I do not have a real piano unfortunately. I have a pretty nice Yamaha keyboard that I think will work just fine for what I need it for. The one major problem though is that I've noticed my piano skills have gone WAY down hill since I was in college. And they weren't that great to begin with. I knew enough to competently pass my Piano proficiencies but that's about it. And the Piano is one of those instruments, that at least for me, that if I don't practice daily, I lose the skills real fast. I know enough to easily plunk out chords and such for my own practicing but when it comes to helping others, and accompanying someone...forget it! I think piano is something else I need to make sure to add to my daily practice. Otherwise, giving lessons to others is going to be very challenging.
I think I also want to offer clarinet lessons in addition to voice but my clarinet is in serious need of refurbishing. It needs new pads, new corks, tightening, oiling blah blah blah. I called around to see how much it would cost me and I didn't get a quote below $200. I'm poor...that is a lot of money right now. It might have to wait until I can get some good money from voice lessons. I also thought I could maybe do some beginning Piano too but going back to #1, I am just not that confident in my own piano skills to foresee giving someone else lessons on it. That will definitely have to wait.
I need to get one more bookshelf so that I can put all my music and theory books etc. in one place. Not that big of a deal you would think...but when you are as broke as we are, even a little money to buy a bookshelf can be difficult to come by. I'm going to see if I can hit up some garage sales this weekend and check Craigslist and Freecycle. If anything I can head to Ikea and see if I can get something small.
The business side of things is where I start to flounder. I know I need to get a good bookkeeping program for my computer and get the file cabinet etc. But I just thought of the possibility that I will probably need a business license now. And then there's taxes etc. and and and....I really feel like I have no idea when it comes to that part of it. I guess I need to start doing some serious research into it and talk to my other friends who give lessons and see how they handle it. I just want to make sure I don't make any big mistakes. I have a pretty good idea how to run things on the business end of the food industry since I've been doing cakes for a few years but this is a new field and I'm not sure how alike and how different things run.
Publicity. I need to really think about how I'm going to advertise. Of course there are flyers at schools and music stores etc. But I need to decide if it's worth it to pay for other avenues such as FB ads and newspapers etc. Of course there is Craigslist. But I think a lot of what I'll have to rely on is word of mouth like I have done with my cakes. I am going to probably start another FB page for my teaching services. I had business cards set up but they are out of date now as both my phone number and address have changed.
And then there's the issue of letting people into my home. After we were burglarized, I've become really antsy when it comes to letting semi-strangers into my house. Hopefully this will fade in time but I'm having a hard time getting all of this started because of that reason. The idea of someone in my home that I barely know, regardless of the fact that they are beings supervised by me, makes me twitch honesty...