Diversifying Your Income

What I’m about to introduce to you is something that you probably haven’t considered before: diversifying your income. When you are thinking about becoming financially stable, you have to consider the idea that you have to have multiple streams of income. For example, many youtubers have income coming from brand deals, regular video views, their blog, affiliate links, and etc. When one platform shuts down, such as youtube, they are not out of a job.

Now, consider how many streams of income you have… Most people only have one and that’s from their full time job. If you don’t show up for your job, they’re going to fire you and your main stream of income disappears. Then the panic comes in. However, if you plan ahead and make sure that you have a life boat in case of emergency, you will be better off than most. And think about it. When you are making two streams of income, your lifestyle will also change.

Wow, you must be thinking that this sounds great, but how do you even start? Of course, setting up a second stream of income takes time and work. And if you are already working a full time job, there’s almost no way that you can take on another one. I’ll give you a picture of how people make time for this: they have a job that is VERY flexible. They are able to work hours whenever they want and they can basically call in sick whenever. There’s no boss to tell them what to do, so they have ultimate freedom in their day. THAT is when you can add multiple streams of income. It’s when you work at a job that gives you extra time to live or work on other things.

I’m not trying to push you down, I’m trying to do the opposite. I want you to be inspired! I want you to reevaluate what you’re doing and to know that you are capable of working your own hours. And your lifeboat is in reach. You just have to grab onto it.

Developing Higher Traffic on Your Blog

I was recently talking to my friends and I realized that there are so many blogs on the internet. If we wanted to stand out, there has to be an increase in our traffic. But, what Lia… how do we increase our traffic? Many bloggers will say to create more content and advertise. I say that you should stick to a schedule in posting. Post every week. You won’t believe how much of that makes a difference. It takes social media and your handiwork to create traffic to your blog.

But once you have your blog advertised, the trouble is creatingΒ consistent traffic to your blog. This is the thing that I am working on for myself. As you might know, I am a full time piano teacher and I don’t have a lot of time in my schedule. I spend most of my time running errands and teaching. There’s not a lot of time that I take for myself. If I want consistent traffic, I have to find my viewers. Target a specific niche and stick to it. If you want to talk about your life, then make your blog a lifestyle blog. Your blog is a canvas and you can paint any picture you want on it. Enjoy this time πŸ™‚ I think blogging is amazing.

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Celebration for my new followers!

I am so excited that the launch of my blog has been such a success. I knew that I would like blogging, but I wasn’t sure how successful it would be. In celebration of this great success, I’m going to share the best 10 tips that I have to be a great piano player πŸ™‚

1. Start with a piano teacher that will help you reach your goals

2. Get inspired because it will help you develop a passion for playing the piano

3. Invest in a keyboard first, and a piano will be good after the second year

4. Practice a measure at a time and it will make a world of difference in your playing

5. Playing slowly is one of the best ways to learn a new piece

6. Try not to get frustrated if you don’t get it right away. It usually takes several tries to get it

7. Read the lesson book because it provides tons of information that you’ll need to learn and remember

8. Understand that you are learning for yourself and you’re playing will develop over time

9. Ask lots of questions to your teacher. Don’t be afraid to ask

10. Enjoy this learning process as much as you can! It goes by so fast, and I wish I could go back to learning

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5 Simple tips on how to improve communication with your piano teacher or the student’s parents

I’m hoping that your communication with your piano teacher is already strong, but if you need extra help, let this blog post be your guide! I’ve always found it quite astounding how some parents and teachers can become hostile towards one another. Your child’s teacher is educating your child and I assume is putting towards a great effort to teach them. Therefore, the communication between both parties should be strong. Let’s jump right into some of these tips:

1. Use text message

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Let’s face it, we all don’t have time to make phone calls. And sometimes, some information can be sent quicker through texts. Text message is one of the handiest forms of communication and it should be heavily utilized. Lesson cancellations and “i’m going to be late” messages are perfect for text messaging.

2. Let parents know ahead of time

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Parents really appreciate it when you let them know what’s going to happen in the future. You should tell them when you plan on going on vacation, what time lessons are going to be next week, or when recitals are. I think that this is another great thing to implement as a teacher. Parents are often juggling many things at once. You have to remind them and let them know in advance. Trust me!

3. Keep an open line of communication about the student’s progress

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This can go both ways. Parents should provide weekly updates on how the child is progressing at home and the teacher should provide weekly updates on how the child is progressing in lessons. Why is this important? Both parties are interested in the success of the child. You both have to work together to make sure the child is always on track. It’s a teamwork.

4. Be really clear about your expectations

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If you want to be paid for each lesson, make sure the parents know. If the teacher is not listening to your child enough, then let them know. You can’t expect for either party to know how the other party is feeling if no one is clear about what they expect. This is difficult. However, there has to be a trust between both parties and that doesn’t just magically appear. It happens when both parties understand what is going on and what the expectations are.

5. Be friendly

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Okay, you must be thinking that I’m joking or something. I’m not. The number one tip that I can recommend is just to be friendly. Hostility and anger is not necessary. When you are friendly, people will like you and want to work with you. Keep in mind that there’s no magic recipe on how to be the best piano parent or best piano teacher. It requires trial and error, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping everything friendly. Be nice and welcoming. And I promise you that it will go a long way!

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What to expect from your child’s teacher

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You may feel like your child’s teacher is not doing enough to prepare your child for success. You may also feel like they are extremely hardworking and you are more than satisfied with the results. Either way, your teacher is an extremely crucial part of your child’s learning. Their teacher is working to instill your child with knowledge and concepts. It takes awhile for this process to happen. I have found that it takes me 1 month to see significant progress from a student. I teach in 30 minute, 45 minute, and 1 hour intervals. If you choose to have lessons for 30 minutes a week, I am able to sufficiently teach your child enough information in that time. How is that possible? For many teachers, 30 minutes is not enough time. It goes by quickly and teachers are often rushing to finish teaching. For me, I spend ALL of the time teaching. I might begin by asking how your child is feeling that day or how they’re doing at school. However, that conversation is short and I jump right into teaching. All of my students know this about me. I am very focused and I cram lots of information into one lesson. I have students practice the music multiple times. I’m not a rigorous teacher either, I just expect accomplishments to be made. I am too nice to my students and I am not good at discipline. However, when we are having lessons, my students progress further. They learn more and they are constantly challenged. Teaching is heavily varied among all teachers. Ask your teacher what their method of teaching is and what kind of timeline/expectations they have for your child. Remember to also be kind to your teacher. They are inevitably putting more hours into teaching than you may think. Cheers, and have a great day!

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Overcoming Fears of Rejection (Piano Teacher Edition)

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I mean, let’s face it… fear is probably the number one reason why we can’t expand our business. We often ask ourselves why our business is not working or if investing into our business is worth it. Remember this: it takes money to make money. You have to invest your time and some money in order to be successful. You can be as safe as you want and that is definitely okay. However, you have to ask yourself whether or not you really want this. Do you want to make your own business work? Do you want to be able to work for yourself? I think the answer to these questions are up to you. YOU make the decision, but never let other people make the decision for you.

Another fear that I initially had was the fear of losing students after only a couple of lessons. I had lost so many students that I liked and I almost thought there was no point in continuing to teach. However, I had to get over it. People will stop taking lessons eventually. I have to be happy that I even got the chance to make money and that I was able to teach them something.

There are many fears that we may have, but we cannot live in constant fear. We have to reach for our dreams. Even if they may seem far away, you have to believe in yourself. If anyone is going to believe in you, it has to be yourself. Stay strong and grow your amazing business. Don’t let the fear stop you πŸ™‚

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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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I write whenever I have a spark of an idea

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I recently encountered something today that got me thinking. There was a person that told me not to continue blogging. They told me that blogging was a waste of money and effort. Honestly, I haven’t even invested any money into my blog yet. I am writing purely for myself right now. And that is okay. Why do we feel the need to please everyone? Why is their definition of success so important? But more importantly, why is my definition of success not? I cannot understand why they would turn down my hopes, but I wish them the best. They might not be happy with their lives. I knew a lot of people that told me that teaching was a waste of time and it does not make someone successful. However, I am making much more than most. I am very grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams, but I want you to know that not everyone will support you. There will always be people that think that whatever you pursue is a waste of time. And you know what…? Forget them. They do not understand. When I decided to pursue blogging, I knew that it would be difficult. I knew that it would take a long time to gather a following…

What this person didn’t know is that I am resilient. I really like blogging and I will not continue to conform to other people’s definition of success.

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