MY THOUGHTS ON BEING SELF-EMPLOYED – MY FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT WORKING FOR MYSELF

For many years when I was in college, I wasn’t making any money. I feel like many college students can understand my sentiment. I wasn’t the best student, but I had trouble finding my first job. I was working in the hospital as a scribe and I didn’t it at all. I was working swing shift and I was also paid at minimum wage. I didn’t complain, but the work environment didn’t allow me to have a lunch break. I was overworked and tired most of the time. I remember this time as one of the best learning lessons when I was in college. I learned that I didn’t want to work for someone else for the rest of my life. I realized that that kind of life wasn’t cut out for me and I needed to make a change for myself. For many years, my dad told me to begin teaching piano. I didn’t pursue teaching until I was almost done with college. It was tough beginning the journey of self-employment. I am going to share with you my thoughts on being self-employed and why I like it much more than working for someone else.

The most important thing that I like about being self-employed is that I am able to control my own hours. I can change my schedule, reschedule my lessons, and take vacation days whenever I want. Of course I have to let my students know ahead of time, but I can choose whenever to take a vacation day or a sick day. My schedule is entirely flexible to when I want to work. I can choose to end work early if I don’t feel well that day or I can schedule to only work four hours a day. This is the best reason why I love working for myself and I am so grateful that I am able to do so.

The next thing I like about being self-employed is that I never have to worry about being fired. I have worked in this industry long enough to where I have plenty of contacts in every platform. I don’t have to worry about losing my job because I am hired for multiple lessons per week. The amount of business I have is infinite and this is another thing that I am extremely grateful for. My job is secure because I have built multiple pipelines to keep it strong. The exception was during Covid where I had a stagnant period, but I was still able to work nonetheless.

My last thing that I enjoy about being self-employed is that I am able to have a normal life. There are so many things that I enjoy about my job, but I can only list a few. The part about having a normal life is very important to me. I recently got married about half a year ago and I wanted to be able to be with my family on the weekends. I am able to have dinner with them, wake up in the mornings with them, and I spend a large amount of time with them on the weekends. My personal life is important to me and I didn’t want my job to sacrifice that. Teaching has enhanced my life and it has made my personal life much more fulfilling. I have time to myself in the mornings and nights. Being self-employed has changed my life for the better. I am so grateful for this life.

Morning routine for teachers ☀️ ☕️

Hi, good morning! I wanted to share my morning routine with my teacher friends on here and I hope it inspires some fellow teachers to be more productive in the morning. As many of you might know, I used to not be a morning person. I had to practice waking up in the morning. I’ve definitely gotten better at waking up early now. I wake up around 8:30 am-9 am.

In the morning, it takes awhile for me to wake up. I don’t always wake up right away. Instead, I got on my phone and I check my emails. I usually check my messages too in order to make sure I’m not missing anything. The most important part of my morning is looking at my google calendar. I check my calendar first thing in the morning and right before I leave the house. My calendar tells me which lessons I’m going to be teaching for the day and how to plan my day ahead. I double check because I also have to mentally prepare myself for the day ahead.

After I’ve woken up, I usually shower and get dressed. I pack my bags for the day and I head out the door. Since I’m reliant on my phone and my car for work, I spend some time checking both to make sure we’re okay for the day ahead. If I have impending messages, I make sure I respond to them before I go to my first lesson. There are times when I have to text my students ahead of time before our lesson time. These messages are priority so I am sure to be prepared for it.

Another important part of my routine is making sure I have my morning coffee and a breakfast. I’m a huge stickler for breakfast because I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat first thing in the morning. I’ve found that Dunkin’ Donuts has free coffee if you download their application. I also use the McDonald’s application and the Starbucks application. A huge part of my business is making sure that I’m accumulating points. If you’re not accumulating points from your food purchases, you’re definitely missing out. For a teacher like me, these applications are crucial to have. I will be posting more about which applications are my favorite to use. 😊

After I have breakfast, I’m ready to go for the day. My working hours are long, but I enjoy my job. If you are interested in learning more about teaching, I’ve written many blog posts on here about my teaching job. I hope this is entertaining and I also hope you’ve enjoyed reading my morning routine for teachers!

How to maximize your time as a piano teacher

Over the past few years, I have finally learned how to manage my time more effectively. I’ve changed my habits in order to accomplish more tasks during the day. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come in this endeavor and I am so happy to share how I maximize my time as a piano teacher.

One of the first things I’ve done is to use the business suite application in the App Store in order to schedule my posts on social media. I know that I don’t want to wake up at 7 am every day to post my social media posts. I use this app to schedule all of my posts ahead of time. I like that I can schedule them to post while I am working. It feels like I am accomplishing so much more during the day just because I planned my posts ahead of time. For holidays also, I schedule my posts ahead of time. This app is my new favorite and I can’t recommend it enough for people that own their own business. If you want to posts stories also, the app has the function to do so.

Another strategy that I’ve implemented is filming my content for social media ahead of time. Since I am always on the go, I don’t have time to sit in one place at home and film content for my social media every day. Instead, I film all of my content in one day and I post each video throughout the week. It makes it seem like I am working very hard every day without me having to exert the effort each day. I film piano videos of myself playing the piano for social media. These videos have helped me gain new piano students. I’m also planning on putting them on my piano studio website once I find the time to finish the website.

With all of these strategies, I believe that you can achieve more than you want to each day. It has changed my life and I hope that these strategies will help you as you become the best piano teacher that you can!

Morning coffee time for teachers ☕️

Good morning! If you’re new to my blog, I created pocketful of learning for all teachers to improve and learn from me. I began my teaching journey many years ago and it has been one of the most rewarding journeys I’ve undertaken. Being a piano teacher has changed my life. Initially, I didn’t believe that I would become a piano teacher. As the years progressed, I learned that being a teacher is my life mission. I was born to teach and I hope that this blog helps other teachers just like myself.

In the mornings, I find myself trying to wake up. I have early wake up times. They’re not my favorite AT ALL, but I wake up nonetheless. I began waking up early because of something my sister told me once I became a real estate agent. She told me that everyone wakes up early and that I’m missing out if I wake up late. I then began my journey of becoming an early bird. Now, I wake up at 8:30 am-9 am. If I sleep in until 9:30, I feel so guilty. Who have I become? If you would have told me that I would be waking up so early a year ago, I wouldn’t be able to believe it. It’s true though. If you want to get things done, you have to wake up early. I live by this motto and I can attest that it has changed my life for the better.

Since this is a good morning blog post, I want to continue this series on my blog. Challenge yourself to wake up early in the morning! Change the way you view work. I will be making more blog posts discussing topics that I’ve been wanting to talk about. They will be related to teaching and I can’t wait to share them on here! Stay tuned for more!

What is Pocketful of Learning?

After years of writing on this blog, I want to answer the question that drives this blog. What is pocketful of learning? My friends and family know what my blog is called, but I don’t think anyone truly knows the purpose of why I created this blog. A couple years ago, I had a dream that I would be a blogger. I dedicated many hours to creating this blog and I am still proud of how much work I’ve invested in this blog. My posts are all created by myself. I wouldn’t trade the years of blogging I’ve had for anything in the world. The entire purpose of this blog is to help other teachers and potential students achieve excellence in their learning. I want to share with teachers how to get better at teaching. I also want to encourage students to continue learning.

I believe that learning is the most important drive that we all have. We need to continue striving for excellence in learning and this field is my speciality. I have been changing my teaching techniques. I learned that teaching is a field entirely by itself. Ultimately, teaching is something that has to be consistently worked at. We always have to be striving to be better teachers. I hope that pocketful of learning has changed someone’s perspective on teaching. I will continue to teach others about the art of teaching. I truly appreciate all the support I’ve gotten and please continue to look out for more posts from me. Pocketful of learning will continue to grow and I’m excited for the future of my blog!