Last week I started telling you about 5 bad habits that songwriters with home studios need to quit. If you missed that post, read it here.
Here are 3 more habits that songwriters with home studios need to quit:
3. TRYING TO DO TOO MUCH YOURSELF
Truth is, I spend way more than 40 hours per week on my business. I think most songwriters would tell you the same. The demands are huge and you have to work your butt off, constantly. But there are only so many hours in the day, and it’s easy to become frustrated when you realize you can’t do it all. The only solution to being more productive, with only so many hours in the day, is to outsource the stuff you can’t get to, or don’t want to do. The biggest resistance to this is not wanting to spend money or losing creative control. But the fact is, sometimes you have to let other people do the stuff you can’t get to. Otherwise, you WILL NEVER GET TO IT. So, be smart and let go of the reigns a little. The smartest and most successful people have a team around them to help shoulder the responsibilities. If you can’t produce everything yourself, then hire people whose expertise you can rely on to do that for you. Even if you CAN do it, it doesn’t mean you SHOULD.
4. GEEK SPEAK
“Geek speak” is fine when you’re with a group of people who actually understand what EQ and parallel compression are, but don’t bring it up and expound on it to people who don’t have home studios because, more than likely, they won’t have a clue what you’re talking about. Plus, it’s annoying.
5. LIVING IN A BUBBLE
A home studio, by definition, is usually where you live and work. You spend hours upon hours in that space, and sometimes you don’t even talk to anyone. But it’s important to get out of your bubble. To meet people in the industry, to get inspired by other people creating art, and to “fill the well,” creatively speaking. It’s easy to live in your “jammmies” and slippers, but stepping out once in awhile is important to forging new relationships, alliances, collaborations, knowing what’s going on in the industry, and so on. Stop looking at your screen and get back at actual faces. At least once in a while.