Though a new studio year brings with it its own stressors—class scheduling, orientation, newly sore muscles—you'd be remiss if you didn't also use this opportunity to carefully consider what's been working (and what hasn't) for your studio. Is it time to repaint your lobby? Get rid of that more-trouble-than-it's-worth vending machine? Finally add a social-media clause to your student handbook? August is your chance to roll up your sleeves and give every aspect of your business the mental elbow grease it needs.
Upgrade to auto-billing
Courtney Carroll eliminated almost all late tuition payments at her New Jersey studio, Avenue to Broadway, with auto-billing. After four years of offering families the option to pay by credit card, Carroll this year required parents to put a card on file when they registered their kids for fall classes. "I reached out to my lawyer to make sure the verbiage in my studio contract was correct," she says. The studio management system she uses, The Studio Director, alerts her when someone's card is expired. The convenience factor can't be overestimated, says Carroll. "Parents don't have to come in on the first of the month—they love it," she says.