The life of an independent artist / label is a hectic one to say the least, but I have learned that the more you know the more you grow. Doing your homework is an understatement. Like the word of God says "You must study to show yourself approved..." Having a vision along with prayer and a strategic plan is very important to any venture. I am very fortunate to have good people who are gifted at what they do to help me carry out the vision and are passionate about it. A great team of like-minded people are instrumental to your success. You can't do it alone believe me I know. I've come to understand that just because your are the visionary doesn't mean you are to handle everything. Don't get me wrong I feel that knowing all angles of your type of business is essential, but trust God to show you who to entrust certain responsibilities to.