Don Cameron (Owner/Teacher, Smith’s School of English – Katsura)
I love to visit unfamiliar places and think it’s a privilege to experience other countries, whether through work, home stay or just sightseeing. Previously I’ve taught English in Korea and in Vancouver, Canada. Both are good memories. This is my 3rd year in Japan now and I am the owner of a Smith’s English school in Kyoto. I’m happy with my choice!
I’ve never had my own business before so I felt a little nervous at first and wondered if any students would be interested in my school, especially due to the amount of local competition. Fortunately, I’ve seen steady growth since the beginning and have now paid off the school purchase price while enjoying a comfortable lifestyle in a new culture. I have far more independence and freedom compared to my previous teaching work. The system is not complicated and support is available from the Smith’s team so you won’t feel lonely or without assistance.
If you are self determined, have a positive outlook and a genuine interest in helping people communicate in English and meeting foreign people then owning a Smith’s school should be rewarding for you. Your own efforts are vital and will determine a lot whether you will become a success at this. Don’t expect results if you don’t care for your students or don’t get into the community and make yourself known. Be prepared to put some work into it and you should see the results you’re looking for.
My friends in my area who own their Smith’s schools are all a success because they are proactive and have high regard for their students. I have many new friends; have traveled extensively throughout Japan and the nice feeling that goes with a very positive first shot at my own business.