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MatthewTanner says

Actually, it’s my third blog post, which is about my experience of a real-life marketplace, Greenwich in London, where I tried (and failed) to make a living selling vintage radios. You can read the full post at http://wp.me/p3Ww84-3G. Please subscribe if you enjoy reading it. Love to hear what you think. Thanks. :)

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delgibbons says

Cool blog. Shame you gave up on each other too though…rather a sad ending! :D

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MatthewTanner says

Shame you gave up on each other too though…rather a sad ending! :D

Hi Del, yeh it is a bit sad at the end isn’t it. Sorry! Thanks for taking the time to read my blog though! :)

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muscma01 says

Nice blog. It sucks that you weren’t able to get that business going but it is very true that physical marketplaces are basically the same as virtual ones. It seems like if you can get through the hardships of getting it going then eventually it does pay off. I think a lot of times with music people get the impression if they just make a few tracks then they will be set. The truth is it takes a lot of hard work, persistence, and passion to be able to get through the grind of the first year or two when your fighting that uphill battle. I think that’s why a lot of people fail or give up is because they don’t take into account that it is like starting a small business and you’ve got to think of it in that way. Thanks for sharing, and good luck with your music and blog!

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KingDog Envato team says

Wonderful post Matthew, and I love the vintage radio dream :) Can’t wait to read your next instalment.

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Gae47 says

Nice post Matthew.

I think with any new business you have to have an initial interest and even passion in the stock that you are selling. You have to work hard (but if you love what you do, its not really seen as work) and of course, you have to persist at it, through the good and the bad. It also helps if you are not totally dependent on the sole income from the business. Having another primary income allows you to be patient and invest more time in your new venture, knowing that if it doesn’t take off, all is not totally lost. These are all relevant to AudioJungle too.

What is great about AudioJungle is that a lot of us here see composing music as a kind of hobby…so to be able to also make some money from it is just fantastic.

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GroovingGecko says

Great post, keep ‘em coming!

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FrancoEneiro says

That was a good read. I understand that feeling completely…I have doubt about what I do probably about every single day. That initial period of discovery and hope for the possibilities is beautiful, then comes the crushing weight of the reality of the endeavor.

Music isn’t a hobby for me, so there’s insane pressure to learn aspects of the business I frankly never wanted to be involved in (promotion, ect.). Trying to exhaust every avenue of opportunity, though still holding onto the core of what I do that makes what I do my own.

Anyway, the reason I keep doing it, and have been for so long is because it’s simply what I do, it’s who I am, for better or worse.

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MatthewTanner says

Thank you all for taking the time to read my post, and for your words of encouragement.

Hi MuscMac01 – yes, it is a pity the radios didn’t work out. It was a nice dream while it lasted. The major issue was that we couldn’t source enough of them. It didn’t help, either, when Roberts and Bush began re-issuing retro style radios but with modern electronics (they worked better than ours).

Hi Gae47 – yep, I think passion is essential, and a willingness to keep going. They say a thousand mile journey starts with a step, don’t they. But then you need to take another step, and another…

With the radios it was the lifestyle we were really after, although we did like old radios. With the music, I agree, that I’d try and record music for nothing (it’s a hobby I love). I also really enjoy being part of the AJ community. The money I do make is a total (and delightful) bonus!

Hi Grooving Gecko – I’ll do my best! And thanks.

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MatthewTanner says

Anyway, the reason I keep doing it, and have been for so long is because it’s simply what I do, it’s who I am, for better or worse.

Hi Franco, I was writing a reply to everyone else, when you must have posted your reply. Sorry, and thanks for reading my post. It’s great that you identify yourself so much with your music. I used to, a long time ago, and friends of mine still do. But somewhere along the line I forgot about music for a while. One of the things I love about the music marketplace is that it’s re-ignited my interest in writing and recording music. The best of luck to you.

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