Since I left my job as a bank supervisor last August, I have been trying out different side gigs to make money. During the fall and spring I teach at a local college, but the summer is particularly difficult as I do not get paid when I don’t teach! As such, I have recently begun tutoring for extra money.
Tutoring is actually a lot of fun for me! My hourly rate is $30, making it quite lucrative as well. Here are some of my tips for anyone considering tutoring as a part-time job.
Decide how you’re going to advertise yourself.
I found my first student on Care.com, but I have also signed up for Wyzant. Wyzant does take a cut of your pay in exchange for handling the financial end of your tutoring business, so make sure you consider that when choosing your rate. Both of these websites can make finding students easy.
You can also hang flyers at local libraries and colleges; the summer is a great time to find students outside of schools, but often college students are taking last-minute summer classes, which are more intense than those taken during the fall and spring semesters. By playing up on this need, you’re bound to find a few students who need a little more help coping with the stress.
As with any job, word of mouth may be your best tool for success. When people are happy with a product, they typically can’t wait to share it with their friends. By being professional, effective and courteous, you are guaranteeing yourself future clients and repeat business.
Check out the local competition.
You need to consider a few things when looking at the competition:
- Are your prices reasonable compared to others with the same qualifications?
- Is your subject overly-represented?
- Are you offering the same amount of flexibility in scheduling as others in the area?
- Do you stand out? Why would a student choose you over others in the field?
Make sure you stand out in a positive light. Setting your hourly rate too low can make it look like you are less qualified than others in your field; however, even being a few dollars under the average can make you more attractive when you tutor in a popular subject.
Check yourself out!
Why are you a great tutor? Everyone has different methods to teaching, so make your methods known when applying to jobs or advertising yourself. My new student decided to stay with me because I am laid back and encourage him to think for himself; if he had been looking for someone to give him writing drills and quiz him on grammar terms, he would have moved on very quickly.
You should also consider what experience and qualifications you can bring to a tutoring session. I feel that I can charge slightly more per hour than most starting tutors because I am a college-level Instructor. That being said, I am still a new tutor and want to attract students. I feel that $30 per hour is reasonable for my level of experience.
Do you tutor? Would you consider it? What success tips do you have for those who would like to start tutoring?