I suddenly realised I've reached my Rubicon. I do something I love, but I'm basically unhappy. Why? Because I spend the lion's share of the work week in a place where hard workers go unrewarded; honours get given to people who are either shite, attention whores, incompetent or baffle brains with bullshit (or a combination of those 4); I disagree with their methods, philosophy, treatment of students and basic shystery of clients. The time has come to plan an exit strategy, and to give people something honest that actually works. Even this industry deserves a better set of ethics imo.
I really feel this way. I don't think the customer (parents) or the students are getting what they deserve. You can hardly blame them, because how many of them have any experience in the field of language learning or linguistics? I feel it's all very wrong, and I no longer want to be a part of it.
I'm planning on moving to Kaohsiung towards the end of the year for personal reasons, and I think what I have in mind would also work much better down there (more people and opportunities).
What is the best way to get started and get going with your own school. I was thinking to start off small with small group classes (5-10 students), and I want to specialize in students 8-10 years old and older. I don't mind starting off in a neutral venue, or out of one room in my house, but eventually I'd like to have a proper place up and running. I don't want to buy into a franchise, because I want to do my own thing using CI/TPRS.
What are the pitfalls, things to watch out for, things to do and don't, what am I maybe not thinking about?
I'm especially keen on hearing from people who have experience in these matters, but all views and opinions are welcome.