When you work for yourself as a yoga teacher, you’re an entrepreneur. Maybe not in the “Google-esqe high tech” way we often think, but you are an entrepreneur. You work for yourself, it’s all on you to make things work and you put in the time, hoping that opportunity and preparedness, along with a little good luck, will get you where you want to be, and beyond.
As such, it’s really helpful to read business magazines. One of my favorites is Inc. Today’s post on their Facebook page has business lessons for entrepreneurs and every single one applies to being a yoga teacher. I will share the link with you below but before I do, let me say this: there are many hugely popular yoga teachers out there, many of whom you know and love. If you ask them, chances are they’ve been teaching for a LONG time. We often think from looking in from the outside that success is instant or at least something that takes a few years. It doesn’t. It takes many years. And, unless you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time or get that key endorsement and can follow it up with solid work, your experience will most likely be that things take a long time.
This is not to sound depressing; just realistic. It also allows you to have a broader view of your teaching career as something that is long term, not short term.
So, with that, here is the article: