At-home tutoring is a great business to start because of the low-overhead it costs to tutor. You can run it out of your home, can advertize your tutoring cheaply and you can help kids get the grades of their dreams. Read on for how to start a tutoring service.
Decide upon the particular subjects you are going to tutor and brush up on them if you haven't in awhile. Are you an experienced tutor? If you are currently a teacher, tutoring is a natural segway for you. Can you tutor high school math? Science? ACT and SAT? Then you will be in high demand. Only tutor the subjects you are competent to tutor in, otherwise you may develop a poor reputation.
Locate the private and public school teachers in your general area and give them a call or send an email to set up a face-to-face meeting with appropriate staff. At that meeting, tell staff about the tutoring services you are going to provide and leave a handful of brochures to give to their students about the subjects you tutor. Make sure your tutoring brochure is excellent, well written and proof read as it is your primary selling point. You can also market yourself as a tutor through Craigslist, mailbox flyers, newspaper adds and social media, but the best way may be to meet with teachers and counselors to dicuss tutoring.
Decide upon your rates. It's common for at-home tutors to charge between $40 and $70 an hour for one-on-one tutoring to tutor someone in his or her home depending upon geographic area. If you can teach ACT and SAT to the highest level, it's not uncommon for some tutors to charge well more than $100 an hour.
Decide how you will be paid. Think about putting everyone on a payment plan and accepting credit cards as the primary, if not only, way to be paid as a tutor. That way you don't have to worry about getting a check in the mail at the end of the month.