How to Use the Worksheets – Quit Your Dayjob

These worksheets are designed to be used in conjunction. Make sure you are referencing the sheets on a regular basis. This will keep your career and lifestyle goals fresh in your mind and give you a clear focus that will help you move steadily forward towards your dreams in a consistent and reasonable manner.

How to Use the Goal Mapping Worksheets

Print out the worksheets and grab a writing utensil. Begin with your ten year goals and don’t sell yourself short! Write down what you truly wish to achieve in the next decade. Don’t listen to the little voice that asks how. Just put your dreams down in writing. Now.

Then walk backwards. Fill in the remaining sheets in reverse order until you’ve completed your one month goals.

Reread your goal sheets every day. After the daily review, write down two or three things that you can do today that will move you toward the future you’ve prescribed for yourself.

Rewrite your one month goal sheet at the beginning of every month.

*I’ve provided some example worksheets if you need help getting started.

TheLifestyle PRE Game Worksheets

The PRE Game sheets are designed to help you gain clarity in regards to your lifestyle goals and what kind of income it will take to attain/maintain that lifestyle.

The PRE stands for Ponder, Research, and Estimate.

  1. Ponder the details of the exact lifestyle you’d like to maintain.
    • Consider what kind of car you’d like to drive, where you’d like to live, how many kids you want to have, how many toys you want to buy each month, etc. The more detailed you get, the better.
  2. Research the costs associated with each element of your determined lifestyle.
    • Spend as much time as you need to get a good handle on your projected costs. Research the car you want to own and calculate your monthly payment, car insurance, etc.
  3. Estimate your total monthly costs by filling out the sheet and totaling the numbers.

Once you’ve totaled the numbers, you’ve got your projected monthly expenses. Now you can use that figure to fill out the other fields in the blue box and establish your Ideal Hourly Wage.

NOTE: Make sure you fill out every single field that’s applicable to your lifestyle goals and feel free to add new categories that I haven’t included.

*I’ve provided some example worksheets if you need help getting started.

 Know What to Charge Worksheet

With this Ideal Hourly Wage figure at your disposal, you’re ready to use the Know What to Charge for Your Gigs worksheet to guide you through the process of determining what fee to ask when soliciting payment for your time and your services.

  1. Start by calculating your true time commitment. This is done by taking into account such factors as:

How much time you’ll actually spend on site

Maybe your gig is from 2-4pm but you have to arrive at noon to load in and soundcheck. Let’s say you allow one hour after the show for breaking down your gear, talking to fans, selling merch, getting paid, loading out, etc. What might look like a two hour gig at a glance is actually going to require you to spend five hours on site

How long the gig requires you to travel round trip

You can easily get this info by using, or a similar app/service.

How long it takes you to prepare for the gig

This consideration should include any prep activity that is specific to the event. I always gather my instruments, accessories, and/or sound equipment before a show and run through it all to make sure I have everything I need. Then I load it all in the vehicle. This process usually takes about a half an hour.

Rehearsal is another preparation consideration.

2.Total your hourly time commitment and then multiply that number by your Ideal Hourly Wage. If you have yet to calculate your Ideal Hourly Wage , you’ll need to fill out the Lifestyle PRE Game Worksheets.

3.Next fill out the personnel section. This will only apply to you if you are hiring other people for the event. Are you paying other musicians to play with you? Are you paying a sound person? Roadies? Assistants of any sort?

4.Total your personnel costs for the event.

5.Total your taxes for the event. I have certain standard fees that apply to any gig request. I call them taxes. For local gigs I always charge $100 for transportation considerations, $100 if I’m required to provide a sound system, and $100 for simply committing and showing up to the gig. This is a service fee like a plumber or a lawyer might charge you.

6. Total all of the numbers and now you know what you should charge.

*I’ve provided some example worksheets if you need help getting started.

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