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How to Still Earn a Living - Without a Full-Time Job

Losing a job can be devastating. Not only is it a hit to your confidence, but it is extremely stressful, especially if the bills are mounting. Fortunately, we live in an age where there are many resources available to us to see us through tough times financially. If you have an ear for music, Janie Gallegos shares how you can put your skills to good use outside a full-time paying job.

Stream music

If you have a way of compiling melodies, then using live-streaming to distribute your music is an excellent way to earn passive income. Bandcamp, Spotify, and Apple Music are good avenues to look at if you want to earn royalties every time your music is streamed.

Make money through licensing

If you want to safeguard your unique material, the best way to do this is through licensing your creations. Not only this, but you'll get paid every time someone wants to use your music, lyrics, or compositions for specific projects.

Play live

If you are a talented musician, then you might want to consider playing live at any events or gigs you can get your hands on. Getting your stuff out there for all to see is a great way to also gain exposure so that you can potentially land a high-paying job long-term.

Teach music

If you want to find a rewarding way of giving back while still earning money on the side, then perhaps consider teaching music to students that are hungry to learn more about what you have to offer. If you don't want the hassle of renting out a studio, then teaching online is also a good option.

Start a business

If the jobs aren't coming to you, then the next best thing to probably do is take things into your own hands and create an opportunity for yourself. Starting a business is an opportunity for you to do what you truly want to do according to how you want to do it. In other words, you have full creative license to dream big and execute those ideas you've been contemplating for the longest time. Furthermore, if you choose the right business structure, you stand to benefit even more.

An LLC is an excellent choice in this regard if you don't want to be tied down by unnecessary red tape, copious amounts of paperwork, and a rigid structure. If you need assistance in setting this up, there is plenty of help available. Choosing a formation service that knows its stuff regarding registering a business - and even registering a business in different states within the country is a good option to go with.

Use marketing material to your advantage

Business cards are also another way to stand out in a crowd, especially if your crowd has lots of competition competing for their attention. Moreover, you don't even have to approach a graphic designer to create free business cards for you with the many free templates available online. All you have to do is find one that suits your tastes and preferences and then customize it with images, text, and colors to make it represent your business accurately.

Certainly, losing a job doesn't have to be as tragic as it seems. Not if you can market your way to success with the right tools, such as business cards, to help get the word out about how valuable an asset you can be to someone else's company.

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