Building my professional music studio took time and effort. There were some risks involved and occasional setbacks. Some days are filled with discouraging phone calls, difficult parents, or obstinate students. But most of the time, I am graced with lots of smiles and thank you’s. I became my own boss, work the hours I determined are right for me, and teach students that want to learn, all in an environment that I created. It was definitely worth it!
"When you’re in business for yourself, you write your own history, you write your own success story, you write your own legacy and most important, you write your own paycheck. Being in business for yourself gives you the opportunity to work your heart out for something you love.”
If you are getting ready to start your music teaching business or feel the need for a step up from where you are, here are some ideas to help you reach the next level.
So ... you've decided to start teaching private music lessons. One of the next decisions you need to make is:
Where should you teach?
I started teaching in 1996 the summer before my senior year in college. Each week, I drove around to student's homes -- 8 students' homes, actually -- and taught 30 minute private piano lessons.
It was the perfect fit for me at the time. I didn't need a facility, made my own hours, and worked fewer hours than when waitressing because I had doubled my hourly income.
You’re ready to take the plunge. You’ve decided to start teaching private music lessons. You just need a jump start to get going and some tips for organizing your business.
If you want to start teaching, you need 4 things:
Does everything magically fall into place one day? Does someone offer you an unexpected job that turns out to be the perfect fit? Do you bounce from one job to the next, hoping to land a great gig?
Not likely, so don’t hold your breath any longer. It takes a lot of thought and hard work. But it is possible! We all take a unique path in life, so I can only speak from my experience. Hopefully, the questions I asked myself can help guide you in your journey to finding your dream job!
First, I had to recognize within myself what my deepest desires for my career were. I had to answer some important questions.
Do you need to make some changes in your life? Is your current job or career not quite the dream job you hoped for? Can you be successful in a job that unites your passions with productivity to bring you a profit?
According to Wikipedia, an entrepreneur is:
an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative
Are you an entrepreneur?
Can you be successful in a job that unites your passions with productivity to bring you a profit?