Is blogging easy?

I don’t think blogging is easy at all. It’s definitely easy to get started, but it’s hard to keep it going. I mean… who would want to start something and never finish it? You have to be addicted to blogging and you have to love it. It should be the first thing you want to do in the morning. I can’t stress that enough.

What else does it take? It takes patience. It takes consistency. You have to be willing to post even when you don’t feel like it. Producing content after content should become a full time job. And you probably won’t see the results until later on. It’s all for the price of blogging.

If you think it’s an easy way to make money, you’re wrong. People make it sound easy, however, behind the scenes, they’ve had their blog for years. No, it’s not easy. Is it worth it? Yes, it is.

What it’s really like owning your own business

Businesswoman Working at Her LaptopIt’s not easy. I go through so many days where the inspiration to work is not there. And then there’s the fact that I have many things to do. Where do we account for the amount of time lost when working for yourself? I can’t say that it’s easy and I won’t. It’s not true. It takes years of hard work, and just when you feel like you’re getting somewhere, it can easily spiral down in an instant. Therefore, I don’t have an easy formula on how to have a great business. I’m here to show you what it really feels/looks like to work for yourself.

1. There’s no one to force you to get something done. I can’t stress this enough. You ultimately have to force yourself to get work done. And it’s not easy. You are the ultimate provider/worker for your business. And if you’re not working, then you can bet your business is at a standstill.

2. You are going to take A LOT of sick days or breaks. I used to work all the time and I can’t really say that it made me happy. I ultimately decided to take two days off in the week. I really needed it. I feel like I would go crazy if I didn’t have my days off.

3. The work never ends. There is always more that you can do. You can easily work 10-12 hour days, but do you really want to? I don’t.

4. It takes so much time to build your company. I’ve found that things don’t grow overnight. It’s because of dedication and consistency that will get you somewhere. If you’re not in it for the long haul, then you should not create a business.

5. There is so much organizing! You don’t even know how much organizing that you have to do. I spend all of my time working on how to make things more efficient. We also spend time cleaning a lot. Organization is the key.

6. You will respond to emails or calls while you’re on vacation. Yes, it’s true. The work never leaves and sometimes it can stick with you even when you’re on vacation. I’ll get called in to do make-up lessons on my days off. It’s part of the job.

7. You have to focus on yourself. I used to not have time to eat when I was working 10 hour days. Now, I’ll spend time with my dog Zoe and I spend more time with my partner.

8. Your phone is your savior. And your planner is too.

9. Your call will age faster.

10. Get an assistant to help you with as much as they can. I wouldn’t get as much work done, if I didn’t have my assistant. He’s a lifesaver.

Should you travel or have students come to you?

If you are looking to start teaching, you have to ask yourself what kind of students you will be looking for. It’s difficult. There are days in which I wish my students would come to my studio and there are days in which I enjoy teaching in their home. Therefore, I prefer both. My studio caters to both kinds of students and that makes me happy 🙂 However, if you are looking to figure out which is best for you, please keep reading.

Teaching from home

I’m not going to say that this is my favorite method, but it definitely has its benefits. I don’t like driving all the time because driving from location to location can take some time. It is also beneficial to be able to stack many students into one day. I understand that we are all trying to make money and this would be the best way to do it. There are some downsides to teaching from home though. I’ve found that my students make the piano keys dirty or they pound on my piano. It might not bother you, but it can depreciate the quality of your personal piano. Therefore, it does take some cost and benefits analysis to determine if this is the right method for you.

Traveling to students’ homes

I know that I said this wasn’t one of my favorite methods either, but that is why I have a mix. When you travel to students’ homes, you have to think about the time you are using and how much gas it takes. It’s not ideal, but many families would rather have the teacher come to their home. And you have to understand that many parents can’t leave their other children at home by themselves. On the other hand, I think that these are the most rewarding kind of students. I am able to create a stronger student-teacher bond when I travel to my students. They are happier and a lot more comfortable. I also find it interesting to see what their piano looks like haha The other day, I had a student rip a piano key out of her piano. It was definitely something, but I would never have been able to see that if they were at my studio. I can also create a large vision board of their progress for them if I teach at their home. Whichever method you choose, I wouldn’t recommend one over the other. It’s up to you on how you want to structure your studio 🙂 Good luck and let me know how it goes!

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5 tips on how to find a good piano teacher

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We are all looking for good piano teachers… it took me eight years to find my mentor. I started the piano at the age of six. My parents were constantly looking for a piano teacher that could elevate my playing to the next level. I met many teachers and a lot of them were about to retire. There were also teachers that didn’t suit my personality. They expected my playing to be a certain way and I didn’t quite accept that. When I found my mentor, I couldn’t believe that it took me so long to find him. He is easygoing, smart, and comfortable to talk to. As a student myself, I have learned that there are many teachers that will never be compatible with you. In the long run, ask yourself if this is the right teacher for you.

Tip #1: Find a teacher that you feel comfortable talking to.

There were tons of teachers that I could never imagine having a conversation with.  They weren’t bad, per se, but they were not great conversationalists. I wouldn’t tell them about my day, and I knew that in the very first initial meeting(s).

Tip #2: Find a teacher that actually helps you

There are teachers that will help you or they will help themselves. Helping a students means spending every time in addition to their lesson time to help your child. I spend about 10 minutes after the lesson to focus on teaching the child. I might even spend 15-20 extra minutes of my time to help your child. Find a teacher that does this!

Tip #3: Find a teacher that makes you feel comfortable

The parents are important too. You have to trust that this person has good intentions and that they are a competent teacher. If you don’t feel this way, then it may be time to change teachers.

Tip #4: Find a teacher that can elevate your child’s playing ability

I understand it takes time for a student to learn how to play, but you should be seeing results within the first couple of months. If your child is still not improving after a year, then their teacher is not teaching them correctly. Allowing a child to move on without taking the time to actually teach them is wrong. Do not let this happen to your child.

Tip #5: Find a teacher that hosts recitals

Okay, this may be kind of extra. Recitals are the bane of all music teachers. I like recitals, but I wouldn’t jump for joy to host them. They take TONS of work. The music teacher has to spend time planning rehearsal dates, hosting those rehearsals, making food, making flyers, and actually hosting the recital. Although recitals are something that I dread, I take the time to host them. I usually host two recitals a year, but I’m planning on hosting three this year. Recitals are absolutely necessary and students should be able to experience this.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best in finding the best piano teacher for you and your child!

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