Every day I am reminded of how difficult the business end of piano teaching is for teachers. The questions which plague the thoughtful, kind, well-meaning teachers make me sad. Underlying it all is the idea that if we're really good people, we need to be accommodating, if not down-right inept business people. This is untrue. I am, at least I like to think I am, a thoughtful, kind, well-meaning teacher and I run a profitable business. I am also flexible when I choose to be, but my business is not suffering from my clarity and business-prowess. In the hopes of a few more teachers asking a few less questions, I propose these basics:
I like being able to do invoicing like this via email. Adding a personal note to each invoice helps make it both business-like and warm. These details are easy to accomplish with this program.
I see a lot of talk about becoming a Nationally Certified Teacher in MTNA, or joining your local Music Teachers Organization. I encourage you to do that. I belong to those organizations, and applaud much of what they do. However, being part of those organizations won't do much when Mrs. Johnson looks at you with big sad eyes and tells you that she wonders if you ever, ever give discounts.Then it's up to you. Having the back-up of a respectable website and invoicing software may make all the difference. For me it's improved my business, clarified my relationship with my students, and helped me make more money. You can try Music Teachers Helper for 30 days for free, so give it a try and play around with it. That's what I did. If you don't like it, you haven't spent a penny. If you do, you'll be glad that you found a new business partner.
Be brave and give it a try!
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