6 Best Side Jobs For Musicians
On top of your crazy schedule of performing, writing, and recording, it can be hard for us musicians to find the best side jobs while not on the road.
However, with a little creativity in-between your music gigs you can make some good money.
Just by combining your online income, your merchandise sales, live gigs, and side jobs, you’ll be living comfortably as a full time musician in no time.
After reading this post you should have 6 new ideas that can be the side stream of cash flow your music journey needs!
1. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Being able to make your own schedule is key to finding a side job as an indie artist. With driving for Uber or Lyft this could not be more convenient.
You are basically your own boss and work when you want, for as long as you want.
2. Play Bars
If you’re not already a ‘bar band’ this may sound weird.
I get it, you want to play your original music to your fanbase, not drunk people.
But, if you’re willing to perform some covers for an hour or more this can be a great place to get some serious funding for your band.
You can make anywhere from $250 or much more a gig.
Some bar performers make in the low $1,000’s for one night. Not a bad way to reinvest into the career you’re really working towards!
3. Resell Items on Craigslist, Letgo, Facebook Marketplace, OfferUp, PoshMark
This one is a personal favorite, mainly because I think it’s the easiest and most practical.
If you are strapped for cash, play in a band, and have an extra 30 mins a day you are leaving serious money on the table.
There are so many people that will buy almost anything posted online. First look around your house and sell any items you are not using. Tag Sales, Free sections, and discount stores are other great places to source.
If you get smart with what to buy and resell you can make thousands.
If you have basically any skill, at all, then you can make money from this site. Fiverr connects freelance workers with customers worldwide.
Do you design websites, have skill with handling audio, great at music promotion, video, grammar? Literally any skill you have can be created into a Fiverr gig.
I often find myself outsourcing various tasks using the service. Hey, maybe I’ll buy your gig once you post it up 😉
5. Give Music Lessons
Are you a great drummer, singer, lyricist, guitar player? I bet there’s a group of new musicians just waiting for the perfect music teacher to come into their lives.
Music instructors can make $60 or even more per hour. That’s a 6 figure salary if you’re working 40 hours a week!
Even if you don’t think you’re an expert, you may have a lot of knowledge to pass down to those just starting.
Airtasker is a services marketplace/freelancing platform that freelancers or musicians can use to find work that can earn them a quick buck.
Similarly, Airtasker can help people find skilled individuals (and artists) who can complete whatever task they need to get done at the moment, be it home cleaning, handyman jobs, admin work, photography, graphic design or even website building.
6. Pet Caretaker
People often don’t have time to exercise their pup after a long day of work… but have no fear, an indie musician is here!
Websites like Rover.com connect pet parents with dog people who’ll treat their pets like family.
You can offer help from pet sitting, walking, day care, or in-home dog boarding.
Rover has helped book dog care services in over 10,000 US cities. Maybe there’s a dog in your town looking for a musical friend!
Well, there they are, the 6 Best Side Jobs for unsigned musicians.
Try these out, before you know it your music income will be large enough to free you from the corporate life