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  1. drsinn
  2. Studio Policy
  3. Wednesday, 15 March 2017
I'm tired of parents taking advantage of me by not paying on time and requesting rescheduling too often. It’s time I have a studio policy. How do I get started? Do you have ones you'd be willing to share with me?
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My policy is for students to pay for the entire month the first lesson of the month. I have had problems with students not paying on time- sometimes 2-3 weeks late in the month! After one really bad month- about 1/3 of my students were late with payment, I sent out a reminder of my policy and that it was my income...... This helped most families, but 2 in particular were still terrible about paying- one I actually had let get behind by a full month. So once that family was caught up I told them I would no longer allow them to float payment and that the next time they were late with payment I would not teach them until they were paid up and I still would require the entire months payment. They were good for 2 months, and then back to not wanting to pay- so I denied the student a lesson. She then paid the next week for the whole month - forfeiting the week before. 2 months later we did the same thing. Eventually they finally dropped lesson. However, my other students became aware (we live in a very small town) and they have been paying on time ever since.
Good luck!
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I make a policy sheet and charge $25 for late payments (2 weeks or more after due date) I stick with my policies.
I also charge by the semester with individually tailored payment plans for those families who can't afford the lump sum.
This eliminates chasing families each month. Most schools do this, so why not private piano studios.
I haven't had trouble collecting in a very very long time!
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