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Running a School: Systems, Part 2

As mentioned last time, it is essential to be able to step outside of your business. This is very difficult to do while still doing every single job in it. We’ve also previously discussed what business you are actually in. You may be running an English school. You may...

Running a School: Systems, Part 1

In recent posts while away on holiday or business, I hinted at having a business that worked for me while I’m not there. To do this, you need systems in place. At a recent school owners’ conference here in Japan, a small, self-employed, teacher-owner-operator recently...

Happy Reiwa

We’re enjoying an extended holiday here, until May 12th. This is very important. It's best to spend your precious time doing what you want, not what other people want, making your own rules, your own plans and your own schedule. The trick is turning some time you...

Lounging Around

At the recent family reunion I stayed with my aunt and uncle in Caversham. We sat round the kitchen table for several meals. I first sat at that table in the mid-1970s. They were different, simpler times. My uncle had been to Hong Kong on business and brought back...

Letter from the UK

I left Japan on March 7th, spent the night in London and the weekend at my sister’s converted church in Cambridgeshire. I visited the local library. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday I was at the London Book Fair. Of course, a new outfit is necessary every year. I...

Podcast: Eikaiwa Teacher to Eikaiwa CEO

In my budget presentation and recent articles I talked about being able to take time off. I’m currently away in England for two weeks attending the London Book Fair and visiting family. It’s great to be able do that at the busiest time of the year and know my business...