Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in music education but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Robert Burton, Founder of River Heights School of Music, located in Winnipeg, MB, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We provide music lessons for people of (almost) all ages. Our customers range from families with 4-year-old children to seniors.

Tell us about yourself

I have been a lifelong musician. I only do music, so playing and teaching music is a natural extension of that. Opening a music school with qualified and passionate teachers is a natural extension of that as well. It's a tired old trope, but loving what you do stops your job from being seen as work.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Surviving COVID restrictions.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

No matter how well things are going, there's always a certain amount of uncertainty. You 'get used to it,' but others around you may not. Personally, I find the slight mystery of each day, week, month, or year inspiring!

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Don't start a business and think people will come just because you opened.
  2. Don't hold on to 'the way it's always been done' for its own sake, and embrace new things until they provide zero benefits.
  3. Only sell/provide things that benefit people.

Where can people find you and your business?


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