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重要通知 - MYU出售

2021年5月1日

這是MYU的故事:

十六年前,兩名在台灣生活和工作的加拿大英語老師創立了MYU。我們看到了對這樣一個網站的真正需求,並看到了它成長為更大的潛力。在弄清楚如何在台灣成立外國人擁有的公司後,我們成立了公司,並獲得了很多最初的老師註冊和滿意的客戶,這讓我們感到非常幸運。通過口口相傳和一些付費廣告,該網站僅在幾個月後就支付了賬單。我們開始準備辭職和全球擴張的計劃。

我們迅速推出了中國大陸版。但是我們不是在大陸,要開始這樣的事情就需要您實地了解市場。

我們的重點回到了台灣。為了改進網站,我們實施了嚴格的教師過期規則,並讓網站在六個月內自動停用了大約一半的教師總數。台灣MYU留有500多名高質量的在職老師,他們不斷更新個人資料並回復學生。投訴下降了,我們提高了價格以彌補總教師人數的減少。我們還放棄了中國大陸版本以及我們的全球擴張計劃。

這使我們進入了網站的5歲生日。我們僱用了幾個朋友,他​​們需要老師確認,接聽電話並根據要求郵寄稅收收據。我們的會計師負責其餘的稅收工作和各種政府要求。除了回復電子郵件(我們仍然會這樣做)之外,我們還繼續著生活中的其他事情。我們一個人離開了台灣。然後另一個離開。十多年來,我們倆都與語言教學無關。我們仍在遠程運行該網站,不時進行改進,但對它的依戀越來越少。

這個網站已經進行了16年以上。我們衷心希望您發現它有用且有價值。剛開始建立MYU時,我們希望帶給台灣英語學習和教學世界所缺少的東西。我們想給人們一種完全雙語的方式,直接與他們理想的老師或學生聯繫。我們希望給人們一個虛擬的見面的機會,然後幸運地激發出一些很棒的教學經驗,而且有點奏效。人們喜歡這個網站並且它不斷發展壯大,歡迎更多的用戶,添加更多的功能,並支持更多的語言和工作,例如編輯和校對。但是對我們而言,時機已到。

我們正在尋求改變。我們希望這種變化會在六個月內發生。這種變化將需要某人(或某團體)發揮領導作用,並創造MYU的未來。我們歡迎所有選擇。聯繫我們

真摯地,

Andrew 與 Ryan

Important Announcement - MYU for sale

May 1, 2021

Here's the story:

Over sixteen years ago, two Canadian English teachers living and working in Taiwan founded MYU. We saw a real need for a site like this and saw potential for it to grow into something larger. After figuring out how to start a foreigner owned company in Taiwan, we launched and got really lucky with some great initial teacher sign-ups and happy customers. With word of mouth referrals and some paid advertising, the site was paying its bills after only a few months. We started to make plans of quitting our day jobs and expanding globally.

We quickly launched a mainland China version. But we weren't in China and starting things like this requires you to be on the ground and understand the market.

Our focus returned to Taiwan. To improve the site, we implemented aggressive teacher expiry rules and let the site automatically deactivate about half our total teacher count in six months. MYU Taiwan was left with a little over 500 good quality active teachers who kept their profiles refreshed and replied to students. Complaints dropped off a cliff and we raised our prices to compensate for the lower total teacher count. We also abandoned the mainland Chinese version along with our global expansion plans.

This brings us to the five year birthday of the site. We hired a couple friends who do teacher confirmations, answer the phones, and mail out tax receipts when requested. Our accountant takes care of the rest of the tax stuff and various government requirements. Besides answering the emails (which we still do), we just moved on with other things in our lives. One of us left Taiwan. Then the other left. Neither of us has had anything to do with language instruction or teaching for over a decade. We still run the site remotely, make improvements from time to time, but we feel less and less attached to it.

This site has been a work-in-progress for 16+ years now. We sincerely hope you have found it useful and worthwhile. When we first started MYU, we wanted to bring something that was missing in the world of Taiwan English learning and teaching. We wanted to give people a fully bilingual way to connect directly with their ideal teacher or student. We wanted to give people a chance to meet virtually and then, with luck, spark some great teaching and learning experiences. And it kind of worked. People liked the site and it grew, welcoming more users, adding more features, and supporting more languages and jobs, such as editing and proofreading. But for us, the time has come to move on.

We're looking to make a change. We would like this change to happen within six months. This change will require somebody (or some group) to take a leadership role and create MYU's future. We are open to all options. Contact us.

Sincerely,

Andrew and Ryan