How to Get Out of the Office and Into the Studio

images-1When you decided to open your own dance studio, it was probably because you have a passion and love for dance that you wanted to turn into your career. Running your own business requires a certain amount of work in the office to keep things running smoothly – something you may not enjoy as much as you like being in the studio with your students. If you’re tired of toiling away in the office doing paperwork and other administrative tasks, or if you find you are spending more time in the office than on the dance floor, here are some tips that can help you to find a better balance and help get you back in the studio doing what you love.

Streamline Your Data

One of the most important things you can do to minimize the amount of office work you have to deal with is to use dance studio management software like The Studio Director. The Studio Director will let you keep all your information in one convenient place. You can input your class schedule, student list, and contact information, send e-mails, take on-line enrollment and much more! When all this information is streamlined with The Studio Director, you’ll spend less time organizing, searching and sharing information.  This means you can spend less time dealing with the business end of things and more time getting into the studio and teaching a class.

Hire a Manager

If you can make it work within your budget, it makes sense to hire a manager to help you organize the business end of things so that you can focus on dance. Having a reputable manager gives you more time to teach or observe classes and spend your time doing what you enjoy, which is why you opened your studio in the first place. Make sure that the person you choose is someone you can trust to take care of things the way you would so that you don’t have to focus on making sure that person is doing their job.

Make Time for Priorities

Of course, running a business will take some time and effort to ensure you are getting everything done.  You’ll not only want to be sure that you are taking the time to teach the classes you want to teach and to oversee the students you want to work with, you’ll want to take the time to make your business run smoothly and efficiently.  It takes some practice and effort to prioritize what matters to you.  It’s vital to realize that you may have to put in more time than the average person because you are the owner and the one in charge. Once you realize that, you will increase your success tremendously.

Running your own dance studio isn’t going to be easy, but it can be worthwhile and rewarding if you do it right. Making sure that you don’t get bogged down in the business end of things leaves you time to foster your passion for dance and get the most out of your chosen career. Owning the place doesn’t exclude you from the studio, but you will have to make an effort to ensure that you are living your personal dream.