Re: Questions on Starting a New Dojo
I strongly second Mr. Little's wise advice. Our dojo is breaking even after 7 years of careful nurturing and strong personal commitment. We are one of 2 schools in our area, each a different Aikido organization, and have gradually built adult and children's programs in a rented space. We undertook months of fundraising projects to raise money for new mats.
From your description, it doesn't seem that you have the time needed to get a business going ... and you will be starting a small business, with all its challenges. Exhaust all other options before undertaking this very demanding task.
Speaking from experience,