SUCCESSFUL MUSICIANS UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE A SMALL BUSINESS.
Think about any time you had a new job. What's the FIRST thing they do?
Train you. There is always new stuff you need to learn... Always.
And what does it cost to train you? Investment.
I can't tell you how sick I am of the 'everyone is out to get me' mentality I see among (aspiring) musicians, and I had to put the aspiring in parentheses because they're not going full-time with their music anytime soon with that mindset.
I think I resent that state of mind because I used to have it. I remember there were a couple guys offering music marketing courses online when I was still trying to figure out my full-time music marketing strategy.
Naturally, these courses cost money. I had always thought these dudes were just out to make a buck... but then I realized I had no business talking about them that way BECAUSE I NEVER ACTUALLY TOOK THE TIME TO LOOK AT THEIR PROGRAMS.
I never spent any money on marketing courses, and it showed by my lack of music career.
Long story short. I ended up buying two marketing courses online and they helped my music marketing strategy 100000 times more than me sitting and whining about having to pay for them.