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Based on the success of our head school in Korien, Osaka, Modern English is expanding via franchises. The most enjoyable way to earn a good salary and have job satisfaction is to be self-employed. The English language industry in Japan has relatively high rates of return and any owner-operator who employs no other teaching staff except themselves will maximise this return.
We believe there are exciting times ahead for Modern English. We are steadily expanding and improving our business. We believe, in terms of price and appeal, we cannot be beaten anywhere in Japan — from the point of view of both the student and the franchisee. We are young and growing. We believe this is the perfect time to join us — as we grow, our sign-up fee will grow too.
Our first franchise opened in April 2003 and at present we have franchises in Korien, Sembayashi, Tezukayama, Ikeda, Kitaoji, Onohara, Chatan (Okinawa), Uehonmachi, Wakayama, Sapporo, Umeda (Osaka) and Hakodate.
We are a growing company. This was reflected in our low sign-up fees. Our prices compare very favourably with prices elsewhere. As we grew, we raised our price with each new school we opened until we had 10 schools. As stated here previously, the sign up fee has now risen to JPY 650,000 (JPY 682,500 tax incl.) The sign-up fee will rise to JPY 750,000 (JPY 787,500 tax incl.) when we have 20 schools open.
On resale of existing franchise rights, these increased sign-up fees are passed on to the seller, increasing the value of their initial investment. This makes a Modern English franchise a great buy right now — even if you don’t start the school until later.
To build student numbers, a high level of commitment is required. It should also be noted that while we operate a proven system, there is no 100% guarantee of success. Anyone looking to make a quick and easy fortune should look elsewhere.
We actively encourage enquiries from potential franchisees who are no longer prepared to work for an hourly wage, but would prefer some control over their professional and financial life. We have dozens of prime locations waiting and I advise you to call promptly to ensure your geographic exclusivity.
Please take your time and look carefully at this site and consider the commitment required. Then please contact me directly by telephone, fax or email so we can discuss how we proceed in building your school.
I look forward to welcoming you to our fast-growing team.
Simon Moran arrived in Japan in late 1995 and began working at a small English school. He established Modern English in 1998. A contributing writer and editor to the now-defunct Kansai Time Out since 1998, Simon published his first book, We are Nippon, through S. U. Press in 2002. An article Simon wrote on the teaching industry in Japan was published on the Guardian Unlimited website.
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