The Ultimate Guide to Making Money as a Beatmaker
For musicians, beatmakers, and music fans alike, it’s easy to see why beat making has become so popular as an online business opportunity over the last few years. It doesn’t take any expensive equipment to get started making beats—all you need is something like FL Studio or Ableton Live and some sample packs, and you can get started with your own music production career right away. But once you have the necessary tools, how do you make money selling beats online? What are the best options out there? And how do you stay competitive?
If you’re just starting out in the beat-making industry, it can be difficult to know where to start. From creating an account on the top music store of your choice, like SoundCloud or Bandcamp, to branding yourself through social media, there are lots of steps involved.
In this article on how to sell beats online and make money as a beatmaker, we’ll take you through every detail so that you’re prepared for success when it comes time for you to put your skills up for sale.
Start selling your beats online
A major decision that new producers face is deciding whether to use their own name as their artist name or create a pseudonym (a pen name).
It’s important to remember that whoever owns the copyright has all rights over what happens with the song. If you publish under your own name, it may get confusing if someone else publishes the same track under their name first. On the other hand, if you publish under a pseudonym, there will be no confusion about who is publishing which track.
For example, Daft Punk doesn’t release their tracks under any one producer’s name but rather Daft Punk. Similarly, artists like Gucci Mane and Drake don’t release songs using their real names.
This also helps with branding, there is only 1 Gucci Mane but probably many Radric Davis’s. This makes it easier for fans to find you and gives your brand a strong identity.
Just make sure that when choosing a name for your alias that it won’t infringe on anyone else’s copyright.
If you use your own last name, ensure that there isn’t already another artist named the same thing or similar sounding variation - doing so could lead to legal issues down the line.
Choose the right websites
There are lots of websites that allow you to sell beats online. A good place to start is to use your favorite search engine and then plug in sell beats online into the search bar.
When looking for beat sites, here are some sites that allow for the digital sales of beat tapes or individual instrumentals.
The first site that comes to mind is Audiomack, which allows users to purchase single tracks and even whole albums on their site. It also has an artist discovery program that gives new artists exposure for free so you might want to try it out!
Beatstars is another great website that allows artists and beatmakers to upload music including full-length albums and single tracks. Make sure to create high-quality content for your listeners and fans so that they keep coming back for more. Uploading songs every week or two is a great way to keep them interested in what you’re doing.
Finally, don’t forget about YouTube. Uploading videos of yourself making different types of beats will give people who aren’t able to buy from these other websites an opportunity to listen too! Just be careful not to give away any beat-making secrets because if anyone knows how to recreate your sound, you’ll be out of business!
Be creative with what you post and remember that visuals are important. Make sure the video looks professional so people take you seriously. If a viewer can’t tell that someone put time and effort into their video, they won’t want to spend money on something from them either.
Build relationships with potential buyers
If you are planning on uploading your beats online and selling them, research other beatmakers that are doing the same thing. That way, you will know who to market your music to and make new connections with.
Additionally, it is crucial that you give samples of your music to potential buyers so they can listen and make sure the quality of their purchase is up to par.
Create a variety of different types of beats in order to appeal to as many customers as possible. Some people may want mellow hip-hop, while others may want upbeat dance music.
It’s important to keep in mind what type of beat you’re selling when creating or marketing it.
In order to sell more beats, promote yourself by talking about your experience making songs and showcasing some of your work. Promote yourself through social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter as well as create links from other websites such as SoundCloud or YouTube videos.
You could also mention the success of other beatmakers in your area or country to help build an image for yourself. Try to get testimonials from artists who have used your beats so people can see how satisfied they were with your product. You could also write blogs about how to produce different types of genres or upload tutorials on YouTube.
Keep in mind, if someone likes what you’re doing enough, they’ll hire you! People might also be willing to pay more than the average customer because you are a professional musician. Just remember to find out what type of beats a person wants before you decide on prices.
You never know - if you start out cheap, you may end up being able to charge more later. Don’t forget about returning customers either - this is one of the most powerful strategies for marketing your music online! Be sure to set deadlines for clients who want your services and stick to them; this builds trust with future clients too.
Set up everything correctly on your website or profile
Be sure to set up your website or profile with some basic information, and make sure that you include links. You should also consider what type of service you will provide - do you offer premade beats, do you have the ability to produce custom beats, or are your beats sample-based?
You can even offer up some of your own creations for sale on the site or through your profile. Don’t be afraid to give away a few of your tracks if it’ll get people interested in buying more from you. If people are really feeling the beat, they might even become subscribers and download all of your music for one monthly fee!
In addition to a subscription, there’s always the option of having fans buy individual songs at regular intervals. For example, listeners may purchase an album for $10 instead of paying $1 per song (which is usually the case).
As long as customers enjoy the product, this model is an excellent way to continue making money off of each piece.
Another great option for beatmakers is to offer a beat of the day for $5. With this strategy, potential buyers will know exactly how much they’re spending before purchasing. There are also so many websites out there where you can sell beats that it makes sense to explore them all and see which sites work best for you.
Whether you’re selling premade beats or producing custom ones specifically for someone, it pays to put yourself in their shoes and ask questions about their musical preferences. Find out what kind of instrumentation they like, what genre they prefer, etc., so that you can tailor your sound accordingly.
Get your pricing strategy right
The first and most important thing is determining what your beat prices will be. Pricing can be an extremely touchy subject for both producers and customers. You have to think about supply and demand, which means you’re setting your own price that you think the market will bear.
If there are many people who want your beats and very few of them are available, the price will go up. If not many people are interested in your beats, they’ll go down.
One popular way to do this is through auctions where buyers bid on how much they would pay for your beat (or some variation). In these cases, the person with the highest bid gets it. Another way to do this would be through commissioned work where someone pays you a certain amount of money upfront for exclusive rights to one or more of your beats.
Regardless of what type of pricing strategy you use, make sure it’s something that benefits you too! For example, if you sell beats for $50 each but get only 10 sales per month then that equals $500/month. But if you charge $10 per track and sell 100 tracks per month then that equals $1,000/month. It’s always better to charge less if it means you will sell significantly more - even if the profit margins seem small at first!
Use likes and reviews to build credibility
Building credibility with your listeners and potential customers can be one of the most difficult parts of being an artist. There are many ways that artists can create credibility with their audience, including liking, commenting on, and sharing the posts or pictures that other users post on social media sites like Facebook or Instagram.
Sharing your music and beats on YouTube is another way to connect with followers and fans. You may not make money off of these videos at first, but you will establish relationships with people who will buy your music in the future.
In addition to posting videos of yourself making beats, upload tutorials and demonstrations on how to use software programs like FL Studio or Logic Pro so that others have easy access to learning new skills.
You could also provide webinars about mixing techniques if you have the skills.
If you already know how to play an instrument, it would be wise to share some of your best performances online for free or for purchase.
Finally, give away free mixes and instrumentals from time to time to keep up the momentum. It’s also good to offer giveaways for those who follow you. For example, if someone follows you on Twitter, they might get a chance to win something by tweeting back I just followed @yourbeatname after following your account.
You should always ask what kind of prize they want before accepting the request. These little tricks will help you stay fresh in the minds of your followers and potential customers.
Create a business plan for yourself
If you’re an up-and-coming beatmaker, the best way to make money is by selling your beats online. This can be done through websites like Beatstars and Airbit, or with your own website.
To get started, all you need is one of these options, a PayPal account, and your beats. Once you have those three things, head over to Beatstars or Airbit and upload your beats. You’ll be asked to choose a price, but keep in mind that it will vary depending on the terms of the license.
Your goal should be to sell as many copies of your music as possible while also making sure you charge reasonable prices so people are willing to purchase them.
With this method, you can use advertising methods such as social media, word-of-mouth referrals, posting flyers around town, or sending out mass emails.
Whatever you do, just make sure it’s consistent and always includes links back to your page where people can purchase beats from you. By doing this, you’ll attract more buyers who see what other people are buying. Just remember to offer samples of your work before asking for their credit card information! That way, buyers know exactly what they’re getting and there’s no risk of disappointment.
When choosing how much to offer as a sample, ask yourself how much does this person want to listen to? It could be anywhere from one second to thirty seconds. That being said, don’t give away too much free content, or else potential customers might not feel compelled enough to purchase something.
Instead, give them a small taste first to encourage sales.
Stay persistent even when it feels like you are failing.
This is going to sound cliche, but you can’t give up. This business might not be for you, and that’s ok. But, while you’re trying it out, focus on finding the parts of the process that work for you, and use those tools moving forward. Don’t spend too much time on things that aren’t working- focus on what’s good and learn from those things. Make adjustments if necessary.
Stay persistent even when it feels like you are failing. You may need to make some adjustments along the way, but keep at it and don’t give up.
It’s important to stay focused on what works for you and then branch out from there. I believe persistence will eventually pay off, so stay true to yourself while still being open-minded enough to change your methods if needed.
It is now easier than ever to start making money from your beats.
It may seem confusing at first but with enough time it will become second nature.
Hopefully, this blog shed some light on what is all involved, if you have any questions or comments feel free to reach out to us on social media.