#4. They have a solid online presence. They may not have a big one, but a solid one

To be a full time successful artist, it doesn’t take a huge online fan base. The popular 1,000 fan rule states that if you have simply 1,000 solid fans that are willing to spend $100 per year on your music and other products, you have a realistic full time career as an artist. Successful artists know that they don’t have to have millions of fans to make money. You just need a strong and loyal online fan base of a few thousand to support you. And these guys make more than CEO’s of large companies. That is the key.