In honor of Labor Day, let’s talk about work a little bit. (What, you thought I’d take the day off?) :>)
I’m not talking about crap-I-have-to-go-to-the-office work.
I’m talking about work in your studio, work that you (hopefully) love.
Do you ever get paid for your recording skills? Do you ever charge your clients? Perhaps you don’t, but you’d like to.
Or maybe you’ve started charging for a few projects here and there, but you really don’t know where to start.
Let me see if I can help.
First things first…
I’m not going to tell you how much you should be charging. There are so many variables that come into play, there’s really no way for me to set a definitive “rule” for you to follow.
However, I can give you some guidelines for how to think about charging for your work, along with some different ways to go about it.
But before I talk about that, let me just say this. There’s nothing wrong with making money from your talents. If you are legitimately good at what you do, if you can get a decent-sounding recording, then you shouldn’t feel weird about asking for money in exchange for that service.
When I first sold a training video here on HSC, I was a little freaked out. What if everyone gets offended that I dare ask for money? Guess what? If you provide something valuable, people will pay for it.
Is that singer-songwriter capable of recording his own music and making it sound good? No? Can you do that? That’s valuable.
How much you charge, well, that’s up to you. I would experiment. Start low-ish and work your way up.