Being a yoga teacher is a great profession, and more than that it is likely your passion. Once you have decided to turn your passion into a business, you need to change your thinking a little bit. Let’s call it a bit of yoga teacher training. Most things that we have a lot of passion about or enjoy doing don’t always have the ability to bring in a steady income; this fact also applies to being a yoga teacher. Have a great love for practicing or teaching yoga is much different that owning a business or managing a yoga studio. You must be a business person ahead of being a teacher in order to have a successful studio.
More Yoga Teacher Training for the New Owner
Regardless of what business you want to open, some research is needed prior to starting a new venture. As a yoga teacher, you may have taught in an established studio with a steady student base and didn’t have to put much thought into the mechanics behind it. As a business owner, you should understand the economics behind owning a studio; this entails the cost as well as the profits. Researching the market in your target area will give you a good view on the demand of a new studio. You will be able to gauge what your monthly rental expenses will be for a space. Add in utilities, marketing and teacher fees for a basic budget.
Yoga Teacher or Studio Owner
A lot of time will be needed to market your studio to new students as well as spending time assuring everything in your studio is functioning properly. In the beginning, you may not have time to actually teach classes yourself. This is among the most common issues noted with new studio owners. Starting a studio with a partner is a great way to assure that you have more financial freedom as well as some freedom to still practice your art and share it with others while moving your brand name forward. Weather you decide to go it alone or to start your business with a partner, assure that your have at least half of the amount needed for startup. Do your budgeting for the next year and underestimate your profits. There is nothing worse than spending money in anticipation of income only to fall short when the bills are due.teach
Yoga Teacher Training for Business Sense
If you are a yoga teacher blessed with a natural talent for numbers that’s great, but if you are like most people, then consider taking a short course on business management and financial planning. This will help you start your studio on the right foot and with the right information to help you succeed. In these short courses you will learn how to make and stay on a budget, how to generate and maintain loyal customers or in the case of a yoga studio, students. It will also give you a lot of great ideas on customer service management, ideas on how to keep your books in the black and how to promote income bearing services while still offering the ideals you want. In the case of services that you want to provide, but will not generate sufficient income, you can promote them as charity services which also creates a positive community image for your studio.