RUNNING PRIVATE LESSONS CHANGED MY LIFE.

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It all started when…

In 2017 I started working a 9-5 job at a large youth sports organization as the Volleyball Director. I know, sounds pretty great, right?

Well it WAS. Minus… a couple of things.

I won’t go into too much detail here about why I decided to leave, as I share my whole story in this YouTube video.

Assuming you’ve already watched it, I’ll cut to the chase here.

I had the opportunity to leave my 9-5 job to make MORE money, working LESS hours, with LESS stress… by coaching VOLLEYBALL.

How could anyone say no to that?

Granted… I wasn’t making BANK at my 9-5 job, but it was a comfortable salary with benefits and I’m very thankful I had the opportunity to work there.

The real issues were:

    • A lack of work/life balance.

    • Missed opportunities to work where I could have been paid more per hour.

    • The inability to dedicate any time to being a better coach.

    • The most common “benefit” of a 9-5 job, aka, working frequent nights and weekends with no extra pay.

    • Questioning if coaching was even worth it anymore due to the mental/physical/financial toll it was taking on me (when paired with my full-time job).

And this is all with a job I LIKED. 

Now… I knew OTHER coaches in my club were running private lessons. 

Heck, I even knew what they were charging! But it STILL wasn’t enough to motivate me to take on extra work because of my already limited time at home with my husband (working 9am-5pm, coaching club volleyball 6pm-9pm four nights a week.. add in the weekend tournaments… you get the idea.).

Then one day, another coach asked if I could cover one of her lessons for her because she had something come up.

Since I was going to be in the gym anyway that day, I just showed up a little early and ran the lesson.

And MAN…

Let me tell you, the feeling I got when I was handed a check for $85 after ONE HOUR was incredible.

I’m going to be real with you… at the time, I was sitting on about $80,000 worth of student loans after an out-of-state Bachelor’s degree and a poor decision to get my Master’s (also out-of-state, heyooo!). Add in general living expenses and a desire to also try to SAVE money… to say I felt stressed would be an understatement.

The steady income from my day job, plus the extra money from coaching club teams and camps was working ok. But that private lesson money? I was hooked!

I started seeking out my own athletes to work with the next week.

Let’s get one thing out of the way right now.

I’m not some money-hungry person trying to make a quick buck off of athletes and their parents. I am EXTREMELY passionate about coaching volleyball (look at all the information I give away for free here on Get The Pancake!) and have spent PLENTY of time volunteering or working at low-cost clubs (my preferred coaching setting, honestly).

But just because I LOVE it, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get PAID for it. 

Having coached over 10 seasons, plus countless camps, clinics, summer programs, etc… I know what I’m doing. And although it took some time to feel comfortable earning so much for essentially teaching a GAME, the constant demand for my time at that rate (often times with the same athletes over and over) showed me that my time actually WAS worth $85 an hour! 

Even crazier?

Over time, I was able to run lessons where I charged $180 an hour. 

Go ahead, rub your eyes, clean your glasses, tilt your screen… do whatever you need to to do to check your vision. You read that correctly.  $180 for an hour of volleyball instruction.

And it wasn’t a one time thing, either.

SO… why are you still here?

If you’re ready to learn how I made over $100/hour, just head to my course.

Setting up cones while preparing for a private lesson!

Setting up cones while preparing for a private lesson!

Now… I can’t guarantee what you’ll be able to make per hour. I don’t know you, I don’t know where you plan on running lessons, and heck, I don’t even know if you’re good at volleyball! 

But if you found your way to Get The Pancake, I’m assuming it was because you were searching for a drill to run with your team, looking up goal setting, or some other indication that you CARE. And I’m ALSO going to assume you are intentionally doing what you can to become a better coach.

Even if you feel $100 may be a little bit out of your range (although I think it’s more than possible for most coaches), I think it’s still worth learning how to run a great private lesson with this course for a couple of reasons…

(A FEW) Benefits of Running Private Lessons:

    1. You control your schedule. Want to work Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5pm-7pm because it works with your daughter’s practice schedule? DO IT! Want to dedicate five hours on a Saturday morning to earn extra money on the weekends? You can do that too! Have the summer off because you’re a teacher? Fill your mornings with lessons and enjoy those summer evenings! It’s all in your control.

    2. Who you work with is up to you. See a player who could hit so much harder with just a little focused instruction? You can work with her! One of the biggest benefits of running private lessons is that I can usually get some of the best players to schedule a lesson or two with me and really kick their game up a notch. And if someone isn’t working out? Well.. I’ll tell you about that in the course ;)

    3. The extra income. Duh. I’d be lying by omission if I didn’t put this here! Think about what an extra $200-$300 a week could mean for you. 

    4. Your per hour rate is INSANE. Coaching is fun and all, but when you start to calculate what you get per hour, well… the rate kind of stinks. Private lessons can MORE than make up for the rest of the time you spend on the court. 

Sure, for some people, the motivation to run private lessons might be financial. But that doesn’t mean the coach is the ONLY one who wins!

Players and their communities are improved when quality coaches pass their knowledge on. In this course, I teach you EXACTLY how to run a quality private lesson! 

In this course I break down six different kinds of lesson you can run, teach you about three different types of players you’ll encounter, and walk you through a variety of parents you’ll meet (plus how to communicate with them!).

I’m confident that after you get through my course (2+ hours of clear and concise instruction) you’ll be able to make your money back in only a couple of lessons.

And if you’re not happy with the course? There’s a 30-day money back guarantee.

Running private lessons is my favorite way to teach! You get to connect with the athlete and see how you make a difference in their volleyball career.

Running private lessons is my favorite way to teach! You get to connect with the athlete and see how you make a difference in their volleyball career.

Of course, we’re in the middle of the season as this course is being released, and you may be wondering, “Is now the right time?”

The beautiful thing about running private lessons is this… you can run private lessons YEAR-ROUND.

Seriously. There’s always opportunity to run lessons, though there are different kinds you’ll want to run at different times of the year. I talk about this at length in the course, so you’ll know who exactly to target at what time of the year. 

And I don’t know about you, but… I’m shy. 

I was very nervous when I first started talking to parents about running lessons for a variety of reasons, but over time, I developed a template I could follow to help ease my anxiety. I can’t be the ONLY introvert out there, so I wanted to share this with you as well! I give you the basic script I follow, plus walk you through sample conversations to help calm any nerves you may feel before trying to find players to work with.

Like I mentioned before… running private lessons changed my life, and I don’t want you to sit on this opportunity any longer! With the ability to run lessons year round and a simple “sales pitch” to follow, why would you wait any longer?

Caught mid-action! Private lessons get me pumped up (just like in this picture) and add a lot of joy to my life.

Caught mid-action! Private lessons get me pumped up (just like in this picture) and add a lot of joy to my life.

OK, I want to share one more thing with you, and it’s going to get a little personal.

My husband and I got married at the end of 2017, and while he has always supported my coaching (he’s a tennis professional, he gets it), the time away from home and the stress of a full-time job PLUS my passion (coaching club volleyball) added a LOT of stress. There just was never any time to RELAX.

By February of 2018, I realized I was constantly complaining anytime I was at home, and my “down time” was spent worrying about scheduling, struggling to build Get The Pancake, and I was just generally unpleasant to be around. 

I am generally optimistic, but juggling so many things at a time was NOT giving me the work-life balance I needed.

I had been running private lessons for awhile at that point and enjoyed the extra cash I now had in my wallet. But something needed to change, because that schedule was not sustainable.

By April of that year, I decided I would leave my full-time job and focus strictly on coaching for my income. I planned on doing this through a variety of coaching camps, clinics, and school and club teams, with private lessons being my anchor.

I’m not saying you HAVE to leave your job for coaching, and unless you have a quite a bit of a safety net I would actually recommend you DON’T quit your day job. 

When I finally left my 9-5 job, I finally had the time to run lessons. Except… I didn’t plan far enough ahead and it took me a couple of months to fill up my schedule.

I don’t want that to happen to you! That’s why I lay it all out for you, so you don’t have to muddle your way through like I did.

Before I quit my job though, COACHING was actually on the chopping block first.

I’ve been coaching for a long time… I know TONS of coaches who don’t “make enough” to justify coaching anymore to their spouse. And that’s where I would have ended up, wrapping up my coaching career, if private lessons wouldn’t have made an appearance.

So if you’re in that place of thinking “maybe this is my last year, I don’t know if I can keep doing this,” because you just can’t justify the $500 a month coaching stipend… wait.

Work through my course, try your hand at running lessons, and see if your new income stream helps you stay in coaching.

Volleyball would be better if more of our coaches were able to STAY coaching. I don’t want you to leave the sport just because you keep donating your time (or even end up losing money like I did my first couple of seasons).

Go ahead, give private lessons a shot and let’s see if we can keep you coaching a little longer ;)

Demonstrating during a setting drill.

Demonstrating during a setting drill.

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