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.
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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!
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!
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.
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.