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Unread post by ShonaiBen » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:11 pm

I teach private students but I don't have a "school" per se.I teach from my home or go to the student's homes.A group class I teach is at a location chosen by them and paid by them......not usually the case but I got lucky with that one.
Getting started can be difficult.
Best option is to steal students from your eikaiwa if you are presently teaching at one.
Make a business card and some flyers and start handing them out.Posters on bulleton boards is another option too.
Once I got established I started to run a small ad in a works really well but can be expensive.
Think of it as a business and promote it/yourself at every opportunity.
Don't give free demos either.....your time is money.
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Re: How many people teach private lessons or run a "sch

Unread post by Mogura » Fri Dec 14, 2007 8:49 pm

talimore wrote:How easy is it to set up private lessons for students? What do you normally charge? And how many of you out there have actually opened up your own "school" and accepted a lot of students?
Probably the most difficult aspect of teaching private lessons is the space issue (where to teach). If you have that nailed down then getting students shouldn't be a problem.

In addition to Ben's suggestions, you could also try registering on one or several sites devoted to matching teachers with students looking for teachers.

Don't expect a sudden flood of students. But you should be able to pick up "one here... one there" at a steady pace, and before long you will be loaded down...

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Unread post by Level3 » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:23 pm

Hardest part is arranging the place for the lesson.

It was hard to find a convenient coffee shop without an extra-loud espresso machine running every few minutes to make listening impossible, or 600 yen coffee, or 10 oyaji retirees nursing a 200 yen cup and going through a pack of cigarettes.

Be sure to lock down who pays for coffee and transportation beforehand.
My first 2 students, I paid, I was too eager to make sure they thought it was a good deal and would "sign up".
I have been paying ever since, basically minus 600 yen per lesson. Dumb, and you can't go back, and you can't raise prices.

Teaching at their homes is usually best.
Teaching at your own home has the hazard of not being able to kick them out when the lesson is over, or just a psycho knowing where you live, or a landlord kicking you out for running a business in the apartment.

BTW, keep some sort of record, my calendar with lesson appointments was enough for my local tax office, to be able to tally up your taxable salary. If you paid for tranportation or even the the coffee yourself (wink wink) the train fare and coffee is deductable, I didn't need receipts. Memory about how much you actually charge per lesson can get fuzzy, too.

Come visa renewal time, being able to point out that you did pay taxes on private lessons (or at least some of them) can be important (if you don't have a full-time job)
If you're just making some extra cash on the side, beyond full-time pay, it's crazy to pay taxes on it.

If you don't plan on getting another visa, not much incentive to pay.
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Unread post by Edogaijin » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:12 pm

How many people teach private lessons
According to

or run a "school&
You got me stumped on that question.

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