If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you WANT to be good at audio.

You want to get better. You want your recordings to sound great.

But do you NEED to be good at audio?

My vote? Absolutely.

Here are 3 reasons why:

1. Extra Income Potential

Would you be happy with some extra income? Of course you would.

As the economy continues to do its crazy dance, lots of people (perhaps even you) are nervous about their financial futures. Jobs that once seemed “secure” don’t seem so secure anymore.

Or maybe that same old paycheck just doesn’t go as far as it used to.

Well, if you love recording music as much as I think you do, why not work towards making a few bucks at it? You’re already recording music in your spare time. What would it look like to start charging people for your services?

What stands in your way?

Think about it. Even an extra hundred bucks here and there would be awesome, right?

But you’ve got to be good enough that people will see value in working with you…value they would pay for.

2. Bartering Power

This is one of my favorites.

I occasionally “trade” my recording services with people who can offer me a similar service in return.

For example, I may mix a song for a friend in exchange for some graphic design work. Or maybe I’ll produce a song for another buddy in exchange for some technical web development work.

Keep developing your audio skills, and you’d be surprised what kind of stuff you can get “for free,” simply by offering your time and talent.

3. Unique Way to Help Others

Audio is everywhere.

Your church needs help running the sound system on Sunday morning.

Your company needs someone to run a PA system for the company picnic.

A nonprofit you’re affiliated with wants to record an album to use for fundraising.

Yes, it’s insanely fun to record your own music and your own projects. And yes, it’s awesome to get paid to do that. But it’s equally awesome when you can donate your services to help others.

But again, if you’re not very good, then you don’t have much to offer.

I’m not saying you have to be a professional engineer to do any of these things I’ve listed, but you do need to be good enough to have confidence in your ability to get good results.

If you’re not confident yet, then make that your goal for the rest of this year. Read some books, watch some tutorial videos, and invest in yourself.

Then, you can move out into the world with a pretty cool (and really fun) skill set.

One great way to get started? Understanding Compression: