I am fully introducing my terms and conditions tomorrow (scary!) My students have been given notice and have had time to look through them and express their views and opinions, but from tomorrow they will be in force and enforced!
Another part of my trying to be more secure in my teaching, is that I would like to start teaching from home. However, my flat/house (its technically a flat, but it is on the ground floor and has 2 floors, so I call it a house!) is not very large (typical London) and I don't know whether it will be seen as OK by my students to be taught there.
I also have the problem that I have just moved in and I am not going to be receiving my piano for a good few months. It needed a significant overhaul, which I am paying a lot for, so for the time being, I have a digital piano. It is a very good quality, expensive one, as I use it for my own performance preparation, bu it is never going to be the 'real deal'. And because I am still suffering from the restoration of my own piano, I am not really in a financial position to rent a piano, although I have decided that I could make stretch if I feel this is the most important consideration.
So the poll is to get an idea of what people consider important or not much of an issue in a home teaching practice. (I am able to deal with 1 or 2 of the problems, but not all 3 at the same time, so it will be interesting to see which are considered more important so I can gauge which I need to address)
To reduce the problem, I am considering the option of teaching beginners at home (on the digital) and teaching more advanced students at the studio where I currently teach all my students. The only thing with this, is that I would have to pay rental for the room and piano.
This means that I have three options as I see it:
1 - keep the lesson prices for the 2 places that same (slightly lower), include the rental cost in my prices and just accept that I will make less from the studio lessons.
2 - include the rental cost in my prices, so that lesson prices for both places are slightly more expensive.
3 - charge more for lessons taught at the studio than those being taught at home.
It may well be that for the time being, teaching from home is not a feasable option.
I'd be grateful for your opinions, from teachers as well as parents and students.