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DaniRome



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
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Location: Rome

PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2005 9:50 am    Post subject: Opening school in Rome Reply with quote

Anyone out there have their own school? I'm thinking of opening a small private school outside Rome.. anyone have any suggestions as to how to go about this? I guess I'm just really sick of working under these slave drivers who pay next to nothing.
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DaniRome
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John ELS



Joined: 20 Sep 2005
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Location: Genoa, Italy

PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just a few comments:
1) If you want to survive you will have to become a slave driver.
2) If you want to make any money you'll have to charge your clients at least twice the amount you pay your teachers
3) Your teachers probably won't have any idea of what it means to run a business and they'll start saying things like "wait a minute, if he's charging his clients Euro 30 per hour why am I getting only 12?", that's when they start stealing your students after you invested your time and money to get them
4) Finding a good teacher that is also a good worker is no easy task (usually one or the other)
5) It's all just a real pain in the a........
By the way, will it be an s.a.s., s.n.c. or what?
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DaniRome



Joined: 11 Mar 2005
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Location: Rome

PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, well thanks for your reply! Smile
you know i have no idea what an snc or sas is? i'll have to look into that with my commercialista... as for workers, luckily i have a sister who's also teaching English here.. we'd be working together and not hiring other teachers. do you know anything about costs/course/hour/student? i was thinking about doing some spying in the other schools around here and charging an average of those. We were thinking about Knockout as a text for Intermediate students, and maybe Headway for the rest.. what do you suggest?
Thanks again
Dani Smile
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John ELS



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry for sounding so gloomy in my last post. It was a rough day. Opening up your own school is hard but very rewarding and if your sister will give you a hand then that's perfect. But you will become a slavedriver and the problems I mentioned will certainly arise. We've all stolen students.
There are many differences in terms of legislation, legal obligations and taxation, but the bottom line is an s.a.s. (SocietÓ in accomandita semplice) is cheaper and something similar to a sole proprietership whereas an s.n.c. (societÓ in nome collettivo) is more expensive and generally for companies with more than one shareholder. The best solution would be to open an srl (limited liability company) but it's much more expensive. You should go to a commercialista (cpa).
Anyway, if you're serious about opening up a school then you'd better do your research. Not only for the ragione sociale but aboveall on what your target market will be, location, competition, budget, advertising, teachers, the list is very long.
Concerning the books, I'd go with Headway.
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