Lots of weather happening this week, from earthquakes to hurricanes on the East Coast… which if you’re tutoring Science (or other subjects) make a great opportunity to teach. I’ve found that teaching kids something about something they can watch happening live around them allows them to retain it much better… how have you used this in your tutoring. You can leave us a comment on the blog / facebook or just hit reply and we’ll include it in our next issue.
We’ve started a series on the blog on 7 days till your first student. We’ve included part 2 below but you can catch part 1 here -
Even if you’ve already gotten your first student (or have a hundred) you should be able to get some ideas on improving your business.
Notes and Reminders -
1. Here’s our upcoming schedule of what we’ll be talking about… want something different please let us know. (you can just reply to this email)
August – Starting your tutoring business (getting your first student)
Sept / Oct – Tutoring your Students
November / December – Growing your business
Jan / Feb – Online tutoring
You’ll want to decide a few things, note you’re wanting to get one student for now to prove that tutoring will work for you, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to do this.
1. Decide what you’re going to tutor – decide specifically what you’ll be tutoring. Remember though the broader range you feel comfortable tutoring the more potential customers you have. If you can tutor high school math, it would be better than saying you can tutor Senior calculus. As you build and grow your business you can always narrow it to laser focus on something, but from now keep your options open.
2. Decide a name for your business – this name doesn’t have to be fancy but you’ll want to have something to put on your advertising. You can change it later.
3. Decide what you’re going to charge. We’ve talked quite a bit about what you can charge and you can find those links at the following urls -
4. Make sure you have material to tutor your first student. You’ll also need the following items if you want to participate in the things we’ll ask you to do over the next few days.
a. One package of cardstock
b. One package of normal paper
c. Make sure you have enough ink.
5. Roll up your sleeves.
And get ready to work.
This week’s quick tip -
Need to add some money to your bottom line. Offer your current students new options for their tutor program – below we’ve got some ideas to get you thinking.
a) Offer homework help calls. Make sure you give them the exact times you’ll be accepting the calls for homework help (otherwise you’ll be getting calls at 2am).
b) Offer them homework help online – we talk quite a bit about this in our new guide which should be finished soon.
c)Test prep – if a student has got a big testing coming up offer them some extra help a few days before the big test.
How much you want to charge for these added items is up to you. Test your prices.