Monday, August 25, 2008

Business on the Deck

This morning, I sat on my deck, feet propped up against the railing, the low rumble of the highway wafting over the pool-goers as they crossed the hot black asphalt, and I conducted business. No longer am I consigned to that dark corner of Hell every Friday and Saturday night that is restaurant work. Instead, I'm organizing my teaching schedules. Yes, I'm on my way to becoming a self-employed man.

Almost two months ago, I awoke from some eerie dream where I had lost my job as a server and on the cusp of an expense hike in the rent area of my budget. It was a sober reminder of the thin ice on which I was already treading. The restaurant wasn't doing well, and all of us servers were allaying the uneasy notion that we might have to find other jobs. As I sat down to think about this problem, I came to the conclusion that I didn't want to work for other people anymore. If I worked for myself, I could set my own prices, work fewer hours, and make more money. So I started planning my piano studio.

Well, this past weekend I reached my goal of 9 students. This surpasses any money I would have made at the restaurant. It seemed like such a daunting task at first, but I made some great contacts and continually reminded people that I was teaching. This brought in enough referrals, and now I'm set on a more financially, if not emotionally (restaurant business is tough), secure path. Now my entire week's obligations (teaching lessons, teaching classes, taking classes, homework, and about 18 hours of practice) amounts to about 35 hours per week. All the while I'm making much more than I use to make in a 40-hour, full-time job.

Well, it's warming up, and that pool looks tempting from here. I think I might run down there for a bit.


Oh, and that restaurant? It closed.


Grant said...

Great post! Congrats and welcome to self-employment land. It's lovely here. Apparently you've already found the pool. We spend a lot of time there.

t.fraticelli said...

Oh how I long for self-employment land! Very nice post. I am a bit jealous of your a good way though. I'm even more motivated to find something that I can do in terms of self-employment. Nicole's mom said that she might be able to get a couple of students for you if you'd like to add a couple to your already packed, 35 hour work week. ;)

Mom said...

Wow! I am so impressed! Just the term "piano studio" has a nice ring to it! Congratulations, Taylor! I wish you much success!