(Guest Post by Paul Gallipeau, as part of our Side Hustle Series)
If you’re passionate about teaching, helping others, and are proficient in any particular subject or field, you need to be tutoring. It’s a dream come true; you get paid to do what you love! Plus, getting started is as easy as posting a craigslist ad. Seriously.
How I Got Started
I was a volunteer tutor through my university for three years before a scheduling conflict prevented me from continuing my service. Shortly after, I saw a flier for on-campus tutoring job openings. I applied and was instantly rejected because my GPA wasn’t high enough. Feeling rebellious, I decided I would set off on my own as a tutor and posted an ad on craigslist. The rest is history.
How Much Money is in Tutoring?
Tutors can make as little as $10 per hour or as much as $200 per hour. The rates depends primarily on the area that you live in. You can research what the pricing looks like for your locality by googling “tutors in city, state”, searching your city on UniversityTutor.com, and browsing craigslist “lesson” ads. If you’re new to tutoring I’d recommend charging an hourly rate that’s on the lower end of the spectrum and then increasing that rate as your ability, your experience, and the demand for your services grow.
Where to Advertise
The first move is to make a craigslist ad. Next, create a tutor profile at UniversityTutor.com because when you google ‘tutors in city, state’ UniversityTutor will most likely appear at the top of the results. When potential clients visit that site, you want to be able to be found. Another way to advertise online is to spread the news on your Facebook page or any other social networks you may be a part of.
Word of mouth is HUGE! Tell your friends, family, coworkers (pretty much anyone who will listen) that you’re a tutor. When your contacts meet someone who needs a tutor, or if they already know someone who needs a tutor, they will recommend you. Other options for advertising are posting fliers at local libraries, grocery stores, or small businesses. These organizations often allow free postings on public bulletin boards with significant exposure.
Landing Your First Client
I strongly encourage you to meet with your clients for free for the first session. This gives you both a chance to get to know each other and see if it’s a good match. It also gives you the opportunity to sell yourself to the client face-to-face. If you put yourself in the client’s shoes, would you rather pay someone you’ve never met to start tutoring your child or would you rather get a free session so you can test the waters before making such an important investment?
Have I sold you on tutoring? I hope so! What you need to do, right this second, is write up a craigslist post and get it online. Then make your UniversityTutor profile. It should take you about 30 minutes to throw some stuff together. Don’t worry about being perfect on your first attempt, it won’t happen. You’ll get better at the business aspects of tutoring with practice and study. If you have any questions I’m happy to help you. Have fun!
Guest Post by Paul Gallipeau. To learn more about the tutoring business, check out Paul’s blog at HowToStartTutoring.com. (And as always, if YOU have a side income you’d like to share with us, give J$ a shout! We love hearing new ways to get our hustle on ;)
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