Planning is extremely important when you’re starting a business.
No question about it.
However, for some planning can easily lead to months or even years of endless procrastination.
And in all that time, they’re losing money and opportunities to gain students and grow their music teaching businesses.
I’m willing to bet that someone in your local area is going to start a music teaching business this year. This is almost guaranteed if you’re a piano, guitar or singing teacher.
Less likely if you teach the spoons 🙂
Ok, so some of your competitors won’t last very long.
But, if you’re waiting for..
The ideal economy…
The ideal location…
The ideal marketing plan…
The ideal business plan, etc…
I’m here to tell you, ideal conditions rarely exist for any small business owner.
I used to be real procrastinator. In fact, I still am with certain projects that I’ve delayed or put off for no good reason!
So, if you spend too much time planning, and never get started, your competitors may very well beat you to the punch and find students that could have been yours for the taking.
They’ll be making money, while you’re still waiting for the perfect conditions to launch… which may never happen.
I made up all kinds of excuses why it wasn’t the perfect time to start a piano teaching business. I didn’t have the money, it wasn’t the right time, I didn’t have any students, and on and on.
But the fact was, I was really just afraid of failure.
In the years between finishing my degree in the UK and studying in the US, I put off starting my teaching studio full-time because I thought I’d fail, and I didn’t want to have to face all my friends and family in embarrassment.
In fact, my only attempt to do some piano teaching was when I was a student.
During my degree in the UK, I had tried to find a few piano pupils, but it didn’t bring in much money. I was travelling by car to their location and I was wasting so much time being stuck in traffic and wasting money on petrol. I really doubted myself and thought earning money from music teaching was a pipe dream.
So after I finished my course, I took the easy option and decided to work in a bank for a year.
Yes, the safe option.
But it was B-O-R-I-N-G!!
I spent months processing payments working on a computer, and felt my soul being sucked out of me!
I hated it.
So, as you can see, I did fail with music teaching.
I lost money, time and effort, and the fear of failure really held me back for a long time..
The Right Plan
However, I learnt a lot from my initial failure. After learning about marketing some years later, I became smarter about how to do things right. I felt more determined than ever to succeed.
When I returned to the UK after finishing my studies in the US, I set up my piano teaching business.
Using a combination of online and offline marketing strategies, I was able to build my studio from scratch very quickly. And after a few months, I reached a full teaching week with around 50 students.
It was hard work and I set aside a period of time every day to promote by business. This helped me to focus on achieving my goal.
But I got there. And now I have a full teaching schedule, with time to do gigs at the weekend.
So if I can do it, you can too.
You just need the right plan, and a real desire to succeed.