While it may sound somewhat daunting, starting a tutoring business does not have to be difficult at all. Do not think about starting the next national tutoring franchise. Instead, focus on helping struggling students and you will find yourself with great opportunity to make a great extra income.
First, start simple.
You already have an idea about which subject and age group you would tutor, don’t you?
Go exactly with your gut on making this decision. It is important to choose grade levels and subject levels that one is comfortable tutoring. For example, tutoring elementary students in any subject is fairly easy. However, tutoring high school students is more specialised.
Your next task is to begin building your business name and identity.
I recommend using something that describes your tutoring services well. As an example, I would recommend the name Science Tutoring by Tim rather than Tim’s Tutoring or something more obscure. You will have better luck marketing your services when they are very self explanatory and leave no room for misinterpretation.
It will also be good to set up a pricing menu for your services when starting a tutoring business. Decide how much you will charge per hour for your services. If you are a certified teacher or hold a degree in an area that is relevant to those which you offer tutoring, then you should charge more than someone who does not have these type of qualifications.
It is important to make sure that you do not undervalue your services. In fact, you’ll often find the most in demand tutors are those that charge higher prices regardless of their actual ability to tutor.
Why is this? Simple. People want to know they are getting the best for their money. Also, people tend to buy the best education they can afford.
It is important to decide how you will advertise your services. Free advertising is best if you can get it.
Focus on inexpensive forms of advertising that are highly visible.
For example, placing flyers at your local grocery store or post office that give a descriptive name of your tutoring services tend to provide great results. (not to mention are extremely cheap as well)
It is important to remember that the best form of advertising is word of mouth, so make sure that you make every effort to satisfy your customers. Of course, this will only work if you deliver a WOW! customer experience and provide tremendous value.
When starting a tutoring business remember to put most of your ever in two finding ways to help your students. Your client satisfaction is your number one goal.
Fortunately, tutoring is a service that is needed in most areas for students who are struggling in some form or fashion. With a little effort you’ll find starting a tutoring business to be a tremendous opportunity if you find yourself needing extra cash or a more flexible source of income.