Starting a Tutoring Business

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Do you want to leave your day-job and focus your attention on your family instead? But you can't quit just yet because you need the paycheck? Why not explore alternative forms of income? Have a look at the home tutorial service business, this may be the solution you are waiting for.

While some students meet their grade requirements with relative ease, others are not as lucky.

Those who find coping with their lessons a challenge often turn to tutors to seek assistance.

Now more than ever, the need for tutorial service has become apparent. This is mainly because schools expect more from their students nowadays than they did before. Many can attest to this. In fact, it is said that the lessons being thought in the high school system today were the same lessons only learned in college back in the old days.

Another probable reason is that the student-teacher ratio today is much bigger than it was back then. Teachers today can’t afford to give the necessary time and personalized attention students having problems with their academics need.

Getting Started

If you are tired of the day-to-day grind of your job and you would like to have an alternative career, one that is home-based or one that can give you more freedom with your time, then the home tutoring business might be what you’re looking for.

This business requires very little in terms of start-up capital. Why? You don’t have any equipment to invest in. All you need are books and some office supplies. Depending on the size of your operation, your most expensive investment will most likely be rent payments for the space you need to lease and salaries for the tutors you need to hire to help you.

The cost of advertising is almost nil. Handing out flyers and posting on community billboards (actual, online, or both) will most likely suffice. The most advertising cost you could spend is on newspaper or magazine ads.

    There are several factors to consider before you embark on this business.
  • A teaching degree is not necessary to become a qualified tutor. However, at the very least you should have some sort of teaching experience to give you a competitive edge. This will assure prospective new clients that you know what you are doing.
  • It is necessary for you to commit a major fraction of your time to the business. A tutorial session can last for approximately one hour. The best time allocation for elementary and high school students are after school and during weekends. Older students on the other hand would probably prefer to have their sessions after dinner. When scheduling your day, make sure you give a leeway between sessions so you have time to prepare for the next student or group of students.
  • The rate will depend on the difficulty level of the subject you will be tackling and the number of pupils you have to teach at any given time. Location is also a consideration. There are instances where the students go to the tutors home or it could go the other way wherein it is the tutor that comes to the student’s home. On average, tutorial rates range from $15 to $40 per hour.
  • Finally, you need to create a resume. Define the subject area and the student age group you want to concentrate on. Then, make a list of all your educational credentials and qualifications. Make sure you include your previous tutoring and other teaching related experience. Your resume will come in handy when you go around schools to offer your services.

34 Comments

  • 1. mokgadi maredi said on 4/17/2009 6:01:40 AM
    i am a language practice student and i would also like to be tutor in sepedi but i don't have experience in teaching, what should i do, and i also want to become a trainer, i want to train people communications.
  • 2. fahim said on 6/14/2009 11:46:05 AM
    hi, i'm interested in starting coaching center for science in mumbai. please anyone can help me. email fahim26attari@yahoo.co.in
  • 3. pankaj said on 8/4/2009 5:00:37 AM
    hi, i am a web developer professional and i want to start online training for fresher who want to make career in web development. please help me.....
  • 4. pankaj said on 8/4/2009 5:01:27 AM
    pankajsinghit@gmail.com
  • 5. ljthigpen said on 8/24/2009 12:30:09 AM
    I am a certified teaching aid and will be accepting applications for online tutoring beginning on August 24 - August 31. If you have a child from ages 6-13 that needs help in Math, Spelling, and Grammar please send your name, the age of your child and the area in which they need help to ljthigpen@gmail.com. Classes will begin at the end of September and will continue through June.
  • 6. ljthigpen said on 8/25/2009 4:08:23 PM
    created a new contact email account just for my tutoring class. You can reach me now at angelinatutoring@gmail.com.
  • 7. Sujata S. Shetty said on 10/7/2010 7:08:21 AM
    I have 5 years experience in teaching. I used to teach from Jr. KG to Std 10th (SSC Board) Could anyone help out for Private tutions and classes. Places: Kandivali East, Kandivali West, Borivali Esat, Borivali West.
  • 8. praveen kumar rai said on 12/28/2010 7:12:56 AM
    I want to start IIT/PMT i.e engineering medical coaching centre in GORAKHPUR Uttar Pradesh. I have a space of coaching hall of size 60feetX60 feet.
  • 9. Konstantinos Kalemis said on 4/12/2011 6:01:07 AM
    Hello I am a civil/ structural engineer with very good teaching experience. I have very good knowledge in maths physics geometry , CAD design softwares and structural analysis softwares. I have my own place for teaching around 200m2 . best regards kostas
  • 10. esther githinji said on 2/21/2012 7:02:04 AM
    I am graduate teacher of maths and chemistry with over 30 years experience in secondary and polytechnic teaching. i am based in kiserian near nairobi. I have enough space for teaching and also enough time. reach me on the above e-mail address. Thanks
  • 11. Ashok Gopinath said on 4/7/2012 12:14:25 AM
    I am a graduate in Maths, and am taking Tutions for Maths and Hindi, in Electronics city, Bangalore. You can reach me @ 9972739508. My email id is vigyan2012@gmail.com. Cheers
  • 12. shamsher said on 4/25/2012 5:51:18 PM
    i am 12 years experience as a home tutor and in coaching center i want to do online tutoring
  • 13. william said on 8/14/2012 12:41:53 PM
    Am William in Thika Kenya .Am a graduate in Chemistry and Physics. I have more than ten years teaching experience. i can be reached on 0722332707. I have enough space for teaching at my home.
  • 14. Babu P said on 9/17/2012 9:53:07 AM
    Sir/ Madam, I would like to start a coaching classes in pune for science from 8th to 12th. I would like to know the legal registration requirements, where to register in pune or to whom should i concern? Also wanna know the possible legal problem that would arise in future if any. I will be very thankful to you for providing knowledge. Thanks with Best regards, Babu P
  • 15. pratik mundra said on 10/15/2012 11:50:17 PM
    i can teach any subject till 10th.. mostly maths and science are the favorites. h-14/14, senior m.i.g ,rishi nagar UJJAIN -456010 [m.p] no.- 09589990249
  • 16. Lingam said on 11/17/2012 2:35:25 AM
    I'm Lingam Prathusha. I'm doing BBM. I have completed CA inter. I can teach All the subjects. For Company Secretary it's executive program I can teach through online. I don't have any experience But, i have the ability to explain the subjects. Because I teach my friends.
  • 17. S Nagasubramanian said on 1/27/2013 12:26:12 AM
    I have approx 39 years experience in the field HR,IR and Lead Auditor in Environment Management Syste (ISO 14001) and OHSAS 18001(Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series). I have carried out number of training programme on environment & occupational healthy & safety besides soft skills in HR. I am also specialized in Business & Management Accountancy subjects and have taught number of business houses & leading educational institutions. Besides I am specialized Corporate Branding & Public Relations (print & electronic media). Would be interested in on-line coaching across the globe.
  • 18. Latha said on 2/17/2013 9:09:40 AM
    I have teaching experience in the field of Maths, Computer Science and General Science for more than 8 years. I have handled classes from Std I to X. I am from Bangalore, KR. Puram. My contact number is 8147651916
  • 19. mwai said on 5/3/2013 5:21:57 AM
    i have teaching experience in the field of information communication technology for more than 12 year. i have handled college student from kenya
  • 20. cynthia said on 5/12/2013 5:01:09 AM
    hi am an experienced chinese teacher teaching mandarin overseas many years, currently i live in china mainland, and planning to have my own chinese language centre in other country. any suggestion about that? which country would be better to start my business? by the way,, nice meeting you guys :)
  • 21. KomalGupta said on 6/14/2013 12:22:41 PM
    I want to start online tuition for maths including test series also .
  • 22. Humna Faroooq said on 7/7/2013 9:46:09 AM
    wanted to give maths tuition online
  • 23. Rajni said on 7/8/2013 11:15:19 AM
    I want to start online tuition for maths,hindi,primary level. I m in sharjah, U.A.E, Please give me full detail. Thanks
  • 24. K K Ojah said on 7/22/2013 11:17:47 PM
    I am PH.D holder in chemistry with number of publications. I am doing a govt. job, but want to start an entrepreneur in education. Can I start an online business for this. Or How I can proceed to start-up a small entrepreneur in academic. Please suggest some ideas.y current location is near Guwahati, Assam.
  • 25. bharath kumar said on 12/1/2013 12:08:49 AM
    i am pursuing b-tech, i want to teach online tutions for maths, c, java languages. so, please give me details as soon as possible. THANKING YOU....
  • 26. Aarti said on 4/23/2014 11:40:25 AM
    Hello, I'hv specialized in special education. (Diploma)behavior therapy, remedial education, special education will be provided for the children with special needs.
  • 27. Anupam said on 4/25/2014 9:11:21 AM
    I am 20 years experience as a home tutor and in coaching center i want to do online tutoring in mathematics. LOCATION: Allahabad, U.P., INDIA.
  • 28. JP said on 4/26/2014 4:22:05 AM
    I am a commerce graduate, teaching ssc board students, all subjects from nursery to 7th for 15 years at my residence borivali mumbai. I want to upgrade my tutorial skill and income too. I also want to know about online teaching.
  • 29. R.S. Yadav said on 6/13/2014 1:59:12 AM
    I want to start my coaching in Varanasi. Please help me regarding this.
  • 30. RAJNEESH KUMAR said on 2/26/2015 11:07:10 PM
    I want to start online tuition classes as i am a teacher who is having 20 years of teaching experience or i want give online tuition please give me the knowledge of whole process
  • 31. Vinay Kumar said on 4/29/2015 4:29:34 AM
    I am into teaching Maths & Science for senior classes, mainly IXth to XIIth for all boards like IB (IGCSE), CBSE, ICSE etc. My ex-students are leading and country fame industrialists, Architects, Doctors, CEOs in MNCs, high Govt officials. I am interested to start my coaching centres in Delhi - NCR region, preferably in Noida or South Delhi. If anyone interested to invest at least 5-10 lakhs or more, may contact me @ 9810041030 or mail me : vinku0901@gmail.com
  • 32. Vinay Kumar said on 4/29/2015 4:30:40 AM
    I am into this profession for last more than 26 yrs.
  • 33. Pradeep Biradar said on 12/28/2015 12:08:00 AM
    I am a post graduate in science and have IELTS score of 6 and I am residing in Pune my contact no is 9665140504 and 8055514976.
  • 34. Jagruti Padalkar said on 3/10/2016 5:47:57 AM
    I want to start group tut ions for grade 1-5 for SSC ,CBSE and ICSE students in Mira road.
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