For those of you spending your summer selling USBs for the Genki English Homework programme, here’s a quick tip to speed things up:
Get a couple of USB extension boxes so you can do 5, 10 or 15 at once!
They’re less than $10/1000 yen each so should save you lots of time.
Better than a franchise?
Also this weekend, after speaking to many teachers who belong to franchise schools, then I’ve realised that our homework prices are far too cheap.
They are forced to sell bundles of textbooks to students each year and the price is over $200 / 20,000 yen.
Plus the teachers don’t get to keep any of it, it all goes straight to the franchise company!
So just like I advise you to do with your class lessons, we’re going to be increasing the price students pay to $290 / 29,000 yen from the end of September.
And you still keep 50% (unlike the 1% or 0$ that the franchises give -which I think is crazy – I want to support you guys in your businesses by giving you extra income streams!)
(Plus of course, in the eyes of parents, having your own branded software is *way* better than a paper textbook these days!)
Just getting started?
Many of you in your third year now make the USB homework a compulsory part of your courses, but for those of you in your first or second year with maybe still a few parents who are on the fence, telling them the price will increase from the end of September is always a good excuse for them to get on board, and to get their kids into the faster learning streams.
Ninja Tip: If you have half the class doing the software at home, and half not, then be prepared for having to split the class next school year. There will be just too much of a gap between the two. This also helps with any fears you might have about parents illegally copying the material, because they can only move up to the higher class if they have bought the pack from you!
As always I’m here to support you all and I am still always impressed by what happens when schools start using Genki English for homework, it certainly makes all the hard work worthwhile!
P.S. At the workshops people also asked what to do about siblings. Many programmes force the parents to buy two sets, but I don’t think that’s really for the best, so usually we say they only have to buy one per family. Unless of course you really want to sell them 2 of course!
P.P.S. A few new teachers have also asked “just what is the USB homework thing?” :)
It’s basically how we get the really fast results from Genki English by letting the kids purchase the software to use at home, from you, at a discounted price.
I’m not taking any new schools for the programme at the moment, but when I have new slots open I put your logo on the Genki English software, give you permission to sell copies of the programme to students, then you put the software on USBs …
If you want to take your school to the next level by making it into a real business *and* make a much bigger difference in your kids’ lives then this is the way to do it! As I say I can’t enroll any new schools at the moment (I’ve got far too much on at the minute!) but hopefully I’ll have some slots open later in the year so do keep an eye on the blog!
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