Music Lover? Here’s how you can earn from it…

Mark Villarosa, Music Artist & Online Entrepreneur

In this blog post, I’m going to fill you in on how you can turn your interests & passions into an actual online business if you love music!😊😎

There are 4 types of online business models we’re going to cover, they are…

1. Affiliate Marketing – this is where you promote other companies’ products online and get a commission
2. eCommerce – Selling physical products on sites like Amazon 
3. Information – This is where you provide information or educate someone on something they want to learn about
4. Service – This is where you provide a service for someone and get paid for it

Now let’s keep it simple, let’s say you’re into music, or maybe you’re even a musician.

For a start, learning new digital skills will help you market and promote your music online to others.

You can learn how to build your own website, attract and grow a mailing list of followers, use social media advertising to reach more fans worldwide and sell your music – these are just some ideas!

But for now, let’s look at the online business models I mentioned above and how you can use them if you love music (whether you’re a musician or not :))

👉Affiliate Marketing – you can join sites that have ‘Music Affiliate Programs’ (most are free) and promote anything you’re interested in such as recording software, musical instruments, gadgets, electronic equipment, online music courses and get a commission.

Some well-known sites that do this include Amazon Associates, Musician’s Friend, Gear4Music, Guitar Centre just to name a few.

The music affiliate industry is currently worth $21 billion, and growing!

Music affiliate programs can offer money-making opportunities if you know how to use affiliate marketing.

👉eCommerce – You can sell physical products like musical instruments🎸 accessories🎧and recording equipment on sites like Amazon.

And provided you know how and where to source products at a good cost price, you can sell them profitably because your overheads should be relatively low as you won’t need a physical store and all the expenses that come with it.

Amazon can also take care of the storage of your products and fulfilment of your orders. It’s called FBA or ‘Fulfilment By Amazon’.

👉Information – The e-learning space is expected to be a $1 billion a day industry in the very near future (next 5+ years).

If you have a skill or expertise in music that others can benefit from you can provide it to others as a digital product.

Some examples would be to provide an online course or video training or tutorial teaching someone how to sing, play an instrument, compose a song, or use studio recording equipment.

The exciting thing about offering your information as a ‘digital product’ (like a training video or e-book) is that you only need to do the work once, then you can market and sell it to as many people as you want, without having to do the work over and over again.

Think of some influencers you’ve seen on YouTube or Instagram offering their online courses, this is what they’re doing! and also a good way to generate ‘passive income’ (more on that another time).

👉Service – This is where your skills, talents and expertise can be turned into a service that others pay to receive and benefit from.

So for example, you could teach someone how to sing, play an instrument, compose a song or use musical equipment.

You can learn how to market and promote your services online and help people either face to face or using technology like Zoom or WhatsApp video calls.

I hope these ideas helped you and opened up your mind to the possibility of actually creating your own dream online business!

And if you substitute music for whatever you’re interested in, the examples above work for almost anything you can think of.

You’re only limited by your imagination!

Mark Villarosa
Mark Villarosa

Face Your Fears…

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Dropped into my local open mic venue and played a few of my songs🎸Great to be out again playing live❤️‍🔥😊

Since COVID happened & lockdown, I’ve been experiencing a lot of social anxiety🙁and found it hard to get back to ‘normal’ again. It’s taken some time.

This performance was a real big step for me, and I’m glad I did it. I proved to myself I could face my fears and overcome them✊🏼

So, whatever it is that you fear or worry about, CAN be overcome, but you have to square up and not shy away from the challenge of moving past it.

Freedom is also in having the choice to face our fears.

Better days are always ahead, sometimes we just have to brace ourselves as we move through tough times. So hang in there.

Mark Villarosa
Mark Villarosa, Music Artist & Online Entrepreneur

Fight for your Dreams✊

Me playing guitar at 6 years old

One day when I was a young boy…I was practising playing the guitar and having fun with it when my Grandfather came up and said to me…

“Don’t waste your time with that. Study hard, there’s no money being a musician, get good grades so you can get a good job”. 

Although he meant well, I only realised later on in my life how much what he said affected me as a young boy and my confidence in expressing my true self.

So, later in life, to please my loved ones I went to University, graduated and went down the corporate route, specialising in sales & marketing and in fairness my financial situation and professional status kept on rising.

But the more focused and successful I was in my corporate career, the more my soul felt…”sick”.

Like there was a big emptiness & sadness in my heart…

I also felt strangely guilty – as if I had abandoned that little boy who loved to play music. 

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 I spent many years feeling guilty, confused and sad about this – before I finally worked out that music and expression was always inside of me, just waiting to be let out and set free again.

I think a lot of people have this experience when they’re young, when someone, maybe a parent or teacher, advises them to take a practical route in studying hard and getting a ‘good job’.

But what most people find later on in life, is that just having a job that pays the bills isn’t what makes them truly happy,

It’s being able to express themselves freely and sharing whatever natural talents they have with others, that creates real self-fulfilment.

Wherever you are in your life’s journey, it’s never too late to do that.

Don’t give up on your dreams🙏 fight to defend them if you have to, they are who you really are.

Even negative feelings like pain, guilt and regret can help us find and discover the right path to reach them by showing us things we need to learn about ourselves…things no one can teach us, and only time and overcoming challenges can reveal best.

The best version of you and the life of your dreams might be the result of a combination of things you have yet to discover about yourself. 

You may have to go through some dark and tough times to reach the other side…but believe me, it will be worth the journey when you arrive. 

Mark Villarosa
Mark Villarosa, Music Artist & Online Entrepreneur