Sunday 14 October 2012

Hot Topic: Opening Your Own School

After working in a country for a certain number of years, many teachers dream of opening their own school as a way of moving up the TEFL ladder. Perhaps they have gotten married to a local or simply like living there. Opening your own English school isn't as easy as it may seem.

You have to deal with local laws, rent, write a curriculum, hire teachers, deal with parents, and promote your programmes. Some people may get rich. However, most people may make more than the average teacher, but the headaches, stress, and long hours might not be worth it.

If you're looking at opening your own school, be sure to do your research. Also be aware that the first couple of years in business are tough. And don't forget: never compete on price. You'll never win if you do that!

What do you think?
Have you considered opening your own school? Are there lots of schools owned by foreigners where you live?

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