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  • #276497

    ashaloha
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    The idea is to do all the classes online through skype but with native english speakers who are preferably living in brazil (or have lived in brazil or have a decent level of fluency in portuguese). I’m living in Rio so I may try to arrange face to face classes for students here and possibly build from there. Online classes would be ideal as there’s practically no overhead. I won’t have a specific curriculum but leave it to the teachers to decide the material, i.e. using articles and business books then going through the grammar and unfamiliar terminology after. Mostly conversation based and targeted toward the business crowd.

    Thoughts? Is it feasible? Because I already paid for the website haha: http://www.dealingles.com/
    I don’t think there will be any problem finding teachers as there are a million foreigners here looking for work. And I’ll be paying a little better than the courses here. I currently teach at an english school here in Rio but want to only stay on the business side of this. The problem is finding students. Any ideas on where and how to advertise?
  • #276498

    ffm
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    Of course it is feasible but I do worry it is a crowded market. If you have the right contacts to get you off the ground I think it will work.

    There are a lot of people and companies doing it. With that said, it’s a huge market, not just in Brazil but world wide.
    I wish you luck, sir!
  • #276499

    ashaloha
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    Thanks for the response Abbot. I chose the target market to be here in brazil basically just because of my familiarity with how english classes work here. I’m not trying to get rich or start a huge company, just trying to get a little slice of the pie Wink

    But yeah the finding clients thing is the real trick, as I tried selling myself as a private teacher by putting up flyers all around town. Basically got absolutely nothing in return (literally no students came of doing this like 3 times) and just gave up. I wasn’t that persistent but still….
  • #276500

    ashaloha
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    Once I get some students it should be easier as brazilians basically only do business with people after they’ve gotten a referral but gotta start somewhere

  • #276501

    ffm
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    [QUOTE=Brand000n]Thanks for the response Abbot. I chose the target market to be here in brazil basically just because of my familiarity with how english classes work here. I’m not trying to get rich or start a huge company, just trying to get a little slice of the pie Wink

    But yeah the finding clients thing is the real trick, as I tried selling myself as a private teacher by putting up flyers all around town. Basically got absolutely nothing in return (literally no students came of doing this like 3 times) and just gave up. I wasn’t that persistent but still….

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    Don’t just post flyers. Put on a suit and go to a business center. In SP I did this on Faria Lima, Paulista and Berrini. Hand flyers to people and say something in English (do it around lunch time) and say “have a nice lunch”. Or if it’s the morning say “have a great day”. You really stand out.
    I nabbed a few pupils doing this and when you please a few, a bunch are sure to follow. You can go to train stops and do this though I never had to, I filled up quick!
  • #276502

    ffm
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    [QUOTE=Brand000n]Once I get some students it should be easier as brazilians basically only do business with people after they’ve gotten a referral but gotta start somewhere[/QUOTE]

    Absolutely.
    I had a little return to from papering houses. (I don’t know if this is a regional expression but it means flyering houses) I got return on this as well.
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    sven van ‘t Veer
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