Just Japan Podcast: Starting Your Own Language School
By Kevin O'Shea
In this episode of the Just Japan Podcast host Kevin O’Shea speaks with Ryan Sprague, a business owner in Osaka, Japan. Each year many people from around the world come to Japan in order to travel and experience the culture. Others come to work in the English education industry as teachers.
Several years ago, Ryan Sprague came to Japan from the United States to work as a teacher. After working in a variety of private and public educational institutions, Ryan carefully watched how various companies ran their operations. Coming from an entrepreneurial background, he quickly understood what worked and what may not have been so effective in English education business models in Japan.
In recent years Ryan found a very good job working as a direct hire ALT for a major board of education in Japan. The job offered a good salary, health benefits and a great deal of stability. He basically found the job that many teachers who are working in Japan would be extremely envious to have.
In early 2015, Ryan went with his instincts and with the support of his wife who is also his business partner started his own school. With the encouragement of friends, family and his Church community, Ryan left the comfort of a good job and “took the plunge.”
For those planning to come to Japan with aspirations of opening a business and becoming their own boss, Ryan’s story will definitely motivate you.