Re: Poll: How important is running an aikido dojo as a business?
In a situation where the teachers primary job is teaching at his/her school for 8 hours a day 6 days a week as my teacher does, how are they supposed to eat if their business does not generate a profit.
I agree with making a profit since I wish to one day have a dojo. I want to make the dojo a primary job as my instructor does. This can put food on my table and a roof over my head and security, so I can focus 100% on my teaching. The dues should cover overhead for the busienss and enough to live on the essentials if you own it.
On the other hand, there is an extreme to be considered as well. By this I mean greed, if I start my own school you won't see me driving around a Ferrari and living in a huge house when I make my school. I won't have a 20 inch plasma television with surround sound.