Reed Business 101


Are you a reedmaker? An oboist, bassoonist, or single reed player?

Are you longing for more money in your pocket every month? Are you feeling frustrated and limited by the gig scene?

Do you feel overwhelmed at the idea of starting your own business? After all, you came into this field to make MUSIC, not run a business…

I can help you. 

In this two-hour session we will demystify starting, pricing, marketing, systematizing your work, tracking the money and the customers, and break through some of the ideas that are keeping you STUCK and not taking steps toward this source of financial abundance.

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In my early twenties, I was a good player, but I did not have an orchestra job. I was making things work with a day job selling tickets and a few gigs here and there and a couple of medium-ish students. And by “work” I mean that I could get my half of the rent paid each month for my teeny weeny apartment and I could eat, but I had no health insurance and no retirement savings and my car was held together with duct tape. In other words, every dollar counted, and selling ten reeds a week for a hundred dollars or so was a HUGE benefit to me. 

My business started slowly, of course. But the great thing about THAT is that I had time to develop my systems and figure out how to deliver consistent competent reeds in small batches first. If I had been thrown into my business where it stands today, with 6 employees and 50 or more reeds going out every week, I wouldn’t have known where to start. 

NOW, the reed business I started as a sideline brings in $8000-$10000 per month in top line revenue. It gives me a stable platform from which to continue pursuing my artistic goals – I play as principal oboe in orchestras, I give recitals and concerto performances, I’ve commissioned pieces, I teach and coach amazing humans who challenge and delight me. (Not for nothing, I always have a reed to play on!)  And my entire entrepreneurial journey started with selling reeds. 

What would it mean to YOU to have an extra $200 a month? Or an extra thousand? Or an extra eight? 

If you are a bassoonist, oboist, or clarinetist, and you can ALREADY MAKE REEDS (this is not a reedmaking course), whether you already have a tiny business that needs a booster shot or whether you have no idea how to even start?

I can help you!

Why are you hesitating? Join me for a two hour session on Sunday May 22. This event will be recorded, but you must be present to get the full benefits and the recording. I want to empower you to start a business that pays you real money and takes care of you.

Topics covered include:

  • Why you should sell reeds
  • Three fastest ways to start
  • How good do the reeds have to be?
  • Who is my market? What IS a market?
  • How do I advertise?
  • How do I source materials?
  • How do I think about the money?
  • Won’t this cost me a fortune in taxes?
  • Aren’t there too many reed sellers out there already?
  • What if people hate my reeds?