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Posted August 15, 2019 by Chris in Features
 
 

How To Turn Your Guitar Playing Hobby Into A Business

If you’ve been playing the acoustic guitar for a while now, you can probably play it very well and you have a lot of experience with it. If that’s you, then you have the opportunity to make money from it. I will show you a few ways you can make some extra money on the side if you’re an experienced guitar player.

  1. Become A Guitar Teacher

More than 70% of beginners that start to play the guitar prefer to get a music teacher so they can speed up the learning process. There are a lot of guitar players out there, but not a lot of guitar teachers. Now you do the math. 

If you don’t have a lot of time, you can take in around 3 or 4 students and dedicate only 10-15 hours a week to make some great recurring income.

To do that, all you need is a garage or a small room in your home, and a bit of budget for marketing your services on the internet. If you don’t want to invest any money, you can post your services on websites such as Craigslist or Facebook marketplaces.

I would suggest you also buy an additional guitar just in case your students don’t own one. I remember back in the day when i was learning to play the guitar, i used to hate carrying my guitar with me. The hot days carrying a 12 pound guitar were something i don’t want to go back to. That’s why, having an extra guitar as a teacher can make a huge difference. For that, i recommend looking at some martin acoustic guitars because they are great for both beginners & advanced players.

  1. Make Guitar Playing Tutorials On YouTube

If you search for things such as “Shape Of You Guitar Lesson” on YouTube, you will see a lot of videos with millions of views. As a beginner you can look for sources to buy views to get the attention of the audience. If you’re good enough, you can make unlimited amounts of videos showing people how to play their favorite songs. If your videos start doing well, you will earn money from them through ads and revenue through music affiliate programs. I have a friend that used to do something similar when he was younger. After uploading around 50 tutorials he stopped uploading, because he stopped playing the guitar. He made the videos for fun, without any intention of making any money from them. After a few years while he was browsing youtube, he saw that one of his videos had 2.3 million views. He quickly logged in to his account and saw that he made a huge amount of money from his videos without even trying. 

The best part about this method is that you don’t need to invest any money. All you need is a good camera, a guitar and a microphone, then you’re good to go. If you dedicate a lot of time and you are consistent, you can make a lot of money this way!

  1. Become a freelance guitar player

My friend runs a bar, and he is always struggling to find people that can entertain their customers during friday & saturday nights. This means that there is a huge demand and limited supply for entertainers. You can put up a few advertisements online offering guitar playing services, and you can make some extra money on the weekends playing your favorite songs on bars and clubs.

The best part about this method is that usually bars offer you & your friends free drinks, so you can have a lot of fun while also earning money at the same time. That’s why I highly recommend posting a few ad’s online and see if someone contacts you.

With that being said, I think you should have a clear idea of some things you can do to earn a few extra bucks with your guitar. Remember, consistency and dedication is the key!


Chris

 
I listen to and write about music!