The mentorship model will not be a good fit for every teacher. So before we get started on the ins and outs of how to expand your studio by hiring mentees, let’s take a step back and consider what the perfect next move is for you and your business.
What kind of life do you want?
Yikes. Starting with a big question, I know. But I’m not one to shy away from such an important topic.
I believe we should make intentional decisions about the life we want for ourselves so that we can steer the ship in the right direction. Because what will make me happy and feel like the ultimate success story to me won’t be the same for you.
So I’ll ask you again: What kind of life do you want? Do you value freedom above all else? Do you want to go mountain biking every morning, or are you happier when you’re working hard towards big goals?
Take care to fully imagine the effect different business structures would have on your overall lifestyle as you consider the options.
How much do you need to or want to earn?
Too many of us don’t stop to ask this question. And if you don’t have an answer to it, you’re honestly never going to be satisfied. There’s always a bigger number you could make and more stuff to spend it on.
But chasing bigger and more won’t make your life better.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally fine with your goal number being BIG. Or small. Or medium.
There is no judgment coming through the screen right now. I just want you to have a number in mind so that you can figure out how to make it happen.
Our businesses are not just about the number in our bank account or the lifestyle they provide to us. Most of us are also in this because we want to have an impact on the world.
You may not have thought of it like that. But if you have goals around creating lifelong musicians through your teaching, you’re in the impact game too.
One reason why I chose the mentorship model for my studio is because of the impact I could have. I want to go beyond providing a great music lesson experience for my students. I also want to help bring up the next generation of caring, capable and creative teachers.