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Share Opening my own language school... Another Flood!
2012-11-22 15:41
Opening my own language school... Another Flood!
2 weeks ago, after a period of heavy rain, the school had a small flood in the reception area. Water came though a drainage vent in the floor and came in through a pipe from outside. Though the flood was annoying, and took a long time to clean, it was nothing compared to what happened yesterday, but i will get to that in a short while. After a day or 2 of small floods, we contacted our landlord and the building management to see what could be done. Eventually, after a few days more of small fl ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Homework Class
2012-9-25 15:36
In China, perception is very important, probably more so then in the West. People will not go into an empty restaurant because they assume the food is bad or the service is poor, people don't go into an empty school because they assume the price is high or the quality is low and people don't choose a school with no students because they assume the teaching is not good. This was one of our biggest problems. We tried to attract students by giving free lessons, but no one ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Finding Teachers
2012-9-19 14:59
It has been a long time since I wrote a blog, I have been busy! Sorry! I will try and find time to write more often. Having taught in Nanning for almost 3 years, I know many teachers, so I assumed finding suitable teachers to teach at my school would be easy, but like everything else I have wrote about, it has not been as easy as I would have hoped. 99% of the time when I speak to my teacher friends, I will use Chinese, so other then a few teachers, I was not sure how ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Free Classes and Nursery Class
2012-7-31 15:22
From when we first opened the door, it was important to give students and parents an opportunity to see how we teach, so every weekend we have had free classes for students of different levels. The first free classes were productive; many students of all ages came and we had a chance to talk to their parents, this made us feel confident, but there was one problem, each student’s requirements seemed to be different. We told the parents we would s ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Barry's Percentage Share
2012-7-26 16:57
When Barry, Jack and I decided to start the school, we agreed on a 33.3% split, but given that the situation has changed dramatically since those early days, the company needed to sort out the partnership share. As of this second, the current total investment is 62,940.61 RMB, 10,010 RMB has been invested by Barry, 22,400 has been invested by Raymond, 2,400 of which was in the form of fixed assets (A few computers and some office furniture which he brought from his fam ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Merchandise
2012-7-16 16:14
T hough we are a very new company, we wanted to start as professionally as possible, so we wanted to get some merchandise prepared to give to students who register with the school. We thought about a number of possible items such as school bags, books, notebooks, pens, flasks, t-shirts, caps etc etc, anything we could stick our name on really, but we settled on school bags, pens, notebooks and flasks. We had a VIP card at the local stationary shop, so we asked if they g ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Handing out Flyers
2012-7-13 15:08
Once the school was all prepared, it was time to start our advertising. An American guy who runs a small school in the city recommended that we pass out flyers locally, he said this had been the most effective form of advertising for him, so that became our main marketing strategy. We had already had flyers designed and printed so all we needed was a small group of people to actually hand out the advertisements, simple? Obviously not! ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Conversation With Jack
2012-6-11 15:39
日期:2012-6-11 沃丁14:09:11 这两个星期内要你投资9000为了住房费。 // Within the next 2 weeks I want you to invest 9000RMB for our rent. Jack14:25:55 什么意思是要我出完吗 // What do you mean you want me to pay it all? 沃丁14:27:02 我没钱,阿古没钱 // I have no money, Barry has no money Jack14:27:44 那都没钱还怎么做 // Everyone has no money so what do we do? 沃丁&n ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Capital Invested
2012-6-8 15:46
When we decided to go into business together, we agreed to be equal partners, which to me meant equal investment and equal share of future profits. When I wrote the business plan, I did a financial analysis and concluded that we would need approximately 75,000RMB, this money would cover all expenses within a 6 month period. I told them how much money the company needed and everyone agreed. On the day we signed the rental contract for the apartment ...
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Share Opening my own language school... Printing
2012-6-6 15:04
The posters, signs and pictures for the school have all been designed and chosen, fantastic! Another small step taken towards opening for business, but as with everything so far, there is a problem. About a week ago, I did a financial plan for the next 3 months, assuming all upcoming costs and showing current investment, I sent this to Jack and Barry. I then told them that the cost of printing the signs for the school were their responsibility as they had invested the ...
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My name is Daniel, I am 27 and I come from The UK. I have been in China since September 2009.

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