Privio.net is an app which allows music teachers to manage their business better. To this end, it includes several notable features. First, it includes a billing tool which helps music teachers send bills to all of their students in a matter of minutes. The billing tool also includes PayPal integration which allows music teachers to accept credit card payments or payments online without necessarily signing up for a merchant account. There is a parent and student section on the site as well, allowing parents to view their payment history and make payments. There is also a contact section of the site that allows users to store information about their students in one easy to reach online phone book.Show more screenshots »
Privio was founded in 2010 by Zach Pearce and Tijs Limburg. It was created to solve problems with Pearce’s own music business. It hasn’t gathered a large following, but it also caters to a very narrow niche audience.
There are plenty of other invoicing apps, but none of them include the other features which makes Privio so useful to music teachers. The other apps wouldn’t help a music teacher manage the wealth of lessons, recitals, and concerts that the average music teacher needs to deal with. The other apps don’t necessarily offer online payments, either.
Privio is a simple app focusing on clean presentation and ease of use. Since it is trying to reduce difficulty and clutter this is all to the good. The drag and drop calendar is nice, and it’s easy to see how it would be extremely useful for last minute reschedules. Everything is web based, so there’s no special software to download.
Users enter their e-mail address and receive a link to a full sign-up form. At that point users may create a user name and password. The extra step seems unnecessarily inconvenient, though Privio indicates that the step is being taken in an effort to protect user data.
Prices have not yet been announced. Privio is in the beta phase, and even the unlimited version is currently free. When the application comes out of the beta phase there will be three pricing plans: Andante for up to 20 students, Allegro for up to 40 students, and Presto for an unlimited number of students. The three pricing plans are of course named after musical terms for tempos, or speeds, which is a nice touch.
While the app is meant for music teachers and will certainly be of benefit to them, it is easy to see how the app could be stretched to accommodate other kinds of instructors as well. Private tutors in any subject could easily adapt the app to their use, as could personal trainers, life coaches, and other people whose efforts revolve around meeting students or clients one on one, rendering a service, and billing for that service. Indeed, Privio itself may be missing the boat by staying so narrowly focused on music teachers alone, given the number of applications it could have for other solo business professionals.