For those considering to work for a corporate school, you might want to take a look at one such teacher’s plight on a popular web video upload site. Although the story shown there is exaggerated a bit and was made mostly for the purpose of entertainment, it is still all too real for some of those poor teachers and it does not even start to address the financial damage and anguish such a school’s failure has caused to hundreds of thousands of its students.
It should make you think a little longer about whether you want to be a part of the solution or the problem the next time such a corporate school fails. Starting your own school, though it takes courage, is one of the best ways I can think of to take control of your life and avoid the fallout of a corporate school’s failure.
To be sure, after you start your school or purchase an established school, there will be hard times before you succeed. But if you stick to it and do what needs to be done by promoting your school through flyer distribution flyer exchange with the local merchants and restaurant owners and talking to the local people, you WILL succeed and will not have to see the kind of hardship that those teachers from the failed corporate schools have had to experience. Your success or failure as a sole proprietor is up to you and not to a corporation who can skirt all financial liability when things turn bad by filing for bankruptcy. It is all in your control. If you can handle it, then get out there and do it. It is worth the effort to be your own boss.
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)