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Ever tried tutoring as a part-time job? If so, tell me your story. Is the money decent?


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I've heard the money (at least where I am in Massachusetts) is decent, but I haven't really gotten into it for two reasons:

1) I'm kind of hesitant to "start a business" because I have no experience with the tax implications.

2) concerns nowadays about being alone with students - Most of the tutors around here meet with kids at the library to avoid that. But if I were to start tutoring, I'd want to help kids who need movement, creative materials, and even a little noise in their learning, so I'd want to work out of my house.
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I've done some tutoring. I found I was not charging enough because I was prepping materials and planning lessons, so the 1 hour of tutoring really took 1.5 hours. I was only charging $25 because that's what another teacher at my school charged, but I really need to charge at least $35.

Also, don't let parents run up a bill. Ask them to pay for each session as you go.

The kind of tutoring I do involves both movement and lots of work with forming sounds, so the library is not a good setting.

You could also see if an existing tutoring business is hiring after school tutors. That might be a more stable source of income and it would give you experience of how you like to tutor and just as importantly, what you wouldn't do if you were on your own.
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I've tutored after school for years. I stay local and I go to their houses. I also offer to meet the parents and students at their house for free before starting, if they want. I only have one student right now and she's sporadic but I want to get back into it so I'm going to add "Tutor" to the sub cards I leave with teachers. That is how I got a job tutoring 3 sisters for several years. I also used to put an ad in the local paper...I hate marketing myself. I enjoy tutoring because of the one-on-one work; it's very satisfying to see that you're actually helping someone after a day of wrangling 36 students.

I have tutored for $25 - $35 over the years but am going to increase it because I know where I live I can charge up to $50. I'll change it to $40 or $45, not sure yet.

It's funny you posted now because recently I heard 2 women at the market discussing tutoring, saying there's a lot of money to be made in it.

Oh, I'm not sure, but I'm willing to bet that most tutors don't report the money as income.
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I used to do a fair amount of tutoring, mostly ESL ...some children, but mostly adults.. I would advertise via a well known online tutoring service. But it became too competitive due to lots of college students marketing themselves as tutors and charging low rates. As a result, I found that many clients didn't want to pay much and were price shopping tutors, trying to cut corners on cost.

As someone else mentioned, I also discovered that it can be hard to find a suitable place to meet. Either you have to go to the client's home (which could be dicey) or meet at a Starbucks or possibly the library (need to minimize talking there). I quit because it just became too much of a hassle.

If I were to do it again, I'd market myself more broadly and be a lot more formal about my business practices. I'd have a written contract and spell out expectations, pricing, offer package deals, and specify penalties for last minute cancellations, etc.



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Years ago, before my first teaching job, I was Director of Education at a "Learning Center." They charged they parents what they felt they could get away with, typically $50.00/hour for high school students down to $35.00 for elementary. They paid the teachers between $9.00 and 11.00 an hour.

Most private tutors charged between $25.00 and $35.00 depending on the age level and subjects taught. As others have mentioned finding a place to tutor is difficult. The local library would get upset and Panera wasn't really an option either. A lot of tutors used the library at the local community college.
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How about online tutoring? I've been doing it for years free of charge? Looks good on a resume.
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Why worry about tax at all? Charge cash only seems to be working for many private tutors.
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Library tutoring or Starbucks sounds like a nightmare as I am very discreet.
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We are living in expensive times. I think $50/hour is more than reasonable. How badly do parents want their children to learn above the rest?


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ESL tutoring is not my cup of tea. I have been math tutoring for years. I guess ESL tutors are in demand but so is math, physics and science.
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Old 08-16-2019, 06:13 PM
 
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I did tutoring through the school for $22.50 an hour. I was hired for 90 minutes a week. Iím in a high-poverty area. Parents wonít pay for tutoring. The school paid me through their extended school services funding.
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Old 08-17-2019, 05:09 PM
 
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Parents in high-poverty areas cannot pay for tutoring. In NYC, the DOE under the Bloomberg administration decided on FREE TUTORING for NYC kids and teens putting most private tutors in quicksand.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:14 PM
 
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i do writing and test prep. The learning centers pay okay, but I'm making much better money through Wyzant - 45 an hour. Most of my students are online now - and the time difference means I can tutor students right after school at 4, when it's 7 pm over here.
There are slow times for tutoring, but overall, I find it much more satisfying than trying to teach a regular class full of bored or obnoxious students. I actually feel I've accomplished something!
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Old 08-22-2019, 05:21 PM
 
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Can Wyzant tutoring be done via cell phone or tablet? I do not have a computer.
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Old 09-01-2019, 07:02 PM
 
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You need to be able to post documents on the interactive white board, so a cell would be too small. A tablet might work, however. Or try your local library if push comes to shove. It is good money!
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