One of the key aspects of building your business is hiring the right staff. Of course, when it comes to hiring the right people for a yoga business, it’s not just about finding someone who can do the job; it’s about someone who is the right fit with what you want to communicate to your customers. So, what are the fundamentals you need to think about when hiring someone to teach yoga and to assist with the business?
Should You Hire An Employee Or Contractor?
A lot of this is down to budget. If you are just starting out, and you have limited resources, but you still need to market your business efficiently, an independent yoga teacher might be the best way to go. It benefits you and them because they aren’t tied down, but you at least have someone that can teach the class. Of course, you are running the risk of having someone work independently, because they may very well leave you in the lurch at the last minute for a more lucrative job. By hiring a full-time employee, you’ve got commitment, and you’ve got someone that can help you grow the business and turn it into something more.
What Does The Right Employee Consist Of?
In the business of teaching yoga, it’s important to have someone who is an all-rounder. First and foremost, they need to have the necessary skills to teach the class properly. But when it comes to the other basic skills, from learning how to balance a cash register, to dealing with customer issues, these are things that can be taught, but it’s about finding the right person who can take these skills on board. The very nature of being a yoga teacher means that the business side can be neglected from time to time. So, it’s vital you find the right type of person that has both skills equally. While you may have a fantastic yoga teacher, this isn’t always enough. They may be a great teacher that brings the punters in, but if you’re looking for someone to help you grow the business, you need someone that has a little bit of business common sense.
Expanding The Business
The great thing when you do find the right person, and you hire them full time, it gives you scope to think further into the future. Not only this, but the burden is shared. If there are problems, such as illness on your part, they can pick up the slack. But when it comes to finding someone that has some business smarts, but also knows how to teach a good quality class, they can start to scout other yoga teachers, and hire them. Naturally, as your business grows, you will accumulate more money.
Because a yoga business can very easily fall on the side of one of those terms, yoga or business, it’s a very difficult balance to get right. This is why hiring the right people will improve your business no end. When we all started out with the idea of teaching yoga, we might have wanted to impart our knowledge, but after a while, the reality sets in, and it has to be run like a business. The right way to do it is to combine the two.