Category Archives: The Business End Series

To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

Is it time to take the plunge and rent music studio space for your private teaching studio? Or is it time to move your rented teaching studio back into your living room? If you teach from home, you’ve probably thought about renting studio space. If you teach in a rented space, you’ve probably thought about … Continue reading To Rent or Not to Rent (Music Studio Space, that is)

Drag and Drop Website Builders for Music Teachers

“Help, I need an easy website builder for my music studio!” So you’re an independent music teacher and you need a website (join the club!).  Maybe you are not very tech savvy, and you can’t or don’t want  to train yourself in WordPress, or any other web builder (join another club!). You may want to … Continue reading Drag and Drop Website Builders for Music Teachers

WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

You guessed it, I’m talking about myself. Building a website is intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  You might feel like you need a “WordPress for Beginners” or “WordPress for Dummies” book. But not to worry – if your students can all go on YouTube and learn to play Taylor Swift’s latest hit, you can use … Continue reading WordPress for Beginners (or How a Total Ignoramus Built a Website)

Website Building for Beginners

I am a web-design toddler.  I need frequent time-outs, I am prone to tantrums and I know just enough to be dangerous.  But, I also know a website is a Must Have for any professional music teaching studio.  This is how a lot of your students will find you, and can be a great resource … Continue reading Website Building for Beginners

e-Newsletters for Beginners

Do the words “email marketing” make you cringe?  Are you afraid of becoming one of the spammers you so despise? Don’t worry! You can do an e-newsletter for your music teaching studio without crossing over to the dark side. The trick is to send a judicious amount of interesting stuff to people who are interested in … Continue reading e-Newsletters for Beginners

Music Teacher Scheduling Software for Private Studios

Do you feel like you need scheduling software for your music teaching studio? If you’re teaching private lessons, there are some cool things you could do with the right scheduling tool. You might want to let students cancel and perhaps trade slots with another student for a week.  Or, if you offer a couple of first-come, … Continue reading Music Teacher Scheduling Software for Private Studios

Studio Management Tools for Independent Music Instructors

Yes, now I am going to talk about and compare Music Teacher’s Helper   and My Music Staff If you’re a MTH or MMS fan, I’m sorry.  I think these programs both try to be a “Jack of All Trades”—but the rest of the saying also applies: they are “Master of None”.  They do a … Continue reading Studio Management Tools for Independent Music Instructors

Insurance for Independent Music Instructors

As a natural born worry-wart, I am sometimes perversely interested in really boring topics.  But today’s riveting topic is essential even for non-worrier self-employed music instructors: …Drumroll… INSURANCE! [Trumpet fanfare] Why buy insurance? To protect you from the unexpected, like: Your studio gets burglarized or vandalized. Someone slips on the unshoveled walk outside your studio and … Continue reading Insurance for Independent Music Instructors

Accounting Software Survey for Music Studios

It takes me about 2 hours per month to do all my bookkeeping and billing. I have a studio of about 30 students that I run from my home.  How long does it take you? If 2 hours a month sounds like heaven to you, it’s time to choose (or change) your accounting program.  What … Continue reading Accounting Software Survey for Music Studios

Choosing an Accounting Program for Your Studio

If you’re a geek like me, tax prep time is your favorite time of year. Just kidding. I’m fairly certain I am one of the few self-employed music instructors out there who actually enjoys putting stuff together for my taxes. The reason I enjoy it is because I like to be organized and I have … Continue reading Choosing an Accounting Program for Your Studio