How to Start a Tutoring Business

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A Quick Overview of Starting A Tutoring Business

Home tutoring has been around for many years, but it has recently become more prevalent.

Just look at all of the tutoring centers opening up everywhere.

Tutors can help kids who have trouble learning 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-on-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, and it is a rewarding and challenging job.

Whether you are a professional looking for some extra money, a stay-at-home parent who wants to earn income, 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.

Tutoring is rewarding, it gives you the chance to make a difference in a child or young adult’s life.

Skill Set:
  • 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.
  • Knowledge in of material you are tutoring
  • Great personality; get along with different ages and types of people well.
  • List of Common Business Skills
Employee and Job Consideration During The Start-Up Phase or In The Future:
Approximate Daily Hours Needed:

Hours vary, after-school hours, evening, and weekend hours are best for students.

Equipment, Supplies, & Services During Start-up OR In The Future:
Monthly Expenses and Operating Costs To Consider:
Licenses:

See Our Page on Licenses and Permits

Startup Cost:

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.

You can get started for under $100 for supplies, business cards, and fliers. You may also want to put an ad in your local newspaper. Otherwise, you can contact local schools, after school centers, teachers, and your friends to tell them that you’re available for tutoring.

Simple Marketing Tips:

Minimal advertising exposure will run $100 to $1,000 to start.

Word of mouth is often the most effective way to promote your service. Satisfied parents will spread the word to other parents in need of your services, and before you know it you might have enough students to provide a full-time income. Enlisting the help of local schools and teachers can also get you referrals.

Fliers and classified ads are inexpensive ways to advertise if you choose to do so. Ads in the school paper are cheap and can make their way home to parents. You could place your fliers in laundromats, libraries, grocery stores, and other places where parents might see them. If you are tutoring college students, you can often place fliers in specified areas of the college itself.

Requirements and Considerations:
  • The tutor can tailor the lesson to the individual student. It’s sometimes a challenge when the student isn’t very motivated, but it’s rewarding to find the way in for just that person.
  • Taught without the pressure of peers or authorities, many students learn through tutoring what they don’t absorb in a classroom. As a tutor, you’ll customize what you teach to the level and needs of each of your students. While tutors who specialize in computer topics will need equipment for their students to use, most tutoring requires little in terms of books or materials.
  • Beyond academics, you can also teach or tutor any skill someone wants to learn. Music, the arts, etc.
  • It’s going to be easier to sell yourself if you have teaching experience or a degree in the subjects you’re tutoring.
  • Success for a tutor is usually defined by the increase in their students school grades. It only takes a few satisfied parent to begin building your tutoring business. When parents are pleased with their child’s progress, they are eager to pass along the name of their tutor. Thus, success is also measured in the number of queries a tutor gets from potential clients.
  • It is not how much you know but how you help the student learn on their own.
  • Consider tutoring your students in an innovative and non-traditional manner, such as online. Many students don’t want a stranger (even if it is a tutor) in their home, and don’t want to drive to a session either. In addition, some students don’t have the time to actually meet you during the day due to work responsibilities. Tutoring online reduces the risk of liability and allows you to provide the same service at a competitive cost.
  • Know your schedule and only offer times that work for you. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of a new client and find yourself overextending yourself to accommodate them. In the end, this will have a negative effect on your service. You might end up late to sessions or having to reschedule, or at the very least dealing with a great deal of stress.
  • Prepare a contract or agreement that you and your clients can sign. Outline both your expectations and your client’s expectations including payment, price and schedule.
Pros and Cons:

The Pros:

  • You can work from home
  • You don’t need any special licensing
  • You can fit tutoring in on weekends and evenings, leaving your days free
  • You can tutor online
  • Quick setup
  • Very little overhead
  • After you have established yourself, you can expand your range

The Cons:

  • May not be steady work
  • You may not be able to teach certain things to some students
  • Parents may put a lot of pressure on you for their child’s success
  • Students may not want to be tutored and are uninterested in learning
Type of Customers:
  • Elementary students
  • High School students
  • Collage students
  • Adult students
  • University Students
Revenue:

Tutors normally charge between $15 and $40 an hour for their services. Rates depend on the subjects and the levels being tutored as well as the location where the services are offered. Naturally, services offered in larger cities will cost more.

If you go to your clients’ houses to do your tutoring, remember to factor travel time into your pricing. If you spend an hour tutoring and an hour traveling, your rate for that one hour of tutoring will have to be enough to compensate two hours of your time.

The potential earnings from a home tutoring service are really dependent on the efforts and the commitment of the individual. If more time is allocated to tutoring, then more income will be generated.

Resources:

Courses:

Clever Apple

Business Plans:

How To Create The Best Tutoring Business Plan

Equipment and Supplies:

office Depot

Staples

Books:

Amazon books

Software:

Math Tutor

Other:

Wealthy Tutor