Anyone here get paid to tutor? Or start your own tutoring business?

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  1. anewstart

    anewstart New Member

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    Has anyone here started their own side business or full-time business just tutoring? Did you set up a business license and the whole shebang or did you just put up fliers/word-of-mouth and had clients pay cash?

    I'm moving to a new state and I'm considering setting up a tutoring business if I can't find a job teaching that I could live off of for one school year and then transition into an after-school/weekend business if I eventually find a job.

    If you successfully tutored, how many clients/hours did you have per week? In my preferred city, it looks like credentialed teachers are charging up to $40 an hour. If I could get 20 hours a week, that would definitely be more than enough to support myself on even if I had to buy my own insurance, I'm just not sure how realistic that would be.
     
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    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    I've done a lot of tutoring over the years.

    I write a letter of introduction, along with a resume, and send it to the Director of Guidance to all the surrounding high schools. (Don't forget non-public schools.)

    That has normally been enough to get me enough kids.

    But 20 hours per week might be tough-- remember, they're all after school hours. Finding 20 kids who need a math tutor and can afford to pay one in this economy sounds kind of difficult.Around here, even 5 years ago, the going rate was in the ballpark of $75; now it's closer to $100 per hour.
     
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    tracykaliski Connoisseur

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    I am a certified orton gillingham tutor and tutor children after school. Because of my specialty I am able to charge $50 per hour and prep for each lesson is also an hour. So, for each child I tutor, I do an individualized lesson plan that takes me about an hour to prepare prior to working with that child.

    I tutor my kids twice a week, and I have 5 kids that I tutor on top of teaching full time.

    If I were hiring a tutor for my child, I would want to know what your area of specialty is and what qualifies you to tutor children other than your teaching degree.
     
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    I tutor through my school during the year.

    In the summer, I find 6 or so kids to work with. All it took for me was letting the other teachers on my grade level know - between the 3 of us, I was turning people away after a couple of days!

    However, it is a small school, and all the parents knew me well. It might be harder if you aren't already known in a school/group of parents...
     
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    I tutor through the school year and during the summer as well. Right now I am tutoring 3 days. The extra income during the summer has been a blessing and I still have plenty of "free time."
     
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    I've come to the realization that my tutoring is indeed a 'side business' (I tutor about 12 hours per week). I've built up a client base by word of mouth-- first I listed with our guidance counselor and got a few 'nibbles' and started years ago with only about 3 hours per week...Friends tell friends, you develop a reputation...I'm now up to 12 hours per week. I have 'Vistaprint' business cards that I give clients so they can share my info with their friends (although I seriously have no time except Fridays and weekends in my schedule and I'm keeping those free...a girl's gotta have some time for fun!!). I charge $70 per hour.
     
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    I still have some of my vistaprint business cards left.
     

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