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April 27, 2015
I realize that studio owners want to create incentives for teachers. It makes sense. It makes yoga teachers happy. It's good for student retention and it keeps enrollment numbers up. But shouldn't a yoga teacher be motivated from the start. When I go anywhere, I carry business cards with me. I have a schedule inside a tent business card to give to people I meet.
I don't have my own studio but I know I have to promote my yoga classes. Otherwise, studios and clubs lay you off for the summer. If you are a slacker who dsn't care, the studio owner already knows. Summer is the perfect time to layoff unproductive yoga teachers with lazy work ethics.
So I appreciate any benefits a club or studio give as an incentive, but any freelancing teacher should know - No work - No job. It's a simple equation and it's worth it to have cards with your weekly class schedule on them. If you don't have time, your classes decrease in size and you end up out of a job.
As a freelance yoga teacher you are a shareholder in all of your classes. It's not like a 9-5 job where you punch your card and go home, while letting management sweat it out. If you don't have students you don't have a gig.
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