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motivated • running • set her own
complain • license
  1. He has been his own school in Thailand for almost 10 years now.
  2. He is very to make money, because he wants to study abroad next year.
  3. The best thing about her new job is that she can schedule.
  4. You love what you do, and you make good money. You have nothing to about.
  5. Do you know how much it costs to get a business ?
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728 Conrad's English House
Conrad talks about starting up his own English language school.

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All of my students are very motivated and it just makes teaching a very joyful experience.

When you are 'motivated' to do something, it means that you work hard, because you have a goal that you want to accomplish.

Notice the following:

  1. I am motivated to lose some weight.
  2. If you are a runner, you have to find a way to keep yourself motivated.

run your own school

It's so much better to run your own school and to be in control of things.

If you 'run your own school,' it means that you manage and are in charge of a school.

Notice the following:

  1. If you really love teaching, you can always run your own school.
  2. I would like to run my own school one day.

set my own schedule

I can set my own schedule and the times, the hours are what are comfortable for me and what I think match my students' needs the best as well.

To 'set your own schedule' means that you are in control of what you do every day and how you spend your time.

Notice the following:

  1. I work from home, and I set my own schedule.
  2. If I set my own schedule, it means that I am more likely to get things done.

nothing to complain about

It's just been since April and so far everything's been nothing to complain about.

'Nothing to complain about' means that there no problems and everybody is satisfied.

Notice the following:

  1. The hotel was very nice, there was nothing to complain about. 
  2. There is nothing to complain about; the food is great.

business license

My wife, Aki, is taking care of all those things like setting up the school and getting a business license and all those things that need to be done.

A 'business license' is the certification that you need from the appropriate local authorities in order to open and run a business.

Notice the following:

  1. I need to apply for my own business license.
  2. I am not sure if he has got a business license.