thank you extremely interesting. A couple of questions if you don't mind answering: what happens if clients "follow" you rather than you "take them" from your current studio to your start up? is this ethical in yr mind and are they different? Secondly, what do you think about student teachers (ie not yet certified) teaching in yr studio? if you have them teaching would you pay them differently? finally how do you think it is fair to pay your staff - % of fee or per session - what works best for both parties? I hope you are able to find time to answer these questions. Thank you both again.
Thankyou so much for this. I am about to start a studio in my community, which I've returned to after 20 years. Lots of unknowns….but some great insights gleaned here. Thankyou for this wonderful advice.
Hello Diane, To answer your questions: 1. Clients will go, and that is okay. I think unethical is soliciting them. I think the best thing is for the studio owner to make the announcement that the staff member is moving on. Not to have the teacher tell their clients before they tell the owner. Then the client does what he or she chooses.
2.I think apprentice teachers can be a great assets. Yes, I pay them less. And I tell the client that they are apprentices. I also try to be sure they are somewhat overseen. And they need to have liability insurance in place.
3. I think paying a percentage is a great model. Once the owner understands their overhead then they can figure how to make the percentage cut. It is smart to make room for pay increases as time goes on. Cost of living increase has to be met for the staff overtime.