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English by the sea

Anyone here live in a Polish coastal town?

I'm interested in finding out what kind of business language schools do in bigger places like Kołobrzeg, Tri-City etc. and if any have come on the market recently.

I'm thinking of investing in the future and was wondering how much the privilege might set me back.

Re: English by the sea

#If I were a lawyer, but then again, no
Or a man who sold potions in a travelling show#

what kind of (business language) schools do

OR

what kind of business (language schools) do

Oh, the joys of nit-picking!

Re: English by the sea

you should have been a software engineer

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Sorry - absolutely nothing's happening at work today and I've finished reading the papers ...

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Long-term group member, Dajwid, recently sold a private language school in Sopot.

Dajwid ... ?

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Are you singling me out for hair-splitting, Varsovian, or are you this annoying to everyone?

I meant, as if you didn't know, what king of turnover I might expect, in terms of revenue and students.

Happy now?

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Personally, I would say you are too late. Sopot has, English unlimited, Bell, and half a dosen small schools, A couple of years back a few new schools opened and closed within 1 term.
We kept going by being very specialised and having a Polish and a native speaker for every group.
Profits were Ok for us to live on but we made more doing Summer camps than teaching all year.
There are better options if you want to make money in the tricity.
As I have said here in the past. There is good money still to be made but not language schools.

If you want info drop me a line

dajwid@hotmail.com

Dave

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There is good money still to be made but not language schools.



Some examples, please.

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>>Are you singling me out for hair-splitting, Varsovian, or are you this annoying to everyone?

be kind, Mark, we were born this way. think of it as a genetic tweak rather than anything personal. i suspect he's a (secret) member of the AAAA ...
[many go into software, others linger in the imprecise world of natural language ]

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Trust me, if I had deemed it necessary not to be nice, it would have been obvious.

I believe I have 'form' for that on here.

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don't spoil the surprise for me ...

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Sorry Mark!

I was bored out of my mind and feeling mischievous.
Humble apologies.

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My wife's opinion - "there is now too much competition among lanaguage schools and teachers in Poland to make a very good living in Poland. Even Poles who know little English, and have worked as waitresses in England, come back and offer English lessons for as little as 20 zloties for a private one-to-one lesson".

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Summer camps for teenagers connected with language learning could be good idea.

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that's why I was thinking along the lines of Malta...

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Fat Tony seems to make a lot from language camps here in Poland. With some targeted advertising it probably wouldn't be difficult to take a chunk of his customers.

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I think I'd prefer to work with animals ...

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True, the work is a complete pain, but, there is some money to be made with language camps.

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We were clearing 500pln per child for 12 days work. 50 Kids, not too bad.



I have heard some Poles saying they are native speakers as thet lived in the UK or USA for a couple of years

Malta is packed with English language schools too.

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that's why I'm thinking of taking an established one over rather than a new start

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Be very careful, it is very easy to give a huge list of students, many would have already left.

What you are buying when you take over a school is a students list and a reputation nothing more.

Students list is easy to make up, reputation is harder.
I know 4 people who have sold schools in the tri city area in the last 2 years, all for the same reasons.

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Cheers Dave, this is exactly why I started the thread.

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If you want figures, mail me.