Anybody that is in a band knows just how difficult it is to earn money from their trade. The music world is a particularly difficult one to get into, and it can be very difficult to forge any semblance of a career within it. However, if you are passionate about your music and you feel that you really want to get out there, then you are going to have to find a way of making a living from it, no matter how meager. For this reason, it is really important that you maximize on your sales opportunities when you’re out and about playing your music – and the best way to do this is by having really good merchandise. In this article we are going to give you some great ideas for brilliant merchandise that you can sell at your gigs (and in the meantime, advertise your band!) Read on for more information.
Badges are a really good way of advertising your band. They are really cheap to have made up, and even if you only sell them for a cent each, you will still make your money back in no time at all. This is a great idea for something to sell at gigs to people that have less money and can’t necessarily afford to buy a CD. When people wear your badge on their clothes or bags, they will also be advertising your band and helping to spread the word about what it is that you do. Don’t miss this trick as it is a very clever way of making some money and getting some extra advertising.
Of course, any band worth their salt will want to produce their very own CD to sell at gigs. This will cost you some money to make and produce, so you have to make sure that your sales procedures are good. Make sure that there is always somebody selling your CDs at every gig, make the music also available as a download, and also make sure that the CDs are available to sell from your website. The profit margin on CDs is very good – as long as you shop around you can get them produced for very little money, meaning the majority of the sale price can go back into funding the band.
There is no better way of advertising your band than to have the name stamped on the back and front of T-shirts! Sell your T-shirts at gigs, making sure that they have been designed in such a way that they are a fashionable thing to wear. The profit margin on T-shirts is also very good, as long as you shop around for the best deals. You could also think about having custom hoodies made up, as well as caps, scarves and even bags – the sky is the limit!
Making sure that you do everything that you can to raise money to support your band is essential if you want to make it in the music business. Never miss a trick to earn a quick buck, or to get your name advertised either!