Category Archives: Planning

Legalized Robbery


By Stu Chisholm, “The Complete Disc Jockey” Predatory Companies Want Their Hand In Your Wallet! About a half-century ago, the brilliant folk singer, Woody Guthrie, wrote: “Some men rob you with a six gun. Some with a fountain pen.” The dark irony of that quote was brought home to me in a very real way….

Start-up DJ Entrepreneurs vs. Bottom-Feeder DJs

Bad DJ Set-Up

By Jerry Bazata, “Money Answer Man” In a recent article I provided some insight into the costs of starting a DJ business in today’s market, which created a great deal of discussion and debate on Facebook. In reading most of the comments, there appeared to be a fair amount of confusion about the difference between…

New Top Level Domains create new opportunit​ies and decisions

Top Level Domains

For years, we have had a narrow assortment of domain extensions (aka suffixes) to choose from: .COM, .NET, .EDU, .ORG and few others. Over the years, the choices have expanded to choices such as: .CO, .INFO, .BIZ, .ME, .TV and others. Most domains have been priced at about $10/year. A couple of parameters have changed…

The Tax Man Cometh So Be Prepared


By Jerry Bazata, “The Money Answer Man” There is a date that is forever etched in stone on our calendars – April 15. This is, for many DJs, the dreaded day when “The Tax Man Cometh.” To be adequately prepared for him, here are some important items to consider well in advance of meeting with…

Bookkeeping for DJs

This video is a demonstration on how to use Microsoft Excel to set up a sheet that will allow any DJ to track his or her profits, spending, overhead, and do general bookkeeping. It also gives an introduction to using calculations and functions in excel to provide instant sheets and tables useful for doing one’s…

Vision + Action = Success

smart goal setting concept

By Stacy Zemon, Publisher & Chief Scribe Have you ever known people who just don’t seem to be able to get their idea off the ground? They seem stuck, or unmotivated. They’re not lazy; they just don’t know what to do. The problem is, they lack Vision, which makes taking action very difficult. Conversely, we’ve…

Consistency = Career Longevity

DJ Career

By Alan Dodson, “Wedding Wizard” Consistently means doing something in the same manner, without variation. Some of the business practices we DJs use must be consistent. For example, management skills for a multi-op, showing up for a weddings on time, or even pursuing your goals. However, when it comes to your entertainment performance, too much…

New Insights Every Wedding DJ Should Know

By Laura Cave, “The Knot Knows” It may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the keys to business success is knowing your client. You might think you already know brides, and some things never change. But new brides come into the market every day with new expectations and tastes shaped by the ever-changing music,…

2013 Predictions and Recommendations

By Jerry Bazata, the “Money Answer Man” In early 2013, even though consumers and businesses may be feeling relief at not falling off the “Fiscal Cliff, we are all still teetering on the edge. This is why DJ business owners need to take a very close look at their expenses, and how to keep their…

DJ Tips Episode 5: Wedding Reception Guide Sheets

In this episode, DJ Bo talks about the importance of using a one-page “Wedding Reception Guide Sheet,” and he tells you what it should include. For a free copy of the guide sheet he uses, email and Bo will send it to you.