In the time we are living in, it is up to you to take care of yourself and your career.
Artists used to hand their power over to executives in exchange for not having to deal with the business. Now It is a do-it-yourself industry. Because of this, it is more important than ever that you treat your career as a business.
The first thing you'll need to do is acknowledge the fact that you have started a business. What do you need to know about copyrighting, song splits, joining a P.R.O., documenting, pitching, collecting etc...?
Songs are your product. You create them, package them, market them, and sell them. No different than if you were making shoes.
Treat your company with the respect it deserves. Protect it legally, account it properly, and market and sell it wisely.
After being in a major record and publishing deal, almost 10 years ago, Lucy Woodard is now the CEO of her company. She leads her career successfully with a team she has put in place to help her in all aspects of her business.
"To open a shop is easy. To keep it open is an art." - Chinese Proverb