How to Become a Tutor
Just about anyone with the right skills can become a freelance tutor and impart their skills to others. Following are some tips to help you get started.
Consider Your Area of Expertise
Take some time to consider what skills you want to impart to others. Bear in mind that you will need to be able to show your students why they should hire you to teach them the skills in question. A diploma or evidence of your talents in a particular area will be a must.
Look into Additional Formal Training
You may benefit from receiving additional formal training if you intend to tutor children or young people. While parents may be happy to hire you based on your skills and abilities alone, formal certification can open other doors of employment that would have otherwise remained shut.
Come up with a Business Plan
You will need a business plan for your new tutoring business if you want to be successful long-term. First of all, it's important to decide how much you will charge your students. Do some research to determine a competitive price that provides you with adequate compensation for your work.
You'll also need to decide when you will offer classes, how many people you are willing to teach in one sitting and what type of study materials you will use.
Advertise your services in your local newspaper, on Craigslist and, even more importantly, to your network of friends and relatives. Handing out flyers in your local community is yet another good way to find prospective students.
Be sure to ask your students for feedback to ensure that your classes are meeting their needs. Staying in regular communication with your students (and their parents if you are teaching children) will enable you to boost your skills and become an even better tutor in the future.