Balancing A Day Job With A Music Career

Balancing A Day Job With A Music Career

Many musicians who work a day job feel like there’s not enough time in the day for both a full-time job and regular gigs. Balancing these two sides can be very complicated, especially when you want to dedicate a major part of your day to your music. You might even wonder, “Is it even possible to juggle a 9-to-5 with a music career?” Take a look at a few tips that will help you handle both a music career and a day job without jeopardizing one for the other.


  • Share Your Musical Responsibilities

There are multiple benefits to playing with a band. One of them is the fact that you can divide responsibilities between band mates. Take note of each other’s work schedules and assign relevant tasks: if one of them has a more flexible schedule, then they can help put up gig posters; if someone has a car, then they can assist with moving equipment.

  • Be Mindful of Social Media

Many professionals put their social media profiles on private in order to avoid getting in trouble with their day job. This can be difficult for musicians, since self-expression and promotion are important ingredients for musical success. But what if your superiors find a video or song that they might disapprove of? If the answer to “Would I want my boss to see this?” is no, then the risk isn’t worth it. Any conflict of interest between a regular job and your music career warrants utmost caution. While you still aren’t able to rely solely on your music income, it’s best to be careful!

  • Separate Your Music Income From Your Other Savings

Knowing how to properly manage funds is an essential part of balancing music and a day job. Limiting music costs, as well as planning and budgeting for them in advance, helps a great deal. Sometimes even a simple spreadsheet will be enough.

  • Be Prepared For Weekday Gigs

When it’s your first time to book a venue, they often schedule you on weekdays to test your sound and pull with the audience. This would mean a long and tiring night before an early workday. If you can’t reschedule to a weekend, then prepare as much as you can by doing the following:

  1. Sort out your deadlines and meetings ahead of time so you don’t leave unfinished work.
  2. Prepare your clothes and other requirements for the next work day in advance.
  3. Plan your ride home (as well as for your instruments)
  4. Try to book with band members that you already know so it’s easier to coordinate and make loading out quicker.
  5. Drink a lot of water so you are in tip-top shape in the morning.