I bet you didn’t think you’d be setting goals when you decided to become a rapper. That’s ok, most don’t. But, most rappers never become successful. So, let’s make sure you’re using the strategies that successful rappers use.
Goals are one of the few things you can do as a rapper that can guarantee your success. They keep you on the right path, give you small victories, and help you measure your results and success.
So, how do you set goals, you ask? I’d be happy to show you!
How to set goals as a rapper
When setting goals as a rapper, you want to set 3-4 different goals. I’d recommend you create a yearly goal, monthly goal, and weekly goals. Then, once you get the hang of setting goals, you can add quarterly (aka seasonal) goals.
Each goal needs to be measurable and specific. Saying “get more fans when performing live” isn’t going to cut it.
Now, let’s run through the different goals.
Yearly goals should be the first goal you set. They help you focus on the “bigger picture” and keep your eyes on the prize.
For yearly goals, think big. What is a goal that would make next year easier for you?
Some sample yearly goals could be:
- Get -x- new fans on YouTube/ Soundcloud/ email list/ etc..
- Make -x- amount of money from music per month
- Get an average of -x- plays on each song/ video/ etc..
Pick 1 goal and then run with it. This is the goal you’re going to focus on for the rest of the year.
Quarterly goals should be the second goal you set. They help you break that big yearly goal into something smaller and more manageable. Big goals = hard. Small goals = easy.
The easiest way for me to set quarterly goals are to divide the yearly goal by 4 (for each quarter).
For example: If my yearly goal was to get 8,000 new subscribers on YouTube, my quarterly goal would be to get 2,000 new subscribers every 3 months (quarter).
Cool, right? So, we now know that if we can get 2,000 new subscribers every 3 months, we’ll hit our yearly goal guaranteed.
Let’s break it down even further.
You will create your monthly goals after your yearly and quarterly goals. We use these to break down our goals even further.
In our example above, we said we wanted 8k new subs on Youtube in 12 months. This translates into 2k new subs every 3 months. And will now translate into (let me get my calculator) 667 new Youtube subscribers every month.
667 new subscribers per month seem pretty reasonable. But, let’s break it down 1 more time into weekly goals.
Weekly goals are the last goals you set. They not only break down our goals into small goals but, they also give us more insight on what we need to do to achieve them.
In the example above, we needed 667 new subscribers every month. If we divide that number by 4 (# of weeks in a month), it will show that we only need 167 new subscribers every week.
167 new subscribers per week (or 24 per day) is achievable!
At this stage, you want to think about what it would take for you to get 167 new subscribers per week (or 24 per day). Maybe you need to put out more music on Youtube, or promote it better, or buy advertising.
My advice would be to find a music artist that gets at least 24 youtube subscribers per day and see what they’re doing. You don’t need to “reinvent the wheel”.
Learn from those who have done it before and improve on it.
Setting goals can guarantee your success as a rapper. They’ll keep you on the right path and give you small victories along the way for motivation. If you’re not setting yearly, quarterly, monthly, and weekly goals, you might be setting yourself up for failure. Check out Artist Shortcut to learn more about becoming a successful rapper.