Mistakes Teachers Make When They Start a Tutoring Business
Tutoring can provide a bit of pocket money—or even a good chunk of change—to teachers willing to work with students after school and during school breaks. Like any job, tutoring has its challenges. If you plan to start a tutoring business, avoid these mistakes to ensure your side hustle is profitable and drama-free from day one.
1. Thinking you need a website
While you might believe a website is necessary to lend some credibility to your business; it’s an expense and time-drain you just don’t need. You are most likely to get referrals from other students’ families and educators who know you and your work. Get some simple business cards and focus your energy on cultivating those word-of-mouth referrals instead.
3. Undercharging and undervaluing your experience
Here’s the truth, teacher-tutors: You are keeping yourself from making more money by not charging what you are worth. While tutoring rates vary by location, what you charge should reflect the fact that you are trained professional. You will get the job done in less time …so charge at least £25 an hour. More if you have special training. You are totally worth it.
4. Being afraid to promote yourself
Remember how I said that your best referrals will come from other families and fellow educators? That’s not going to happen if they don’t know you are looking for tutoring work. Make a commitment to email or text a teacher-friend at another school and let them know what grades and subjects you are looking to tutor. They will do the promoting for you!
5. Taking on every student
I get it; you have a big heart and want to help every student. But you should be just as careful about the students (and parents) you take on as parents are about choosing you. You know by now that not all parents are easy to work with. Some have unrealistic expectations or lack boundaries or are downright flakey. Do a preliminary phone call and then follow-up in-person meeting with prospective parents and students to make sure you are screening for the families you can best serve.
6. Investing in resources you don’t need
You definitely need some lined paper and pencils. A few highlighters and markers might come in handy. But you don’t need to invest in expensive curriculum or all the school supplies just yet. Keep your overhead low when starting out, so you can keep that money in your pocket.
7. Being afraid to follow up on late payments
You don’t have to be aggressive about it. Just shoot off a quick email saying how much they owe and when you need it by. Or if the idea gives you hives, have your spouse or friend send email the request as your “bookkeeper.” Chances are, the parent just forgot and will send you the money right away. Then you get money!
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