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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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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8 Outstanding Ways to Use Playlists with Your Business

Whether we’re talking about SoundCloud, Spotify, Pandora, or YouTube — audio or visual — playlists are my secret weapon in my business. I use them ALL the time. Here are my top methods grouped into…
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A Year In Review: The Best Advice For Small Business Owners To Take Forward

OK, this is a tough post to write. Working as the editor on Fons Amplify this year has been a huge privilege. I’ve worked with some fantastic business owners who write kick-ass copy. Choosing my…
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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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Goals are Great, But Whys are Better

The dictionary defines goals as: “the object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.” Goals are a target we aim at. Goals can be wonderful. They give direction to focus attention…
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Hocus Focus- Tips for Keeping Your Students Focused and Engaged

When I was a classroom teacher, it seemed like my dog and pony shows had become so intense compared to when I started teaching 17 years ago. My colleagues and I would keep buying more gadgets to help…
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How Mindfulness Can Inspire Your Business

Running a business is hard. You need so much more than a college or university degree, a heap of industry experience, or being a marketing whizz to survive and thrive. You need resiliency…
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How to Attract Premium Clients

I want to teach you how to attract wealthy clients, and just writing those words makes me feel like Rodney Dangerfield’s crass character in Caddyshack. As much as we Americans like to think we’ve…
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How to Bring Your Favorite Clients and Students to Your Door

Whenever small business owners gather together, especially ones that depend on having clients, patients, or students — a topic that always comes up is: “How do YOU get more…
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How to Create Your Niche To Stand Out

You may have just earned a degree or certification, or you’ve read every book and knuckled down to some serious research. Either way, you have all this knowledge that’s ready to be put to use…
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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 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 Find Your Perfect Clients with Facebook Groups

In March of 2017, there were more than 1.94 billion monthly active Facebook users — which is an 18 percent increase year over year! Then on June 27, Mark Zuckerberg announced that there are now two…
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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 Incorporate Games into Your Business

In just a few decades, video games have gone from a hobby, to a massive billion dollar industry. Major electronics manufacturers like Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have entire segments of their…
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How to Market Your Business on Facebook Without Coming Across Sales-y

Facebook is a great place to connect with your ideal clients. And being a small company or single person can actually give you an advantage. Here are five ways to market your business on Facebook…
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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 Set Good Goals and Stick With Them

You never fully revealed your weakness and shared your goals with others who would hold you accountable. Visualizing where you want to be in one year and your perfect day gives you something to work…
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How To Talk The Same Language As Your Students

When I attended my first ever teaching course, the lecturer told me: “Make sure you talk in your students’ language.” Over the years, I always come back to this piece of advice. And the more I teach…
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How To Work With Adult Students

Over the years as a teacher, I have taught young and old — and there are many similarities — but also many differences between teaching an adult compared to a child. For example, whether you’re…
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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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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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Valuable Lessons From Academic Coach, Beth Peterson

We asked her a few questions about how and why she’s such a great tutor and why her business is thriving so much. I work with students from 5th grade into college helping them navigate the…
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What To Do When a Student Wants to Quit

Miah collapsed on the floor in a pile of tears and frustration. “I do not want to have a music lesson, I do not want to practice, and I do not want to play guitar!” As a second grader who is a year…
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What To Do With Referred Clients

Gaining clients as a freelancer or contractor is no easy feat. While there are platforms like Upwork that can help connect you with clients, the best way to move up in the world is to receive…
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Why You Should Screen Your Clients

After teaching lessons full time for ten years, I started to burn out. Although I had several awesome students, I was frustrated working with those who were apathetic, unprepared…
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You are Valuable! Learning to Value Your Time and Work

How much is your time worth? Do you charge enough for your services? How much is “enough”, and how do you decide? It’s important to think about everything — tangible and intangible — that goes into…
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