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To be or not to be Self Employed?

First, let's consider the possibility of becoming self employed as an audio producer.

As a self employed business person, one needs to develop the usual skills in marketing, sales, and customer service that any successful business requires. It does not matter how much technical understanding one has of the equipment, if the services are not packaged properly the customer will not buy them, and if the service does not meet the expectations of the customer, there will be no repeat business. The truth in this concept may be realized when one considers the tremendous number of poorly conceived products that have sold millions upon millions as well as the great number of brilliant ideas that never succeeded in the marketplace. It really comes down to ability to sell and ability to meet the customers' expectations.

Any successful self-employed person knows that the ability to motivate oneself is crucial for operating a business. Getting started, following through, and working efficiently when working alone are all important skills for success in self-employment. Self-employment also requires a diverse skill set. One must be able to wear several different hats effectively: salesperson, customer service rep, accountant, marketing specialist, engineer, and producer. It is a more difficult road in some respects but holds out great satisfaction when it works and greater earning potential too.

As an employee in the audio production industry, one needs to have the usual kind of professional attitude and work ethic that make any employee successful. As a blind engineer, one ought to be able to work as quickly as the average engineer in the field. It is also helpful to have an added value such as knowledge of music or broadcast standards. Most professionals in the industry already possess a knowledge of technical concepts and equipment, so brilliance in this area does not have the appeal that most would assume. In fact, since opinions about specific gear are very diverse, leaning on one's own opinions about specs and equipment can make for an argumentative environment that is not conducive to a good working relationship in employment situations.

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