Re: We need dojo help
I guess it depends on the ethos of your dojo.
I can relate to the situation in that we deliberately have a"no business" ethos at my own dojo BUT in saying that all of our management committe members are or have been company directors or similar.
Our aim is simply to pay the bills and to keep mat fees etc. as low as possible.
Maybe this will help:
Try to establish a long-term lease or rental agreement. (It may require guarantees from some members who would act as Trustees for the dojo)
If you don't do this already get students to pay monthly fees up front, preferably by bank transfer ( we do this but students dont have to sign a contract so they can cancel at any time.)
Publicise your teaching schedule as far in advance as possible; that way people dont turn up to see the main instructor and get disappointed when he's not there.