Tutoring Business Idea
Have you ever considered starting a tutoring business? If you enjoy teaching and have a gift for working with people, this may be the career for you. Tutoring as a business has, is, and always will be in need.
Tutors are needed at all levels, from elementary school all the way through college. There are even tutoring franchise opportunities available to help get you started.
Do you have an area of expertise? If you have a strong interest in reading or an affinity for math, this could help you determine a specialty.
Likewise, if you have work experience or advanced education in a certain subject, this may be where you focus.
Is there a particular age group you enjoy working with? Some tutors thrive on teaching young children to read, while others enjoy lending a hand to ease those middle school years. Check with your local school and school board to see where the needs are.
Many school districts post annual reading and math test scores. Look up the scores in your area and determine if there is an obvious need in a particular subject for starting a tutoring business.
The more advanced the tutoring, the more credentials you should have. While teaching your own child to read may be enough experience to teach a first grader reading skills, it may not be enough to teach a 3rd grader who may have learning disabilities.
Be sure you’re completely comfortable and confident with the subject you’re teaching!
Determine where you will tutor. Some people prefer to have students come to their home, some prefer to go to the students’ homes, and others prefer to go to a neutral location, such as a neighborhood library.
No matter where you tutor, you will need to have a workspace, perhaps a computer and most important, a block of time that you can ensure will not be interrupted. Keep in mind that most tutoring occurs during non-school hours— evenings and weekends when more families are home.
Going to a student’s home is an option, but transportation costs and commuting time need to be considered. Also, because you’re going to a stranger’s home, always have a cell phone with you, and an exit strategy in case you feel uncomfortable.
A library is another option that gives you space but not as much privacy as a home.
The age and attention span (and potential for distractions) of your students may help you decide where to set up camp.
Starting A Tutoring Business & Finding Clients
In addition to checking with your school district, put up professional looking flyers at libraries, supermarkets and neighborhood bulletin boards. Check with groups of homeschoolers—they may have a need for a subject specialist.
Tutoring is a one-to-one, word of mouth business, so tell your friends, neighbors, kids’ teachers and everyone you meet that you are a professional tutor. Make up business cards to hand out. Advertise in local newspapers and local job boards for tutoring opportunities.
Keep working to develop your profession. Check out the National Tutoring Association (ntatutor.org) for information on certification and keep current with educational issues and techniques.
Tutoring is a great opportunity to lend a hand while you create a successful business.