No matter what happens with the economy, there will always be a need for tutors. That is because there will always be some students who struggle in school (or who simply want to pursue advanced goals), and education will always be highly-valued and accepted as one of the best ways of progressing in life and society. If you are looking into career options and have a knack for education, you really can’t go wrong by going into tutoring . . . and if you are going into tutoring, having your own business comes with a lot of great benefits. If you are interested in learning more about such a venture, then read on for some tips on how to start a private tutoring business:
Once you choose the subject(s) you are interested in tutoring, it important that you gain the necessary experience. In addition to your education, you should have some hands-on experience that involves tutoring or educating others.
There are many opportunities to gain this type of experience, from on-campus tutoring to lending a hand at the local YMCA. Just keep in mind that you might have to take a pay cut (or even volunteer your services) in order to gain the experience you need.
Choose a location
You have many options when it comes to where you will tutor. You may provide private tutoring sessions from your home, or you may travel to any of a number of public or private locations.
Speak to those you have tutored or educated in the past and ask for letters of reference. Also, ask if any of your past clients would be willing to take phone calls from those interested in your services and speak on your behalf.
Get a business license
As a private tutor, you will be working as an independent contractor. Visit your local government’s business administration office and get any necessary licenses. Also, register your fictitious name (“Terrific Tutoring,” for example), if applicable.
Identify the demographic you want to target (this will most likely be determined by your past tutoring experience) and then create a list of avenues through which you can reach your target market. The possibilities here are endless. It’s a great idea to create a simple website and to market your services via your social networking accounts, but you can also reach out to people and places in your community to market your services. Be creative and remember that advertising is a numbers game.
Starting a business can be a highly rewarding process, but it will require a lot of hard work on your part. Follow these steps to develop your very own private tutoring business.