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Q: I am a Mandarin tutor.Should I begin my own business?

I have been teaching Mandarin for more than 7 years. I love my job.

Should I begin my own business? If yes, what should I do?

8 years 13 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - Shanghai

 
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I'm not an expert but I'm sure others on here would need more information from you. Like: Are you a Chinese citizen, or a foreigner? How have you been teaching the last 7 years? Is the a demand in your area? Would it be more profitable for you to just freelance instead of opening up a location? Etc.

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It's true for any small business
  * No matter where you live, I'm pretty sure there are work & business regulation. Find them and read them Smile Thins about how accounting should be done, where/how to declare your company (even if it's a one person operation). For China, sorry, do not know the details.
  * Be sure there are customers willing to pay for your services. Ideally, you already have students, and even people willing to work with you.
  * Find a place for your company. Should be easy to reach for your customers ie. not a 2 hours ride bus to nowhere, to arrive in a shitty place, in a dirty building.
  * Identify the people that would be working with you.

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Yes. Business cards.

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Thank you for suggestions. It s not a easy thing to begin a business. Too complicated^_^

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A:They're saying you should be in China already because entering China is pretty much impossible at the moment due to covid restrictions. This means schools can only recruit from people already in the country. Also, unless you have dual citizenship you probably wouldn't meet the visa requirements to teach (teach English that is, maybe you could teach other subjects, I don't know) in China. They have a native speaker requirement that means only people from certain countries will be accepted. The second point will probably get this post downvoted, any time you mention the native speaker requirement it brings out one or two angry thumbs - they don't seem to understand nobody on this forum makes the rules..... Anyway, my advice to you would be to look elsewhere. Between China's tough visa requirements and their even tougher covid measures it's pretty much impossible to go there now to teach. The good news is that other countries are dropping their covid restrictions and opening up again so there are probably still opportunities available to you. Good luck. -- Stiggs