Make Better Career Building Decisions

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Make Better Career Building Decisions - by Jeri Goldstein     

Make Better Career Building Decisions

Make better career building decisions by doing the numbers, create budgets and let the numbers guide you rather than your emotions.

How many times a day do you have to make a decision that might impact your career or even your life?

What factors do you use to help you make your final decision? Most people are influenced by their emotional response to any given situation. Heck, that’s what advertisers count on as do car sales people, real estate agents…you’ve been there. You remember, “So what color car do you see yourself driving.” Emotional? You bet!

When it comes to your career, choosing to take a gig or bring a three piece band instead of the duo, whether to fly or drive or accept the record deal or remain Independent, you need to consider the facts and remove your emotions as much as possible. This will allow you to make better career building decisions every time you book a gig.

The fact is that if you follow the money, do the numbers, your decisions will become much easier. You’ll either chose one over the other based on concrete numbers that tell you, “you will lose money if you do this.” But at least you know that going into it especially when other peripheral factors make the deal worth more than the money.

Here are 6 helpful things to consider when making career decisions, especially when it comes to booking your gigs:

  1. Begin working with a budget for each gig or each tour.
  2. Include all of your expenses before deciding on the gig fee.
  3. Make sure you negotiate any necessary contracts with side-band members including per-diems and their expenses before quoting gig fees, so you can include those costs in your budget.
  4. Amortize your expenses over the number of dates you intend to tour, so again you may quote appropriate fees.
  5. Remember to ask the booking person about potential travel, housing and meal provisions to help defray your budget expenses. Sometimes they have hotel deals or provide you with meals or a meal allowance. If you don’t ask, they may not offer.
  6. Check with each booking person in advance about the scope of their publicity opportunities, what they will do or have access to so you may include those peripheral benefits in your fee quotes and what will be acceptable and what won’t.

When you begin to think through your decisions with hard cold numbers in front of you, you simply make better career building decisions.

What factors influence your career building decisions?

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