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What if I get sick? – A Flu Season Survival Guide for Self-employed Teachers

Last week was bad. Really bad. I caught a really nasty bug that took me out for almost 7 days. That’s a long time for a self-employed teacher. If teaching and tutoring is your full-time job, 7 days is almost

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The Puzzling Nature of Business

My wife and I just finished assembling a 1500 piece, black-and-white puzzle. Simultaneously frustrating and rewarding, the parallels to business are remarkable. Here is what I discovered: 1. Some pieces take a few seconds; other pieces can take a really,

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How can I get my students to pay me on time?

All self-employed teachers like to get paid. So, what can you do to make sure that your students pay on time and how do you handle a student who has not paid his bill? We have found that the easiest

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When to quit…

Have you heard this joke? Jesus walks into a bar. Bartender asks, “What can I get ya?” Jesus says, “Just water,” then winks and walks away. If only we, the self-employed teachers of the world, had the ability to turn

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Be unproductive to be more productive

Preserve one day a week when you do not work. No email. No business-related social media. No planning. No accounting. Nothing. Get out of the house and do something else. Anything else. Or stay in and watch a few movies.

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Making Decisions

I hate making decisions.  I once spent 10 minutes choosing the color of my undershirt, even though I wasn’t planning to leave the house. Sometimes it takes me a week to re-make a decision that I have already made. For me,

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Don’t Let Your Feelings Run Your Business

Don’t be your worst enemy.  Don’t let your feelings get in the way of real progress on your business. Like many things in life, our business reality and the way we “feel” about our business are often not the same

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Create Systems

As you build your tutoring business, create a system for everything that matters. By creating a system, you eliminate the “brain space” needed to track the hundreds of details that keep your business running smoothly.  Good systems mean less time

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What Do Business and Dieting Have in Common?

A friend once told me that losing weight is easy:  Make sure more (calories) are going out than coming in. Business is easy too:  Make sure more (money) is coming in than going out. Of course, understanding how to lose

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