3 Smart Strategies For Working with Multi-Client Families

They look alike, they walk alike, sometimes they even talk alike — and they’re your clients or students for a heck of a lot of time each week, depending on your specific line of work. We’re talking…
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5 Ways to Show Your Clients You Care About More Than Just Their Money

Working with clients is a great way to build long-lasting business relationships, but it’s also more complex than simply working with a multitude of customers where you don’t need to establish that…
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7 Steps to Setting Difficult Boundaries

If you’re reading this, most likely you’ve found yourself at one time or another feeling like a friend, family member, client, or student has stepped on your toes. Maybe a client is chronically late…
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Drop the Free Introductory Lesson and Adopt the Meet and Greet

Here’s a simple tip to vastly improve your teaching business. Don’t offer a free introductory lesson. Offer an Informal Meet and Greet instead. More than half of the teachers I know offer a free…
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Five Things I Wish I Knew Before Setting Up As A Private Instructor

Throughout my freelance teaching career, I’ve stumbled upon some best (and worst) practices for my studio. Here’s the advice I wish I had received when first starting out. I know many new teachers…
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Teaching Music This Summer?

Summer will be awesome for your teaching business. Here are some ideas that keep a studio thriving over the summer months! Summer is coming! The teaching forums light up this time of year. Music…
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Fons Now Supports Subscriptions & Tuition Payment Models!

One of the most requested Fons features has been support for tuition payment models. Our top-notch designers and developers devoted their heart and soul into building this for you, which is why we’re…
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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 Earn More When Your Studio Is Full

Congratulations! If you have a full studio and a steady stream of referrals, you have earned a reputation as an excellent and trusted teacher. However, you may have hit a revenue ceiling in your…
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How To Get Paid For Every Minute

I’m a productivity junkie. I really get a kick out of knowing that I’m not wasting time. I do this almost to a fault: making a list of errands in order of geographical convenience and logic is…
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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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How to Feel Great About Setting Your Rates!

Setting rates and talking money is often a major stress point for independent teachers. Let’s chat about it. Many of you worked thousands of hours to master your craft, studying with the world’s best…
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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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Which Billing Model is Right for Your Studio?

A clear billing policy is essential to run a thriving teaching business. The right model for you depends on how you choose to balance flexibility with consistent cash flow. I’ve experimented with…
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Why I Abandoned a Tuition Payment Plan Forever

I abandoned accepting regular monthly payments from my music students. I had all of them sending me a medium-sized check once each month for my tuition payment plan. Super simple concept, right…
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