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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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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

You are not required to use my link, but it definitely helps with promoting my blog. Thank you so much for reading!

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!

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!