But I have run into some problems with this master plan. First and foremost, they can now arrive whenever they want. Yesterday's party was 15 minutes early. I think another was 20 minutes early. I need a more predictable arrival time so I can be ready on time. Back in my old studio where there was just one entrance, I told them in the confirmation that I arrive 10 minutes prior to the party. Parties that arrived 15 minutes early or 20 minutes early were greeted with a sign on the door reminding them I'll arrive 10 minutes prior to their party. This saved me a LOT of time and stress. I know it seems like only 10 minutes. But when you're like me and your day is packed from start to finish, that 10 minutes is the difference between being ready and professional when they arrive or being half dressed with a toothbrush in your mouth. The other problem with letting them come into the back entrance, is that they decide they can come and go from that entrance whenever they want during the party. They go back to their cars to get things and then leave that gated back entrance wide open, which I agreed NEVER to do in the lease I signed. That door has to be locked at all times since it is also the access to the residents upstairs.
I'm tempted to go back to having the parties come in to the studio from the street. At least then I can ask them to arrive only 10 minutes early and they can't ring my bell 20 minutes before their party (there is no bell from the street entrance). This is too bad. Because the back entrance with the bell also has coat hooks for them. So they can come in and hang their coats and take of their shoes and have plenty of room. When they come in from the street, the coat and shoe area in the studio is tiny and crowded and they are in each other's way.