Doing business

Good morning everyone,

Ahhh...about the weather. It's hot and humid. And it's going to remain hot and humid for another month or two...ha ha! To be more specific about the weather this week, well, it's going to hover between 32C and 33C all week with a mix of sun and clouds and humidity over 80%every day. The good news is that there are no typhoons on their way, not that it matters, typhoons never hit Hiroshima anyway.

When I was first considering about whether to open my school or not, I was humming and hawing between doing private lessons at coffee shops or opening my own school. There were a few reasons why I decided to not go with teaching privates at coffee shops; one was that every time I taught a class there, I'd have to buy a coffee; another was that it would be really hard to attract new students; but the main reason was that it just felt weird to me. Coffee shops are a public space and having a lesson is a private thing. What do you think?

Last night on my way home from Ujina (I teach a business class there on Tuesdays), I was sweating to death and decided to pop into McDonald's to cool down with an iced coffee. I noticed across from some guy who looked like he was selling insurance, another guy seemed to be doing a job interview and one lady appeared to be trying to sell something else to a couple of young girls. It was bizarre for me to see so many people conducting business at a fast food restaurant. I don't know about you, but I would be instantly suspicious about anyone who was trying to do business with me at McDonald's (or any other fast food place, for that matter).

Is it common in Japan to meet at a coffee shop or café to wrap up some business or do a sales pitch? I suppose it must happen back home, but I can't remember ever seeing it when I was there. Fast food places are pretty low on the social totem pole (just above Walmart) and it doesn't give you or your company a good image if you do business there. Could you imagine going to one of those places on your first date? No way! And doing business with someone is like starting a relationship. You want to start off on the right foot, don't you? Of course you do! 

So, to make a long story short...that's the main reason why I decided not to teach privates in cafés and fast food joints. It just doesn't have a nice image, in my opinion.

Have a great day!

PS There's nothing wrong with studying at those places, it just doesn't suit me.

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