For this first part, I wasn't sure whether this should go in the Home Studio forum or this forum, but I figured this forum would have the kind of people who could give the best answers. I'm not sure what would be a fair price rate to charge. I record, mix, and master pretty decently, and I have an alright set up. It is in my basement, with possibly $15,000 worth of equipment. My house is nearly soundproof and my neighbors (who are all musical people) can't hear it. Also, in my basement, there's a room that's like a lounge room, with a 60" or 70" lcd led tv and sound system, outdated video games, board games, comfortable sofas, etc. It takes about two or three ten hour days to record a song with a band, or three songs with an acoustic artist. Mixing and mastering takes a few weeks. My stuff sounds like: http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/4/12/2825652/NewMix.mp3 (This is is my best. It is a song I wrote) http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/4/12/2825652/TWHF Vanity Vanity.mp3 (Metal) http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/4/12/2825652/You.mp3 (Acoustic Pop) http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/4/12/2825652/Who Am I Cover.mp3 (Contemporary) http://www.fileden.com/files/2010/4/12/2825652/02 Recollections.mp3 (Metal) And I have an attractive myspace layout. The problem is: I'm only 16. (Turning 17 in January) I don't really look 16. I look older than I am, and I have mature urban style. I'm sure I could pass as 20, haha. Plus, I'm ahead in school and only have three classes (9 to 12) two days a week. That's six hours at school per week, and all in the morning. I'm just afraid I won't be taken as seriously because I'm young. For a while I've been pricing it at $100 per song, with no additional fee for mixing/mastering (I want everything with my name on it to sound good), but now that I have a good reputation, that's kind of a rip off price. I'm making like $3 to $5 per hour, and doing countless hours of extra work for free. Plus, I don't have work every day, it's more like once a month or less. That's absolutely terrible. I was thinking about doing $75 to $100 per ten hour day with no fee for mixing/mastering, so I'm at least making close to minimum wage, but I want to know what my work is really worth. What is a fair price for what I do? And what is a way of really proving that I'm worth that price? I was also thinking about maybe saying that I won't record just one song with a band, like they have to do at least two. Maybe that would kind of smooth out the whole "once a month or less" issue, but I'm not sure yet. Is that a good plan? Or do you think it'll just backfire on me and make me lose business? Now for business questions: Am I running a risk of legal issues? Especially if I get good? I don't have a business license, pay income tax, or live in a neighborhood where it's normal to run a business in my basement, and I'm only 16. I want to get somewhere with recording, but I don't really know very much about the legal aspects of the business. And how do you get connections with management and labels? Like, when would a label or manager send bands to specific studios for recording? How does that system work? I'm very confused about that. Also, I've been dying to know, is it legal to use logic's default drum samples in my work? What I do is over-process them like crazy and then layer synth drums on them to fill out the sound (I didn't use the synth layers on Recollections and I felt like the drums sounded too thinned out and mechanical). It really doesn't even sound remotely like the samples sounded like to begin with.