As long as there is a need to learn, there will be a demand for tutors. The desire to teach and learn is as inherent as the desire for knowledge. In this day and age, many students do not get that individual touch necessary for the utmost growth in learning. As political sides wager wars, the education system gets all the more confusing as attempted political thwarting government regulation makes the whole affair seemingly less about education and more about budget constraints. All this is politically centered, but the point here is that tutoring is as viable as it ever was, perhaps more so. Education reforms and growing population leaves the need for a quality education all the greater.
Many families find the public school system a largely incompetent path for mental growth. Ignoring the validity of this argument, it brings forward a demand for tutors that was not as apparent before. If you have a specific knowledge, it may benefit you greatly to explore this potential by teaching it to students. Overcrowding is forcing classrooms to be less intimate. Studies show that one-on-one interaction and learning is intensely beneficial for a student.
The greatest advantage to tutoring is the sheer variety of options. You can tutor in the arts such as music, writing, and traditional artistry like painting. Of course, you can tutor in standard regions such as mathematics, English, and history. The breadth of topics available to you is only limited by the vast pool of knowledge desired to be learned. It is arguably easy to find your specialty in tutoring. Determine your greatest asset and what you continue to excel at.
If you do not have strength in any education, perhaps a different business is in store for you.
Yet, it is not all about your ability to recall and obtain knowledge in the chosen field. It is equally, if not more so significant to be able to teach the students what you know. Without the ability to teach students the knowledge you have obtained, you can never succeed as a tutor. Be self-aware enough to know if you are capable of teaching students your specialty. It takes practice, but also an inherent ability to communicate with people. It is recommended you read on teaching, and never devalue this need. Understand how to communicate in this environment. For example, being disrespectful or impatient will cause a student to block themselves, making their ability to learn all the harder.
Tutors can get away with charging high rates for their services. The most obvious reason is the fact that parents put little to no cost on the education of their children. Of course, it is difficult and time consuming to be a tutor. Factor both of these together, and with rising demand, and you have a prime opportunity to explore massive “profits” and a means to devise a full-fledged tutoring business. Tutors often charge by the hour. As well, you can choose to travel to the client’s home or have they come to yours. The notion is that tutors tend to have students come to their homes. Though if you are willing to travel to the student’s home, this may be appreciated by parents, and allow you to charge more for doing so.
Do not inflate or deflate your rates. Research average rates in your local community by discussing so with your local schools. You may also want to consider contacting tutors and discovering their rates. You do not want to fall on the cheap end and lose potential money. But falling on the high end will derail customers to the competition. Keep your rates fair and uniform. Do not charge additionally for every little unpredicted situation. You should show an interest in the student. If a truly productive session is going over the time by 15 minutes, do not be alarmed. It is an act of great faith in the student, and by extension the parents, if you are committed outside your scheduled hours. Doing so will earn you accolades and possible recommendations and referrals to other customers. Parents would love to recommend you if you do a quality job, and this, early on, will stand as your most ideal method of marketing.
Consider how you will tutor and structure your business. Sometimes, students teach other students. This is done to have the individuals relate to each other and bring down boundaries for learning. As well, tutoring can be done through independent means. You can tutor outside the school completely. A parent may find their student struggling, and will take initiative to obtain a tutor. The tutor often reads the textbook assigned to the student, and will attempt to follow the course of the class taken and teach outside the threshold of the school itself. Another method is going through the school. A tutor can possibly work independently through the school. If a parent is looking for a tutor, they may reach to the school to provide one. The school will contact you, depending on your expertise, and you will be paid through the school or government education programs.
Regardless of how you go about your tutoring business, they are all relatively similar. If you act independently, you will be competing directly with the tutors that decide to work with a school (or multiple schools). This can severely damage your potential customer base, as many parents choose to obtain a tutor through the school. Yet you are able to charge higher prices, and can teach on multiple topics without having the sanctioned oversight of the school. Both have their strengths and weaknesses, but establish early on how you will approach tutoring to lay the proper groundwork for your future success in the field.
Tutoring is as vital as it ever was. Building a business around this very notion requires patience and dedication. You are building relationships with people that are often treasured. If you are a quality tutor, it is imperative you reach out to parents. Show your worth with proper tutoring, and follow through with the student to get them the grade they deserve. If you show your worth as a tutor by assisting in the students’ success, you will show your worth as an individual who is caring. Parents will reward you splendidly, and your business will grow as recommendations flourish and your student relationships enrich you.