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.
Rethink your registration process
Rather than have her parents reregister their kids for the following studio year, Maglasang opted to automatically reenroll them. "They're enrolled for the next session, unless they choose to withdraw," she says. Though it means she misses out on a registration fee, she says it's kept her retention rate high. "In this way, your parents don't have to think about it," she says. "You take away the thought of 'Should I consider doing this again?'"