forumuser695697 wrote:Basically I would love to offer a mixing service to musicians/bands who don't have a huge budget but would be willing to pay something to get the job done.
Is this to allow you to gain experience so that one day you'll be able to make a living charging for your professional mixing services?
That's great... Except that when you get there you'll find no one wants to pay you because someone else will be offering to do it for free (or almost free)!
As any self-employed or freelancer will tell you, well-meaning enthusiastic amateurs offering to work for free, or to seriously undercut the 'professional' rates only sour the milk for everyone and drive the rates (and often the technical standards) down. And that's really not a good idea in the long term for anyone hoping to forge a career in pro-audio.
If you're good enough to do the job Its really important to charge the going rate for the service, not only for yourself, but for the benefit of everyone trying to make a living in the business.
it's disheartening because I've met so many young people over the years starting out as self-employed professionals who just can't make a living wage because so many enthusiastic amateurs are undercutting them...