A Quick Overview of Starting a Tutoring Business
Tutors can help kids who have trouble learning to do better in school, giving them more options when they grow up; but tutors aren’t just for elementary and high school students. College students often need help grasping concepts in their schoolwork as well.
Schools today put more and more pressure on students to perform. Classroom crowding means that most teachers are unable to provide the individual support that many children need. Parents are often seeking one-to-one help from tutors.
Tutoring can provide individual training in areas of reading, writing, and math, along with other specialized areas.
Tutoring is something that you can get into without expensive equipment, office rentals, or complicated licensing.
Whether you are a professional looking for some extra money, a stay-at-home parent, or a retired person who wants to help others, tutoring allows you the freedom to work from home and the luxury of being your own boss.
Tutoring is a lot like teaching, except you have the opportunity to work with students on an individual basis. Students who are struggling in school may have a better shot with your tutoring.
- An appropriate level of academic knowledge for the students you tutor.
- Meet with parents for progress reports.
- Meet or speak with the teacher for evaluations and suggestions.
- Patience, especially when you’re working with students who don’t understand a concept.
- Put concepts into easy-to-grasp terms for different ages.
- Great personality.
- Common Business Skills
Hours of Operation
Hours vary, after-school hours, evening, and weekend hours are best for students.
Equipment and Supplies
- Tutoring software
- A second computer for students
- Essential Office Equipment
Monthly Expenses and Operating Costs To Consider
- Certificates (higher learning)
- Snacks/drinks for students
- Common Monthly Business Expense
The initial financial investment is very low. A good rule is to only buy what you need. You can go to a school or teacher supply store and buy all kinds of interesting materials, but keep in mind that you only really need the basics, especially at first.