Start Your Own Tutoring Business
by Liz Folger, Work-at-Home Expert
How to Start Your Home Business
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Starting a Tutoring Business
Do you enjoy teaching others? Are you looking for the flexibility of owning your own business? Would you like to make on an average $25 or more an hour? Then the tutoring business might be the perfect home business for you to start.
The good news is that there is a growing demand for tutors. Being a tutor isn't just about academics either. It can be sports, music, and the arts. And it's just not the kids who are looking for tutors. With so many adults going back to school, adults are actively seeking tutors and coaches to better themselves.
Those who make great tutors are teachers, teacher's aids, dads, moms, coaches, those who home school, and entrepreneurs. Anyone that has the desire and enjoys teaching will find this a great field to get into.
The nice thing about becoming a tutor is that all you need to say is, "I'm a tutor." There is no state licensing or certifications, and you don't need a college degree. While it's a great selling point if you do have some qualifications, it's not necessary. Just the fact that you've helped your own kids with their homework for many years can establish you as a tutor.
Here are just a few areas that you can choose to tutor:
- All subjects taught in school
- A foreign language, or English as a second language
- Any type of Sport
- Any type of musical instrument
- Voice lessons
- Reading (Children and Adults)
- College Entrance Exams
- Computers (The senior citizen market is a great area to tap into)
- All types of art
This is just a partial list. There are so many areas that could require a tutor.
The Joy of Owning Your Own Tutor Business
Think about the areas you would like to teach. Don't be afraid to niche yourself. While at first it might seem like a good idea to tutor all subjects, you'll find that being considered an expert in one area is the way to go. If down the road you're tutoring someone in Math who needs additional help in English, and this is something you feel comfortable with, go for it, but finding your niche is always a good thing.
As the owner of your own tutoring business, you can decide the client base with which you'd like to work. If you want to work with kids, you can decide if they will be elementary, middle school, high school, junior college or college. If you find you get along better with middle aged children, then work with them. You no longer have to make money working with people you really don't enjoy or jive with. That's the beauty if self-employment.
What Makes You the Expert?
What are your qualifications? Are you a teacher? Do you have a degree in music? Have you been working as a biologist for many years? Now's the time to toot your horn. Even if you're a mom or dad who loves a certain subject and has helped your own kids, you can easily say you've had this many years helping children in that particular area.
Where And When To Teach
The cost of starting your own tutor business really isn't that much when compared to other businesses. Most of the time, you'll be teaching in your own home at your kitchen table. You don't really need any books; your students will bring their own. Anything you need to buy like flyers and business cards is a tax write off.
When school is in session, you'll find your busiest times will be Monday through Friday from 2:30 PM To 9:00 PM. You can decide the exact hours you want to offer, and if you want to teach on the weekends. You can decide if you want to work in the summer, since sometimes kids need to go to Summer school, or parents simply want their kids to have a jump-start on the next grade.
How Much Can You Really Make?
Depending on how much you tutor, in what part of the country you tutor, how in demand you are, and how many students you have all depends on what you're going to make and what you can charge. Below is a chart based on making $25 an hour, which is about average for a tutor. However, it's not unheard of for tutors to make as much as $60 an hour!
You Charge $25 An Hour
Hours Worked per Week
Amount Earned per Month on Average
Creating your own tutoring business can be fun, challenging, rewarding, and very profitable financially. Find an area you love, an age group you get along with and enjoy teaching, and the sky is the limit.
Liz Folger is a Work-at-Home Expert and author of The Stay-at-Home Mom's Guide to Making Money from Home.
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