Studio Lesson Payment

Sharon Brown Cheston Ph D said: Dec 1, 2015
Sharon Brown Cheston Ph D
Suzuki Association Member
Piano, Suzuki Early Childhood Education
Woodmere, OH
1 posts

I accept checks and cash for lesson payment from my piano students. Am I out-of-date because I am not set up to receive credit and debit cards? Do any of you fellow teachers out there accept credit and debit cards? I am considering using a card reader I purchased.

Sharon Brown Cheston PhD

Marian Goss said: Dec 2, 2015
Marian Goss
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
26 posts

At this time, i also accept checks or cash. But i do have collegues who use paypal or square or other payment programs. There is usually a fee associated with using a credit card, but my colleague pass the fee on to the student who prefers to pay by credit card. He just simply put on his bill that if you pay by credit card your amount is this, if you pay by check your amount is this. This is not uncommon even for large businesses who take payments over the phone to charge a precessing fee. I plan on looking into this new technology myself. Any advice on the matter from anyone would be you welcome

Paula Bird said: Dec 2, 2015
 
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Piano, Viola
Wimberley, TX
386 posts

I use Square and prefer it over paypal because the fees are much lower. I do not pass the fees through, although that is an option. I have about 2-3 students who regularly use credit cards. It is helpful to have this option in a pinch. I take the fees as an income tax deduction.

Paula E. Bird
TX State University
Wildflower Suzuki Studio
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Arlene said: Dec 2, 2015
Arlene Patterson
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Longmont, CO
13 posts

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Arlene

Carrie said: Dec 2, 2015
 
Suzuki Association Member
58 posts

I do not accept credit cards, but I do encourage people to go through their banks and have the checks sent to me automatically.

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Holly Blackwelder Carpenter said: Dec 2, 2015
Holly Blackwelder CarpenterInstitute Director
SAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
College Place, WA
87 posts

I don’t do credit cards. I also do the bank sending checks. For those not comfortable with that, they will often give me post-dated checks for 4-9 months at a time, which I keep in a safe location and pull out on the first of the month. For those who cannot get me checks in a timely manner, I require they do one of these 2 options.

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter
Director, Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute
SAA Board of Directors

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter said: Dec 2, 2015
Holly Blackwelder CarpenterInstitute Director
SAA Board
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
College Place, WA
87 posts

But I would either raise my rates across the board or charge extra for the credit card fees.

Holly Blackwelder Carpenter
Director, Japan Seattle Suzuki Institute
SAA Board of Directors

Lori Bolt said: Dec 2, 2015
Lori Bolt
Suzuki Association Member
Piano
San Clemente, CA
226 posts

Cash or checks have worked well for me. I provide a reminder invoice (month to month). If they forget to pay the first lesson of the month, I provide an unstamped addressed envelope. If I were to start accepting credit or PayPal I would pass the fees on to the family.

Lori Bolt

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