040 – Eric Branner of Fons on Building a Payment System to Transform Teaching Studios (Rebroadcast)

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In this episode, I share some details about the Music Studio Startup summer Business Building program and the grant competition for new (and new-ish) music teachers!

My guest today is Eric Branner, a guitar teacher, mentor, and a co-founder of Fons, an online scheduling and billing platform.

If you’ve been listening to Music Studio Startup for a while, you may have heard this interview with Eric before, but I wanted to bring it back because 1) Eric is awesome and 2) because Fons is a sponsor for our studio grant competition! They’re huge supporters of music teachers and they’re setting up our grand prize winner with a 6-month Fons subscription.


Business Builders program: musicstudiostartup.com/summer2020

Grant competition: musicstudiostartup.com/grant2020

Original broadcast: Music Studio Startup Episode 023 

Fons Family Facebook Group: facebook.com/groups/fonsfamily/

Eric’s Bookshelf 

*The Goal: A Business Graphic Novel – Eliyahu M. Goldratt’s Introduction to The Theory of Constraints adapted by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and illustrated by Dean Motter

*DotCom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson

The Savvy Music Teacher: Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact by David Cutler

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown

*ReWork by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford

*HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Strategic Marketing compiled by Clayton M. Christensen

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright

(Eric’s favorites are denoted with an *)

Previous Episode: Episode 007 – Tara O’Brien on Manufacturing and Marketing a New Teaching Tool

Business Building Program

Music Studio Startup Grant Competition

Connect with Eric

Website: http://www.ericbranner.com/contact

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/getfons

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/getfons/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/getfons

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgnn2AV3mkLELMvuYkMi8zA

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