Tips from the field: How to make your business as a teacher and tutor worthwhile
Henriette is a focused and successful violin teacher who uses 10to8 free scheduling software to optimise her time with music students.
During the school term, she has regular lessons in schools which she complements with ad-hoc lessons during school holidays, where students can book her on her online booking page.
We talked to Henriette who shared a few tips around how she juggles so many demands and bookings, whilst managing to enjoy other things in life.
1. Spend your time wisely
Before she signed up for 10to8, Henriette used to play email ping pong with students and their parents, trying to manage her ad-hoc holiday bookings.
For each booking, she would then need to make sure parents paid, got a receipt, knew when to pick up their kids etc.
When she looked at her time, Henriette was spending 30 minutes doing administration on top of a 30-minute lesson!
She decided to automate some of these processes and set up 10to8 so that her availability during the holidays is clearly visible to customers who can then book suitable times and make payments online. The 30 minutes of extra admin have now gone!
2. Shape your reputation
When Henriette first started out, she became known as a very good teacher with beginners.
She enjoys teaching beginners but realised parents or teachers may not continue with her for more advanced students. She asked her school to give her an opportunity to teach higher level students and now uses 10to8 to give these talented students the opportunity to have extra lessons.
Their success helps her reputation and makes it easier to generate further bookings.
3. Get creative with new income streams
Henriette would like to reduce her teaching hours in the future and has been thinking of ways she can maintain a certain level of revenue.
Some of her students and colleagues suggested writing books, which she didn’t excite her. Instead, she decided to create online videos and now she has her own site, where students can still learn online but with less of her time!
4. Don’t be afraid of technology!
Henriette does not describe herself as a technology fan and she is not one for trying out new apps, but she searched for free scheduling software for teachers and found 10to8, which was so easy to use.
Henriette said she has received great support when she needed it, and online booking has helped her achieve her business goals.
The 6 reasons teachers go with 10to8 free scheduling software
1. Students can access information about their lessons online, without needing to call you.
Whether you teach music in schools or from home, the 10to8 booking calendar saves you time in running your teaching business.
2. Professional automatic reminders help your students (and their parents) remember the lessons.
Unlike other systems, 10to8 free scheduling software handles your communications for you whilst you’re busy.
While you teach, this booking calendar is busy filling your schedule, matching students to your available slots and reducing last minute cancellations and no-shows.
It uses interactive messages to remind your students to show up on time and lets you know if they don’t respond. 10to8 users have seen no-shows drop by 90%!!
3. View requests from your students for bookings and changes, directly in your diary.
10to8 free scheduling software can organise your students, ensuring they have all the up-to-date information they need.
All this while you’re taking your lessons. No more miscommunication. No more interruptions. Lots more time for other things.
4. Students can book with you straight from their smartphone, or from the web.
10to8 free scheduling software gives you an instant public profile on the internet, so students or parents can easily see what lessons and services you offer.
Students can make bookings from your 10to8 profile page or from your own website if you add a 10to8 ‘book now’ button.
You can also add booking buttons to your newsletters or email signature.
5. You can customise the booking page to suit your business and stay in complete control.
It’s simple to set up and gives your music teaching business an instant professional image.
Get your free-forever account today and soon you’ll have more time to teach and more time to enjoy life!