We are very excited to be having a baby in Japan. Japan is a place I can feel safe every day, at any time of day or night. It was an easy decision to stay here when we found out we were having a child, and that was definitely because we are 英会話 school owners and fellow franchisees in the Smith’s system.
My husband and I have been here (in あざみ野）a total of 8 years, in various capacities (as an AET with the JET Programme, as a student, as part-time English teachers commuting to various schools). By chance, I came across Smith’s on the net, and opened our school 4 years ago. I truly believe if we were here simply as “English teachers”, and not franchisees with Smith’s, we would have left long ago. If not then, then certainly when we found out we were having a baby. Not that there is anything wrong with Japan, but family support is extremely important when having a baby, commuting in Japan is difficult, and communication can be challenging.
We have found that owning our own franchise has provided us with secondary and tertiary families. It is a completely different experience from when we were simply teaching English for someone else.
Our students give us incredible support, perhaps more than we would receive back in our home country, even from family. We truly love them! And the franchise system, with head office support taking care of so many details for us, and the other franchisees to stay in contact with and share positive energy…well, there is nothing like that back “home” for us. “Home” is here now.
As a Smith’s franchisee, we have freedom to design our schedules and work environment. We live a stone’s throw away from the school, by choice, which is not only super-convenient, it is going to allow my husband to be a big part of our baby’s life, even during working hours. I can’t think of anything we could be doing for a living in Canada that would allow us that kind of freedom. It is priceless.
Working for yourself is hard work. But it is hard work that pays great dividends in so many ways. For some, the payoff is simply the ability to control their working environment. For others, such as Derek ,owner of the Tsukaguchi school, the payoff is realizing thier dreams of investing in real estate. For us, our Smith’s franchise has allowed us to achieve our lifestyle goals and, and point ourselves in a positive direction for our futures (that we choose for ourselves).
We get all this while doing something we love (teaching English)!
Couldn’t be any better!
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