Before you consider running a DJ Business, you should start with these important questions to get the best start-up possible.
» What kind of DJ do you want to be?
There are DJs who are resident or in-house that have a contract with the owner of the space that is used for parties/events. Some DJs specialize in weddings, and try to connect with venues that are elegant and are popular in the area in which they cover. There are other DJs who only do private parties for a select few in their circle of influence. Although there a pros and cons for any one of these types of DJs, the goal is to be clear about your idea and the type of DJ you want to be.
» Is there a market for your service?
Now, without trying to be funny or even stereotypical, there are some people who you should think about before you offer your DJ Services. Use wisdom when approaching someone with your business card or your demo CD and brochure. You may want to make a checklist and call it “unwise business opportunities“.
◊ Religious people who might not believe in celebrating with dancing and loud music (I’ve met them).
◊ So-called best DJ’s ever – will be insulted by you asking.
◊ People who have a bad reputation on paying for DJ Services. Grace should always be extended, but use caution. Maybe have them get references that can vouch for them as being better at the current time.
◊ Friends and family. Let me explain. Friends and family are your best fans (at least they should be) but, they have the tendency to take advantage of your time for money. An example would be, hiring you for a birthday party for your cousin and they said it’s from 8 pm to 11 pm. You give them your special discount rate and when 11 pm comes they want you to stay for extra time without paying for it. Something like that can happen. It’s time for you to stand up for yourself and stick to the agreements you make with family and friends. If you don’t take your DJ Services serious, nobody else will.
And finally, if you are not good at DJing then maybe doing free parties in the beginning will help you get better at it. Ask for honest feedback, this will help you grow at DJing for money in the future. We can always get better at it, I’m always learning myself.
» How much money will you need to start your DJ Service?
Let’s break this up into (2) stages to get an idea of what the initial investment would be. It would be a good estimated price range and a list of equipment needed to get started.
1st stage: Beginner DJ Package
- Estimated investment under $1000
- Equipment listed below:
Pioneer DDJ-SB Serato DJ Intro Controller (Affiliate Link)
DELL Laptop Inspiron 14 (Affiliate Link)
Hercules XPS 2.0 80 DJ Monitor Speakers (Affiliate Link)
Behringer Hpx6000 Professional DJ Headphones (Affiliate Link)
2nd stage: Semi-Pro DJ Package
- Estimated investment under $2500
- Equipment listed below:
Pioneer DDJ-SR DJ Controller and Audio Interface (Affiliate Link)
HP 15-p030nr Beats Special Edition (Affiliate Link)
JBL LSR305 Powered Studio Monitor (Affiliate Link)
Electro-Voice ZLX-12P Powered Loudspeaker (Affiliate Link)