What's Your Thing?

We all have an interest that fosters growth & resilience .
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A Compassionate Strategy For Getting Paid On Time

We've had many people ask about how to get paid on time, and what do do about late-paying customers, here's my take
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How Do I Keep My Bookkeeping Straight?

There is a dark cloud that hangs over the heads of small business owners that takes form in boxes of receipts, lengthy email chains, invoices unpaid, and unreturned emails from tax professionals. The…
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How To Balance Your Business Time AND Keep Learning

As an entrepreneur, you may feel overwhelmed and overstretched when it comes to running your business. The demands of work and home life can mean you take less (or no) time off and end up working…
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How to Completely Change Your Business Over The Next Year

As the year comes to a close, you may start to plan your New Year’s resolutions. This year, you may just be able to stick to them. While commitment to goals is easier said than done, it’s smart for…
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How to Encourage Your Students And Clients, Without Giving Up Your Social Life

There are serious life lessons held within the weekly meetings I schedule for both my entrepreneurial clients and music students. I know this: if I’m doing it right, that weekly meeting alone can be…
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How To Get Started Teaching In A New City

A brand new city with new people and opportunities to explore is an invigorating experience for most people. However, a move will also mean you have to relocate your studio as well. The thought of…
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How to Gracefully Turn Away a Mismatched Client

Turning money away at the door doesn’t seem like great business advice, BUT IT IS! Growing pains within a client relationship are natural, but when that client starts to groan with those pains, it’s…
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How to Raise Your Rates and Keep Your Clients

Have you been charging the same price for your services for a long time? If so, it may be time to consider increasing your rates. In this article I’ll discuss how to decide if the time is right…
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I’m Giving Away My Guitar Method

I’ve decided to give away The Blackforrest Guitar Companion as an ebook at no cost. I’ll also support the book with video lessons outlining all of the information in the book. I’m doing this because…
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Is a Coworking Space Right for Your Business?

Finding the right space for your business is a headache. It’s difficult to find a workspace that matches your needs, those of your clients and doesn’t cost the Earth. You could choose to run your…
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Listen — The World Wants To Teach You How To Succeed

Near the middle of my sophomore year at University of Miami, I approached one of my professors with a question during a rehearsal : “How do you learn songs by ear?” I wish all of my problems could be…
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Listening to New Music: How To Boost the Vitality of Your Business

As a music instructor, I’m always looking for ways to capture and keep the interest of students. While some students choose Beethoven over Beck or Liszt over the Lumineers, many others enjoy playing…
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Reciprocal Advantages: Asking For Help From Your Community

For small business owners, our dreams can be as big as mountains are tall. Growth to rival the next Amazon.com might be part of your five-year-plan, and when you shop for partnerships and…
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Recital? Or Guitarbeque!!!

Public performance is one of the great motivators to any practice. Athletes need to compete, musicians need to perform and dancers need to take the stage. Most instructors would agree that there is…
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Rescheduling Private Lessons: How To Be Fair and Flexible

It is a Tuesday afternoon, and I have a full day of teaching private lessons ahead. I have commuted to my teaching space, and I am waiting for my first student to show up. And I wait…and I wait…
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Simplify Your Lesson Policies for Private Instructors

A clear lesson policy is as an absolute must for any instructor. A policy sheet lays out the ground rules for a student-teacher relationship. It explains the instructor’s rate, accepted payment…
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Songs on a Mission : A Seattle-based Teacher Brings Music Lessons to Latin America

by Scout MacKay. There was a rusty Toyota Escort waiting for me across the footbridge from the little hostel on the beach. “Usted es el amigo de Christina? Are you Christina’s friend?” I asked the…
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The Best Ways to Bill Clients as a Private Instructor

How do you bill your students for lessons? Do you you charge per lesson, monthly, quarterly or charge tuition? Do you use a set billing model for all your clients or charge on a case-by-case basis? A…
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The Income Quilt: Making a Living as a Teaching Artist

My wife is an actor and I am a musician. We’ve been supporting ourselves through these endeavors for the last 20 years or so. It hasn’t always been easy, but it has definitely been worthwhile. We…
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The Secret To Building The Right Team For Your Business

I am in awe of single-person-run businesses. Sara Blakely, the entrepreneur and former-CEO of Spanx, comes immediately to mind. Have you listened to the first episode of “How I Built This”? It is…
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