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This might be the most overdue post I’ve ever written. I started tutoring over a decade ago when I first started training to be a teacher and I have been making money from tutoring ever since.
I once read that teaching is the second most likely profession to become millionaires. Please don’t ask me where I read that or what the top one was because I can’t remember. But I do remember thinking that the reason for this is that we are all busy side hustling with the tutoring.
If you are thinking that tutoring is just for teachers then you would be wrong. Obviously, you need some skills to be able to pass on and the more desirable and qualified/skilled you are at it the greater the demand.
As a maths teacher, I’m in near-constant demand. I’m sure that if I decided I want to take on more students tomorrow that I wouldn’t have too much trouble finding some. Therefore, if you have an in-demand skill then I recommend you get out there and sell it.
I am going to split this section into two broad categories to start off with, as each of these offers different opportunities and benefits. I will critique them both.
This is probably the type of tutoring that people think of when you first talk about it. It is a tutor and a tutee sat in a room transferring skills and knowledge.
This is a great way to get started developing your tutoring style. You might start out helping a friend’s kid or even a mate.
It is also the easiest way to do group tutoring. You can have several clients in one session and work with them altogether. Group tutoring can be popular for parents looking to keep down costs as fees as typically less, but you can make even more money at the same time.
The downsides to face-to-face tutoring are logistics. Either you have to travel to a location that suits them, possibly their home or they have to come to you. If they are coming to you then you need to have a suitable space available to work.
This is my favourite way to tutor. I only discovered it a couple of years ago when I was on maternity leave for my second daughter. I needed more money so started looking into tutoring online.
In turned out to be highly profitable and super convenient for me. I charging my normal rates but working from the comfort of my own home at the time that worked around my family.
At the time, I was tutoring for a UK family that was living in the USA for a year. This meant that they were a few hours behind me and I could tutor them after my kids were in bed, but it was still the middle of the day for them.
Online tutoring creates greater flexibility around the role that opens you up to make money more creatively.
The disadvantages of this style of tutoring are mostly due to the limitations of technology. You have to teach through a screen which can feel impersonal at times and for more hands-on skills (music lessons) you may find it too challenging.
There many different platforms that you can utilise depending on the skills that you have to offer. You may decide that one works better for you than others so be prepared to try them out.
A great one if you are looking to advertise face-to-face tutoring as you can post in local Facebook groups to spread the word of your skills. You’ll attract tutees close to you too.
There are also Facebook groups that aim to connect independent tutors to tutees and homeschool groups that are searching. Advertise your skills there and be active in the group to get yourself seen.
There are some websites that are designed specifically for tutoring. The one that I used originally was called Tutorhub but there are plenty like this.
These sites act a bit like agencies and will take a percentage of the earnings you generate. But they will also prevent any non-payment issues and help connect you to clients.
There are a whole group of websites dedicated to English language teaching too. The focus here is on teaching English as an additional language to young people in China.
One that I am most familiar with is DaDaABC, but again there are others around. Some require teaching qualifications, but others say that a bachelors degree is sufficient.
DaDaABC and its equivalents provide you with all the resources that you need to teach the lesson plans. Again, you will be able to do this at a time of day that is more convenient for you due to the time difference.
I bang on about Fiverr a lot, but it is a great place to advertise any freelance skills including tutoring. There are plenty of people already advertising their services on there with great success.
This platform is particularly good if you are offering more advanced skills or those aimed at adults. You can pick up tutors on Fiverr for everything from maths and physics to graphic design and public speaking.
Just letting your friends and family know that you are available for tutoring could land you some works. Particularly if all your friends have school-aged kids. The word gets around pretty quickly.
It is handy in these situations to have a website or at least a social media page that potential customers can be directed to, with contact details.
The short answer is: what are you good at? If you are good at something then you can charge someone to have you pass on those skills.
Naturally, there is a big demand for school subjects and those around big exams age groups attract even larger demand (SATs, GCSEs and A-levels).
But there is no reason why you can’t offer yourself up as a drum tutor, a poetry tutor or still-life drawing tutor. There are people out there who want your help with these skills.
Yes, don’t tutor in something you don’t love and be yourself. The best tutors are passionate, friendly and sincere. You want your tutee to feel at ease and comfortable with you so relax and allow some conversation to happen.
On top of that, keep good records. But maybe that’s just me liking to be super-organised. Good luck and have fun!
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