Are you planning to tutor kids or other students? Before you embark on this endeavour, you can consider the following factors to help you make sure you do things right:
Decide what age or grade level of students you would like to tutor. You might find it profitable to teach high school students as elementary students can still be taught by their parents, while college students may find it difficult to work around their schedules.
Decide what subject you would like to tutor. Math and Sciences are usually the waterloo of many a-student. However if you know of foreign languages (or English as a second language to foreign students) or an expert in playing musicalinstruments, you may also want to tutor in those areas as well.
Decide on where to hold lessons. It can be in a public place, or you can go to the students’ homes. If you need to travel far, you may want to include transportation in your fees. Or you can limit your tutoring to a specific area to cut the cost and time to go from one place to another.
Advertise. You can post on community bulletin boards, college campusus, online message boards, etc. You can also ask your friends to refer you to people. Don’t worry if you still haven’t had many students. Simply build your reputation and word will just get around.
Manage your schedule. It is important that you manage your schedule very well, especially during peak season (before exams and after report cards have been given). These will be your busiest times of the year.
Set up a pay day. This can be once a week or once a month. Have students pay you in advance for all sessions. If students forget to pay, remind them. Be firm but do not harass them.