Today, we’re traveling to Bali, Indonesia to chat with Brandon Pearce, a piano teacher turned computer programmer turned entrepreneur.
Brandon is the creator and owner of Music Teacher’s Helper, a web-based softwareÂ management system that helps music teachers run their ownÂ music studios.
Brandon started out by building Music Teacher’s Helper for his own needs, but after realizing that there was a market for his software, he gave up teaching piano, quit his day job in tech support, and built an entireÂ business around it.
Over the past eleven years, he has grown hisÂ company to the point where he and his family now have the freedom to live and travel anywhere in the world. And today, he shares with us how he managed to do that.
…Where passion or skill meets usefulness, a microbusiness built on freedom and value can thrive. — Chris Guillebeau
It’s an incredible story, but before you clickÂ play, I want to apologize up front for the audio quality. Our Skype connection was faulty and as a result, some of the interview was lost and other parts areÂ difficult to understand, but I hope you’ll bare with itÂ because what Brandon has to say about balancing business, passions, happiness and family is well worth hearing.
In This Episode, You’ll Learn…
- How Brandon combined his passions for music and computers intoÂ a thriving business.
- Why Brandon decided to quit his job and pursue Music Teacher’s Helper full-time.
- How BrandonÂ managed to get his first customers.
- The importance of getting user feedback early on (and often).
- Brandon’sÂ number one source for new customers.
- How Brandon ended up scaling his business to the point where heÂ could travel the world.
- The importance of letting go and not micro-managing your team.
- What happiness means to Brandon.
- Brandon’s advice for first-time entrepreneurs.
Links and Resources
- $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau’s New York TimesÂ best-selling book.
- Music Teacher’s Helper, receive 20% off your first month.
- Studio Helper, Brandon’sÂ web-based management software for studio’s with multiple teachers.
- Groove Piano, Brandon’s latest venture, a carry-on friendly digital piano.
- Pearce on Earth, Brandon’s personal blog about business, travel and lifestyle.
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