12 Top Tips to earn an extra $1000 Teaching English or Start Your Own School

As a great Genki English teacher you certainly deserve the freedom to teach whatever and however you like, financial freedom,ย and ย the freedom of not having a boss!

And the way to do that is of course to aim to set up your own school.

(You know you want to see your name in lights! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

So today I’ve collectedย a few of the “top tips” that I recommendย or used when I started my first “school” back when I was 16, ย I hope they help!

The first step is if you have no money, ย then ….



Enjoy and good luck!

Be genki,



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22 Responses to “12 Top Tips to earn an extra $1000 Teaching English or Start Your Own School”

  1. sunny

    this info has been a great help. If you have any other suggestions I’d be reaaaaaly grateful.
    Genki English is a superb course but it’s difficult to start your own school as there are so many already.

  2. Yaniv Avital

    Hi Richard,
    I am a big fun of Genki English, using it for a few years now.Mostly for early age kids.
    I would like to join to one of your workshop you mentioned here.
    If there is any seminar or a class i can join?
    please let me know.

  3. richard

    Hi Yaniv,

    Yes indeed, you can check out the latest schedule at http://genkienglish.net/oxford.htm and I also put details up on the blog when we get them sorted out. Things are a little hectic this year (and next!), but hopefully we’ll be able to fit some more in!

    Be genki,


  4. Edita

    Oh , I am so happy finding GenkiEnglish com. Have worked in a public school for many years , we have used so many methodics which must be approved by our goverment….. but never liked that methodologies as children are bored (I too :)) . They like actions, games and then learn and understand better…. Now am thinking about my private lessons and am happy that here so many interesting and useful information. Thank you.

  5. Angel Birch

    Hi, I have been receiving your emails for quite awhile now, and I love the happy enthusiastic way that Genki English is taught. I am not a teacher, I am an English woman living in France. I was going to do this with a friend who is a teacher, I am not unfortunately and she is doing something else. Would I be able to teach this with out a qualification, I used to teach night school in England without any. Do you have any advice for me please.
    Kind regards
    angel x

  6. Richard

    Hi Angel,

    Most teachers start schools without qualifications – in fact non-qualified people often make the best teachers, all you need is the passion to teach and learn!

  7. Melissa

    Hello Richard!
    I am really thanks for sharing very important information with me. Iยดd would love to continue reading them!


    me i really like your style of teaching and i hv learnt alot from you.
    Kayonde.A in china

  9. Aida

    I am studying currently in South Korea but I am from Kyrgyzstan. Thanks for sharing great lessons. Where I live very bad connection of INTERNET therefore its difficult even to check my e-mails. In my community the working language is Kyrgyz and Russian but English is also increasing, and diffciult to teach without books. We have very few books which are boring. Fortunately now where is Internet available i am getting your lessons and satisfied. Thanks I will try to get more during my stay here and back to my community with really good outcome.

  10. Aza Ayza

    Good evening, Richard! I am used to having your ‘Genki English’ in my class and it was stunner. Children haven’t found it boring. It really was amazing new and very interesting for them. I wish l had my own school but I have some difficulties. I can’ t nearly understand what are they.It’ s hard work to learn English to not English-speaking children. Thanks a lot. I am waiting for new ideas .

  11. Charlie Wang

    Hi, Richard,

    It is occasion chance that I took my daughter for a english training course for free one year ago and they used the lessons from you. Then I searched it from internet and I think it is the best way for kids to learn english. Currently I am working for a international oilfield service company but will have not job at the end of this month due to the poor oil market. I am thinking about to teach my daughter at home with your Genki lessons by myself then start to built a school if it is possible. I have been worked with so many different people from all the world and most of them said I speak good english. I hope that I could do better with your Genki english lessons.

  12. Richard Graham

    I’m sure you are going to love being a teacher, both to your daughter and everyone else! Good luck!

  13. mahshiid

    I want to manage my fathers school, which is so destroyed ! He started with 50 students and now after ten years he has only 30 and every day they just leave … I want to make it better but I’m scared and I don’t know what to do !!! Can you help me please ????

  14. Richard Graham

    Hi Mahshiid,

    Read through all the tips above and that should get you on the right track. Also try and talk to your father and ask him how he got those 50 students initially, and what he feels might have caused the problems. Very often just talking to someone about business problems can make the solutions seem as clear as day!

  15. Emilia Fronc

    Thank you for your great ideas !


  16. eka amalia

    I’m new in this area. Hope Genki will give bright ideas. Thanks

  17. Michael Byrd

    Aloha Richard,

    Thank you for making all of this information available. From my research I’ve found that a bachelors degree is required to obtain the proper working visa and also to work for an already established company. Would it be legal for me to start my own school in Japan without these qualifications? I will be marrying into a Japanese family this summer and i may be end up moving to Japan. I will of course go about getting proper business and tax licenses but I’m not sure if I need specific qualifications to teach English.



  18. Richard Graham

    Hi Michael, obviously I’m not a lawyer and always take professional advice ….. Usually you only need the degree to get the visa. But if you’re married, you can get a spouse visa, so no worries there. You also don’t need a specific business or tax license. You can start trading, and again always get professional advice, as a sole trader (kojinkaisha) and just declare taxes as usual. And once you get settled you can move up to a real company, not expensive just a bit of paperwork than I’m sure the inlaws will help with, and get all the benefits that brings. Insurance however is one thing you do need to make sure you have.

  19. Michael

    Thank you so much for the information! I will be visiting the site again when the time comes!


  20. Annelies

    Hello Richards,

    First of all, a thank you for all the great material and info you provide! I started using Genki English 4 years ago as a private tutor. Both the students and parents love it… I need to turn down students every week because I simply don’t have the time to take on more. And it helped me overcome the ‘native speaker’ requirement…

    That made me thinking about starting my own school. I live and work in China and I’ve heard that the paperwork can be quite overwhelming.

    Does anyone have experience in starting a school in China?

    Thanks in advance for your tips!

  21. Kate

    These tips are so great! Just what i needed, gave me some confidence. I’ve been teaching for over 6 years now in China, but I want to open my own school next year when I go back to my country. One thing I’m still worried about is the competition, I wanna start small and stay that way. But there are bunch of schools with good reputation and hundreds of students, although I know I’m great ๐Ÿ˜€ still the fact of going out there scares me. It’s my dream tho. Any advice on overcoming that fear and dealing with competition? Thank you, Genkienglish! This website rocks

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