PRACTICAL SHIT 5 - KEEPING EVERYBODY IN YOUR BAND ORGANIZED / by Mark Eckert

TODAY WE GON' TALK ABOUT REAL SEXY STUFF.

GOOGLE CALENDAR & DOCS.

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So, making music at a certain point becomes the easy part. Especially when you're dealing with everyone in your band / duo, quartet, whatever.

Keeping everyone organized can be a real son of a bitch. You have to deal with your guitarists crazy needy girlfriend, your synth players conflicting schedule with his 9-5 dickhead boss that keeps him there until 10:30PM. And of course, your drummer - who never seems to have his drum kit. I mean realistically speaking - if you're the 'band leader', you're trying to run a small business... without any pay. (Assuming you are not rolling in the dough just yet.)

It can be a pain in the ass. Stressful. Overwhelming. And miserable at times.

How do you make things better? There are MANY tools, some more advanced than others that I will mention later on (as they require more advanced setups, and occasional pay.) But to start - I want to put something out there that everyone NEEDS to be familiar with, and is 100% free.

Google Calendar & Docs.

What is "Google Calendar & Docs"? Google has many apps that you have access too providing you have a gmail account. These are just 2 apps. Google Calendar is a simple calendar program, which in my opinion - completely kicks Apple iCal's ass. And Google Docs - this is where you can put up word documents, contracts, pdf's, etc. In other words - you can upload lyric sheets, stage layouts, notes that you can email to venues prior to setting up, contracts, flyers, upcoming shows with notes attached (and you can share all of these things to each of your band members emails.) etc.

THE SEXY ADMINISTRATIVE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS AF.

So - here are the links to getting started with Google Calendar & Google Docs. Get it set up. Need any more specific info about setting up? Comment below and I will edit/update.