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TEM Blog

The Entrepreneurial Musician Blog by Andrew Hitz featuring articles on being an entrepreneur in the music business. Show notes for The Entrepreneurial Musician Podcast.

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Article: Dana Fonteneau on why freelancing is not a dirty word

Andrew Hitz

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Garrett Hope's Porfolio Composer blog featured a guest post by Dana Fonteneau about freelancing which is a really good read.

Dana first talks about what many "real jobs" actually entail above and beyond what we might expect and then eloquently makes the case for being a freelancer and entrepreneur.

"As an entrepreneur, you are your own boss. THERE ARE NO GATE KEEPERS BETWEEN YOU AND YOUR DREAMS.

YES, freelancing can have a lot of instability and volatility at first until you learn how to create systems that create stability and take you out of that “feast or famine” cycle. These are not hard to do but require discipline, focus, and long-term planning. There is NO LIMIT to how much you can do and earn, IT’S UP TO YOU!!!!

It takes a lot of work, but then again, what doesn’t?! If you’re going to be busy and work really hard, you might as well be doing what you LOVE!"

—Dana Fonteneau

You should definitely read the entire article. It is well worth it!

Article: "I Used to Think That Freelancing Was a Dirty Word Until…" by Dana Fonteneau

If you haven't heard it, don't miss the conversation I had with Dana for Episode 85 of TEM.

TEM85: Dana Fonteneau on Figuring out Your "Why", Holding Yourself Accountable When You Work for Yourself and How She Got Her First Paid Clients Before She Had a Proven Track Record

TEM60: Where the world is headed (TEM Short)

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This TEM Short features thoughts about my conversation with Garrett Hope, composer and host of The Portfolio Composer, in Episode 59.


TEM59: Garrett Hope
Good to Great by Jim Collins
TEM19: Ron Davis

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TEM 59: Garrett Hope of the Portfolio Composer Podcast on the Skills Needed in the Freelance Economy, Thinking About Art as a Business and the Power of Outsourcing

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Garrett Hope is the host of The Portfolio Composer Podcast, a composer, a bass player, owns a piano tuning company and is a consultant.

Note: Since we recorded this interview, Garrett has rebranded his podcast, Composer On Fire, as The Portfolio Composer Podcast.

Topics Covered:

  • How entrepreneurial thinking led him to ultimately choose bass over guitar as his primary instrument
  • The factors that led to him getting turned off by academia which led him to becoming an entrepreneur
  • How starting a piano tuning business made him realize he needed to apply the same entrepreneurial principles to his music career
  • The skills musicians need as the world moves more and more towards a freelance economy (and they don't teach them in music school)
  • The challenge of thinking about art as a business
  • Why it's imperative to identify exactly who your audience is
  • The importance of having a rich network to utilize when trying to serve a specific niche
  • How Garrett came to have world-renowned thought leader Seth Godin as a "guest" on his podcast
  • The audacity of asking
  • The power of asking "And then what?" to get to the bottom of fear
  • The Brand Fascination Assessment Test
  • The power of outsourcing (even though it can be scary to spend money on things)
  • Understanding cash flow as a small business owner and the importance of keeping good records
  • Why we've all networked already on some level
  • How networking is the bread and butter of a musician's life
  • How to create a spreadsheet to get organized about your networking



Favorite Quote:

"In 10 years, more than 50% of the workforce will be freelancers. That's where we're heading and musicians need to be prepared for that."

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Produced by Austin Boyer of FredBrass