A New Format

Hi everyone, I’m changing the way that this blog is being run. I feel like I want to make this more of a journal of my ideas and thoughts rather than an editorial. I’ve recently been feeling overwhelmed with the amount of workload that I have. It doesn’t help that if I do more, the list of to-do’s just gets longer. I’ve also been feeling unhappy with how my business is being run. As you all know, I have someone that helps me with additional work and etc. They are supposed to be my helping hand. I’ve only just begun to realize how many responsibilities having an employee entails. And I’m not sure if anyone has had a similar experience. I have to limit their cell phone usage, talk to them about creating meaningful work, and monitor their progress. It’s way too much. And I am not sure if having someone work for me is a good idea or if it’s going to flop. I guess I have to get used to the idea of being a boss, not only to my two businesses, but also to my employee. There are so many things that I am planning for this blog and I’m really excited to begin sharing it with you. If you have any suggestions on how to make this blog more helpful or meaningful, please let me know.

Best,

Lia

Ten Tips to Keeping Your Business Afloat

If I had to give ten tips to new business owners, I would definitely recommend these. These tips can apply to piano teachers or website creators πŸ™‚

1. Always keep upgrading

If you use the same system for years, it’s time to make a change. I know not everyone likes a change and it may feel incredibly overwhelming. Don’t think of it as a change, but think of it as an advancement. I’ve been slowly changing my teaching methods and I’m trying out a bunch of new methods. Change can be good and it’s nice to see new things!

2. Double book everything

I’ve posted about this before in my previous post about ghosting (piano teachers edition). And this is very important. I didn’t know everyone was doing this, but double booking your clients ensures that you willΒ always have business. Make sure that you are always advertising, so the influx of clients never stops.

3. Hire an assistant

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This may seem like a luxury, but hear me out. An assistant is another helping hand. They can manage your social media for you or they can complete other tasks. Let yourself relax. On your days off, have your assistant work. Tasks are still being completed, but you can say that you’re working seven days a week!

4. Keep a planner

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If you haven’t checked out my planner blog, you can read itΒ here. I always keep a planner and it’s incredibly satisfying knowing that everything is organized. I know exactly what to expect out of my day. I can also schedule in any additional activities if I need to. A planner is aΒ must for any business owner.

5. Take two days off

I know that most of us want to keep working and our minds are constantly racing to produce more content. However, a break is absolutely necessary for any hardworking business owner. We need to clear our minds. I’ve realized that owning a business comes with a never-ending list of tasks to complete. Therefore, our jobs are never done. We need the time to cool off and come back with a clear mind. Trust me.

6. Don’t overload on the spending

Think about it. We are trying to make money, so why spend more than we make? It’s tempting to purchase all of the shiny upgrades you see, but it’s better to save. There are hundreds of ways to advertise for free. And social media is a free platform to advertise also. Utilize what you have before you start spending money on something that you might not even need.

7. Keep advertising and promoting

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People are constantly checking social media. When you post something, the post may be bumped down right away. Therefore, you have toΒ keep posting. If people cannot tell that you are alive on social media, the amount of traffic that you get will slowly start to disappear.

8. Keep the fire going

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When you start the fire, don’t let it die out. Keep adding sticks and wood to let the fire keep burning. If you stop for a month, don’t be surprised when you lose a large chunk of your income. I’m not saying that you have to constantly add to the fire, but adding a piece of firewood every other day will allow you to see consistent results.

9. Make sure that you have goals

I know that we are told not to make huge goals that we can’t accomplish, but I’ve been told to make some goals. You should always be reaching for more. If you aren’t striving for progress, it can be easy to give up.

10. Think long-term

When you are setting your prices, think about what you are expecting long-term. Are students really going to be happy paying expensive prices for a couple of years? Are you really going to sustain yourself by ONLY blogging? If you are moving out, think about how much income you are going to have to make. Plan ahead and think about what’s going to happen in the future. How are you going to sustain yourself with your business? If you want to start a blog, you have to do it now. Viewers don’t just appear overnight. It takes months to start a blog and to build traffic. Before you quit your day job, consider these factors carefully.

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