Report I work sound on small corporate/commercial shoots as a side gig, I am wondering what type of investments I should be making. in Equipment Posted July 21 Owning equipment is a business decision. When purchasing gear, the 2 main questions I ask myself are: 1. Does this make me a better mixer or eliminate a stress point in my workflow? 2. Will this piece of equipment get paid off in a reasonable period of time and then continue to give me income (cash-on-cash return) If I can't make a justifiable excuse for either (hopefully both) criteria, then I'll just rent the gear I need.