TEACHER TIP: Bar(re) none! No Exceptions!
If you are a barre instructor, you may have come across studio policies when signing a contract. But have you ever thought of establishing your very own personal policies? These are things that are non negotiable’s for you and the work that you do: Bar(re) none, no Exceptions!
A big one for me is the twenty-four hour cancelation policy. Late cancellations do happen, just like life happens. But if I am able to not get caught commuting when I do not have to, or in a situation where I could have scheduled something else, I prefer to be able to plan as much as I can. If someone late cancels, which happens, I will still be paid for my time. This helps avoid losing income that I was counting on. It also pays me for the time I set aside for that person or class.
Whether these policies are already required, anywhere I teach these are some personal rules I follow. I set a standard bar(re) for myself to establish a rapport with my clients. I want them to know that I am a professional, an available resource, respectful of their use of time/money, and reliable.
- Show up at least 15 minutes early to the class.
- Be available before and after class for questions/comments from students.
- Learn everyone’s name and also use it at least once in class.
- Leave the studio in it’s “set-up” state.
Everyone may vary when it comes to what is comes to their “no exceptions” policies. However, having a plan/policy in place sets up clear boundaries and allows for your operations rot go much more smoothly.
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