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A Quick Update With Me

I’ve been doing okay lately. Life has been full of ups and downs. And it’s definitely better than the last couple of months. I’m so glad that I have no contact with my family. I don’t have to hear my parents talk down to me with snide comments and backhanded compliments. I’ve also saved a ton of money because I don’t have to spend money on expensive stuff that my family force me to buy. I’m happy. I really am. And I’m grateful for the family that I have now.

I’m going to keep this post short. I have many more ideas coming up in my mind and I can’t wait to write them on here.

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Another great productive day as a teacher in 2022

I apologize for not posting as often! I know that a lot of creators say that often, but I legitimately am always thinking about posting on my blog. I feel guilty if I don’t post. I think it is due to the fact that I want to make every blog post perfect. And I can’t do that. Nothing is perfect, so I’m going to still post regardless. The main motivator for me is reading other fellow WordPress bloggers and their posts. I want to make a good faith effort to try to more often. Wish me luck!

Today was a great day. I launched my virtual group piano lessons. And I’m super excited. I had one inquiry and a share. There isn’t a lot of engagement at the moment, but I am hopeful for more opportunities soon. I’m currently teaching about 42 lessons per week. It’s a lot and if I can successfully launch my group classes, I will be teaching about 47 lessons. I know that I may be super ambitious, but I want to steadily grow my classes towards being virtual instead of in-person.

How is your day so far? I hope that you have a great weekend and I am very grateful for all of my followers. Thank you so much. And thank you for reading!

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New Beginnings

For awhile now, I have been trying to make things work with my family. The family that I am talking about is my immediate family which includes my father, mother, and my two sisters. It has been a journey that I did not want to go on. I wish that I could have had a normal family life, but many things happen that we don’t expect to happen. In some ways, I am glad that I went through what I did because I feel a lot stronger now than before. However, in other ways, I wish that I didn’t have to go through so much of the hurt and pain that I had gone through.

I know that they won’t be reading this because they don’t support my writing. They’ve always known about my blog. I used to share my posts directly on my facebook page. And I know that they never clicked on them. It’s alright, I don’t really need their support for my writing. I will continue to pursue writing nevertheless.

Speaking of supporting my blog, I want to share a story about what happened when I initially wanted to start my blog four years ago. I’ve written about this story before, but it’s a good glimpse into the mindset of how my family thinks.

When I first wanted to set up my blog, I had asked a family member for advice. She told me that it wasn’t within her expertise even though she had created an entire website from scratch. I was stunned because it didn’t make sense to me that she couldn’t help me even though she has a ton of website creation experience. I initially wanted to create a website without a blogging platform. My plan was to write on the website and to own it. She told me straight that she was not able to help me create a website (despite having created a website a week ago) and that blogging is a waste of time. As I stood there speechless, I didn’t know how to act. Should I be mad at her for not wanting to help me or should I just give up on my creating a website entirely? I was honestly standing there with no words. She then asked me what I was planning on calling my website. I had Pocketfuloflearning in my mind and I told her that. She started looking it up as if she was looking for the website. At that moment, I felt so stupid and torn. I thought that I was naive for wanting to do something like this and that I would never be able to make anything from my writing. I left the room feeling like my dreams were crushed.

Fast forward a week later after the encounter, I found out that she had started her own blog. And she was posting on there occasionally. Many things were in my mind. She had placed her blog link on her instagram, so she wanted people to find her blog. Another thing was that she knew how to start a blog and it was evident that she didn’t want to help me. Her posts were about her day or her goals, and these are many of the common things that bloggers usually write about. I knew in that moment that she just didn’t want me to pursue blogging. She told me that it was a waste of time and that I will never get anything from it. If it was such a waste of time, why did she have her own blog? I told myself that I will continue to pursue blogging with even more passion than I had before. I wanted to prove her wrong and I was right. I ended up creating multiple blogs and I had success with it. Blogging changed my life for the better. And I gained a lot from writing. It has brought security, motivation, and monetary value to my life. I am forever grateful for blogging. I also learned that starting a blog was not difficult at all. She told me that it would be kinda difficult. And that was very far from the truth.

I hope the blogging story makes sense. It has definitely been awhile since the story occurred, but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if I had listened to her. I spent so much of my time listening to everything that my family told me to do. I was brainwashing myself to believe what they were telling me. When I was in my freshmen year of college, I brainwashed myself that I wanted to go to medical school. I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to go, but my mother told me that she would cry every night if I didn’t go. Four years later, she told me that I should go to law school instead. I was hesitant. My boyfriend-now-husband told me that I should just continue teaching piano instead. I brainwashed myself again into thinking that I wanted to go to law school. I ended up crying a lot of the time throughout this entire experience. I wasted thousands of dollars and seven years of my life that I will never get back. The reason why they never gave me a chance to do what I wanted was because they looked down on me for being a teacher. A teacher is a respectable career choice. They wanted me to make a lot of money and they believed that teachers can’t make enough to meet their standards. It’s entirely false. Teachers can make a lot of money and probably more than other careers. If I had continued with where I was with my teaching, I would have made a lot more. I had a full studio of 40+ students and I was thriving. I gave all of it up just to be brainwashed and to lose more money.

Now that I look back on how much I lost, I am infuriated. I was hurt before, but writing my experience on to here has shown me that the situation is actually a lot worse than I thought it was. And that leads us to where we are now. I am going to continue writing about my experience on medium and here. This is my life and I don’t want them to control me anymore.

I am almost completely estranged from my family. The only thing left is the phone bill that I am not sure if I can cancel without talking to them. My husband and I are going to try to figure it out. I haven’t been living with them for four years now. And I am just beginning to rebuild my life again. I had lost so much from this entire experience. I was devastated for months after breaking ties with them. For the first time in awhile, I am hopeful again. I didn’t want things to be how they are now, but I am so much happier now.

If you are in a similar situation, I would encourage you to try to build your own life. It gets better and it is not hopeless.

I am also going to write more on my medium account. If you want to read more of my articles, you can click here: medium.com/@Liachenhwang.

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Happy New Years Everyone!

This year has been so great for us. It has brought a lot of happiness and some new lessons. I have grown so much in this year and more than I have in the previous year. It’s amazing to look back at how my life was before, and to compare it to where it is now. I’m so thankful for everything that I have. Every day of my life, I look at my beautiful little family that I’ve made and I feel the greatest happiness in my heart. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to be with them.

The hardships this year has brought me to a new place in my life. With hardships, you will also experience new lessons. I learned that I can grown on my own. It’s okay to move away from those who are not good for you and to walk on your own instead. I wish I had done this sooner. I honestly don’t know why I was so hesitant to do this before, but it’s better late than never.

A new journey that I embarked on this year was growing my writing on medium. If you want to read my new article on medium, you can click here. I’m so surprised and extremely grateful that I have been able to grow so much on medium in such a short amount of time. Blogging has been my passion for so long. Medium feels like an extension to my writing. And I’m more happy than ever to be able to write on both platforms now.

I’ve written a lot about my journey on medium so far on here. And I’m definitely going to continue writing about my medium journey. For us bloggers, there are a lot more opportunities for us. I want to be able to share my experiences with others if they are also looking to expand their writing too. Therefore, you can read more about my thoughts on medium on this blog or you can click here to access all of my medium articles.

If you are not familiar with medium, it is a writing platform that allows writers of all levels to publish articles and to be able to make money from their writing. It doesn’t cost anything to join the program. I have found the program to be very rewarding. The money that I have earned from medium is 4-5 times as much as how much I make from word ads on WordPress.

If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about medium.

I don’t want to keep you too long on this blog post. It’s currently two hours away from the new year and I’m going to go spend it with my family. Happy new year and I hope that you have all the blessings this upcoming year!

I’ll see you in the new year!

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December 2021 Update

Hi everyone! I just wanted to stop by and say how grateful I am for this blog. Thank you to everyone for supporting me, following, and reading my content. It has been a whirlwind this month. Everything flew by so fast. I can’t describe how different this month has been than previous months. I feel like so much has changed and that I have grown more than ever in these past few months.

Medium has been a challenge to keep updated. The momentum on medium fluctuates a lot. On some days, I will have a lot of view. And on other days, I don’t have too many views. It’s okay though. I still enjoy writing and I will continue to write on the platform. My link is Medium.com/@Liachenhwang for my medium articles that I have written. If you haven’t checked out medium before, it’s a platform where you can earn money through your writing. Medium pays based on reading time. And I have only been on the platform for two months. I still consider myself a novice, but I’m learning a lot about medium each day.

Another thing that has changed is my perspective on family. I’ve been writing a lot about family since I’ve started my blog. It’s something that I struggle to handle and I still do not have a good family dynamic for myself. The family that I have created by myself with my husband, on the other hand, is great. However, the family that I was born into has not been so great. I know that they don’t support my writing or my blog, so I don’t feel especially guilty writing about this topic. It’s just something that I have to get off out of my mind. I really want to start anew and I don’t want this dark cloud in my life anymore.

Besides the family drama, I have been great. I have been working on preparing for my upcoming recital music recital this weekend. I will say that each day has been a lot better since I’ve left all of the drama behind.

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you back here for more future posts!

I’m late for blogmas! ⏰

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Oh my gosh, where has the time gone?

I can’t say that I will be doing blogmas this year. I tend to spend my weekends relaxing with my family. I stumbled upon many blogmas posts tonight and they are amazing. I love the Christmas decorations and the thought that everyone has put into blogmas this year.

I wish I had prepared somehow for blogmas. I tend to only write about teaching or writing. I rarely write about own life anymore.

I’m completely new to blogmas. I don’t know what I should be writing. I would love some advice on how to get started for this year! I’m great at writing a lot of posts in bulk. I don’t think it’s too late to start since it’s only December 4th today.

When it’s Monday, I’m going to try my hand at decorating a banner for blogmas. I love Christmas and I think it’s a great idea to write about Christmas this year on Pocketfuloflearning!

Happy blogmas everyone!

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My Updated Progress with Writing on Medium in November 2021

Hi, everyone! I am beyond excited to be updating you on my progress with medium so far. Since I have last written, my follower count is in the 400s. I was previously at 125 followers. It has been so exciting to watch my follower count grow every day. There are times that I wish I had started medium earlier because of how simple it was to create an account. I think it may be even easier than creating a blog on wordpress. If you are thinking of creating an account on medium, I would highly recommend it! It can be an addition to your existing blog or a support account for your main blog.

I have a lofty goal of reaching 1k followers by the end of this year. I don’t know if it’s possible, but I want to have at least one goal in place to keep myself on track. I have been making sure to update my medium account and to share it as much as possible.

As of today, I have made $10 on medium. I think that’s pretty impressive for only writing on the platform for a month and a half. I read that other writers only made less than 30 cents in their first month. I know that it’s not quite as much money now, but i’m sure that it will grow consistently once I have more articles on my page. My current article count is 26+. Each article that i’ve written has been slowly growing and making a little amount of money each day. The $10 requirement for a payout from medium isn’t true. I’ve noticed that it doesn’t matter how much I make that month, medium will stay pay out the money to my account. For example, if you only made 30 cents that month, medium will pay you the 30 cents to your account. I started with only a goal of making enough money to buy a cup of coffee and it has turned into something that I can actually make money from.

My link is http://medium.com/@liachenhwang

Let me know if you have any questions about medium. I would love to help and give advice on how to get started with it!

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Update on my progress in medium

I have been working on improving my medium account for the last five days. I haven’t been on medium for very long, but I currently have 15 articles and 125 followers.

I have definitely been working very hard on medium. I didn’t import any of my old blog posts. And all of my current content on medium are new. I’m proud of my progress so far. I can’t wait to see more progress in the future.

The reason why I have been publishing so often on medium is because there is a medium partnership program. I want to join the program because it allows writers to monetize their articles. I requested to join the program yesterday. Medium says that it takes up to 3 days to hear a response back from them.

The most important part of joining the program is making sure that you meet the requirements. You need at least one article published and 100 followers. The requirements aren’t too much to ask for, but they are definitely difficult when you don’t know anybody on the platform.

I had to work very hard to get to at least 100 followers. The reason why I worked so hard is because I really want to begin monetizing my work. From what I’ve observed, many writers on medium are also looking forward to monetizing their writing.

I know that my progress so far on medium has only been a couple of days, but I’m looking forward to keeping you updated on how I’m into on the platform.

If you want to follow me, I will follow back. Make sure to let me know that you came to my medium page from my blog!

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Posting on medium and testing to see if it’s a good blogging platform

Recently, I have been spending a lot of time working on creating my blog for medium.com.

If you haven’t heard of medium before, it’s a blogging platform that allows you to be paid for your writing through reading time. I like this more than WordPress because it doesn’t depend on your ad on your blog. Don’t mistaken my words, I love WordPress. Being on WordPress has changed my life and made blogging great, but the payout from ads is minuscule.

I wanted to try medium to see if it works for creating more revenue. Everyone would like to be paid for their writing and it definitely helps us writers to be compensated for our time.

I haven’t been on medium for very long though. Actually, I’ve only just made my account a day and a half ago. The progress has been insurmountable.

In my observations, I realized that medium is very much like a long form of social media. There are ways to give praise for each other’s work. You can give something called claps. I like that we can give more than one clap. It helps other writers to be found in the platform if they have more claps. There is also an option to follow other writers. I have been working on gaining my first 100 followers on the medium. In order to be eligible for earning money with your writing, you need at least 100 followers.

I honestly can’t wait to keep everyone updated on my progress with medium. So far, I think that’s it’s a great platform for new writers. Existing bloggers will find it even more rewarding because you’re able to use the platform to advertise your personal blog. And you can also repost your previous WordPress blog posts on to medium.

If you’re interested in medium, I would really appreciate a follow on my blog page. I will follow everyone back also! My link is Medium.com/@liachenhwang

Happy blogging!

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The realities of being a blogger

Being a blogger is great. We can write anywhere that we want and work whenever we want. I have written blog posts when I was in the gym or when I was in line at the coffee shop. There have been days that I haven’t posted on here. And there have been days when i’ve posted blogs every day. Each day is different and these are just the realities of being a blogger.

I’ve seen online about how many people are making money from blogging just from a couple of weeks starting their blog. It definitely is possible, but the reality is many bloggers spend years blogging before they begin making money from it.

I’ve learned that blogging is sometimes a path that you have to walk through by yourself. I remember when I started blogging with my friend. She was the one that convinced me to start blogging. I was hesitant, but I created my blog that day. It was exciting. I couldn’t wait to begin this journey with my friend. She posted about five blog posts and never posted again. I wish she was still blogging with me to this day. And I really wanted a friend to go through this journey with me. However, this isn’t the reality of what happened. Many bloggers quit in their first year of blogging. If you are just beginning your journey, make sure that you have an ample amount of patience. You aren’t going to see results immediately. It took me three years to gain the number of followers that I have now. I am so grateful for my followers, but the results weren’t instant. I had to write many blog posts and engage in the community for things to happen. To this day, I have written 277+ blog posts. I probably have more on my other blogs. Although blogging can be discouraging at times, I still enjoy doing it. And I will never stop blogging.

Another reality of blogging is that you are going to spend much of your time writing. I have spend many hours writing on my phone and computer. Writing has become second nature for me. If you feel like writing is daunting, I think that the more you write, the easier it will be.

On another note, I am also writing on medium.com. I am enjoying blogging on the platform also. If you are also writing on medium, please follow me at @liachenhwang. I will make sure to follow you back! Let’s support each other and help each other in our blogging journey.

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My struggle with standing up for myself

For awhile, I have been feeling like I let people walk over me. There are times when I don’t realize it before it’s too late. I try to avoid conflict. Most of the time, I just don’t say anything back. I think about this all the time though. And I keep my hurt inside. I don’t mention it to the person that hurt me. Most of the pain resonates with my actions towards them afterwards. I shy away from talking to them and I avoid interacting with them as much as possible. These are all of the struggles that I’ve been feeling lately. And it’s crushing. I can’t sleep sometimes. My mind is always racing. I wish I wouldn’t hold on to the pain that was caused, but I can’t forget.

Standing up for myself has been something that I’ve been trying. When the other person is trying to hurt my feelings or take advantage of my kindness, I try to say something back. If that doesn’t work, I simply walk away from the conversation. I don’t allow them to say mean things anymore. I know that if I was to allow them to continue, then I would only be hurting myself more.

It’s better to have solitude and peace. There are days when I wish I could have those people back in my life. I have to remind myself to keep looking forward. If I am strong enough to be on my own, then I know that I will be okay. I can’t let the fear of walking by myself scare me.

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Choosing to spend time by myself

I’ve realized that spending time by myself is not something to be ashamed of. Many people have to spend time on their own and it’s okay. I haven’t properly spent time by myself for awhile. Most of my time is spent with other people.

When I was younger, I spent a lot of time by myself. I was okay with it. I never felt lonely. It was calming to know that I am okay with just being by myself. I spent my days doing things that I liked to do and going to places that I enjoyed.

Most recently, it’s been difficult to find some time by myself. There are always people around me and I can’t help but think about the times when I was younger. I’m not sure what happened. Solitude is a rare occurrence for me now. I miss the past and I am happy to spend today all by myself.

I apologize for not posting in awhile. I haven’t really felt like myself. I was writing a blog post about what happened with me recently, but I e been hesitant to post it. Even though I think that I’m a strong person, I don’t stand up for myself. Therefore, when I do stand up for myself, other people think that I am being rude. I want things to change. On one hand, I’m afraid of being on my own. On the other hand, I am glad to finally have peace.

For most days, I have been spending time building my side businesses. More specifically, I have been working on building an Etsy shop. It has always been my passion to create something more for myself. I enjoy doing it and I think that it would be great for me to have something to do in addition to teaching piano.

Thank you everyone so much for reading my blog posts. Blogging has been my lifeline and I love blogging. I hope everyone is having a great day! I’ll see you in the next blog post.

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How to consistently grow as a piano teacher

When I first began teaching, I remember thinking about how difficult it was to sign up new students. I saw other piano teachers that were charging more and consistently getting new students. I’m not going to lie, I was jealous. I thought that I was a nobody because I didn’t have many piano students. I remember looking at other piano teachers and eventually hating teaching. I know that these are not great things to admit, but I’m only being honest.

At this time, I look back at my old self and I can’t believe how naive I was. I was my own worst critique. All of the things I’ve wanted from teaching piano, I’ve been able to receive. I feel like I’ve received more great things than I expected to receive. Teaching piano has been one of the best things to happen for me. I wish I could’ve seen it earlier in my teaching career.

The way that I grew as a piano teacher consistently was setting goals for myself. I told myself that I wanted to create something more for myself. I began posting consistently on my teaching blog and I also posted more on my piano studio Facebook page. If I never started those platforms, I would have been consistently stuck in the same place.

Growth happens when you make the effort to stay consistent with something. I remember the days when I didn’t feel like working and I went to work anyway. I made the effort to put in more work and I was definitely rewarded. Growing consistently as a piano teacher happens when you decide to put in more effort into your work.

The most important thing I want to mention is to build a social media platform for your piano studio. You wouldn’t believe how many times I was glad that I spent the time to create a social media platform. You don’t have to be social media savvy. I’ve seen piano teachers post themselves playing music on YouTube and they have grown quite a following. They’re not using any fancy camera equipment either. The only thing that they’ve done is put work into building a platform. Even if you post only one video a week, if you do that every week for a year, you will build a big platform. Don’t neglect social media. You will definitely need to create one for your piano studio.

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The Power of Being a Teacher

Each day, I am reminded of how lucky I am to be a teacher.

There are definitely some days when I feel tired and I don’t want to teach, but there are amazing days when I feel like teaching is my true passion in life.

No other career has brought as much happiness for me than teaching. I remember days when I would receive handcrafted gifts form my students or when my students are smiling. I am reminded of why I love teaching.

If you are ever having a bad day, try to remember why you decided to become a teacher. There will be bad days, but I hope that you experience great days also.

Happy teaching!

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Starting my journey with Medium.com

As many of you might already know, I am an avid writer and I love writing blog posts. I wouldn’t have been able to continue writing on my blog for three years if I didn’t absolutely enjoy blogging. I started fiverr with the intention to grow additional income, but after testing it for a couple weeks, I decided that fiverr wasn’t for me. I wasn’t interested in working 4-6 hours for $5 in total. I know there might be many successful people on fiverr, but I don’t have interest in being paid for less.

Instead, I have been looking into medium.com. I saw a YouTuber mention that this website will pay writers based on viewership and not on ad revenue. Word ads hasn’t been the best with making money. I have been looking for awhile for an alternative to word ads. I think medium.com might be the alternative solution that I have been looking for.

I really like the sleek, minimalist design that medium.com has for its platform. I don’t have to worry about designing a website template either.

Another aspect of medium.com that I like is that they can link blog posts to WordPress. This will be great for me to push my blog posts that I think will do better.

I’m excited to experiment with medium.com and I will keep everyone updated with how I like using the platform.

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How to build a successful piano studio | My best advice for new piano teachers

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Building a successful, referral based piano studio, is not difficult. However, just like every business, you will go through a lull in the beginning years of building your piano studio. For myself, my first year of building a piano studio was slow. No one knew I was teaching piano and I only had one student for an entire year. I had a friend that was interested in creating a piano studio because she saw how successful I was with mine. Her main concern was with how difficult it would be to build a database of students.

Building a database of students takes some time to accomplish. If you already have a waiting list of students, it could possibly take less time. My biggest advice is to consistently tell everyone that you teach piano. When I was building my piano studio, I gained a large student list from telling everyone about my piano studio. I didn’t just let people know once or twice, but I posted everywhere. Keep in mind that I’m a shy person and it was difficult for me to tell people that I teach piano. If you don’t tell anyone, no one will know about your piano studio and you won’t grow it successfully.

I want to make this blog post short because I’m a fan of working versus hearing motivational speeches about working. Even when I’m in my real estate classes, I would rather be working than listening about how to get work done. I know how to get work done. I need to just jump right in to working. You’ll learn as you go. Don’t give up and work try to work hard to get your business out there. If you spend most of your time prospecting for new students, you will get new students. There is no magic answer to success. I am still prospecting every day for new clients and students. We’re all in the same boat. I wish you the best of luck in all your teaching endeavors. If you like my blog posts, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog!

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The Struggles of Creating a Course Online and Maintaining an Online Presence

I’ve been in this new phase in my life where I want something more than just what I have now. I am looking to expand my audience base and to create more. Having a facebook page for my piano studio has been a blessing. It wasn’t easy to create a facebook page. I had to consistently post on there and that requires work. Not a lot of people know how much work goes into creating a business. It has been more work than I thought it would be, but I am so thankful for my facebook page. Another platform that I created was my blog (aka the one that you’re reading this blog post on). I put so much of my time working on this blog because I genuinely enjoy blogging. Even though I have all of these amazing things, I still want something more. I have been thinking about creating a course. I already began making videos for the course. The struggles I have faced so far makes me very wary of continuing to make a course.

The first struggle that I faced was not having enough room on my phone to continue recording my videos. I didn’t truly understand why youtubers always talk about how they don’t have enough storage for recording their content. I had recorded other piano videos that I was planning on posting. Storage is still a problem now. I’m waiting for my phone to backup my content on google photos. The process is long because I have a lot of videos. I didn’t know that this was going to be something that would happen, but I guess it’s normal. Everyone will have storage problems and I should try my best to overcome this hurdle.

Another struggle that i’ve faced is a lack of energy to record a ton of videos. I think that I am overly ambitious. I have been harboring tons of content and I should have posted them. There are times when I sit down to record my videos and I get tired from recording for hours. If I want to be successful, I have to try to take it slower. I don’t want to burn myself out. I know that I work hard and I need to give myself credit. I honestly hope that this blog post helps someone that is struggling creating an online course. Don’t give up and know that everyone has struggles also.

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How To Become A Piano Teacher – Pocketfuloflearning

Believe it or not, becoming a piano teacher is not too difficult. As long as you have enough experience playing the piano, you can start teaching students. The actual steps to learning the piano and becoming competent enough to teach the material might take years. You don’t need a certification to teach someone how to play the piano, so the process of becoming a teacher is not long.

The first step to becoming a piano teacher is to advertise your studio as much as you can. For myself, I began advertising on Facebook. I posted statuses on my Facebook profile page about how I am teaching lessons. My advertising was simple. Now that I look back on my advertising, I wish I had advertised more often. I remember how I posted once or twice a week, and then I stopped posting for a couple months. I wasn’t consistent and that’s why I would recommend posting often. Advertising is the best form of getting students to your studio. I have more blog posts where I talk about how to advertise and where specifically to advertise.

The next step is to choose a method book that you want to teach from. I’ve talked about this before also! There are tons of books available and I would suggest going to the book store to check each book out. Decide for yourself which method book would work best with your teaching style. Don’t be afraid to choose a method book because you can always change it later. I would choose a lesson book and a technic book. The lesson book has all of the lesson plans and curriculum. The technic book is full of technical exercises built for improving technique. If you want, you can purchase some of these books ahead of time to start learning for your first lesson.

The next step is to begin scheduling the students that responded to your marketing. Don’t be afraid of telling everyone you know that you’re teaching piano. It’s a great way to start getting some new students and it doesn’t hurt to have some students from the get-go! I was always too shy to tell everyone that I teach piano. I started to come out of my shell, but I’m still too shy. I use a scheduling system from google calendar. I like how I can take my calendar with me and I can update it digitally wherever I am. Find what works best for you.

Now that you have everything set up, it is time for your first lesson! I was so nervous when I first began teaching piano lessons. I stumbled with my words and I look back at my first lesson with humor now. I was too nervous. I should have tried to relax and everything would have gone better. After your first couple months of teaching, you will get better at it. There’s no need to worry right now if you feel like you’re not a good teacher. You will definitely be able to develop a better teaching style and your teaching skills will improve! Be kind to yourself. You’re just starting teaching and it can be daunting. Try to stay calm and happy.

I wish you all the best in your teaching endeavors! I’m here if you ever need any advice on teaching. By the way, I am going to be opening a teachers pay teachers store soon! I’m so excited for this and I will be updating my blog more about this new path! I enjoy helping other teachers pursue their dream of becoming better teachers. Be sure to stay tuned for more blog posts and content from me. I hope you have a great weekend!

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The most important part of building a teaching business

I’m the type of person that needs a flexible schedule. Before I began teaching, I was working jobs that required me to be at a certain place for 8-10 hours at a time. Building my teaching business from the ground and up inspired me to work hard every day. I don’t have time to slack because my business relies on me to consistently work every single day. It’s worth it though. All of the hours of work I put in to my business has taken care of me for more than six years now.

The most important part of building a teaching business is to always stay working. There are days where you’re not going to have much work to do, but try to remember that there is always something that you are able to do every day. I remember two instances in my life when I knew that constantly working was important. The first experience I had was when I was laying in my bed. I was a college student at the time. I didn’t like working and frankly, I had never worked before either. My dad stopped by my room and told me that I needed to do something. I was watching tv shows on my phone all day and never accomplishing anything. My peers were working on the resumes, studying, and accomplishing much more than I was. I knew at that moment that I couldn’t let myself turn into that type of a person. I need to work and I knew I needed to work harder.

The next instance in my life where I knew that I needed to work harder was when I barely had ten students in my teaching roster. I didn’t know how to recruit new students. I decided to post in neighborhood groups on facebook that day. I made my own flyers and I put them in every facebook group that I could find. The entire endeavor took more than an hour. I was tired and exhausted. I had never worked so much just for marketing. In the next two hours of posting, I received ten new students. It took time to make a flyer, write a bio, and post them everywhere. If I hadn’t done that, I would still be teaching only ten students a week. I would have never gotten more business.

There will always be something more that you can do to expand your business. A teaching business requires more of your time than a normal job would require. As long as you love teaching and you know that this is what you want to do, you will want to do the work. It won’t be draining because you love doing it. I hope this has helped a fellow teacher with their teaching business. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments.

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I’m feeling guilty today

I’ve always had an entrepreneur spirit. My work has involved pushing myself to work rather than having set hours at a day job. I have to make my own schedule and that’s not always easy. Recently, I have been working on recording for my course. I’m planning on selling a comprehensive piano course for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. It’s quite a lot of work, but I really enjoy it. I enjoy it so much that I would rather spend my time working on it than hanging out with my friends. I understand that spending time with my friends is important, but I have a family to think about now. I have to set up a good future income source for us; this requires me to be working almost all the time. I’m still not sure if I’m crazy to want to work tomorrow. I’m thinking about all of the work I could get done and I really want to do that instead of going out. I understand how YouTubers feel now! They’re always talking about recording and editing before they go out. I’ll think about my decision tomorrow morning. I also think I’m hesitant about going out because I love working on my course too much! That’s a good thing right?

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Getting my work done at the library as a full-time teacher

The library is my all-time favorite place to work. I think it’s my favorite because it’s quiet and I feel more motivated to get my work done. I am currently in the process of recording for my piano course. I’ve been teaching for more than six years currently and I want to expand my teaching studio. I also have been recording myself playing several piano pieces. I absolutely love it. My teaching website is currently in the process and I can’t wait to start this next chapter in my teaching career. The reason why I mention that I am recording my course is because I am planning on recording much of it in the library. I tested out the possibility of recording it in the library and it has been a success. I just finished recording my first set of lessons.

The next reason why I love getting my work done at the library is because the study room that I rent is only open for two hours. The two hour time limit is a good reminder to remained focus on my work. I am easily distracted, so this is a huge benefit for me. I also think that the two hour limit is great for recording. It’s difficult to record for long periods of time. Two hours feels like just enough for a day of work.

I also work at my office. When I go there to work, there is free coffee/tea/water. I really enjoy working there also. It’s pretty loud there so I am not able to record there. I’ve seen my colleagues feel comfortable to have their phone conversations, but I don’t feel comfortable doing that yet. I still feel shy when i’m recording my lessons at the library. The rooms at the library are isolated, so I don’t know why I still feel nervous. Overall, working at the office versus working at the library are different experiences. It depends on what type of work I am trying to get done that day. For example, I was working at the office yesterday. Most of my work was answering work messages and printing out sheet music. The type of work I was doing fit the work environment that I was in. Today, I really wanted to get some recording done so the library was perfect for what I needed.

Let me know what type of work environment that you like working in!

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Publishing my first post on my new tablet

My history with new technology is not something new. I’ve owned iphones, blackberries, palm pilots, macbooks, and more. I feel like all of us has experience with using technology. I, on the other hand, prefer to use the technology that I have until it doesn’t work anymore. In short, I don’t like buying new things until I absolutely have to. Therefore, it took me a long time to buy this tablet. My husband and I just bought this tablet and we love it. We also bought a keyboard that goes with it. It has been our obsession for the last couple of weeks. I’m still learning how to use it. So far, I love it.

We own an amazon fire HD 10 tablet and we love it. We’ve researched many other tablets until we decided that this was the best one for its price. I wasn’t looking for anything that would be too expensive. I wanted something that I can take with me when i’m working. I work remotely a lot of the time and this would be a very good way to work wherever I want. The tablet is light and easy to carry. We bought it with a keyboard case and I like how the case protects the tablet itself. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet is the best choice for a tablet for someone that is looking for an affordable tablet. Despite the negative reviews on amazon, we think that this tablet is amazing for its price and quality.

I will keep everyone updated how we like the tablet. We haven’t had it for very long, so I don’t want to completely admit that its the best tablet we’ve owned so far. The amazon fire HD 10 tablet has been a game changer though. If you are looking for a working tablet as a teacher, I would highly recommend looking into purchasing the amazon fire HD 10 tablet.

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Finding peace with myself and closure

Firstly, I want to apologize for being all over the place sometimes when I’m posting. I’ve always been a sporadic person. I like to be free and do my own thing. I don’t always have a set schedule and I like living my life this way. When I’m posting blog content on this blog, I’m not always consistently sticking with a schedule. I enjoy the freedom of posting when I want and what I want. My blog is my place to enjoy writing, and that will never change.

Lately, I have been feeling locked inside my own mind. I overthink everything and it’s not good to overthink. Life is filled with so many things. If you obsess over each and every detail in your life, you will never be happy. I planned to write a blog post about my life stories where I felt I was wronged, but after watching Damon Dominque’s YouTube channel, I don’t think I’m going to anymore. Instead of dwelling on the past, I want to begin writing about the future. I hope that my blog inspires people to look into the future and to be hopeful about all of the good things that are going to happen. Invest in your own happiness because you deserve to be happy. Staying in negativity will only bring more negativity.

Life is filled with many beautiful things and you won’t notice them until you stop looking at all of the negativity.

As always, I hope you are having a wonderful day and a great start to the week. Stay on the lookout for more of my blog posts. Thank you so much for reading!

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How to be productive as a teacher // What a day in the life of a teacher looks like

Hi everyone! I absolutely love writing about being a teacher because it’s what I do every day. I enjoy teaching and it has been my life for the past seven years. I hope that I can help other teachers or aspiring teachers become better at their craft.

The best way to be productive as a teacher is to work on the tasks that you don’t want to do. All of us have tasks that we dread doing because they are either time-consuming or unappealing. These are the tasks that I would recommend trying to accomplish first. For example, I have to work on recording video lessons for my piano course. It’s something that I dread doing because it’s time-consuming. I eventually tackled completing this task and it changed my productivity level for the rest of the day. I immediately began working on completing other tasks and now, I have completed multiple tasks that I needed to accomplish.

Another way to be productive as a teacher is to set a routine. For the past couple of years, I have established a routine that I am absolutely in love with. Routines are important because they allow you to set a good start to the day. I have a morning routine that has been the same for many years. When I wake up, I know exactly what I need to do to have a good morning. I don’t have to think twice about what I need to do. Right when I get up in the morning, I already know. It has made life much more easier. If you have a routine that works for you, either in the morning or night, stick with it. You will feel your best and you will have a more productive day when you have an established routine.

The last tip I have for being a more productive teacher is to treat yourself often when you accomplish tasks. I know that teachers have a lot of things that they need to do. Some of these tasks I absolutely dread doing sometimes. For example, I have been horrible at answering my text messages lately. I dread answering work messages. Day after day, my messages pile up in my inbox. When I finally answer all of my messages, I treat myself to something I like. As i’m mentioning this in this blog post, i’m going to do this exact step. After i’m done writing, i’m going to answer all of my work messages. Don’t forget to be kind to yourself when you have bad days. Being a productive teacher is difficult.

A day in the life for me is atypical. Since I work for myself, I have the privilege of choosing how I spend my day. Most recently, I wasn’t feeling well and I took two week off of work. I understand that most people are not able to take that much time off of work, but my line of work allows me to do so. I am lucky and I don’t take it for granted. I spend my mornings trying to figure out how my lessons will go for the day. It takes a lot of planning because I have to make sure I can be there for the lessons and I have to make sure that there is enough time to commute to the next lesson. After previewing my schedule for the day, I plan my lunch/day around my lessons. Therefore, I am able to see when I can have lunch and my breaks. On some days that I don’t have a lot of lessons, I try to record videos of myself playing the piano or work on promotional stuff for my business. Each work day is different, but I am always teaching lessons. Teaching lessons is the consistent factor in every work day of mine.

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Update on my Fiverr journey, Pocketfuloflearning, and my life recently

My life has changed a lot since the last time i’ve really sat down and written a proper blog post. I feel like i’ve been through a rollercoaster of emotions. There are days when I feel happy and there are days when I feel terrible. Today is one of those days. I honestly don’t feel well at all. I’m feeling horrible both physically and mentally. Even though I feel all of these things, i’m not going to let it get me down. I want to make something out of my bad times because time is too precious to waste. I’m also hoping to turn something terrible into something good. I don’t know if that’s going to happen, but I can only hope.

I had a series on my blog about my journey on fiverr. I started a fiverr account I wanted to get more freelance work. Most of my job that I have now is freelance. I felt that fiverr would be a good platform to reach more potential clients and to get more work. I started some gigs based on editing. Editing is one of my passions. I started editing professional documents for law school applicants. I had many clients and I felt confident in the experience I gained to post a gig about editing. I also experimented with posting other gigs. Another gig I posted was about writing blog posts for other bloggers. This gig got a lot of attention. I was happy in the beginning, but it wasn’t what I was hoping for. I was essentially working for pennies per hour. The jobs weren’t worth doing because I wasn’t able to price them higher. If I did have higher priced gigs, such as my editing gigs, they got no interest. The gigs that got the most interest were my cheap $5 gigs. I regret making that gig and I have since deleted it. There were bloggers that wanted $5 for 5,000-10,000 words. There were also bloggers that wanted me to write about topics that I didn’t have experience with. Fiverr allows its users to customize their gigs and one of the options was to choose which categories you would feel comfortable writing in. I received a gig about writing about statistics softwares. I don’t even want to mention how much time I lost with that gig. Fast forward to now, I am going to officially stop using fiverr. I have gone back and forth deciding whether or not to continue to use fiverr. It has been both frustrating and a huge loss of my time. I’m trying my best to put it nicely, but the amount of work I invested equaled to very little in rewards. I researched that users have to price their gigs at extremely low rates in order to get more customers. I’m not looking to do that. It is simply not worth it to work 10+ hours and to be paid only $5 for the work. I could say more, but my advice is to not use fiverr. If there were other platforms that helped with marketing and teaching more clientele, I would recommend those. Do not short sell yourself at a lower price. The quality of work and your mental health will definitely drop. My work is worth a lot. If you are compensated well for your work, the quality of your work will greatly improve. You’ll also feel satisfied and not upset like I am. I made the final decision to make my own editing page on Facebook and to price my work at the price that I feel like I deserve. I’ve done well with working on Facebook. Much of my work has been based on Facebook. It has been a great platform for freelance work and I would definitely recommend it to everybody that is looking to be a freelancer.

Another part of this update is to talk about my blog. I absolutely love blogging. Before I expand more about what I want to talk about, I want to start off by saying that I am not going to quit blogging. I started blogging because my friend and I wanted to create something of our own on the internet. I have definitely had that for three years now and I am so happy. Blogging is something that has made my life so much better. I never feel like it’s a chore to do. Instead, it has helped me to become a better person and it has made me happier. I want to ask about ad placements and how to make revenue with ads. I’ve had word ads for almost three years. I took a break with it. Even when I have thousands of views on my blog, I still don’t have money for those views. I’m wondering how to switch to using google Adsense. Is google Adsense better than using word ads? I feel like I am ready to make the switch. My last question is if I am able to have both on my page? I don’t think I can, but I haven’t found any answers on the internet for this particular case.

My last update is on my life. I have been feeling lost for awhile. I’m struggling between deciding how I want to make income. I’ve been teaching piano for years and I want to make the switch to something more flexible. I’ve written tons of blog posts about teaching. Teaching has been my life for so long. I don’t want to let it go. I don’t know if I am confused or just unhappy with where I am in my career. I’ve also noticed that little things upset me more easily. I don’t want to talk about too much because it’s making me upset. I know that I will eventually have to confront the problem and I also know that I’ve been stalling. I hope that I can make a final decision on what career I truly want.

Thank you so much for reading my blog post. I apologize if it is lengthy. I feel like an update has been long overdue for some time. I hope you’re having an amazing day and a great week so far. Thank you for all the support and understanding. I truly appreciate it.

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How to start TEACHING at home

Welcome to Pocketful of Learning! If you are new to my blog, I write about all things related to teaching and being a teacher. I began teaching about seven years ago. Teaching has changed my life for the better. I never knew that I would be destined for this path, but there is nothing I would rather be. I love teaching and it is my main career. This blog is dedicated to helping teachers find better resources and to help teachers create a better life through teaching.

The first step to begin teaching from home is to choose a niche area that you want to teach. For example, I began teaching piano and that has remained one of my niche markets. As I started teaching the piano, I wasn’t very good at it. I would say that my teaching skills were almost non-existent at that time. I had to teach for a couple years in order to build this skill. Don’t let that discourage you. Everything is about learning and I was thankful that I chose a niche that I was familiar with. Teaching, on the other hand, was not something I learned right away. When you are choosing a niche, make sure that you know the topic very well. I wouldn’t teach piano if I only had three years of experience of playing. I waited until I had more than 10+ years of learning the piano in order to feel competent to teach it. Whichever niche you choose, it will be an important part of your teaching experience. Make sure to choose wisely.

The next step is to choose which method of teaching you want to teach with. There are a couple of methods. I currently teach from my home, teaching virtually, or I go to my students’ homes to teach. If you don’t have the time to travel outside to teach, I would recommend virtual or in-person at your home. Eventually, I want to switch to teaching virtually or in my home for all of my lessons. I feel like I am losing energy and this would be the best method for me. I also know that I will be having kids in the future and I want to be able to stay at home to work. Teaching virtually is my favorite method of teaching. When I first began teaching, I never thought that I could teach virtually. Since covid began, everything has changed and teaching virtually has become an option. I have many blog posts about how I teach virtually. You can read more about it on my blog. One thing that I want to share about teaching virtually is that it is the best way to work without interruptions. You don’t have to worry about other people begin too loud in your house. If you are able to hide in a room without distractions, teaching virtually is the easiest/most flexible way of teaching.

When you have decided which method works best for you, the next step is to get students into your roster. I currently have a full roster and a large waiting list. I remember telling my husband that my real estate page and my piano page have inquiries all of the time. I used to have to hustle to get new students/clients. Now, I can relax and I have people inquiring to me. I wrote extensively about how to get new students on my blog, and I hope that it helps you in getting new students. The one thing to remember is to be patient and to continue with advertising for many months. Consistency is the key. You won’t get a bunch of students in one day. You have to put yourself out there and you will have to advertise for awhile.

Now that you have students, the only step left is to tailor the schedule to the hours that you want to teach. Making a schedule is important and you have to make sure that you set up a good system of keeping track of your lessons. When you have the hours that best fit what you want for a work week, then you are finally able to start teaching at home! It’s a great feeling knowing that you don’t have to leave your house to work. I often hear about people trying to work from home and it never works out. I’m here to tell you that working from home is possible! You have to know what you’re doing. It’s something that will take at least a year to set up. Once you have everything set up, then you’re good to go. Make sure to take care of yourself and I look forward to posting more on here for next time! Happy teaching!

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Update on my experience with teaching this year

Life has been hectic. I feel like business has been booming, but there has been so much going on that I can’t keep up with. It’s like running on a treadmill on a speed that I can’t handle. I wish that I could gradually make the changes that I need to make in order to handle all the work that I have on my plate.

One experience that I have is trying to justify my pay rate to customers. I’ve raised my prices twice in two years. The reason why I have increased my rate is because I have been working in this field for more than six years. My experience justifies the amount of work and quality of work that I can bring to the table. I am worth the raise. It’s not that I always raise my prices. I haven’t raised my prices at all in the last six years besides recently. I’m afraid of asking for more money, but I have to be stronger. I know how much work and money I deserve. And I am worth it. My advice to any fellow teachers is to not be afraid to ask and to advocate for yourself. This is your business and never let someone tell you how you are worth. You are worth much more.

Besides the hectic busy life of teaching, nothing much else has been going on. I am hoping to go back to the office more often to get my work done. Right now, I am busy scheduling my lessons for the new school year. It’s like playing a puzzle where you have to find the right place for each student. I’ll continue posting updates on here as the year progresses. I hope everyone is having a great day and continue to stay safe/work hard!

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My recent experience completing my teacher work at the library | Not the best experience

I like to the library because it’s relaxing and quiet. Not a lot of work spaces have both qualities. When I have tough days that I have to accomplish many tasks, I like to go to a public space to work. Since Covid began, going out to these public spaces has been nearly impossible. I’ve tried going to Starbucks to work and they removed all the tables/chairs. I also saw that they took away the chairs in the library.

Now that things are beginning to go back to normal, I thought it would be the perfect day to go to the library to get some work done. It’s been a long time since my law school studying days since I’ve been at the library. The nostalgia of being there is unique because it reminds me of when I was back in college. I saw that they had placed the tables and chairs back. It’s exciting because I can finally go somewhere else to work and this library is close to my house. The library is spacious. It has an art gallery, a large bathroom facility, a huge lobby filled with tables and chairs, study rooms, and more space. I had brought lunch with me also because my intentions were to stay there for awhile.

I understand the mask policy and I don’t mind wearing a mask. When I was eating, I didn’t wear a mask. I felt like everyone was watching me, so I tried to eat quicker than I normally eat. I ate much quicker than usual that I felt a little sick. I just didn’t want someone to come and tell me that I have to wear a mask when I’m resting I’m between bites. I was still in the process of eating when an employee comes to my table to tell me that I’m breaking the rules. He said that I cannot bring any outside food besides their vending machine snacks into the library. He also said that I have to wear my mask in between my bites. If I’m not actively eating, I should be wearing my mask. With his first rule, I have never heard of it. None of the signs posted everywhere in the library state that no outside food is allowed. They state that you have to eat the food in the lobby and I don’t purposefully ate my food in the lobby. With regards to the second rule, I knew that someone would say that. I don’t know if anyone knows this, but no one I’ve ever seen takes a bite of their food and immediately puts their mask back on. Our tables were all separated more than 8 feet apart from one another and possibly more than 8 feet. If I am eating, why should I have to regulate my mask in between bites? I don’t mind putting my mask on immediately after I finish eating, but I will not put my mask on in between bites. I’m sorry, but that’s asking for too much. I wear my mask on all the time and I have had no problems with eating in relation to wearing a mask.

My purpose in telling this story is to help other teachers. We all have places where we like to work and our workload is a lot at times. If you are looking for somewhere to work, I wouldn’t recommend the library at this time. I hope that other libraries are not like this. I’m thinking about going somewhere to work from now on and I will keep everyone updated as I find the perfect place to work for teachers. The good news is that I ended up getting a lot of work done. I cleaned out two of my teaching bags, responded to work messages, signed two papers, and reorganized my calendar. Be sure to let me know if you have any recommendations for places to get work done. I’m always on the lookout for good places that are perfect for productivity and has great amenities!

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Morning Coffee Time for Teachers ☕️ | Talking About Burnout for Teachers

Good morning my fellow teachers! The morning is always the best time to begin preparing for your day. I have been lucky to create my own a schedule because I am a piano teacher. I know that other teachers have to wake up earlier than I do to get to their classrooms. Whichever kind of teacher you are, I hope that your morning goes well and that you are extra productive today! Most of all, I hope that your day runs smoothly. These two wishes are what I wish for my days every day. Not every day is good, but each morning is the start of a new day.

Today, I want to talk about burnout for teachers. Teachers have burnouts all the time. Our students don’t know this about us, but we are human. There are good days and there are bad days too. Most of all, there are days that I don’t enjoy teaching. It’s nothing related to my students, but I sometimes feel burnt out on teaching in general. I have to find ways to relax or else I almost break down.

As a teacher, I don’t treat my students badly if I am having a bad day. It’s not their fault and they definitely do not deserve a mean teacher. I have to hide my emotions from them. In my heart, I wish that I could take a short break from teaching for awhile. I need some time to myself. I have to not think about teaching for three or four hours at a time. After I take a break, I feel so much better. When you have a day like this, try to treat yourself to something nice or take a small break. Try not to be too hard on yourself. Burnout is real for teachers and it can be so hard. It’s difficult because we are almost always around our students. We cannot show them our frustrations.

Often, the weekends are the best time for me to try relaxing from the work week. I feel guilty taking this time away, but I need it. I try not to answer any messages or phone calls during the weekend. I need some space. Once I have this space, I notice that I am a much better teacher when I come back from the weekend.

As a teacher, be nice to yourself. You deserve a break and don’t overwork yourself. A happy teacher is a great teacher. Try to remember that you are only human and you will make mistakes! Making small mistakes doesn’t make you a bad teacher. We are all in the same boat and you are not alone. Take care of yourself and avoid burnout!

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Pocketful of learning – Can Teachers Have Blogs?

It has been nearly three years of having a blog and I am still thinking back to the days when I first began blogging. This blogging experience has been a whirlwind of learning lessons. I feel like I have learned so much and the biggest question that is on my mind is: can teachers have blogs? Even further, we should ask if teachers should have a blog. There’s a lot of questions that needs answers. I hope I can shed some light and answer these two questions.

Can teachers have blogs?

The answer is yes. There is nothing stopping teachers from having blogs. We have the right to speak our mind about anything. Teachers are just like anyone else. If a teacher wants to create a blog, then they will. There are plenty of teaching blogs online and they have been very successful.

One thing I would caution to teachers that have blogs is to never mention the names of their students or post pictures of their students without their permission. If you want to start a teaching blog, my best advice is to talk more about ideas/concepts than to speak about specific names/places.

Should teachers have a blog?

The answer to this question differs. It depends on why you want to have a blog. Are you looking to monetize your blog or is your purpose to start giving online lessons? It depends on what your goals are. If having a blog makes sense for you, then don’t be afraid to start one. Creating a blog takes a lot of time and effort. If you are thinking of making one, don’t waste time contemplating. It took a long time for me to create my blog. I had to constantly work at and continue to expand my blog presence. All the work that you put into your blog now will pay off in the future. Start your blog today and I hope you enjoy creating a teaching blog as much as I enjoy creating mine!

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How to start a successful piano teacher blog | Five simple rules to make blogging easier

1. Make a website

The first step to creating a successful piano teacher blog is to decide which website hosting platform you are going to use. When I first started my blog, I did some research on the best website hosting platform. I remember deciding on wordpress because it was the most popular platform that a lot of bloggers use. I think that you have to decide on what platform is going to be the most beneficial for your own goals. Go through your goals and make sure that they match with the platform of your choice.

2. Decide what your blogging schedule will be

I decided that my blogging schedule will be every other day. I have my blog posts scheduled in advance so that they will post for me. I don’t like having to manually post my posts live because I am often busy throughout the day. I highly recommend utilizing a scheduling tool that will show you when your blog posts are going live on your blog. I also think about blogging ahead of time when I know I am going to be busy. Having a blogging schedule is one of the most important aspects of blogging. You should have all of these ideas in mind before you commit to starting a blog.

Another important part of scheduling is making sure that you are consistent in blogging. There’s nothing worse than creating a blog, writing some blog posts, and then leaving the blog unattended for a couple of months. I share my story a lot on this blog. I have a friend that began blogging the same time that I did. She created a blog that had about six blog posts and then she quit. I remember that she was getting initial views, but the quickness in quitting early greatly inhibited her blog from growing. I always equate a blog to like having a youtube channel. I quickly stop watching a youtube channel when they don’t update or post new content after two weeks. Having a blog is the same. You have to make sure that you are consistently updating your blog. Readers like when they see that you have posted recently. Therefore, having a blogging schedule is absolutely vital to starting a successful blog.

3. Create blog content

The next step to starting a piano teacher blog is to decide on what your first 10 blog posts are going to be about. The challenge is not figuring out what you want to write about, but it is about actually writing the blog posts. I found myself struggling when I wrote my first 10 blog posts. I wasn’t used to writing and I definitely struggled. Once I accomplished writing the first 10 blog posts, I found myself becoming used to writing. I was writing all of the time. Blogging became easier, and now, I write 2-3 blog posts per day. Creating blog content is important and you should spend as much time creating content as you are writing. Always have new ideas for blog posts in your mind. I would write your ideas as they come to mind. Constantly replenish your blog with new content.

4. Join blogging groups to promote your blog

I began joining blogging groups in my second year of blogging. I remember having trouble figuring out how to start my blog. The best part of joining a blogging group is trying to find other bloggers to guest post with. If you are able to guest post on another blog, you can link your blog to theirs. These will create great backlinks to your site and it makes a huge difference when you are building your blog. I built a couple backlinks, but I am still definitely also doing them for myself too.

5. Interact with the blogging community

Interacting with the blogging community is my absolute favorite part of blogging. I absolutely love seeing my fellow bloggers succeed with their blogs. I have found myself seeing the smaller blogs group just like my blog has grown. If you are only blogging by yourself, you are sorely missing out. Blogging is a community and there is no better way to expand your blog other than to share your blog with others. You have to let everyone know that you have a blog. Do not be a secret blogger!

Five simple rules to make blogging easier

1. Stay consistent in blogging. It’s not a sprint to the finish line

2. Stay patient

3. Write/create a lot of content

4. Always have pictures for your blog posts

5. Using keywords is a must

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How to start a piano studio

Starting a piano studio from scratch is a daunting task. It is easy to be discouraged when you find yourself not acquiring any new students. Do not give up! Everything that you are feeling is normal and it takes time to build a successful piano studio. Make sure that your mindset is in a good place because you do not want to build something with the mindset that this is a quick way to make money. Building a successful piano studio takes time and patience.

The first step to building a piano studio is to decide which piano method book that you are going to teach with. I recommend going to a music store and looking through the books to see which one fits your teaching style the best. The reason why I recommend doing this is because I wish that I would have went through and researched method books before I started teaching. The more familiar you are with the books, the easier piano teaching will be for you. Familiarity also brings credibility when you start acquiring piano students.

The next step is to start telling people that you are teaching. I recommend telling people around you like family and friends, but also post on social media everywhere. It’s not enough to post only once a month. The best method of remaining top of mind is to post once a week. I would also recommend creating a flyer because the best way to not have to repeat all of your studio details is to just hand out your flyer to all prospective clients.

My main advice is to build a strong presence on social media. Social media is a slow platform for advertising, but it has been the most effective for me. I’ve found that I can rely on it overtime. I don’t always get messages from new students every day. However, I will get messages once or twice a week. My logic is that if I am posting free advertising on a social media platform, the consistent income I receive from a student each week pays for it. I have also been known to buy $1/day ads. I’m not running ads currently, but they are super effective. If you want to rely on free advertising, post at the beginning of each week in Facebook groups and the first of each month. Use a scheduler to post to your facebook story three times a week during the most popular times. Most importantly, update your post frequently to show that you are managing your piano studio well.

Once you receive your first piano student, think about payment details. More specifically, let them know which form of payment is best (zelle, cash, PayPal, etc…) and when you want to be paid (each lesson, every other week, or the first of each month). All of these details are important to be clear about before starting lessons. Make sure you and your student are on the same page with expectations. Communication is the most important factor of building a successful piano studio.

The next step is to start your first lesson! This is the most exciting part of starting a piano studio. The nervousness of not knowing how your first lesson will be is normal. I was super nervous when I had my first lesson. I also had no idea how to teach. Afterwards, I found myself so exhausted from just a 30 minute lesson! Don’t let your new student know that this is your first lesson. Go to this lesson prepared with music books, pencils, and extra paper. All of your materials should be prepared in advance. If you want, you can gift your student some new materials that they can keep. It’s your first lesson with them and try to remember that they are also excited too! After the lesson, take some time to reflect on how you can improve on your teaching. If this is your first time teaching, try not to be too harsh on yourself. Remember that you are learning also and teaching takes practice to get better at. It is expected that you will have some hiccups in the first few lessons. Reflect each time on how you can improve your lessons and you will get better at teaching.

My last piece of advice is to consistently find ways to market/advertise your studio. I currently own my real estate business and I am always looking for new clients. Think of your studio as a bucket that you are consistently refilling with water. Not all students are going to be loyal and stay with you for many years. I think that long-term students are great, but they are also rare. Have expectations that you will say goodbye to some students, but also be sure to welcome the new students. I describe new students as a bundle of sunshine because they are so happy and eager to learn the piano. I can’t wait to be a part of their piano journey. It’s exciting and it brings me joy when other students eventually leave my piano studio. In summary, spend as much time as you can looking for new students. As you fill your time slots, the nervousness of losing students will be gone because your consistently replenishing your time slots with new students. Be sure to have fun and I wish you all the best of luck in starting your new piano studio!

Does Fiverr actually work? | Part 1 of Testing Fiverr to see if it works for making money

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Recently, i’ve been in my real estate post licensing classes. It’s about seven to eight hours each day Monday through Friday. I thought this would be the perfect time to catch up on my advertising online. I’ve been recording my piano videos during my breaks and i’ve been strongly looking into Fiverr. Does Fiverr actually work? Is it possible to make money on Fiverr in 2021? I decided to make an account and test it for myself.

I can’t say too much about fiverr since I’ve only had my account for three days, but I’ve already began getting messages. The most important fact about fiverr is that you have to consistently update your gigs and manage it. I haven’t gotten to the point yet where I can sit back and let my gigs run. I honestly do believe that it takes time for the gigs to grow. If you are looking for something that is quick, fiverr isn’t the case.

After three days of making my profile and creating about five gigs on fiverr, I have received three messages and no sales. I don’t have high expectations just yet because I know that things won’t happen overnight.

My biggest advice for new fiverr freelancers is to create $5 gigs. In order to get more traction on your gigs, you need more orders. The easiest way to get more orders and interest in your gigs is to set them at a lower price. Since I created one $5 gig, I have gotten at least one more message than I usually have. Today, I am planning on creating more $5 gigs and updating my previous gigs. I am definitely going to continue working on improving my fiverr gigs and possibly adding more. This endeavor takes awhile, but I am honestly hoping that it will pay off in some way. At the least, I can create blog post content from this experience also.

My last priority is to test if I can obtain piano or double bass students from fiverr. So far, I have only been asking for copywriting gigs that I know I will be decent at. I am hoping to gain some more popularity on fiverr before introducing my music gigs into the mix. I have quite a bit of time to invest into creating these, so I will continue updating my audience on here with my progress.

If you are looking to start a fiverr account, let me know how it goes. Keep me updated as we continue on this journey together. My fiverr referral link is: https://www.fiverr.com/s2/c0357a14f3

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How I balance my work life and personal life as a piano teacher – and also as a real estate agent!

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I don’t think I have announced this yet, but I am officially a real estate agent. I have been working on this journey to becoming a real estate agent for a couple of months. It happened during Covid when I had a mini crises about what I should do with my life. I know that I must have been acting very dramatic, but I took the plunge into studying for the real estate exam. All of this took place when the lockdown was happening. I am still teaching the piano full time and I’m also taking continuing education classes for real estate. Life has been amazing. I’ve talked about this before, but I feel like so much has changed in my life. I am so grateful for all the blessings that I’ve had over the past couple of months. I can’t wait to continue to work harder, and continue to enjoy life with my husband and my yorkie.

The most important thing I always remember during the week is that I am working hard to make sure my small family has a great life. You have to remember what you are ultimately working hard for. When you have your why, everything just falls into place. My husband and I have goals to move to our dream place. Each day I work hard for 10+ hours, I remember why I do so.

Another important aspect of balancing my work life with my personal life is that I have the weekends to spend with my family. We spend a lot of time together on the weekends. The weekends are when we plan our fun activities. I have something to look forward to every week because I know that the weekends are ours to enjoy.

My biggest piece of advice is to plan things to look forward to. Plan a vacation that you are really excited for. Reward yourself for teaching your milestones and set goals. When you have a purpose, going to work each day becomes so much easier. Continue to work hard every day. It will pay off!

The impact of recording piano videos and how it changed my piano studio

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When I began reviving my music studio, I always had a dream of recording my own piano videos of myself playing the piano. It is one of my top favorite things to do and I always envied other piano teachers that were posting videos of themselves playing the piano. I dreamt of this for so long, but I never acted on it. It wasn’t until I realized that I wanted to record my own piano lessons that I knew that I should also record myself playing the piano. If I was going to do it, I knew that I had to record a lot of videos. I didn’t want others to think that I was only recording two or three videos. I wanted the community to notice that I could play multiple pieces and that I was working hard on my craft. I slowly began posting. It began to change my life. I never noticed how many people watched my videos and how they would respond to it. The response from everyone was of awe.

When I was in a lesson today, one of my students told me that they watched my videos. I felt like a famous YouTuber even though I’m not even close to that level of popularity. They asked me to play some songs that I played in my videos. The response from the community has been more than I could ever imagine. I love recording. I now understand why famous pianists record themselves playing the piano. It takes awhile to record piano videos, but the response makes it all worth it.

A huge reason why I also wanted to record piano videos was because it would show the community that I am serious about the piano. I wanted them to know that I am worth my lesson price. I have more followers on my Facebook page than last year and more people follow the page every day. It amazes me that people like my videos. I hope to make more of them. I gained many new students just form posting my videos. I imagine that in the future, I will also post double bass videos to garner more double bass students. If you are a teacher that is looking for more students, I highly recommend trying to record yourself playing your instrument! Let me know how it goes!

Frustrations of a teacher and how to handle them

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Sometimes when i’m having a tough day, I credit some of my frustration to small things that occur during the day. I try not to bring my frustrations into my lessons because my students do not deserve a cranky teacher. Even when i’m upset, I try to hide it. It’s not productive for my student or myself for me to be upset. A lot of being a teacher is about hiding your true emotions. You have to put your emotions aside in order to be a better teacher.

Today, i’m having one of those days where I am not too happy about some events that occurred. Two things happened today that are small problems, but definitely not something to be really upset about. I try not to think too much about them. I’ll share these two problems and i’ll give you my approach as a veteran teacher on how I am going to handle them.

The first problem is that I needed to record some music and someone in my household is making a lot of noise. I had to stop recording. The recording is not going to be completed today. It makes me upset, but I am going to wait a different day to record instead. I’m definitely going to wait until no one is at the house. As a teacher, you’re going to encounter many times where people are unnecessarily loud. They are going to disregard your need of a quiet room. I have mastered the skill of avoiding any kind of situation where it could possibly make it impossible for me to work. It is incredibly frustrating, but not everything will always be perfect. I’ve found that a perfect place to work or to get stuff done is to work in my car. I can conduct lessons without any distractions or background noise. I have a funny story that I want to share about when I worked in the car. I was sitting in my car teaching three lessons that day. I was minding my own business without bothering anybody. I chose to teach in my car because I know it is important to have a quiet background. Someone came into my car without my consent and they opened the door. They interrupted my lesson. Not only was my student shocked, but I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it. I now know that I will never put myself in a possible situation where that could occur. You, as a teacher, can only try your best to avoid bad situations. As long as you try your best, everything will work out. Try to stay calm and solve the problem the best as you can.

The second problem I ran into today is someone that has been continually looking for a free trial lesson. I don’t offer free lessons for a reason. I’ve learned that students don’t take my time seriously if they ask for a trial lesson. I already don’t have a lot of free time, so it is sometimes frustrating when a new student tries to take my time. It doesn’t mean that I don’t offer to meet the student to get to know them or talk on the phone to answer questions before the first lesson, but I specifically do not offer free lessons. This student asked me if they can meet me for 10 minutes just to see where they are in their current lesson book. They also have no intention to pay me for that time. I know this because they have been trying to get a free lesson from me for weeks. At this point, I am going to continue to hold my ground. They will not be getting lessons from me even if they decide to pay for the lessons eventually. If they are trying to cause problems now before we even had the first lesson, I know that they will cause more problems later on.

The big takeaway from this post is to trust yourself when you encounter problems during your teaching. As a teacher, you will encounter all sorts of problems. You have to be a good representative of yourself and of what you believe in. Do not let people walk over you. If you do not feel comfortable about a situation, let the other person know. As you encounter more problems, you will get better at solving them. Being a teacher is a learning process. I am still learning every day on how to become a better teacher. I’m not perfect, but I try my best to solve each problem as it happens.

Best ways to begin teaching online | How to become an online teacher while working from home

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One of the best things I’ve done for myself is to build an online business that I can manage from my home. I don’t mention it often, but I have a debilitating health problem that stops me from being super productive. It means that I am not able to work as much during the week sometimes. My health issues are out of my control and it depends on how my body feels each day. This is the main reason why I can’t work at an office for long periods of time or be on my feet all day. I have to find what works best for my health. Working at home has solved that issue for me.

The best way I began teaching online was to download and learn how to use zoom. Zoom is a great platform that allows you to use video chat. I like using the share screen feature. If you are just beginning to learn how to teach online, learning how to use zoom is a great start. The next app I would recommend learning how to use is FaceTime. If you have an iPhone, FaceTime is much better than zoom. I’ve found that it has better internet connection and it allows you to still work on your phone while also keeping you in the FaceTime call. I am able to open up my notes app with all of my lesson notes while my student is in the FaceTime call. It is my favorite way to teach online.

The next thing I suggest doing is to make photocopies of your books so you can share it with your students. My books are my lesson plans and it’s important for my students to have them on hand. I email them a copy and the process is seamless. It arrives in their inbox instantly. The app I use to manage and store all of my books is called Doc Scanner.

The last part to begin teaching online is to advertise your lessons. Use Canva to create detailed flyers of your teaching service and share it everywhere. Let everyone know about your teaching service. I would also post it on neighborhood groups on Facebook. When you’re posting, make sure to post it every week. As you start to build up a student list, keep track of your lessons in your notes and calendar. Have a system that works best for you. I hope you enjoy teaching and that my advice is helpful for you!

My journey with TakeLessons.com | Is it worth it? Did I get students with it?

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When I first began teaching, I received many ads for lesson marketing apps. I initially started using thumbtack because it was the most popular website at the time for freelancers. I wasn’t looking to be a freelancer, but I thought that it would be a great start to garner more students.

I learned that thumbtack takes money from its users to send quotes to potential clients. I only received one client from the app. It was easy to use and the money I put forward to garner the student was paid off 4x more by the lessons I received. The important fact to remember is that you have to invest in your business in order to receive results. Do not be afraid to spend some money in order to make money. I was able to receive a new student without much effort. The quality of the student wasn’t great thought because the app was targeted for people looking for the best deal. They weren’t looking for instructors that taught quality content. It was not something I thought that would suit me. I price my lessons based on the quality of lessons that I can give rather than at a cheaper rate. I’m very good at teaching and it wouldn’t fit what I believe my lessons are worth. I quickly left thumbtack and I began using other sources of advertising for my lessons.

I stumbled upon TakeLessons.com through Facebook ads. I decided to make an account and it was easy to set up a profile as an instructor. I remember setting up my profile a couple years ago when I first began teaching. I didn’t expect much from the service because I thought it was the same as thumbtack. I later discovered that it was not the same and I was thoroughly impressed. I didn’t have to pay to talk to leads. The app allows me to message leads without having to pay anything. This was a huge game changer from how I was accustomed to. I quickly learned that I was able to obtain students without having to spend some money upfront. I’ve obtained about four to five students from this app to date. The more students I keep for a longer period of time, the more TakeLessons.com recommends my lessons. My main takeaway that I hope others take from this post is that TakeLessons.com is a great service to use for upcoming instructors. It is also great to have if you are a veteran teacher. I always believe in having as many sources of advertising as possible. You need to make sure that your business stays afloat. When you outsource your advertising, the apps will continue to look for students for you. I don’t have to do much work to garner new students nowadays, and I am much more able to enjoy spending time with my family instead. I’m going to conduct some more research on other advertising tools. I’ll let everyone know if I find something that is very good for teachers!

How to continue blogging as a full-time teacher: is it possible?

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When I began my blog a couple years ago, I was a full-time teacher. I had a teaching assistant that I paid for and I was consistently working on my blog. Over the years, I began to drift away from blogging. My life as a teacher took over most of my time and I wish I hadn’t. Blogging is something that has to remain consistent. If you are not updating your content frequently, readers will not visit your blog as often. I wish I knew how to continue blogging as a full-time teacher. I hope my advice helps other teachers pursue their dream of blogging and that I inspire you to pursue blogging if it is your passion.

The main way that I continue updating my blog frequently is that I post during my free time. I mentioned before in my previous blog post that I control my own schedule as a self-employed teacher. My free time is spent mainly at night when I am at the gym. I spend my most of my time writing during that time. It’s amazing because I am able to exercise and also write. I love writing. I couldn’t imagine a better way to spend my free time. I found that I am more creative and I have more blog post ideas when I am at the gym. Find what works best for you and stick with it!

Another important part of my routine is that I have a big goal of working for myself. Blogging has always been something that I can work on in my free time. When I was teaching two years ago, I remember that I would work on my blog in between lessons. It is and still is my favorite thing to do. I figured that if I still like it after three or more years of doing it, I should probably keep pursuing it. I was so happy to see new readers on my blog during my small breaks in between lessons. Blogging makes my day better. It is a constant reminder of my goals. If you really enjoy doing something, it will continue to be with you for the rest of your life. Blogging has been that joy for me. I wouldn’t have been able to write so many blog posts if I didn’t thoroughly enjoy it. I have a friend that started their blog the same time as me. I remember that we both shared the same dream of having a successful blog. After writing about six blog posts, she stopped posting. I didn’t expect that I would be the one that is still blogging after so many years. I’m proud every day of my accomplishments as a blogger and I will continue to pursue blogging as much as I can. It will always be my priority even as a full-time teacher.

MY THOUGHTS ON BEING SELF-EMPLOYED – MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WORKING FOR MYSELF

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For many years when I was in college, I wasn’t making any money. I feel like many college students can understand my sentiment. I wasn’t the best student, but I had trouble finding my first job. I was working in the hospital as a scribe and I didn’t it at all. I was working swing shift and I was also paid at minimum wage. I didn’t complain, but the work environment didn’t allow me to have a lunch break. I was overworked and tired most of the time. I remember this time as one of the best learning lessons when I was in college. I learned that I didn’t want to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I realized that that kind of life wasn’t cut out for me and I needed to make a change for myself. For many years, my dad told me to begin teaching piano. I didn’t pursue teaching until I was almost done with college. It was tough beginning the journey of self-employment. I am going to share with you my thoughts on being self-employed and why I like it much more than working for someone else.

The most important thing that I like about being self-employed is that I am able to control my own hours. I can change my schedule, reschedule my lessons, and take vacation days whenever I want. Of course I have to let my students know ahead of time, but I can choose whenever to take a vacation day or a sick day. My schedule is entirely flexible to when I want to work. I can choose to end work early if I don’t feel well that day or I can schedule to only work four hours a day. This is the best reason why I love working for myself and I am so grateful that I am able to do so.

The next thing I like about being self-employed is that I never have to worry about being fired. I have worked in this industry long enough to where I have plenty of contacts in every platform. I don’t have to worry about losing my job because I am hired for multiple lessons per week. The amount of business I have is infinite and this is another thing that I am extremely grateful for. My job is secure because I have built multiple pipelines to keep it strong. The exception was during Covid where I had a stagnant period, but I was still able to work nonetheless.

My last thing that I enjoy about being self-employed is that I am able to have a normal life. There are so many things that I enjoy about my job, but I can only list a few. The part about having a normal life is very important to me. I recently got married about half a year ago and I wanted to be able to be with my family on the weekends. I am able to have dinner with them, wake up in the mornings with them, and I spend a large amount of time with them on the weekends. My personal life is important to me and I didn’t want my job to sacrifice that. Teaching has enhanced my life and it has made my personal life much more fulfilling. I have time to myself in the mornings and nights. Being self-employed has changed my life for the better. I am so grateful for this life.

Teacher hacks to getting more stuff done | HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME

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As I’ve mentioned before in my other blog posts, I’ve always been striving to make the most out of my time as a teacher. When I’m in lessons, I focus only on teaching. Consequently, I find that I have less time during the day to keep up with everything else. I don’t think I would be able to get quite as much done if it wasn’t for some of the tactics that I use to get more stuff done during the day.

My first trick is to schedule all of my posts ahead of time. For my real estate business, I have a program that was provided by my broker that posts for me every Thursday. I’ve found that this is the best way for me to update my business page without having to manually do it every time. I also sometimes schedule Instagram and Facebook posts for holidays. I make sure that it appears like I am always updating, but I could possibly just be napping during that time. The flexibility of my schedule allows me to decide how my work days are going to be. I enjoy this lifestyle that I have and I also like the ability to be doing other stuff while my social media is being updated. I also schedule my blog posts to post ahead of time. WordPress allows me to schedule my posts. I take full advantage of it. I highly recommend trying out this feature for yourself.

Another thing that I do to get more stuff done is to wake up early about 20 minutes ahead of time to plan my day. My real estate brokerage calls this method: morning meeting with yourself. I know that this method isn’t going to be groundbreaking for some people, but it has been greatly beneficial for me on my most busy days. Life is hectic and a lot of planning is necessary to ensure a smooth work day for myself.

This next life hack for teachers is something that I created myself. A lot of food restaurants now offer curbside pickup. I take full advantage of these when I have my breakfast or lunch. I park in curbside pickup, order on the app, and then I use the time that I am waiting for my food to respond to work messages. The little bit of time that I am utilizing to work whenever I can is crucial for me because I don’t always have a lot of free time during the week. Try downloading some food apps and see if this hack helps you save more time.

The next hack is to schedule zoom or FaceTime lessons with your students as much as possible. These lessons save me a lot of time each week. I don’t have to drive as much as compared to traveling to my students’ homes. I schedule phone calls and FaceTime conferences in between my in-person lessons. Therefore, I can teach more during the day and I can also maximize my schedule to make more from my lessons.

My last life hack is to use google calendar. When I was starting as a new teacher, I used to manually write a calendar for the week. It was helpful for me, but I eventually switched to using a digital calendar instead. I didn’t like my default apple calendar. I found that google calendar offered more options and customizations to where I can see my full work week schedule on my phone. I’ve been using it for years now ever since I switched from a paper calendar. If you want to have additional projects or side gigs, it is absolutely necessary to use a calendar to schedule your week. I am able to practice real estate and teach piano full time because I have a good calendar system. I also recommend customizing your calendar as much as possible so it is optimized for your wants and needs.

I hope this has been helpful for my fellow teacher friends. I really enjoy sharing all of my knowledge on how to become a better teacher and I am definitely going to be writing more blog posts on these topics. Don’t forget to like and subscribe to my blog for more blog posts!

HOW TO MAXIMIZE YOUR TIME AS A TEACHER *THINGS I DO EVERY DAY*

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When I was a new teacher, I remember that I was insanely jealous of veteran teachers because I thought they were so much better than me. I didn’t know what I was doing. I remember teaching my first lesson and I felt so embarrassed. I had never taught a student before. The time I spent comparing myself to other teachers was not worth it. I should have been focusing on myself and improving my own teaching skills. I wish I had someone to tell me that I should have been more focused on setting up my piano studio rather than focusing on the success of others. The time I spent is something I will never get back.

As a veteran teacher, I spend less time worrying about the small stuff and I am more focused on the larger picture. For example, I use Facebook advertising to help me get new students. I rarely spend time anymore thinking about getting students. I feel like I have become better at advertising. It has lessened my worries about maintaining a full week of lessons. Therefore, I have more time to improve my lessons and focus on my students. Advertising consistently and constantly is the key to maintaining a full of list of students. I have spent $1/day for advertising and it pays itself 35x and probably more in the long run. If you are afraid of spending money in your business, try not to be. You have to invest money back into your business to keep it running long term.

Another thing that I’ve learned as a veteran teacher that has saved me a lot of time has been to pre-schedule my posts ahead of time. I record piano videos of my own playing and I schedule them to post while I’m busy teaching lessons for the day. I’ve mentioned this before in my other blog posts, but this method has saved me so much time. It has streamlined my business. I can continue being top of mind while working. It’s great! I can’t recommend this method enough.

The last piece of advice I want to discuss is how I store points and track my miles. I make sure that when I’m working, my mile tracker is working. I have to track my miles for taxes. I also make sure that when I’m buying something, I am tracking it in an app or that I am accumulating points. This method has made such a difference for me. As a teacher that has to pay everything myself, I have to make sure that I am making the most use out of my money and time.

If you are looking for more advice to becoming a better teacher, I will be posting more. You can subscribe and read more of posts on this blog!

Best ways to make money as a teacher | Tips to making steady income as a teacher

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Lately, I’ve been thinking more about how I make money as a teacher. The path to becoming a teacher has been rocky. I’ve taught lessons where I wasn’t paid. There were times when the student’s parents didn’t pay me. I felt humiliated, disliked, and more. I used to take it personally, but now as a veteran teacher, I have become accustomed to this treatment. I don’t want to brag and say that I have a lot of students so I don’t have to worry about these problems anymore. I want to help new teachers take control of their money. I hope that new teachers don’t give up in this career because of bad clients. These clients are temporary and they do not define you as a teacher.

The best advice I received as a teacher was to price my lessons correctly. I used to price my lessons less than what I should have been paid. I didn’t have any confidence in myself, so I was held back for a long time. It took almost six years for me to finally price my lessons at the price that I was worth. As long as you believe that your lessons are worth it, you should deserve to be paid at that amount. Do not be afraid of asking for more money. Think of it this way: you have to make money for yourself. The more experience you have contributes greatly to how much you should be paid. I have more than six years of teaching experience. Therefore, I was long overdue for a price increase.

Another way of making income for me is through outsourcing my lessons. I am affiliated with many teaching companies where they find students for me to teach. In the future, I’m hoping to not work so hard. Therefore, I have different stakes in other companies that help me. If you’re interested, I’m going to do more reviews of these companies so you will be able to find the right company for yourself.

Another source of income that is completely new to me is recording my lessons and selling them. I haven’t began this process yet, but I have recorded myself playing the piano many times. It takes a lot more time, but I’m hoping that I won’t have to teach as much in the future if I can just sell my lessons instead.

I hope my advice helps and it is helpful for other teachers. There are tons of advice online on how teachers make money. I’ve offered probably only 2% of the advice that is available online. Stay updated with my blog for more advice. Happy teaching!

DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MUSIC TEACHER

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I always wondered when music teachers would begin vlogging or blogging about their day to day life. I finally discovered some fellow teachers on Youtube and I am beyond excited. I can’t wait for music teachers to share their lives because we have such an interesting routine. Not many people know what it is like to be a music teacher and it is finally time for the world to know! I hope that I can continue to post more blogs about my life and I really want this to inspire other music teachers in this community to continue to educate the future.

Today, I had seven lessons that I taught. I originally have eight lessons, but my eighth lesson was rescheduled. I waited in the car for a couple of minutes for the last lesson to text me, but they didn’t. It’s alright though because I am glad for the small break. I usually end my days around 7 pm, but I ended up finishing around 5 pm today. At the beginning of my days, I start teaching at around 9:30 am. It’s been a long day. The heat where I live is unbearable. I was sweating in my students’ houses. I should have brought new batteries for my tiny fan that I carry with me to lessons. Even when I have prepared as much as I can for the day, there is always something that I end up forgetting to bring. I bring a coffee with me all the time and then I won’t bring any water. As a teacher, you are always prepared to bring all of the stuff that you may need. It’s always a struggle to bring everything. My car is a mess of everything that I need to bring.

I’m ending today with this blog post. I’ll continue posting about my day to day life as a music teacher!

Teacher’s thoughts: 💭 How to be a better teacher

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My best ideas arrive when I’m in the middle of my day to day tasks. I’ve thought about what it means to be a teacher. Do teachers have an impact on their students? Throughout my educational career, I’ve noticed that there are only about one out of ten teachers that impact their students. Why is that? Are teachers just not trying enough to be a better teacher? If this is the case, then how do we become better teachers?

Recently, I’ve been trying different techniques in order to figure out the answer to this question: how do we become better teachers? I’ve written some blog posts about this question. The answer I’ve came up with is that we, as teachers, have to care about the success of our students. It means that we have to care if they succeed or not. I know that there are some days where we feel like doing the bare minimum because we’re tired or frustrated with our students. We cannot let the frustration cloud our relationships with our students. It is important to know that our students are trying to learn the material and something isn’t working for them. It is our job to figure out why. I always tell others that everyone is capable of learning. It is my job to foster the knowledge and allow my students to learn the material. I want them to succeed. And that is how I became a better teacher.

Disadvantages of working for yourself

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As I’ve been in the business of working for myself, I’ve noticed that there are still hardships that not many people realize. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of advantages, but it’s still difficult to work for yourself. And it’s especially difficult when it involves social media. Most recently, I got a bad review on my google page for my real estate page. The review wasn’t geared towards me being a terrible real estate agent, it was talking only about my “bad driving.” I was supposedly speeding through the streets and I had cut the other car off in traffic. My story was that she was going slower than the speed limit. I was merging into the lane and she sped up to not let me in. I didn’t have any other choice other than to speed up so I don’t crash into the road blockers. She didn’t care though. And I got a bad review saying that I was a terrible driver. None of this is related to my real estate skills. I already tried reporting it, but I think I have to personally call the customer service line in order to have it removed. The person lives in a neighborhood in my city that is known for bullying other people. They bully the services in their neighborhood and each other. There are no boundaries with them. I can’t say that I will join them in their behavior. I have too much work to do and there is no time that I can spend to bully other people on the internet. I only want to defend other teachers or small business owners. We are trying our best, but there are others that are willing to write a bad review for any reason that they can find. I hope that person doesn’t do that to any other business owner. I will be replying to her review with my own story because I don’t deserve to have her opinion be the only one on the internet. I work hard and I will not be bullied by this neighborhood.

Morning routine for teachers ☀️ ☕️

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Hi, good morning! I wanted to share my morning routine with my teacher friends on here and I hope it inspires some fellow teachers to be more productive in the morning. As many of you might know, I used to not be a morning person. I had to practice waking up in the morning. I’ve definitely gotten better at waking up early now. I wake up around 8:30 am-9 am.

In the morning, it takes awhile for me to wake up. I don’t always wake up right away. Instead, I got on my phone and I check my emails. I usually check my messages too in order to make sure I’m not missing anything. The most important part of my morning is looking at my google calendar. I check my calendar first thing in the morning and right before I leave the house. My calendar tells me which lessons I’m going to be teaching for the day and how to plan my day ahead. I double check because I also have to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.

After I’ve woken up, I usually shower and get dressed. I pack my bags for the day and I head out the door. Since I’m reliant on my phone and my car for work, I spend some time checking both to make sure we’re okay for the day ahead. If I have impending messages, I make sure I respond to them before I go to my first lesson. There are times when I have to text my students ahead of time before our lesson time. These messages are priority so I am sure to be prepared for it.

Another important part of my routine is making sure I have my morning coffee and a breakfast. I’m a huge stickler for breakfast because I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat first thing in the morning. I’ve found that Dunkin’ Donuts has free coffee if you download their application. I also use the McDonald’s application and the Starbucks application. A huge part of my business is making sure that I’m accumulating points. If you’re not accumulating points from your food purchases, you’re definitely missing out. For a teacher like me, these applications are crucial to have. I will be posting more about which applications are my favorite to use. 😊

After I have breakfast, I’m ready to go for the day. My working hours are long, but I enjoy my job. If you are interested in learning more about teaching, I’ve written many blog posts on here about my teaching job. I hope this is entertaining and I also hope you’ve enjoyed reading my morning routine for teachers!

How to be a good teacher

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In my life, I’ve found that there are teachers that are not great at teaching and that there were teachers that were amazing at what they do. The only difference I found between these two types of teachers was how much they cared about the success of their students. The more that you care about your students, you will become a better teachers. Too often, I’ve found teachers that only care about their salary and not about if their students are actually absorbing the material. I know that it can be difficult to care about every single student individually, but their success means that you have succeeded also. I’ve watched my students succeed and I am so proud of them.

When you’re teaching, try giving the student extra help if they need it. It only takes five minutes more of your time and it helps them tremendously in their learning. I always ask my students if there is anything that they don’t understand. Now is the time to ask me because I want to make that when they’re practicing on their own, they are able to. I don’t want them to not be able to practice their assignments because they don’t understand how to do it.

Ultimately, you have to try to be the best teacher that you are. It consists of constantly trying to make sure that your students are learning. It’s not easy, but teaching never is.

Morning coffee time for teachers ☕️ How to expand your piano studio to teach more students

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Good morning! I’ve been really enjoying this series where I talk about topics that appear in my day to day teaching. I’ve found these topics discussed in teacher forums also and I wanted to share them with my audience. I hope that other teachers will find this helpful as they start their mornings!

I expanded my studio through many ads on Facebook. Facebook has been my absolute best friend when I have to find new students. I’ve written posts about how I’m looking for new students and that I would be happy to help with anything related to the piano. My studio grew three years grow and it nearly doubled in student count. I couldn’t believe it. I was absolutely astounded at how fast it grew in one day. If I had to recommend the number one method of garnering new piano students, I would recommend utilizing Facebook. I currently use Facebook ads to run $1 ads per day. If I have one student reach out to me for lessons, the ad pays for itself for the entire month and more just from one piano lesson. It’s worth it for me because I don’t always have the time to repost my ad everywhere throughout the day. Another method in addition to Facebook is to utilize Facebook groups. Post your ads in Facebook groups in your neighborhood. Some groups have rules where they only want you to post once a month or at the beginning of each month. Be sure to follow those rules when you’re thinking about posting your ads. I’m excited to hear any other ideas you might have about marketing! Let me know what you think of my current marketing strategy and I wish you the best of luck in this field!

We’re on Buy Me a Coffee!

Hi everyone! I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I do have a buy me a coffee account. I’m working on linking it at the bottom of my blog posts. I might also link it on my medium page. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to write on here and on medium. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel lucky. I hope to be able to share more of my stories on here and to accomplish my ultimate goal of helping my fellow teachers become better teachers.

The link to my medium page is here if you want to read more of my articles.

Here is also the link to my buy me a coffee account. You are absolutely not obligated to buy me anything. I would absolutely appreciate it if you did and thank you so much.