Home based tutoring; how to start? Suppose you’re looking for a convenient and affordable home business that you can begin quickly. In that case, tutoring is one you should consider.
Instructors provide students with additional instruction beyond the regular classroom to help them learn a subject. Guidance is needed at all levels of education, from primary schools to universities and in various fields. Tutors are also required to help students with practice tests, such as the SAT or GRE.
Guidance is the ideal homework for teachers and educators; However, you don’t need pedagogy or special training to be a teacher. You need subject knowledge and the ability to explain in a way that others can learn.
Tutors earn anywhere from $10 to $75 an hour, depending on the subject and education level they assist. Generally, the more specialized the subject (i.e., foreign language or advanced physics) or the higher the education (i.e., university), the more you can charge.
Guidance can be done at your client’s home or another location, such as a school or library. The Internet has made it possible to teach online using video recording tools, so you can instruct clients who live outside your location from the comfort of your home.
There are several pros and cons to starting a home-based tutoring business. Some advantages are:
- It’s quick and cost-effective to get started. You don’t need special training or equipment, so you can get started as soon as you find your first client.
- It is highly flexible so that you can start part-time in another job.
- You can expand from being a one-person business to organizing other teachers to work in your industry.
The disadvantages of a home-based tutoring business are:
- The need to work around students’ schedules, which usually means teaching in the late afternoon and evening.
- Not all students are eager to learn.
- Guidance is often short-term. Once the student has achieved good results or completed the course, your services are not needed.
How to start a home based tutoring business
There are several ways to start homeschooling. One is to buy a teaching license or business opportunity. Another is signing up to work as a contractor with one of the many online tutoring companies like Brainfuse, Chegg, or Tutor.com. Or you can start from scratch on your own.
If you’re ready to start helping students succeed in school, here’s a list of how to get started teaching:
- Decide which subject and level of education you can teach in. Typical topics include math, English, and science from primary to high school. Many college students need help in these areas (i.e., calculus or statistics) and their majors.
- Make a list of potential students. Based on the topic and level you want to mentor, who are most likely to hire you?
- Decide how you plan to provide tutoring services. Do you want to tutor only local students or only online? You may want to do both. If you are going to mentor local councilors, where will you hold meetings? Note that you want to contact the local authority of your municipality/province if you plan to guide yourself at home. Ensure you have good liability insurance if the student is injured on your premises.
- Gather the tools you need to provide tutoring services. There are many educational institutions (online and offline) where you can get workbooks and tools to help with teaching. If you plan to tutor online, ensure you have a good webcam with clear sound. Consider using a service that allows you to use a digital whiteboard.
- Decide on the structure of the company. You can start tutoring immediately as a sole proprietor. Consider forming a limited liability company (LLC) to protect your assets.
- Create a company name. You can manage your business under your name (i.e., Sally Sue), or you can create a business name (Excel Guide) or a combination of both (Sally Sue Guide). If you do not use your name, you may need to file a clear name statement with your city or county clerk’s office.
- Permits and permits must be obtained as required by your city or state.
- Determine pricing and strategy. A few things to consider when pricing are the topics and levels you teach. Remember, the more advanced the subject and grade, the more you can usually charge. In terms of policy, you’ll want words around when payment is taken, how to cancel teacher sessions (will you still be arrested if they don’t show up without calls), and expectations.
- Write a business plan describing all aspects of the business and how you plan to grow it.
- Map out a marketing plan. A good curriculum will include a website where people can learn about you, networking, such as through schools, and a referral system.