Rising from the ashes...
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It is 2:30 am as I try to take a minute to post a quick update.
I'm busy playing catchup and have yet to take a breather.
I'm the new kid on the block without any storefront; so, I need a way of establishing my credibility. To facilitate this, I started a blog about my services so that the parents know more about the benefits of enrolling their children. I also started posting pictures & videos on facebook. I need to do some more FB page maintenance before I can link to it from my website.
Last week I had three paid students, which appeared to be very happy with the services.
This week I have six paid students; actually, I have seven students, but I gave one client a 50% discount when I learned that she was going to exclude her daughter from the coding camp due to financial difficulty.
I have not yet started my online ad campaign (adwords, facebook, radio, etc)...
Why? Well, it is not important!
No, I'm just kidding! The truth is that I haven't really had the time.
My students follow a self-paced curriculum; so, not much work needs to be done in that area. However, it is too much to ask children to engage in a study session continuously for 3 hours. Instead, I engage them with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) challenge which has been well received and been a lot of fun.
However, I find myself taking a lot of time preparing for next day's activity session.
My wife reminded me that my prep-work was similar to the work that volunteers would do to help teachers in schools.
I have an internal struggle regarding my business model. To sustain a viable business, I need to increase my price schedule and decrease hours I spend in preparing these fun STEM activities (differentiators)! Keep in mind, that when I work I try to think how I can sustain my activity and leverage automation for my STEM kits (e.g. laser cutter or other such devices).
I can recycle some idea from week-to-week; but, I have at least one repeating student, which makes me want to forge new material.
Perhaps, the best course of action is to keep working with the camp and then increase my prices and change my service!!!
Well, my brain is not working, and it is shutting down ZZzzzz....