So if you are thinking about what it takes to build a school, take a look at this video. It shows an example of what I have done after taking over an existing school. The Okamoto school has been open since August 2004 and is currently operating well on the KISS principle and a lot of sweat equity. I think anyone who is serious about working hard to make a business succeed can do what I have done. But the TANSTAFL principle definitely applies. If you do not provide a good service as a coach of your students, you will not succeed. If you do not promote your school, it will die also.
It has been a lot of fun and I have really enjoyed teaching and building this school. As the video shows, I have a lot of special events and a “Night Out” event almost every week to allow my students to get a lot of practice speaking and listening to English. This is so essential for them to really succeed and you too. I really believe in the saying “You get what you give or you reap what you sow”.
Time to get back to work! Enjoy!
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)