> a day in the life
> living on under 100,000 yen a month
on under 100,000 yen a month
keep hearing people say how expensive Japan is. I don't
see it. I mean if you go out boozing every night and dance
till the sun comes up, well then yes. But me, I have found
that it is possible to live quite well on under 100,000
yen a month in Japan. This includes rent and food and
my transportation by train.
of the Smith's franchise schools are located in apartments,
making them possible to live in. You just have to pay
the rent, and you have both a place to teach in and a
place to live. You can rent a one room apartment or a
multiple room apartment. The choice is yours. Working
in this way, I can earn (keep in my pocket after taxes)
from my one classroom about US$4,800 a month.
My English school is located in a small one-room apartment
of about 25 square meters. It was a bit cramped, but in
starting like this, I could start my own business. All
I had to pay for was the franchise start-up fee and a
basic room. Not many businesses I know that can start
up like that and then earn what I do after just a year.
The system really has taught me not to worry about being
too flashy, wasting money on prideful things that do not
make money for your business. When I first began teaching
English from my franchise, I lived in the school for a
while to save money while I built up my student body.
Before students would arrive, I made sure it was clean
and didn't look like I was living in it. I simply stored
personal belongings out of sight before students would
arrive for their lessons. Like most Japanese people, I
used a futon to sleep on, which could easily be stored
away. During this time, I found that I could easily live
on under 100,000 yen a month. I lived in my school until
I had built up my student body and income from my business
to a level where I could easily afford another private
apartment to live in. Once I had the money I did go and
find another apartment very close to my school, where
I now live.