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Latest New Features Recurring Invoices List now shows the number of clients that invoice will be created for, if it's for more than one client. There is now an End Date option on the Student Schedules report. E-mails sent from your studio now are addressed as being from the studio name rather than the studio admin name. ...

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New Features in October 2010 Calendar Location View! You can now see a side by side comparison of the schedules of different locations/rooms at your studio! You can now hide the sidebar on the calendar page to give you more room to see your events! Just click "Toggle Sidebar". You can now search through past expenses using a simple or advanced search option. You can now send up to...

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It’s important for any business to keep in touch with its community, which includes all its current and potential customers.  Your community may be your neighborhood, or your metropolitan area, or your online community, or any of the above.

We’re going to look at ways to keep in touch.  Speaking of which, this blog is interactive, and you are invited to add your comments at the end of the post.  Just submit your comment at the bottom where it says “Leave a Reply”.  It is interesting and helpful to hear about your concerns, questions, and experiences, on each topic.

This post is about keeping in touch with your community.  It’s a great time of year to be thinking about this, as the holiday season approaches.  People are looking for gifts, for events, and for plans for the new year.  You can provide all three.  If you would, please do leave a reply at the end of this post to tell us what you have tried in this regard, whether successful or not, and we’ll all appreciate reading about it.

Running a teaching studio is a great service.  Collecting teachers, offering classes and lessons, coordinating schedules, events and policies — it makes total sense to organize it all as efficiently as possible.

But it’s important to keep in mind how you decide to organize it all.  There are others who want to know, namely, the IRS and your state departments of revenue and labor.  Okay, they can be a pain but why not look on the bright side:  can you imagine how completely disorganized most businesses would be if they didn’t have to keep track of things for their tax returns?  (Always looking for the silver lining!)

Let’s talk about why the government cares about your studio’s relationship with your teachers.  This can help you manage your studio better, by clarifying the rights and responsibilities of the studio toward its teachers, and vice versa.  

Think about distinguishing your studio from others by providing services that individual teachers can’t offer by themselves.  Even if your teachers are basically renting teaching space from you, everyone can benefit from a few coordinated events.jam

Such events can help make students feel that they are part of something bigger than just taking lessons from their teacher, and as a result, they will feel more of an attachment to the studio–a plus for both the teacher and the studio as a whole.

Pooling talents is the key.  An individual teacher could offer services from any location, but if you combine the skills of various teachers, you can offer something people can find nowhere else.

Examples include introductory classes, ensemble classes, jam sessions, open house festivals, recitals or demonstrations, camps, and gig services.  Let’s take a look at these ideas…