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Starting Up Your Own Business Course at Temple Univ Japan

Unread post by Mogura » Wed Dec 12, 2007 7:04 pm

For those of you that might be interested, Temple University Japan will be offering a Starting Up Your Own Business Course at Temple University Japan.

Here is the course description, taken from http://www.tuj.ac.jp/newsite/main/cont- ... OH102.html
Having your own business sounds simple, but the fact remains that a large proportion of new businesses fail: fail without looking at the fundamentals. This course is designed to provide practical and theoretical knowledge equipping students with the skills necessary to establish a business. From idea formulation to business plan development, the course will cover market analysis and positioning, financial planning, organisational management, and resource management. Topics covered will incorporate all aspects of a business: organisation, marketing, financial management and human resources. By looking at these aspects the course will allow students to look at opportunities objectively and realistically therefore giving any potential entrepreneur the means to succeed.
The Spring semester runs from Jan 21 to April 3. Course fee is 54,000 yen.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Temple University Japan, but I have taken courses there in the past, which I really enjoyed...

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Unread post by MacGyver » Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:13 pm

Thanks for that Mogs. Comes at an interesting time for me. I'm considering a few options for the future and one is the possibility of starting my own business in a few yrs (nothing related to eikaiwa though) and this could be a good course for me to take. :thumbsup:

Edited to add I was just having a look at some of the certification courses they offer and some of them seem very interesting and worthwhile. Well, to me at least. Pity I can't afford the course fees... :cry:
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Unread post by Mogura » Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:36 pm

MacGyver wrote:Pity I can't afford the course fees... :cry:
A cool thing to keep in mind (for future reference) is that once you start your own company you can use the course fees as a tax deduction...

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Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:37 am

Mogura wrote:
MacGyver wrote:Pity I can't afford the course fees... :cry:
A cool thing to keep in mind (for future reference) is that once you start your own company you can use the course fees as a tax deduction...
ooooh, smart man. I will keep that in mind.

A few yrs ago I could have charged some or all of the costs of work-related courses, specifically the IT management course, to my company but they are so penny-pinching now that I haven't got a snow flakes chance in hell of getting any money for certs or study.
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Unread post by Mogura » Fri Dec 14, 2007 5:49 pm

MacGyver wrote:Thanks for that Mogs. Comes at an interesting time for me. I'm considering a few options for the future and one is the possibility of starting my own business in a few yrs (nothing related to eikaiwa though) and this could be a good course for me to take. :thumbsup
What kind of business are you looking to start up? J-E Translation?

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Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:16 pm

Mogura wrote:
MacGyver wrote:Thanks for that Mogs. Comes at an interesting time for me. I'm considering a few options for the future and one is the possibility of starting my own business in a few yrs (nothing related to eikaiwa though) and this could be a good course for me to take. :thumbsup
What kind of business are you looking to start up? J-E Translation?
No I'll prolly only ever do translating on a part time basis, which is what I do now. Can't see myself doing it on a f/t basis unless I have to.

Actually I'm thinking about opening a pie shop. I'm a bit of a amateur chef and love cooking pies, both savoury and sweet. I'd do a few other things and also try and sell frozen goods on the net, but it'd be strictly takeout. It'd be at least a few years off as I'd want to go to cooking school for a bit first just to hone my skills. I'd prolly also only do it in my wife's hometown (Fuji) if we ever move there (we've talked about it but dunno when we'd do it). I'd doubt I'd do it in Tokyo due to start up costs and rents here. Plus we'd live with my in-laws, at least in the beginning, so we wouldn't have to worry so much about money in the beginning.

I'd be the first to admit its a bit pie in the sky, pardon the pun, and its not something that I've got my heart set on. Just something that I think would be fun and takes the worry of getting a job/gives me a plan if we ever move to Fuji.
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Unread post by Mogura » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:24 pm

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Mogura wrote:
MacGyver wrote:Thanks for that Mogs. Comes at an interesting time for me. I'm considering a few options for the future and one is the possibility of starting my own business in a few yrs (nothing related to eikaiwa though) and this could be a good course for me to take. :thumbsup
What kind of business are you looking to start up? J-E Translation?
No I'll prolly only ever do translating on a part time basis, which is what I do now. Can't see myself doing it on a f/t basis unless I have to.

Actually I'm thinking about opening a pie shop. I'm a bit of a amateur chef and love cooking pies, both savoury and sweet. I'd do a few other things and also try and sell frozen goods on the net, but it'd be strictly takeout. It'd be at least a few years off as I'd want to go to cooking school for a bit first just to hone my skills. I'd prolly also only do it in my wife's hometown (Fuji) if we ever move there (we've talked about it but dunno when we'd do it). I'd doubt I'd do it in Tokyo due to start up costs and rents here. Plus we'd live with my in-laws, at least in the beginning, so we wouldn't have to worry so much about money in the beginning.

I'd be the first to admit its a bit pie in the sky, pardon the pun, and its not something that I've got my heart set on. Just something that I think would be fun and takes the worry of getting a job/gives me a plan if we ever move to Fuji.
It's a great idea. I'd probably end up being one of your regulars. Used to have an Anna Miller's shop in my town but it closed down. Now I have to go all the way to Landmark to get my pie fix (the pumpkin pie rules!).

I have often found myself saying "there's not enough good pie shops in Tokyo... actually, there's no pie shops in Tokyo!" It should work. There are enough J-gals with a sweet tooth that you are guaranteed success...

Which flavor is your specialty?

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Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:48 pm

Mogura wrote:Which flavor is your specialty?
Savoury: Steak and kidney
Sweet: Apple pie

I make a mean lasagna too. :D
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Unread post by Mogura » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:52 pm

MacGyver wrote:
Mogura wrote:Which flavor is your specialty?
Savoury: Steak and kidney
Sweet: Apple pie

I make a mean lasagna too. :D
Never had steak and kidney pie. Is there real kidney(s) in that?

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Unread post by ShonaiBen » Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:52 pm

When you expand to Sendai I can run the joint for you.....I got da business experience :D
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Unread post by MacGyver » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:00 pm

Mogura wrote:Never had steak and kidney pie. Is there real kidney(s) in that?
Indeed they're real! In Oz, its generally sheep or maybe beef kidneys, but I can only get chicken kidneys here. But they still taste the same as other kidneys. I guess the sauce/gravy cancels the flavour out a bit.
ShonaiBen wrote:When you expand to Sendai I can run the joint for you.....I got da business experience
I gotta start the first one yet so don't hold yer breath!!! :wink:
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Unread post by ShonaiBen » Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:41 pm

I won't hold my breath.......but keep it in mind when you hit the big time eh. :wink:
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Unread post by Tall Tall Tree » Sat Dec 15, 2007 12:11 pm

Man, this was the wrong thread to read at dinnertime. MacG, ya think you could ship one of those lasagnas airmail?

In all seriousness, good luck with your biz. Let us know how it goes.

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Unread post by Tall Tall Tree » Sat Dec 15, 2007 7:57 pm

Double post power! But I got to thinking…
Mogura wrote:
MacGyver wrote:Pity I can't afford the course fees... :cry:
A cool thing to keep in mind (for future reference) is that once you start your own company you can use the course fees as a tax deduction...
Hmm… If I were able to fulfill my idle fantasy about returning to Japan and taking a year or two of intensive J-go classes, then start doing translations or something, would I be able to write off those classes? That would probably be a substantial number…

Can just anybody write off expenses like that, or do you have to be an official business?

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Unread post by Mogura » Sat Dec 15, 2007 8:07 pm

Tall Tall Tree wrote:Double post power! But I got to thinking…
Mogura wrote:
MacGyver wrote:Pity I can't afford the course fees... :cry:
A cool thing to keep in mind (for future reference) is that once you start your own company you can use the course fees as a tax deduction...
Hmm… If I were able to fulfill my idle fantasy about returning to Japan and taking a year or two of intensive J-go classes, then start doing translations or something, would I be able to write off those classes? That would probably be a substantial number…

Can just anybody write off expenses like that, or do you have to be an official business?
In theory it would work. Assuming you are going to fill out the Blue Form for sole proprietors so you can take the deduction, all you would need are the receipts for the courses as well as a business-justifying reason for taking the courses.

You cannot write off the expenses if all of your income for a given year has come from employers rather than your own business...

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Unread post by Tall Tall Tree » Sun Dec 16, 2007 5:34 pm

Well, jeez, that seems like a golden loophole. I got an English degree in college; could I write off my entire tuition? (I still haven't paid it off yet.) What if I start three businesses; can I write it off three times? Where are the limits?

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Unread post by Mogura » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:21 pm

Tall Tall Tree wrote:Well, jeez, that seems like a golden loophole. I got an English degree in college; could I write off my entire tuition? (I still haven't paid it off yet.)
It would probably be best to check with a tax accountant on this one. My feeling is that the year in which you take the course(s) and the year in which you file taxes as a business would need to be the same.
Tall Tall Tree wrote:What if I start three businesses; can I write it off three times? Where are the limits?
Well, theoritically there would only be once receipt, so you would need to choose which business the receipt would be used as a write-off. I suppose you could have the receipt amount divided by three and have three receipts written for three businesses. But since we're talking about sole proprietorships, I am not sure you can have three of these business types. Again, it would be best to check with a tax accountant.

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Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Dec 17, 2007 12:13 pm

Tall Tall Tree wrote:MacG, ya think you could ship one of those lasagnas airmail?
Yeah no worries! Although I'd imagine you'd get some pretty decent lasagna in the States...Lucky bugger... :cry:
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Unread post by Mogura » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:55 pm

MacGyver wrote:
Mogura wrote:Never had steak and kidney pie. Is there real kidney(s) in that?
Indeed they're real! In Oz, its generally sheep or maybe beef kidneys, but I can only get chicken kidneys here. But they still taste the same as other kidneys. I guess the sauce/gravy cancels the flavour out a bit.
So Mac, are you going to make a turkey pie with your Christmas leftovers?

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Unread post by MacGyver » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:22 am

Mogura wrote:So Mac, are you going to make a turkey pie with your Christmas leftovers?
Good question. Actually hadn't thought about it but now that you mention it, and we do have a ton of turkey leftovers, I might just do that! :thumbsup:
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