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How Much Does It Cost to Set Up a DJ Business?

Setting up as a DJ does not have to be expensive, but there are certain costs that must be factored in to ensure a successful start.

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The amount you can spend starting your path towards being a DJ can vary; you could spend no more than around £100 on low-end second-hand gear from a questionable source, or £10,000+ on a single piece of cutting-edge equipment.

It is difficult to pin the whole thing to an average. Though where the most capable entry-level hardware is concerned, you can expect a combined bill of around £500 for the basics you need.

It’s worth remembering that there are always affordable DJ finance options available to spread the costs over a series of monthly repayments.

These are the basic supplies you will be needing to get your new career as a DJ off the ground:

A Laptop Computer

This will form the basis of your DJ equipment and hardware setup for the time being, so it needs to be of relatively decent quality. You can pick up a used laptop in good working order for no more than around £200, but you will also need £100 or so aside for a DJ software subscription.


DJ Controller

Controller costs vary from the sublime to the ridiculous, starting from around £75 and going into the thousands. It is worth remembering that as an entry-level DJ, you are only likely to need entry-level features. A basic controller is much easier to get to grips with as a newcomer than a more complex piece of hardware.

Headphones and Microphone

You can pick up a decent pair of wired headphones these days for less than £50, which is more than enough to get started with. You will only need a microphone if you are planning on performing live, as opposed to mixing music at home and showcasing it online. Even if you do decide to pick up a mic, you will get plenty of change from £50 for something quality.


It is entirely up to you whether or not you go the turntables route, but getting to grips with the basics of scratching comes highly recommended. There are traditional turntables and digital DJ decks available to suit all budgets, starting from less than £100.

Live Performance Hardware

This basically refers to all the added extras you will need to put on a memorable light show; smoke machines, strobe lights, lasers, subwoofers, all technically optional for the time being. The costs can add up when putting a live rig together, which is again where affordable DJ finance can help.

Marketing and Promotion

It is up to you to decide whether you handle your marketing campaign yourself, or bring in outside help. Either way, it takes time and money to successfully promote a DJ business so you will need something aside to cover the costs. Think of anything from £50 to £150 per month and you will be heading along the right lines.

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Jean-Pierre is a polyglot communication specialist, freelance journalist, and writer for with over two decades of experience in media and public relations. He creates engaging content, manages communication campaigns, and attends conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest trends. He brings his wealth of experience and expertise to provide insightful analysis and engaging content for's audience.

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