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Location: Xi'an (XTU)

PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

saren wrote:
The legwork? Hmm, in Shanghai, 10 years ago, a language mill offered me 200RMB/hour after they liked me but normally they pay 150RMB/hour. I suppose this is not what you mean by legwork? I don't think I understand too much about what this legwork implies?

I assumed we were talking about Private classes, hence the legwork remark. Legwork being getting out there and finding the clients that will pay the amounts you want. Otherwise, the vast majority of those that come to you will be looking to do lessons on the cheap.

Admittedly, if you are a great teacher in your school, your reputation will generate some pvt offers, but I find this to be a unreliable way to arrange things unless you've been around that area for over a year or two.

Also, you keep referring to 10 years ago as if it means you're still clued into everything. I was in China 10 years ago too. It's a very different country now. Boots on the ground, dude. Stop thinking about the past, and start dealing with it personally.

And honestly, we here on Dave's can tell you our opinions, but it all turns out different for everyone. Just chatting isn't going to give you any concrete answers. China is just one of those places where very little remains the same.

Can't I just apply to every language mill in Shanghai, and just accept work from the 2 or 3 highest paying places, that way I can work about 15-25hours/week, which is my desired workload

Sure, you can. However, I suspect most language mills are going to pay you less than you expect, and those that do accept your demand will screw you some way. Shanghai is a popular destination for all manner of people. You're going to face a fair bit of competition and that will affect your rates.

Doesn't this approach also add up to 25k/month

As I said previously... Get your boots on the ground and start making those connections... Just talking about it means nothing. Some people do very well in China, and some don't. Perhaps it will work out the way you suspect, but I'm somewhat jaded by China and tend to be more cautious about what's likely vs what possible.
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