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CPTP126: Taking Care of Business with Todd Whaley

By Tim Topham | Podcast

May 11 2018


There’s a global shift among piano teachers to start taking their studios more seriously. Many teachers are now taking care of their businesses and no longer see this as just a “hobby” or a side job. This is a profession.

And with that comes all the trappings a small business needs like invoices, expense tracking, efficient scheduling and fee structures. How can we handle all of it and still have time to improve our teaching and invest in professional development?

That’s what Todd Whaley is here to help us with. We’re going to reveal the biggest mistakes teachers make when it comes to the business of running a piano studio, and what you could be doing differently.


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In this episode, you’ll learn

  • Why you shouldn’t be handling invoicing manually in your studio
  • How many teachers are moving away from having teaching as just a “hobby”
  • How offering different payment options helps you get paid faster
  • What you should do to decide what your fees should be
  • Why we shouldn’t be getting involved in a race to the bottom
  • How you can be kind to yourself when it comes to billing
  • What software can do to improve tax time
  • The biggest trend in the most successful teachers

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Are you being kind to yourself when it comes to your billing?

Do you have automated systems in place? Do you sometimes make your fee structures more complicated than they need to be?

Tim Topham

About the Author

Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.

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