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A lot of money gets made teaching abroad, in believe it or not, local coffee shops all over Japan. We’d be amiss if we didn’t put up a page on this common money maker. So if you’re new to teaching in Japan and are looking to get some of your own private students via. websites like 121 sensei or Sensei Sagasu here are some tips and Empregos no JapĆ£o

The Recent Teaching Environment
With the general collapse of pricing structures, students now are pretty well aware that the bubble days of charging 6000 to 7000 yen for a private lesson are long gone. And when you consider the ever growing popularity of Skype and other computer visual lessons, it’s pretty easy to understand how lesson fees have become range bound in the 2500 yen to 3500 yen area for private lessons.

The popularity of teaching abroad has also made students aware that it is acceptable to “counter offer” 500 or even 1000 yen lower than the teacher’s 1st offer. So, given the squeeze on teaching fees that has resulted from increased competition for teaching your mother tongue in the land of the rising sun, here are some ideas to consider…

Common Mistakes in Handling Students
Never offer to buy a students beverage unless you intend to keep buying them their beverages throughout the duration of the relationship. Considering that many cafes will charge 500 yen for coffee this ads up pretty quick.

Trial lessons. In short charge for them. At least enough to cover your coffee and transportation expenses. Although some believe it’s a barrier to entry it really isn’t. Most students don’t mind a bit paying 1500 yen or so for a trial lesson. In short, your time is worth money so charge for it.

Student and Teacher Matching Services
Although most student and teacher matching services state a price some don’t. If you’re looking for students on a site that doesn’t have any set prices and if that students profile doesn’t specify a price per hour, assume their looking for a free lesson because often they are.

Get your ducks in a row on your cancellation policies. Many teachers ask for 24 hours notice. And most teacher student matching services also mandate a 24 hour cancellation notification. If students cancel a lesson short of the 24 hours most matching services make the student pay for the lesson.

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