I have decided to start my own business

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  1. Guitarwizard

    Guitarwizard SS.org Regular

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    Oct 6, 2006
    Zurich, Switzerland
    Some of you might have seen this thread:http://www.sevenstring.org/forum/recording-studio/62403-commercial-film-score.html.

    Composing music for any kind of commercial use, wheter advertisements, phone waiting-lines or what ever, has always been in my head. As far as I can imagine, or at least as I assume and hope, this field seems to be one of the last ones in which there's actually money to be made by making music.
    I have done some some similar jobs in the past on a semi-pro basis, some with pay, some without, but lately I have become more serious about it and I have a small portfolio together to show.
    I think by the time I became quite good at it, and I'm ready to take the next step.

    My goal is to get the business running by first concentrating on telephone waiting-line stuff.
    There are tons of small businesses which have their main connection to the outside world through the telephone, but still use the boring beep-beep tone.
    Also, as the piece of music will be played through a really bad mono-speaker anyway, there is no need to really get the highest-possible production quality.
    Also, as I don't really have a network yet of very good studio musicians,
    I have good chances to do most of the jobs by only using VST's and synths (of which 99% of commercially used music consists anyway).
    But nevertheless, I don't have enough opportunities at the moment to also offer vocals, for example. But that shall change sometime, I think.

    Getting customers will probably be the hardest part. I think I will start by focussing on internet (website, mailings) and mass-sendings of advertisements through the good ol' postal service.

    In the far future I want to expand the whole thing on to website-sounds, corporate audio, tv-spot music and so on.
    But I'll see what the future brings.

    Any suggestions, thoughts?
    Has someone of you done something similar?
    Can you see any must-do's and big no-no's I should be aware of?
    How do you think should I handle the pricing, what would YOU pay for a similar service?
    From a technical view, what equipment do you think I NEED to have?
    So far, everythings been basically doable with just loads of VSTs. Is there anything else you recommend?

    Thanks guys!
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  2. Daiephir

    Daiephir likes peanut butter

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    Jul 8, 2009
    I cant say I've done any of this, but I wish you luck :agreed:
  3. Rick

    Rick ALL HAIL DJOD Forum MVP

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    Apr 25, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I think it's pretty fucking cool. Any job where you get paid to write music is awesome. :yesway:
  4. Sebastian

    Sebastian Poland CEO / RHLC ©

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    Aug 19, 2006
    Cracow, Poland
    I have to agree with Rick :agreed:

  5. Customisbetter

    Customisbetter WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot Contributor

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    Jul 20, 2009
    Lansing, MI
    You found a talent, you saw an application, you will succeed. :agreed:

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