Smith’s School of English Sale
Are you looking for a chance to set your own schedule and build a business in a vibrant area of Japan?
Thinking about operating your own school but don’t want to start from scratch? My school could give you the head start you are seeking.
A Little About The School
Hi I’m Al Bartle and I’ve been with Smith’s School of English as the owner of the Okamoto, Kobe franchise since I bought it from outgoing owner Kevin back in 2006.
After buying the school from Kevin who lived close by I began building the school beyond the limits set by Kevin. Kevin was not lazy by any means. He simply was preparing for his next career. Anyway I built the school up to maximum monthly sales of ¥1,130,000. I did all the main teaching myself with a little support from others.
As I matured, (I am now 63) I began to want to slow down. I planned never to sell my school until I really had to but knew I needed to slow it down. I steadily reduced the income by limiting the hours available for Smith’s to sell for me and then attrition steadily slowed me down.
From its start in 2004 my school has been a stable local community school focused primarily on business people and adults, having served the needs of over 350 students since that time. My students have enjoyed the fresh topics I introduce each week but could certainly benefit from someone with new and innovative ideas to help them improve their skills.
Today I really want to spend more time at home or traveling so reluctantly I asked Mark at the office to list my school.
The school is located in Okamoto and the area where the school is located is vibrant and I see no reason why a younger more energetic person could not return the school’s income to where it used to be if that were the aim. (I maintained it at an average annual sales of ¥9,485,557 and an average monthly net income of ¥523,498 for 5 consecutive years.) However as it is today it is the perfect semi-retirement size or a good starting point for the new owner who desires to start out with an established base of great students.
I moved the school in the spring of 2017 to a newer building nearer the local JR station and made an effort to create a more at-home, relaxed atmosphere for students. Although I currently only work 18 hours a week, previously the area has supported the school’s growth to roughly three times the current enrolment over a continuous 5 year period. I enjoyed great satisfaction building the school over that period.
You can run the school by yourself without having to hire any support staff. An online scheduling system for you and your students is available and operating 24 hours a day 7-days a week but students can still book and cancel lessons by phone too by speaking with the Japanese staff during normal operating hours.
Income is limited mainly by the owner’s effort. Rent covers the teaching space which could double as an apartment as it has a nice bath, a small kitchen, a washing machine space, a desk space, a good sized closet and a nicely sized south-facing veranda: a perfect live / work situation for a single person who can live in a very clean and organized manner, but there are also other nice accommodations available nearby for reasonable rent as well.
No Japanese language skills are required
Run your own school and control your schedule and NEVER wear a suit and tie unless your want to.
18 hours per week on average are currently occupied, several by multiple students. I have the following hours ready to open if need be.
2 pm to 10 pm Wednesdays (8 hours)
1 pm to 10 pm Thursdays with 6 pm closed (8 hours)
1 pm to 7 pm Fridays (6 hours)
1 pm to 9 pm Saturdays (8 hours)
– Easy to adjust based on your desired schedule
– Ample vacation time provided by the franchise’s holiday schedule: Smith’s provides 89 days off per year! (My school’s current schedule allows 89 additional days off for a total of 178 days off!). This means there is plenty of room for expansion of hours and potential income!
Income / Expense
Gross Approx. 3.4 million yen last year (with very limited hours: 18 hours/week)
Net Approx. 133,000 per month (based on 2017 results).
For the record and I have the paper records available, from 2008 through 2012 gross annual sales of this school averaged 9,485,557 yen with a net income of over 523,498 per month. The school was open 5-6 days a week so the potential for growth exists in this education-friendly area. As I have been nearing retirement, I have not focused on promotion for several years.
– Rent: 62,100 yen (extremely reasonable for a relatively new building with an elevator and excellent proximity to the JR station – just 2 minutes on foot)
– Franchise and Admin Fees: 65,000 yen (currently but varies depending on monthly sales)
– Utilities: 10,000 yen
– Misc: 12,000 yen
Total Avg. Monthly Expense (Current): 149,100 yen
*Net monthly income: 132,671 yen per month (2017 monthly average)
Average teaching hours: 18 hours (currently).
Perfect for mature teacher with a business background. Many of the current students are working adults with extensive business and travel experience. However, there are four universities nearby whose students could benefit from your coaching.
Located on the 3rd floor which has a elevator landing shared with a popular hair salon, the school is housed in a one-room apartment. Sofa-bed with built in storage for linens and large closet for clothes storage and a large veranda makes this a possible live-in school.
Professional Japanese support staff available during business hours. No Japanese language is required. Main office does all scheduling and booking. Online scheduling system for checking and closing schedules and for student lesson booking 24/7. Basic sales skills will be very useful.
School is stable, easy to advertise and simple to run.
Several stations available for marketing on the JR Tokaido Line and the Hankyu Kobe Line.
Only 2 minutes from JR station and 7 minutes from Hankyu station. Established student base.
Regular referrals from web site and via past flyer campaigns.
Looking to sell by Dec. 31st 2018.
Curriculum, mostly brand new furniture including Sofa-bed, large table, 32” LCD TV for lesson presentation, Computer desk with 21 inch touch-screen tablet with mouse and keyboard, multifunction wireless printer/scanner with automatic feeder, refrigerator, high-grade capsule coffee maker, microwave, teaching books, flyers. Training available if needed.
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