Is thumbtack a good method of getting piano students?

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Ahhh… I think this is the age-old question that I always encounter. Is thumbtack a good method of getting students? My answer? No. I’ve had a lot of teachers recommend that I use thumbtack. I actually started out on thumbtack, but it was never a successful tool for me. Thumbtack was good…but it lacked the ability to give me good students. I only got one student from thumbtack and she was paying me in 1 dollar bills. Now, you can imagine my frustration. I was driving to her house one day for lessons in the pouring rain. My car was skidding in different directions, but thank god I managed to get to her house safely. She lived about 35-40 minutes away from me. And she wouldn’t answer her phone. I was like… okay? How am I supposed to confirm with her whether or not she is available for a lesson today? I rang her doorbell when I got there. It took her 15 minutes to answer the door. She told me that she cannot have lessons today because she has to go somewhere. In addition, she also told me that she is not planning on continuing lessons for now. I was okay with it, but I asked her to pay me for the rest of the lessons we had. I wanted the payment now because I knew I wouldn’t see her for awhile. She was hesitant, but she came back with a large stack of 1 dollar bills for $25. I drove all the way over to her house just to have a lesson canceled in person! This isn’t the first experience I had with thumbtack. I decided to give it multiple tries and it wasn’t successful. Students wanted the cheapest price, but they also wanted good reviews. They WANTED to start learning the piano, but they want it to be free. Not everything in life is going to be free. I can guarantee you that if you are contemplating on using thumbtack, make sure that you are actually getting clients/students. Do not continue to use it if the people you get are flaky or hesitant because thumbtack charges you for every request that you make. I would continue to use it periodically if they let you do a free quote. Otherwise, I highly recommend other methods of getting students.

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The beginning.

I’m very new to blogging. I’ve made many posts on Facebook about teaching and my experience with the piano, but I feel like that was different somehow. Making my own business was a harsh, daunting task. I often found myself stuck at a low number of students for awhile and I just wasn’t making enough money to support myself. It wasn’t until I decided to just go for it, that I grew my piano studio exponentially. I mean… I literally grew it over a three day span.

I plan to share with you how I set up my studio, what I did to maintain my studio, and how I advertised.

In the beginning, I was living in my parent’s home. And that was great because it allowed me to host my classes there. It was a place for me to invite students and teach. It may seem very easy to teach someone, but I STRUGGLED. I wasn’t good at teaching and many people were dropping out of my studio. This was very discouraging for someone at the age of 20. Why didn’t people like me? Why were they just ignoring my calls? Did I do something wrong? The answer to all of these questions was… calm down. I needed to stop worrying about the negative things. I was a beginner. How could I expect to keep 5 students at a time when I literally had 0 students two weeks ago? My advice for you is to keep calm. Do not be discouraged by students canceling or not showing up. Remember that people are busy and they are trying their best. Do not judge everyone right away and you will save yourself a lot of heartache.

After 2-3 years of maintaining my studio, I found myself getting used to a routine. I was always checking my schedule and managing my time well. My motto was to never be late to anything. And that worked! People started to like me and they were very pleased with my service. I guess the best part of teaching was that it was very flexible. Maintaining your studio is not very difficult. You just have to stay focused, organized, and dedicated; these three traits are very important to maintaining and keeping your studio.

Stay tuned for another blog post about how to effectively advertise 🙂

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