The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #34096 Message #1753997
Posted By: Mooh
06-Jun-06 - 07:18 AM
Thread Name: How many mudcatters are teachers?
Subject: RE: How many mudcatters are teachers?
Since first posting to this thread, 9 May '01, I've built my private music instruction business to full-time, and the only outide work I do now is music related (gigs, repairs, and volunteering). There's not much point in being self-employed if there is no time off, so I give myself August and most public school holidays off, except a couple of statutory Monday holidays. I have also been working alternate Saturdays, but that ends at the end of June, hopefully for ever.
We save and budget for my time off, pay some bills in advance, and live within our means for the most part.
Demand is still high, there's a long waiting list for lessons and a short backlog for repairs.
It is the best job I've ever had, even if not the best paying, though it pays much better than my previous blue collar jobs.
A supportive bride and children, sympathetic accountant, friendly dogs (Rosie The Wonder Dog and Cosmo The Other Dog love to watch folks come and go), adaptable household, all help things work. No commute (I work from home), less wear and tear on my bones, just the revolving door of happy faces (okay, most of the time). I should have started this several years sooner.
What don't I like? The damn GST (goods and services tax), rescheduling lessons, no-shows, and fly-by-night competitors whose dissatisfied students invariably end up on my waiting list.