My Biggest Misconception About Private Practice

It’s after 10 pm, and I’m just now getting around to writing today’s blog post.  So much for having more spare time now that I’m completely self-employed.  Looking back just a few weeks, I was naive to think that owning a full-time private practice was going to allow for a more flexible schedule.

It’s one thing to run a part-time business, but doing so full-time is a completely different ballgame.  And as thrilled as I am with my decision to leave my former job, I find myself thinking nostalgically about a time when I actually had a few extra minutes to catch up on my Google Reader, write blog posts in advance, reply to non-work-related email, etc.

Giving lessons and providing music therapy to an average of 13 students per day is the easy part of my business.  It’s the administrative and prep work — choosing repertoire, responding to billing inquiries, managing schedules, sending out nightly lesson and session notes, studio upkeep — that leaves me completely exhausted at the end of the day.

But then I remember that I’m 100% in control of my days and my private practice; there is no handbook.  I’m writing it as I go, and I’m appreciative of all the lessons I’m learning along the way. I’m also appreciative of my incredibly comfortable bed, which is where I’m headed right now.