Tutors for all subjects and students of all ages are in demand. Sometimes people even need tutors to help them pass important examinations or prepare for advanced education. You may eventually get so much business you have to hire other tutors to help you meet the demand.
You may not need a college degree to start a tutoring business. Some clients may be willing to hire you if have significant experience and skill, or talent with the subject you are tutoring.
Decide on the subjects you will offer in your tutoring business. You should be experienced and skilled in them. Having credentials in the subjects you plan to teach can also be helpful.
You should enjoy the subjects that you’re going to teach. You’ll be a much better tutor if you’re actually interested in the subject matter yourself.
Decide which age groups you will tutor. Sometimes elementary and middle school subjects are easier to teach, but you may be able to charge more for tutoring older children, college students and adults. Your areas of expertise will also influence the age groups you can tutor.
Determine where you will do your tutoring. Consider how you’ll manage your pets and family members’ comings and goings while you’re teaching.
Tutoring in public places like libraries and cafes works too. Libraries often have private rooms where you can meet and not disturb other library patrons.
Find out if the library you want to use requires you to reserve one of these rooms ahead of time. As your business grows, you may want to rent or purchase commercial space for your tutoring business.
All startup businesses need a business plan. If you’ve never designed a business plan before, templates are available online. The idea is to provide yourself with a road map for meeting your goals.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t change it. If you run into a roadblock on your way to your destination, you take a detour. If your tutoring business winds up drawing more adults than the children you originally planned on, you should adapt your plan accordingly.
Be sure to include goals and methods for attracting and retaining clients as well expanding your business.
Purchase supplies. One of the great things about starting your own tutoring business is that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get started. Just make sure you have plenty of the basics — pens, pencils and paper. And don’t forget to save all of your receipts for tax filings.
Don’t try to think of everything you might need and rush out to get it. If you do this, you’ll be disappointed at how much stuff you bought that you don’t wind up using. As your business grows, what you actually do need (and some things you just want) will become apparent.
Don’t reinvent the wheel. Download free worksheets and lesson plans from sites like Lesson Tutor and Lesson Pathways. Use apps like QuickBooks’ Self Employed to track your expenses. Look into services-offered apps like Toot and Fiverr to find your first clients.
Check into licensing requirements and get insurance. Contact your city's department of licensing or the county clerk's office to find out if you need a business license. Some municipalities require licensing even for home-based businesses.
Ask an insurance agent whether you need business insurance. If you will be tutoring in your home or on a commercial property, you'll probably need liability coverage.
You can also ask schools to refer clients to you or at least allow you to post fliers on their bulletin boards. Consider creating a website for your tutoring business. If you’re not up to designing a website yourself and can’t yet afford to hire someone to do it, open a Facebook account for your tutoring business.