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FxProSound says


Congrats all for the sales…I recently join AJ, but my full income come from music. I’m not rich as many authors here, but I can live with it. As a music producer and studio owner, I have time to produce full time. Most of my income comes from services, like mastering, editing, and from licensing, sales and royalties from my music releases. I also run some music courses, with lessons to audio engineering, for the most. But as the others said, take the right time to follow a new way….. Don’t be hurry….
Ok, sayd like this, EXACTLY the same for me… , Studio, Mix, Mastering, Audio Workshops…etc., :-) since 1994. But I couldn’t live from AJ alone…

Welcome in the club. Living from your passion is great thing but sometimes harder than from regular job and you’re always ‘partly’ at work :) Greetings!

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Kurlykovs says

Hey maybe if we did not have a “real” job we would not enjoy AJ as much as we do now :)

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TortoiseTree says

Hey maybe if we did not have a “real” job we would not enjoy AJ as much as we do now :)

+1. I always write the best music for AJ when I get home after a long day. During my holidays when I designate time to write, the “not very good stuff” comes out. If you quit your job and make this the main thing everything will change. You will be personally affected if you have a no/low sale day. If you’re young and single go for it, but if you have a wife and kids like lots of other authors here, maybe it’s not the best choice.

I really urge you not to quit your job. The money from the job can help you get better gear, eat out when you want to write music the whole night and generally make your life easier.

And I am speaking from experience here. I had a go at giving my music career a full-time effort and leaving my engineering career. I found that my money drained real fast and to undertake a lot of the business strategies I wanted I needed more money. Yes, given I was living in Boston where things are pretty expensive but still… I think this proves true in many countries.

Two guys that have recently decided to go at this full time are AlumoAudio and Basspartout. They have very interesting posts concerning going non-exclusive or exclusive and you may find some useful tips there if you do decide to go at this full-time.

I hope that helps.

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GregMusic says

That’s exciting to hear you are doing so well with your music sales. Congratulations!! I’ve been playing music since I was young, but I’ve never made any money from my music. So for me the idea of being able to make a living solely from creating music seems like a distant fantasy, truly living a dream. Given the chance I’d definitely have to say go for it!! But it’s also interesting to hear the ‘grass is always greener’ cautious tales posted here as well. I work in a field totally unrelated to music, been doing okay lately, so it allowed me to upgrade my music equipment and now record better sounding music. If that can snowball into making a few bucks on this site or any other way, I’ll be more than thrilled. Anyways, great to hear things are going well… it’s the kind of decision that comes with success, the best kind to make! :)

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Allegro120 says

I think it’s an interesting post. Everything depends on the country in which you live. There are countries where the basic salary is 400 euros, 600, 800, 1000, 1500 … Anyway I think that the 30 top-selling authors can AudioJungle live music, and depending on the country, I would venture to extend to the top 50 sellers.

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SoundBevy says

I think you will find quite a few musicians here that do the music thing on the side with the dream of saying good-bye to the office… I am a Creative Director and do this because music has always been in my life, I love the creative outlet and if I can make a few bucks to go towards my music, then it all balances out.

If you can do it, I wish you all the best and many sales, and I would be envious ;-)

Good luck, keep the great tunes coming.

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PaBlikMM says

I wish i can leave my job but at this moment its not real – the average salary in my country is about 1000USD – it means about 5-6 AJ sales/day :) That´s not unreal but a very long way for me to go :)

Tortoise Tree pointed it out very well – if you are single – its worth the risk. Well i´m married with beautiful twins so i take music income as a side money i can´t count on (now) :)

My regular job takes about 14 hour/ day so i have only about 3 hours for music (and one day in the weekend) ... and that´s not much :( Maybe if i had more tome to write new stuff things will change … :( But in my country is really hard to find a new (better) job with better wokhours (we have about 10% uneployment population rate).

CHA! :)

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GroovingGecko says

14 hours??? Wow, that’s crazy, you work hard man! Respect!

(I often spend that much time on music stuff but I don’t consider that “work” in the traditional sense :P)

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PaBlikMM says

14 hours??? Wow, that’s crazy, you work hard man! Respect! (I often spend that much time on music stuff but I don’t consider that “work” in the traditional sense :P)

But most of the time (5 hours) i spend in bus traveling to/from work :) I´m not that crazy LOL :D

Trying to figure out how i can use this time for work on music or promotion :) (well sometimes i just fall to the seat and sleep ) :D

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soundtrove says

Hey maybe if we did not have a “real” job we would not enjoy AJ as much as we do now :)

Yes that has crossed my mind. Part time would be perfect as I like my day job too – working at a welfare organisation helping disadvantaged people.

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