Thinking Of Starting My Own Tutoring Service!

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  1. Youngteacher226

    Youngteacher226 Enthusiast

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    Hello everyone!
    So I'm spending the summer planning the possibility of starting my own tutoring service this fall. I am extremely excited about it and I have been researching like crazy! So far, I'm thinking I will charge maybe $20 per hour and focus primarily on elementary level reading & math. I am NYS certified in Literacy Instruction (reading specialist) Birth-Grade 6. I have been a 3rd grade teacher for years and was given the good news before school let out that I will have a new position as a Reading Recovery teacher and Academic Intervention reading teacher as well. I'm nervous, but excited! At the same time, I feel like I'll have a little more time on my hands afterschool now eliminating grading papers, report cards etc. Perfect opportunity to do what I've been wanting to do and earn extra money at the same time! :p Only thing is I don't know what I'm doing! :lol: Anyways, if anyone could offer any advice or suggestions for me that would be great!
    I'm torn between choosing to do the tutoring services here at my home or meeting at the local library or coffee shop. Pros & cons for both! I'm also torn between what to charge. And what I should name my tutoring company/service. I want to make business cards and flyers next week! But no clever name yet! :eek:

    Any help would be very much appreciated!
    Thanks!
     
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  3. czacza

    czacza Multitudinous

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    Tutoring rates very geographically...I live in North Jersey (NYC suburbs) and rates are $60-70 per hour. I know someone who tiros out of her home, but I'd be concerned about liability...neutral turf at a local library sounds nice...I travel to students' homes.
    I had Vistaprint cards made a few years ago...just with my name, no 'company' name.
    Your new job and tutoring plans sound exciting! Good luck!
     
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    If you are in NYC, 20 is WAYYY too low - I tutored there for a bit and it was 80-100 minimum. Even when I was upstate (in a very rural area) the going rate was between 30 and 50 per hour.

    I tutor students in my classroom, but when that wasn't an option I would meet at a public place first and then travel to their homes.
     
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    I would suggest to not have it at your home. Almost all of the tutoring I have done (I use to do a lot) was at the student's homes. The parents liked that. If you are not going to tutor at the student's home, then I would suggest a library or other very public place. I also agree that $20 is way too low. I got more than that 15 years ago.
     
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    I tutor at a library. I would never let students into my home--I honestly don't want parents to know where I live. (Safety aside, I like my privacy.)
     
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    Charging $20 in NYC is way too low for someone who is certified in literacy. I would bump it up to at least $40. Possibly up to $60 or $70 depending on much experience you have. I charge $50 an hour, I've only been teaching a few years.
     
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    Wow! You all gave me some things to really think about! I thought $20 an hour was too low but then I considered the community I would service. Many families might not be able to pay more than that especially if they have more than one child being tutored. My school is a Title 1 school and the majority of our kids get reduced or free lunch. I would assume many of the kids I would service would live in that neighborhood or community. Although I would be open to servicing any kids who need tutoring. But you are right iteachbx, being that I am certified in literacy, I should take that into consideration as I decide on my rates. I will market myself as NYS certified to teach reading so I need to charge accordingly. Maybe $30??
    I think you all are right about letting students come to my house. I am an EXTREMELY private person. I would hate to have alot of clients knowing where I live or in my home dropping their child off. My boyfriend did mention that to me since he knows how private I am. I was considering it for the sake of my own children. I would rather be home when they get home from school instead of running to the library to meet kids to tutor them everyday. But I guess I have no choice.
    Does any one know of any websites great for sharing info on private tutoring? I'm online right now continuing to research for ideas. I'm thinking about flyers, inportant documents for parents to fill out and sign when they register their child for tutoring, waivers, etc. I want to make sure I've prepared everything so I can be ready!
     
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    Good luck! I have thought about this also and made flyers and business cards but then I started having issues with time and gave up for a while. I might start advertising again soon. I remember someone calling the day after I put up my poster and wanted me to tutor both her kids twice a week at her house for $25 a week. Umm, no, that was not happening. I made a questionnaire for the parent to fill out and your idea about a contract/waiver type document is great.
     
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    Our local library doesn't allow people who are making money to use their space, you would want to check on that. I have found that the boy I tutored at his home was very distracted, wanting to show me things, etc. The best luck I have had was using my room at school but some schools charge since you would be earning money. I tutored a few kids at my house but with our lawsuit crazy world, I don't know if I would anymore unless someone else was home. Good luck with your new venture.
     
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    This might sound harsh, but I do teach in a Title 1 school as well. I don't tutor students from my school. One of the reasons is because it would be too much money to ask their families to pay for tutoring. But if I'm going to spend my extra time outside of school tutoring, I want to make the going rate for my area, not what's fair for these families to pay. I'm looking at it as a way to make money, not a way to help out. I "help out" all day long by going above and beyond for my students and pouring tons of my own money into my classroom. You might want to consider advertising your services in a different area. You would probably be able to find students to tutor pretty easily and as you build up your reputation you'll get more and more through word of mouth.
     

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