How do I become a tutor?

The world is a vastly changed place. Tutoring is a rapidly growing business. and and increasing number of people are asking: How do I become a tutor?

More and more parents are looking for their child to receive additional help outside the classroom. Some times it’s so they can improve their grades, pass exams, and have help with homework which has been set . Other times it’s to offer additional support to the child if they have additional educational needs.

At present 1 in 4 children in the UK have private tuition and this number is set to grow!

At the moment in the UK there are no specific legal requirements required in order to become a tutor. Providing you have a good subject knowledge and the ability to share this knowledge you have all the requirements needed! (Note I personally feel there is a huge difference between someone who is a tutor and someone who is a great tutor).

If you are working with children or vulnerable adults a DBS check would be expected.

Keep in mind if you are not tutoring as an employee of a company (you are going it alone) you will be regarded as self- employed and will need to notify the HMRC that you have started a business within 3 months of doing so. It is very simple and if you keep an organised record of your income and expenditure submitting your accounts at the end of the year is also a very simple task. (The key is to stay organised and to keep on top of things).

Although public liability insurance isn’t a legal requirement it is a good idea to have it to protect you against any damage or injury. Some tutors also take out a legal cover to protect themselves in case they should ever have a claim made against them concerning their actual work as a tutor.

Once you considered the legal aspects of how you become a tutor you then need to consider the practical implications.

What hours will I be able to work?

This is an important point as you will be predominately be required to when children are home from school so you will inevitably end up working predominately at weekends and in the evening. How will this fit in with your own family?

If I become a tutor what should I charge?

This is a hard question to answer as there are so many variations to take into account;

Your geographical location, your experience, your personal circumstances, your qualifications, will you have travel expenses? What form will your lessons take – will your prepare resources that need printing off or will your preparation be kept to a minimum? How long will it take you to prepare for each lesson, will there be any marking after the lesson?

Do I work from home or do I travel to the tutee? Maybe I should offer online lessons?

With the current state of lockdown, most are offering tutoring online. However, as we start to return to “normal” you may decide to offer lessons in the physical world. This will increase what you can charge, but your overheads will also increase. You will need to consider what works best for your personal circumstances.

Should I create my own website or should I put my profile on an established website?

You will probably find there are advantages to doing both of these. The larger tutoring agencies will have a far greater marketing budget which will allow them to market to a far larger audience. People often trust tutors coming from an establish company like this.

However, another point to take into account is that the tutee often has to pay a significant fee to gain the tutors information. If they can get hold of you directly via your own website and not pay this fee, most people will obviously find this preferable.

If I become a tutor, how do I market my new tutoring business?

There are so many places that you can market your business. Be careful that the money you spend on this is actually going to give you a return on your investment.

THINK about where the people who will need a tutor are likely to be and focus on these places. I have found Google Adwords, Bing and more recently Facebook have been my main successes.

Reputation does take the lead. This is both free and when people hear of you like this you have probably come with a positive recommendation from a person that they trust. This is invaluable.

I feel I have only touched the tip of a very large iceberg here.

 If you are looking to start a tutoring business and want support, motivation and advice to get you started, read on

In November 2020 we decided to create the Clara James Tutoring Brand Associate opportunity.

The idea was, with a small start up investment of just £995, it gave you

  • the initial one to one, bespoke training needed to get started.
  • The opportunity to have a page on the website would eliminate the need to create your own website. You could post blogs (though they would have to meet certain criteria) that would point back to your personal page.
  • Fortnightly we could have a phone call/ zoom call to answer any questions that you have. We can look at what you need to do to gain more students or take your business to the next level.

It would still take effort, but you would have our guaranteed help, every step of the way.

Then each milestone your company reached would gain you credits towards the cost of a full franchise.

If you ever chose to go down that route.

There is a monthly investment of £150/month. If you found that after 6 months your business wasn’t in the place you hoped it would be even though you had done everything that we suggested to grow your business, you will get the full initial investment back. No questions asked.

This isn’t available to everyone as we have to protect the reputation we have built up. We recognise that in the same way we’re not right for everyone either.

We also have a restricted number of training courses available. This is because of them being run one to one rather than in a large group, where one course is designed to suit all.

So, if you are interested, get in touch now!

Email me at [email protected] so that you don’t miss out

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