEDED to be on stage. Why had I been putting it on the back burner? Why was I afraid? Why is everything in my life trying to stop me? Because I had some level of doubt about it and was spreading myself too thin trying to make up for it. After the song ended and it was quiet enough for my voice to be heard, I turned to my husband and told him, “I HAVE to tour. I have to do music. And I will not let anything get in my way.”


This led to my amusing quitting spree and surprisingly not into a huge argument. I am super excited and ready to make this happen. I’ve defined my goals and put them in a spreadsheet. Spreadsheets determine whether an idea will work or not. I will make it work. I will discuss that in the next blog.

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