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Lesson Location

You might have assumed that you need to rent a commercial space if you’re going to have other teachers working for you, but that’s not always the case. 

Students’ Homes

This is how I began my mentorship program, with my mentee teachers going to their students’ homes. 

I did this because:

  1. I didn’t have space at home for another lesson area.
  2. I used to offer this service myself and there was still a lot of demand for it.

You’ll need to assess demand in your area if this is something you haven’t offered before. For this to be viable, parents need to value the service enough to pay extra for it. If they are, it could be a great option.

The major concern I’ve heard with this kind of setup is that the teachers will “poach” your students. Honestly, while we will talk about non-compete agreements later, they can do that no matter where the lessons occur. You need to trust them.

Your goals should be to provide wonderful training and an exceptional experience, and to develop a strong relationship with your mentee teachers. You want them to want to stay with you – not to be stuck with it.

Your Home Studio

If you have the space and are allowed to do it under local laws and regulations, there’s no reason you can’t have the mentees teach from your home.

For many, this will even make sense if you have only one teaching space in your home. For example, if there is a demand for Saturday and Sunday lessons but you won’t teach on weekends, those could be your mentee’s teaching days. 

Keep in mind the impact on your home life as you consider this. It’s likely to only work if you have a teaching area which is quite separate.

Renting a Space

If you’ll rent a space for your mentorship studio (and you don’t currently,) you’ll need to do some research to factor in this cost. Look up listing sites or make some calls and see what you can get in your area.