Think you're ready to head out on tour? Well, fantastic. Tours are great for getting news fans and for honing your skills. However, your first tour isn't going to be the money-maker that your 20th tour (hopefully) will be. In fact, your first tour may be more like a, well, money-loser, very sorry to say. That doesn't mean you're doing it wrong - it just means that sometimes you've got to get out there and start slogging away without much cash coming in so that you can GET cash coming in next time.
But - of course - you need to weigh up your ability to take a (carefully managed) financial risk on a tour and your ability to come off the road and keep a roof over you head. That's just one of the things you need to consider before you book your first tour. What else should you keep in mind? Find out.