He’s wearing a necktie when it’s 38 deg. C (100 deg. F) outside! You know already he is not working for any of the Smith’s English schools. Poor guy! I feel sorry for him not only because he has to wear that neck tie but also because he has not yet realized that there is a much better and, may I say, more comfortable way to teach English in Japan. Own and teach at your own franchised Smith’s school. After all, who does the actual teaching at all of the English schools and who should get most of the earnings for keeping those schools in business? Of course it is the teacher, but that does not happen at most schools. They get the going rate salary which is about 250,000 Yen per month. Not bad for about 30 hours work, but it does not compare to the potential earnings of a school owner/teacher who could quite easily earn around 600,000 Yen in the same amount of time and you don’t have to wear that neck tie! You can even do much better than that if you work hard and strive to build a good reputation that your students broadcast to their friends and family.
Of course starting your own school is not for the faint hearted or those who don’t have the willpower to see it through until the school is profitable and has grown to the necessary level. But if you are willing to make the necessary effort, it can be done and you can and will succeed. I have done it as have many other Smith’s owners before me. To find out more click on this link: Smith’s School of English Franchises.
So can you tell who that poor guy over there with the necktie and English teaching textbook and sweat running down his neck is NOT he is not a Smith’s teacher / owner? Yes, of course you can and you can tell what he does to earn a living in Japan. Do you see me, a Smith’s owner/teacher, with my jeans and T-shirt? No, well that’s the way I like it, incognito or almost, we foreigners still do stand out a bit from the locals, but hey, that’s OK too!
Oh, you say “what about those times you have to stand out in front of the station passing out flyers to promote your school…doesn’t that bother you as much as wearing a necktie in summer?” Well, it’s again not for the faint-of-heart but I rather like the experience of meeting potential students and getting out of the school for some fresh air! It goes with the territory. No pain, No gain! There I go with another “One Point”. Well, it’s time to get cracking! Enjoy life!
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